Sunday, April 22nd, 2007 at
People tend to go to one extreme or another in their feeling about pitbulls, they have their detractors and fanatics. Me, I love dogs, whether they’re pitbulls, chihuahuas or mixed breed. You can find the good, bad and ugly in every breed and breed mix.
I tend to feel that that a dog will reflect their breeding, training and socialization more than anything. Unfortunately for the bully breeds, they were initially bred as fighters and sometimes, regardless of training or socialization, the ‘tag’ sticks. Thing is, I remember when it was dobies and rotties and even shepherds that were the breeds that everyone was terrified of.
Photo is Sisters, Nautica (American Pit Bull Terrier) and Haleigh (Chihuahua) courtesy of Jada, Nautica’s Memorial
Personally I’ve never met a pittie I didn’t like. Most of the ones I’ve run into are just slobbery, loveable lapdogs. I try not to buy into prejudice and stereotypes about dogs, same as with people. I think we should give them all a chance as individuals.
One thing to keep in mind, with any dog you don’t know, exercise proper caution. Some of the most aggressive dogs I’ve ever run into have been the tiniest dogs, chihuahuas and Yorkies… LOL
Anyway, here’s a story from SignOnSanDiego.com about a woman who is going to be forced to move from her home because of the outrage of the neighbors over her beloved pitbull. Just another example of people buying into stereotypes and prejudices.
Neighbors terrified of beloved pit bull
UNION-TRIBUNE April 18, 2007
Once Americans find a consensus on guns, Iraq and gay marriage, it’s high time we settle the issue of pit bulls.
In some parts of the country, owning a pit bull is a crime. In others, including California, it’s illegal to pass such a law. That’s how polarizing pit bulls are.
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