Friday, October 29, 2010

Make your community pit bull friendly!

For those of you living under a rock, I'm a "pit bull" owner (she's actually an American Staffordshire Terrier because pit bull isn't really a breed, but a description of traits). I'm also a member and supporter of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, a rescue group committed to achieving the goal of "No More Homeless Pets." They rescue all species of animal – even pigs and horses – and work to adopt them out to forever homes. If the animal can't be adopted (for health or other reasons), BFAS keeps them for the duration of their lives. This is the case with a handful of the Vicktory Dogs, and that's how I got into supporting their rescue work.

I get their email newsletter and I don't know why I read these harrowing (yet hopeful) stories before I even get out of bed, but I do. I suppose it motivates me in my goal to create a more fair world for my lil bully breed and other abused animals. I wanted to draw attention to an article about Pitbull Awareness Day (which I guess was last Saturday, but I've never been big on "awareness" initiatives, but that's a blog post for another day). It gives some really great information about pitbull stereotyping and how to end it. You can read that article here.

I know that people fear this breed for various reasons, but I know that Juno has assuaged those fears for many people. I think it's important to remember that not all dogs are created equal, as is the same with people. Some are raised to be aggressive but it's not due to their breed, it's due to their training. Yes, pit bulls do bite, but so do other breeds, while pit bulls bites are often mis- or over-reported; they also score highly in temperament testing.

Of course, there are going to be people who disagree with all of this, and that's fine. I just don't care to know you. So make sure you cross the street when you see me and my dog, because you have a better chance of getting hit by a car doing so than walking next to us and having my dog attack you. Keep your ignorance to yourself; I'm not interested in anyone spewing hate here. But, if you're interested in promoting fair dangerous dog legislation in your community (unlike the breed ban in Denver, one that specifically targets pits and not dangerous dogs in general), you can find info here.

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