by Angela Bratrud
Let’s admit that we’ve all heard the stories. Pitbulls are dangerous animals who cannot be trusted. Though it is true that many of them are kept as protectors and guards, or used to fight against other dogs because of their due diligence to do what they are taught by their owners, it is somewhat misleading that Pitbulls are viscious and uncontrollable members of society. Perhaps the most viscious thing about my Pitbull is her gas after a good meal!
As humans, we tend to focus on those things we fear, and often times we believe the stories we hear without having any firsthand experience. Bad news travels fast, and good news is often forgotten. There is a good quote for all those seeking knowledge and understanding:
What man does not know man fears and what man fears he destroys.
Perhaps this quote plays a larger role in life than we realize. As a proud owner of an American Pitbull Terrier, I use to have the same fears I see in the eyes of most people I encounter when out on a walk with my dog. This is one reason I try to use compassion and not ignorance – because I understand that most people act out of fear. When parents are with their children and they see my dog they always find a way to walk around us, cross the street, hurry as fast as they can to get into their cars, pick up their own dogs and dodge us as if we are flesh eating monsters. People will literally do anything to get out of your way when you have a pitbull. It’s a good way to clear the roadway or sidewalk and offers the sense of empowerment an ambulance must feel on the streets when rushing to an emergency 911 call. But it’s also very sad when my dog looks up at me with a look of despair like “ Why are they running away? Did I do something wrong? I was wagging and just wanted to say hello..”
I will admit that pitbulls can be a challenge as they do have the sure power of a bull in a china shop, and are relentless in their pursuit of loyalty, trust, and pleasing their owners. They are also quite fond of children and love to feel like a kid by exuding a high level of energy and playing with toys. Having experience with a variety of breeds, I have come to love the Pitbull in a special way, more than any dog I’ve ever owned. It’s not to say that all varieties of dogs are not as worthy, but the Pitbull is a breed so misunderstood, mishandled and mistook for a monster that it strikes a chord close to my heart. I want to help this breed by increasing awareness to those with fear and those who share the same love I’m talking about here. We must put a stop to the discrimination and hatred and banning of the breed! It’s time to take a stand with my Pitbull Terrier and show the world an example of how Amazing these breeds can be, and how people must take action against bad owners and those who lack responsibility, not the animals who have only become victims of man’s ignorance.
Now for the 10 Reasons You Should Never Trust a Pitbull
compiled by Jason Mann
10. They will steal your spot on the couch while you are up getting a soda.
9. They will take the treat you give them and bury in the back yard like a paranoid crack head hiding their stash.
8. They will jump on your bed with muddy feet. Making you do the laundry…again!
7. They will lick visitors with an uncontrolled passion only they understand.
6. They will cause children to smile.
5. They will make you feel horrible for not walking them by looking at you with deep sad eyes.
4. They will look at you like you committed a crime against them if you don’t let them lick your ice cream bowl.
3. They will cause wide spread happiness in large group settings.
2. They will crack you up by shaking their butts so hard you think they are going to snap in half.
And the number one reason why you can’t trust vicious Pit Bulls…
1. They will steal your heart like a thief in the night, showing you complete and pure love that only a Pit Bull can show.
For Further Inspiration, Check out this Amazing Video.
More to come next time….
Including the True Story of How A Pitbull Saved My Life