Children Killers, vicious dogs are not even half of the words that some think of when “pit-bull” is heard. Even the word “pit-bull” puts fear into some people. Ever walk down the street and move aside because someone is walking a pit-bull? The breed of pit-bull terrier and their reputation has been scarred by the media. Have you ever heard of a news story reporting on a shitzu or even a labrador biting a person? Dogs are like humans, there are the good and the bad. Any dog can turn on their human counter parts and attack or bite them, what makes a pit-bull any different? I am a proud owner of a pit-bull, her name is Serenity and she is currently 1 ½ years old and I have raised her since she was 8 months old. She plays with my children like any family oriented dog, and her best friend is a kitten named Jinx.
This is not my first pit-bull, I have had another companion a few years ago and he was half pit-bull and staffshire terrier. Just like years ago, now people will even cross the street to get away from me walking my pit-bull, but if you ask my children and the ones they go to school with all you will hear is how cool and friendly Serenity is. She often visits the school to pick up the kids. Regardless of how many well trained pit-bulls there are the breed itself is stigmatized. Do we as a society ever focus on the owners of these dogs? What have they done to prevent their pet from attacking a human being? If we think it is ok to say one breed alone is bad to have around your family we should go back years ago and say just because someone’s color they do not deserve to have any rights. While we debate whether or not the breed of pitties is safe or not there are thousands sitting in animal shelters waiting for death.
PITBULLS vs. MEDIA
Headlines, front cover page, big news story: A pit-bull has attacked a human being. Whenever there is an attack on a human by a pitbull it is given a ton of publicity, yet the friendly golden retriever or small yelping yorkie bites someone and we never hear about it. When I worked as a receptionist for a dog grooming salon the groomers were always bit by a smaller breed of dog. One of the groomers even was bit below her eye, an inch further up she could have lost her eye. There were even small dogs that had to be tranquilized by the owner or a vet before they came in to get groomed. When bigger breeds came in, rottweilers, great danes, mastiffs, pit mixes and boxers they never gave any of the groomers a problem. In most cases when a smaller dog bites a person it is never reported. I have been bitten by my friend’s chihuahua multiple times and even by my own daushaund.
While most reporters and journalist love to put a bad rap on pit-bulls, where are the owners in all of this? Damn the breed and not the person who is responsible for them. In 2013 there were 32 fatalities in the U.S. by dog bites 25 of them were by a pit-bull. Are there ever stories made public on how a pit-bull rescued their family? All the awful stories are in and the positive silenced. The pit-bull is in the spotlight when it comes to the most dangerous breed while no one bothers to question the owner. Did the master of the dog know their dog was agressive? Between 2005 and 2013 there have been 176 deaths in the U.S. caused by a pit-bull terrier, it is time the media turns their focus off the breed and onto the humans who own these dogs. The media usually never asks the bigger questions, has the dog been raised and cared for properly by the master? In most cases the “pit” gets the blame while the owner fades into the background.
PITBULLS vs. OWNER
Why do we put fault of the breed but not the owner? When you have any type of pet it is your responsibility to care for them this includes training and socializing for most pets. When you own a dog it is in the best interest of your doggy companion as well as others to teach obedience, to socialize with people and other animals not only take care of their basic needs. This is an everyday job to maintain. Knowing the breed is also important, there are too many careless people who get a dog and know nothing about the breed or not willing to take time to raise the dog properly. In the 1920s pit-bulls were called the “nanny dog”, because parents would go out at night and leave their children with the family pit-bull to watch and protect them. What has changed from then to now?
Most never ask why there was an attack from a pittie they just assume it is the breed. An important question needs to be answered, why are there many people whom own a pit which never bites or kills a human? Simple, it is because of the owner therefore the same applies to why this happens. It is true that some pitties are aggressive just like any other dog can be. The keeper of an aggressive dog should be held liable, no matter what breed it is. If a person knows their dog is combative steps need to be taken to ensure an attack does not occur. My pit, Serenity, was raised with my children, trained by myself, and socialized with other dogs as well as cats. She is gentle and friendly, would she attack someone? Yes, she would if an individual tried to physically assault my children or me. I am sure you can say the same about many other breeds they are willing to protect their families with their lives. What happens to this breed when their owner realizes as the dog grows bigger that they cannot take care of them? The reality is fatal.
PITBULLS vs. DEATH
“Save champ, 5 days to live”, this is an example of many postings throughout the country. Most animals shelters that will take a pit-bull will only keep them for a short period of time, if no one wants them they are given a death sentence regardless of how well behaved they may be. It is sad how many of this breed have a short time to wait for a family or death. Fortunately there are a few pittie rescues dedicated to find families and rehabilitation of this proud breed, but not enough. Careless breeding, lack of knowledge, too much laziness to train is why everyday many are “humanely euthanized”.
The breed itself is loyal, family friendly, willing to please, loving and so many more great things. The entire breed should not be judged bases on a few bad apples; they should be given the reputation they deserve. Owners should handle their dogs properly. As for myself I am proud to be an owner of this breed and will keep breaking the stigma with Serenity by my side.