The Contoversary Of Pit Bulls

@pyewacket (44036)
United States
July 22, 2007 11:02pm CST
while looking at one video on YouTube, I was introduced to two others, and there are more...they are videos on pit bulls... There's a lot of misconceptions and downright stupidity I think over the pit-bull breed--sadly, amongst all other breeds, this breed of dog has been singled out as being vicious killers, and true, there have been horrendous stories about mauling by pit bulls, and pit bulls have had the connection of the breed of choice by dog breeders who raise them for pit bull fights.... The point is, it's not the breed of dog itself, but how they have been used and abused for such horrendous activities as dog fights. These two video prove that pit bulls can be as affectionate and loving as any other dog. And no, don't let the name of the first video throw you...it's not what you think http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3JzKR_hLzo&NR=1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk5Bdq4YzoI&NR=1
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• United States
23 Jul 07
I am so with you on this. It IS all in how you treat the animal. ANY animal if you ask me!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
24 Jul 07
Couldn't agree with you more!
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
23 Jul 07
Thanks for sharing those. I believe that any dog could be capable of the things that pitbulls are accused of. I believe its all in the way a dog is raised. I have a video on my myspace that you might want to see. Let me know and I will PM you the link to it.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
23 Jul 07
Okay --PM me...like to see
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• United States
23 Jul 07
I live in a community where it seems the dog of choice around these parts is pit bulls. These dogs were brought up in loving families, and not a one of them has ever growled or showed even the slightest bit of aggression towards anyone that may be walking along the street. What a majority of people forget about is that most animals have warning signs before any potential attack may incur. It's these warnings that some people do not recognize or at some point fail to recognize, thus landing them in a potentially dangerous situation. Kids most of all should be taught these warning signs, and should never be allowed to approach or allow the approach of a strange dog (no matter what breed of dog it is). Furthermore, I do not believe wiping out one breed of dog will do away with dog related attacks, there are several different breeds of dogs that have attacked humans. Does this mean we wipe out the entire dog population? No, it means we need to further educate humans and make sure that dogs are getting the appropriate training and socializing that they need to prevent such attacks from occurring. It's like the saying goes "treat others, as you would like to be treated" this same saying can be applied to the animal kingdom.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
24 Jul 07
It definitely be so inhuman to wipe out various breeds of dogs if they have a so-called "reputation"...so much depends on how they were raised, and not just pitbulls--any breed of dog if taught to be attackers will be attackers...why even a small dog like a chihuhua could be a vicious killer if taught to be so
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• United States
24 Jul 07
It's true anything that is trained or abused often enough while still in the stages of being young, will grow up with the mind to attack and/or kill. Humans can be just as bad when raised in similar situations that some animals are. That is why I think it is just ridiculous to put down an entire breed, just because of a certain "reputation" it may have. There are thousands of dog attacks each year, but the only one that has been hyped up is one's by pit bulls, because they have the reputation to being bred only for fighting purposes. Which isn't true. If brought up in the right situation every breed of animal can be loving and tender with it's human companion.
@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
23 Jul 07
I agree 100%. My cousin owns a pitbull, and it is the sweetest thing. Yet I work for a police Dept and we had to shoot one the other day. It was the owners fault, the dogs (2, one was put down by Animal Control) were raised by "lovely" people if you know what I mean, got out, killed 3 puppies, then charged an officer. It's not the breed though, it was how they were raised. We have had to shoot Rottweilers, shepperds, and even a little dog, can't remember the breed. If an officer feels endangered, then they have to make that decision. It doesn't matter what the breed is. I am a dog lover, have been all my life. I really hate to see all the hate focused on these poor animals.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
24 Jul 07
Oh, I do know what you mean by being raised by "lovely" people...and I just bet the police didn't like the idea of shooting the dog
• United States
24 Jul 07
actually, they don't. It is really sad sometimes, all the strays and other animal abuses we see.
@sacmom (14314)
• United States
23 Jul 07
Although I didn't get a chance to look at the videos (it takes forever with dial up) I wanted to say thank you for sharing the links. I get so tired of these controversies over certain breeds of dogs. One almost never hears of the little dogs being vicious and yet the smaller breeds like cocker spaniels, Pomeranians, etc, tend to be more dangerous than the big dogs. This is something I've noticed personally. I know it depends on certain factors, like how they were bred and raised. This goes for any breed of dog. It's just sad that some breeds gets targeted out as vicious killers. :(
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
24 Jul 07
I know...smaller dogs can be just as vicious since many have a high strung nature to begin with....Yes, so much depends on how the dogs were breed and raised
• United States
23 Jul 07
An animal is what you make it....if you treat it badly it behaves badly, plain and simple. And all animals have a treshhold on good behavior, you keep messing with the animal it will eventually turn on you. Animals aren't stupid and they know when you are messing with them.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
24 Jul 07
It's a shame that so many pit bulls are treated so badly...that's why they have such a bad reputation
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
25 Jul 07
I agree 100% with you- It is not the breed of the dog all the time- but it has something to do with the breed also- I think any dog can be mean- Even if you raise it with love and caring- a dog can snap at any time and attack- whether it be a Pit Bull or a wiener dog- just the pit bull can do more damage- I would never own a Pit Bull – because I have a child and I’m not willing to take that chance- But I don’t think all Pit Bulls are bad- just the ones that are mistreated and raised into fighting dogs- even watch (guard) dogs.
• United States
23 Jul 07
I owned a pit bull. His name was Fester. He was so sweet and so lovable. Wouldn't hurt anyone. He was scared of his own shadow. My neighbors thought he was vicious because he was a pit and when I left town overnight, they took Fester out and shot him. I could never prove it and couldn't get anything done about it. Any breed of dog will be mean if you make them that way. Had my dog been mean, he wouldn't have been my dog but my neighbors just saw the pit bull and automatically thought he was mean.
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23 Jul 07
I own a staffordshire bull terrier and shes my lil angel shes really soft, and play ful i dont think its the dogs fault for how things come across and how there potrayed in the news i think its all to do with its owner and how they treat it mine is 18months old and shes good around kids when we got her we always have my sisters kids at my house n soo forth so she interacted with them and got to know them and how to be gentle with them thats how we got my dog to be good around children brough her up around them showing her that there just like her small and fragile anyway i think pit bulls make great pets for any type of family really loving and friendly
@pendragon (3352)
• United States
23 Jul 07
I used to run a dog shelter and used to re-hab abused pitbulls.Thank you for this post and taking up their part.They are sweet,loving ,agile energetic creatures.I'd like five minutes alone with Michael Vick.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
23 Jul 07
Like all dogs, Pitbull are very smart dogs. It takes strong character to raise Pitbull puppy. I believe that dog’s behavior is related to owners love and discipline. I would punish people who raise dogs for fight. ALL dogs are smart, loving and caring. All they need is love.
@brendakaya (2335)
• United States
23 Jul 07
I sat and cried through the "save me" one, it breaks my heart that these dogs are used to fight and are treated so horribly. We have had newa in our local papers, about dog fighting, recently and this thing with that athlete, Vick, I think is the name, is in the news. I can't stand to read, or hear about it, without crying. It's so sad. This video proves, that they can be just as loving, as any other breed of dog. I hate people that abuse animals, and I truly wish that they would more than triple any penalties for this offense. It's disgusting, and so are those that condone it.
@mindyja25 (181)
• United States
23 Jul 07
I have a four year old pit who is the most loving dog. I hate how people put them down and give them a bad name. My dog is great with kids he is about 70 pounds so when he is around the kids we do watch very close just incase he will knock one of the kids down. Most of the time he doesn't but he's just so big sometimes he will lean over on them and he weights more then they do. He loves being inside and sleeping in my bed. I know some of them have turned on their owners but I know other dogs that have done the same they are just not in the media.