Pit Bull Myth of the Week- 1

From now on, I will be posting a pit bull myth of the week on Sunday of every week. In the myth, I will state the myth- and break down why it's fact or why it's BS.

The first one is:

MYTH: A Pit Bull that shows aggression towards an animal will go for people next.

This is false because, let's face it people, human aggression and people aggression are NOT the same thing. And, please, don't believe they are.

"Many working breeds have antipathy towards other animals - coonhounds go mad at the sight of a raccoon, foxhounds will not hesitate to tear a dog-like fox to shreds, greyhounds live to chase and maul rabbits and even dog-like coyotes. Even the ever-friendly beagle will slaughter a rabbit, given the chance. And yet the greyhound, coon and foxhound and beagle are among the friendliest of breeds towards humans. And it is the same with the pit bulldog. His work through the years has been control of other animals - never humans. A correct pit bull is more often than not submissive toward all humans, and adores children. A pit bull that snarls, lunges or growls at non-threatening humans is NOT typical of the breed." (Written by Diane Jessup)
Pit bulls that do show aggressive behavior towards humans are not typical of the breed and should be humanely euthanized. (from pitbulllovers.com)


Have you seen this dog??

His name is Regal.
He's not my dog but a dog of a friends friend on Dogster.

Taken directly from his Dogster page:

Regal is a neutered, 52 lb, blue merle male Australian Cattle Dog. He is not microchipped. Since he slipped his collar, he will not have any tags. He went missing on 5/30/08 from King Hill Road in the Town of Newark Valley, NY on the border with the Town of Maine. This is approximately 30 miles from where he lives. He slipped his color when he was frightened by fireworks. The zip code where he was lost is: 13811. His home is in Conklin, NY, zip code 13748. I have contacted every shelter within 100 miles of where he was lost and made sure to send pictures to each. I also took out an ad in the local newspaper. He is listed as missing on craigslist, bcvoice.com, petfinder.com, missingpet.net, k9amberalert, fidofinder.com, myspace.com, lostfoundpets.us. 1888pets911.org, and probably some other sites I forgot. We are in the Broome County region of New York State, bordering with Pennsylvania. Regal's mom has been putting up a ton of flyers, but I don't yet have a pdf copy of it. Once I do, I'll upload it to photobucket and will post the link here, in case other Southern Tier NY dogsters would be willing to help. Dogsters, thank you all for your support/help/advice/suggestions.


STOP! You're ruining my breed!!

No one knows exactly how it happened.
No one knows exactly when.
All we know is that somehow, some way, someone began to murder the American pit bull terrier look. And they got away with it red handed.

These days it's so common to see 80, 90, 100 pound pit bulls that the idea of a 25 pound one is just silly.
Yes, I said 25 pounds.
Did you know that, in the beginning the pit bull was actually bred to be small?
The smaller the dog, the more desirable.
After all, smaller tends to have an avantage.

If the original creater of the American pit bull terrier saw the way the look has been changed- he'd probably have a heart attack.

A 100 pound terrier just isn't natural.

Let's get started on some info shall we...

The original weight for the American pit bull terrier was 22-50 pounds.
The most common weight was about 35 pounds.

That's not much bigger than your golden retriever is it?
In some cases, they tend to be smaller than your Buddy.

From Dogster:
20 - 55 pounds (9.07 - 24.9 kg)
15 - 20 inches (38.1 - 50.8)

That's for the... dare I say it?... AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER.

Hmm... and you thought that dog down the street that was 100 pounds of muscle was APBT.

Got some news for ya buddy... he probably isn't.

We're not there yet, though.

It seems that in this day, people are claiming the size of the pit bull to be anywhere between 22-110 pounds. Doesn't that just sound funny? I mean... that's a wide gap there, y'know?
Well, to tell the truth, those ranging between 55-110 pounds probably aren't pure bred pit bulls. Actually, there's no probably to it.

They aren't purebred pit bulls.

Most of the American pit bulls that are that large have been crossed with other breeds such as the mastiff, the bullmastiff, the Neopolitan mastiff, the great dane and the rottweiler.

Usually done by backyard breeders that are trying to breed a bigger dog than the one they already have to increase their mojo.
Or done by thug dog fighters who think bigger dogs have more of an advantage- when, in reality, that's a crock of shit.

Because, after all, they were bred small for their advantages.


If you believe American pit bulls are HUGE, think about it for a second.
How many big, muscular terriers have you seen in your neighborhood?
Looking it up, the biggest terrier is the American staffordshire; also known as the pit bull; who can be up to 50 pounds.

But mastiffs are pretty large.

So, tell me, how did the American pit bull terrier go from this first beautiful dog to the second 90 pound, muscle head dog?
I'm proud to say I'm a small APBT mix. I only weigh in at about 30 pounds. That's only 25 pounds bigger than my chihuahua mix sister!!!


Dog Rescued From Vick Case Becomes Hero For Pitties Everywhere

"Leo — rescued from heavy chains that confined him as one of the pit bulls in former NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring — is a lover, not a fighter. He now happily frolics in a clown collar as he makes the rounds at the Camino Infusion Center, where he brings comfort to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy."

Leo is my hero.
Leo was rescued from Micheal Vick. He was trained to be a fighter. He was trained to be mean to other dogs. Some might say that he was trained to be a killer.
Most people would hear "Pit bull. Rescued. Fighting." In the same paragraph and automatically assume the dog to be a menace to society- they'd assume he's dangerous- they'd suggest putting him to sleep as soon as possible so he can't wreck havoc around the neighborhood. The town. The city. THE WORLD!!
But, this just wasn't the case for Leo.
Leo is changing opinions about pit bulls everywhere.
Leo is proving to be a pretty good guy.
Once trained to fight, Leo is now being trained to help.
Once fighting in the pits, held back from life by a huge chain- poorly trained and probably just as poorly socialized- Leo is now serving as a service dog at the Camino Infusion Center- the place he goes to bring comfort to patients going through chemotherapy.
Despite his background, despite his looks, despite his breed- Leo is adored by the patients and he easily brings them joy.

“He is wonderful, and all the patients love Leo,” said Paula Reed, the facility’s oncology director. “They really love his eyes and gentleness.”

About six months ago, the shocking truth is, Leo should've died. Officers had raided Vick's Bad Newz Kennels in Smithfield, VA- and, during the raid they found dogs chained to buried car axels. Forensics discovered remains of dogs that had been shot with a .22-caliber pistol, electrocuted, drowned, hanged or slammed to the ground for lacking a desire to fight. Vick was suspended from the Atlanta Falcons and is serving 23 months for pleading guilty in the participation of the dog-fighting operation and helping to kill as many as eight dogs. Not enough, I'd say.

About 50 dogs were rescued.

One of the dogs was put down for being too aggressive. The others were dispersed to sanctuaries and training facilities across the country. One of them was Leo. He ended up in the care of Marthina McClay. After only five weeks of intense training, Leo is now a pussy cat.

It’s the age-old story of second chances. By living his, Leo helps tear down entrenched stereotypes that pit bulls are irredeemable killers.

“Leo is definitely an ambassador to the breed,” McClay said. “The staff at various facilities will say, ‘I will never see pit bulls the same again

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Pete the dog

Now, Petey was one amazing pit bull.

For those of you that don't know who Pete was, remember the dog on the Lil' Rascals? The TV series?? That's Pete. The dog with the circle around his eye. He was an American pit bull terrier; and an amazing one at that.

He's like- this big symbol for pit bull rescue sites and "Ban BSL sites". And, he should be, too. I mean, after all, he spent many hours of his day on set with a bunch of kids. Would a monster really be able to do that without having a thirst for blood?

Well, while on google- Daddy googled "pet pit bulls" and happened to come across a site practically dedicated to Pete's memory. There's all kind of pictures and articles about the dog. Did you know the first Pete was poisoned by an unknown assailant?? That's horrible! Daddy would die if someone poisoned me!! Good thing I'm not into the whole life of glam and glitter. This site even has his Pedigree!! (for those of you that don't know, that's like a family tree but for a dog.) Now, that's some awesome stuff.


The Other dog.

Seriously, it has.
Daddy came home today smelling like another dog!
I couldn't help but wonder what that strange smell was. Was he cheating on me? Did he have a second family with second dogs?
I was curious and even a little frustrated.
But, he let me know exactly what went down. He explained it to me gently, and I listened. "Lilo, I met the most beautiful American pit bull terrier today. Well, the most beautiful male- you're the most beautiful female. He was bigger than you- but he was the same shade of brindle. And, he had the most handsome pit bull grin. This one guy was afraid of the dog- but, once I approached him and (with permission) pet the boys head, I realized this guy just had bad judgement. The dog licked my hand while his tail wagged at the speed of light! Lilo, his tail was wagging almost as fast as yours! I accompied him and his daddy on their walk- and it was so much fun. You're gonna have to meet him one day, Lilo. He was such a sweetheart. And, beautiful, too."
I almost didn't forgive him- then, he brought over someone for me to meet!


Pit Bull Grins

In reference to my other post, here are some handsome pit bull grins I found courtesy of Google.

Some of these dogs are adoptable- as a matter of fact. The handsome black and white one can be found at http://saveashelterpet.blogspot.com/

And, the handsome white one can be found here: http://animalrescuemobile.org/page.cfm?pageID=57

And the adorable white one with the two brownish spots on his head can be found here: http://www.animalfriendsrescue.org/available/dogsavailable.html

The Amazing Pit Bull Grin

What do I think is the best thing about a pit bull?
His grin- pit bulls have a certain grin that only dogs of their breed can produce.
Why would you wanna put an end to that?


Taking Strides

It seems that while it seems some cities and states are falling into this "BSL" bologna, other places are taking small strides ahead and forgetting about the past.
My daddy found some good news while browsing Dogster today, and he was excited to let me know all about it.
It seems, in the Netherlands a 15 year ban on pit bulls has been lifted after it was realized that the ban did NOT stop or reduce dog bites.
What erks my nerves is that it took them 15 years to realize this.
If it didn't reduce the number (percentage??) of dog bites AT ALL, shouldn't they have noticed... say... 14 or 13 years ago?? Seems that way to me.
But, hey, I'm not complaining here. This ban lift will probably save the lives of many of my bully brothers and sisters. After all, every dog should be given a chance.
It's just sad to say a lot of the pitties that were alive 15 years ago, probably didn't live to see this day. But, I'm certain they're watching the Netherlands from the rainbow bridge and their tails are thumping in joy- their eyes watching in amazement. So, all bullies from the Netherlands- this is just another battle we've won in this war called BSL!!!

Now, a different country- one closer to home- my own front yard! I'm taking small strides of my own winning people over and proving that pit bulls, American and staffie, make fine dogs, too. I think I'm finally winning the trust of my daddies family. Which, let me tell you, wasn't an easy trust to earn. They were afraid to let me inside to play with the other dogs. They were afraid I'd get loose and wreck havoc around the neighborhood. At one point, my daddy was even shaking in anger while taking me for my walk because his sister said I'd kill Sandy and Sakura and the cats!!! Why would I do that? I love the cats. I play with Sandy all the time. And, I've sniffed Sakura's butt enough times to know we trust each other. So, why would she go and say that? Also, I LOVE people! And, the people around here love me. I would never hurt any of them. But, the other day, my daddy and his sister took ALL of us doggies for a walk at the same time. Except Chance, my bully brother, but he's old and he doesn't do much walking. And, when they were done, they let us inside!!! I felt so happy all I could do was explore, my tail wagging a million miles a minute!! Since then, they've accused me of being mean less- and finally realized it's Cinnamon with the A-T-EY-TTUDE. But, they're working on training her- so, that's okay. I think if I can win over their complete trust- I can do anything!!!

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Lilo here, first time poster; long time reader

For the curious among you, my name is Lilo!
I am an American pit bull terrier mix in a world gone to the pot.
My daddy says Fort Bragg just recently proposed a BSL law- banning my bully brothers and sisters!- he says that the law hasn't been passed here- but Fort Bragg is right around the corner!
He worries for me- I worry for my family.
The last thing I want humans to have to do is say "Here lies the pit bull."
After all, we've had some great pitties in our world- like, the RCA dog and Pete the dog!!
My daddy loves Pete the dog.
And, then, of course there's me.

I found my way into my daddies heart during the year of 2006- but we'd actually known each other long before then.
See, when I was still young; just one years old; Daddy lived right down the road from me. He was young himself. He was only about 12 years old.
Back then I was with a family that he thought to be good people. But, sadly, they moved and left me behind. For three years he watched as I was passed from family to family; overbred, underfed, abused- until, finally, I disappeared for a while.
He didn't know where I'd went.
He didn't hear about me for a year.
Sadly, he thought he'd never see me again.
Then, his sister took me in.
And, eventually, I ended up in his families care.
Where, the inevitable happened, I claimed him.

It's funny how six years ago I was just the dog down the street and now I'm the dog in his heart.
But, it's all worth it. Because, I love him and he loves me.

And, he says that I'm the best dang dog he could ever have.
Well, of my breed- because, he has four other dogs that are also the best dang dogs. <3

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