You know the rep pit bulls have. Vicious fighting dogs. Maulers. Baby killers. Sounds a little like certain despotic rulers we've encountered in recent years.
And it's all bull (pun totally intended).
At this point, if you still believe all that crap, you're either completely ignorant or just plain stupid. You really think that dogs are that ferocious just because of their breed? That's like still believing that Indians are savages, out to steal your scalp and rape your women.
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It makes me sick that people are still such breedists. That's right, I said it. People who feel negatively towards pit bulls just because they're pits are breedists.
And there are assholes out there like Michael Vick who perpetuate the myth by maintaining dog fighting rings. I actually have to thank him, because if he wasn't famous, that story never would have gotten the attention it did. Think about it, how many times do you see a dog fighting story on the national news? (Then think about how many times you see pit bull attacks on the news. Yeah. Breedism.)
Want to know why those pit bulls are so "vicious"?
Because they are thrown into a ring and made to fight for their lives. Don't you think you might be a little ferocious and desperate if you were in that situation?
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I'm the first to admit that pit bulls are a headstrong bunch. But that's not a bad thing in and of itself. They are naturally very sweet, loyal, and gentle -- but all that changes once they are put into an environment where they are abused, neglected, and taught to be violent. It's not unlike how serial killers are made -- put a child through enough crap, and his brain will break into something irreparable and often violent.
And that can happen to any dog, anywhere. A dog without training is a dangerous dog. If you put your sappy, dopey yellow lab into a dog fighting ring, she will absolutely come out of there a killer. Beat her and abuse her, and she will bite the first baby who uses her as a crutch to stand up.
The bottom line is this: you have to pick the dog that's right for your family. And for the love of god, don't even get a dog if you can't take the time to train it.
I've been bitten and attacked by three dogs in my life. One was a Chihuahua. One was a Dalmatian. And one was a Labrador. That big ex-fighting pit bull that lived next to me? Helped raise my puppy and never once displayed the slightest aggression -- because he was in a loving home.
How do you feel about pit bulls?
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