Pit Bulls, Lovers Not Fighters

Pit Bulls die needlessly every day because of the weight of negative stereotypes perpetuated for more than a decade. In truth, they are good dogs and make great family pets, as capable of love and good deeds as any other dog. They were in recent history known as the “nanny dog” because they are so good with children.There are countless instances of pit bulls saving people, and yet they are reviled because a dog that looked like “the type” was reported to have hurt someone or someone’s dog.

Author Ken Foster sits down with Steve Dale to discuss his book “I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet.”

 

14 comments
IndyAgent
IndyAgent

My sister has a pit bull who was sweet as could be to humans, but attacked both of my dogs. I am a bit leery of this breed.

haroldgardner
haroldgardner

I have known some really great pit bulls, but I think the highly publicized bad experiences frighten many.  I wished that we could figure out a way to ban bad owners.

Lynn OConnell
Lynn OConnell

It's such a big problem. A good friend had to put down her two beautiful pit bulls because her landlord refused to allow them to stay, she couldn't afford to move, and she couldn't find a rescue group or an adopter she trusted. She had raised these dogs from puppies and they were gentle and sweet. It was tragic, yet turned out the landlord had a legal right to do it, even though dogs were allowed on her lease. Horrible story but not the only one.

jruthkelly1
jruthkelly1

I grew up hearing nothing but negative about pit bulls for the obvious reasons you touch on here. But then my next door neighbor took a stray one in. She was a lover of all things 4-legged and homeless. And that love was reflected in the dog's behavior. He was a big teddy bear. They do have a powerful energy and it can be daunting with combined with their overall tarnished reputation. But this one dog was my first and only personal experience and I was impressed. Great post, Mary!

DES Daughter
DES Daughter

Very informative, thanks for spreading light on this Mary

mgilstrap19
mgilstrap19

Great interview, not sure I'm as enthusastic as he is, because I have people around me who have had bad situations with these dogs. I had my own dog attacked by one up the street, we were walking on the sidewalk, the owners were in the rear of their yard did not keep their dogs on a leash and they got loose and attacked my dog. I used my crutch to stop the dog and he retreated, and the owner grabbed him before much damage was done. I was on the sidewalk and not in their yard.   I know not all dogs are like this, but I'm still very cautious

JessicaSala
JessicaSala

Love this and love how much you post good news about pitties in this blog.  I am the owner of 2 wonderful pitbulls and wish that everyone knew what loving, caring, loyal dogs they are :)  thank you for continuing to spread the good pittie word :) 

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  1. […] Pit Bulls die needlessly every day because of the weight of negative stereotypes perpetuated for more than a decade. In truth, they are good dogs and make great family pets, as capable of love and good deeds as any other dog. They were in recent history known as the “nanny dog” because they are so good with children.There are countless instances of pit bulls saving people, and yet they are reviled because a dog that looked like “the type” was reported to have hurt someone or someone’s dog. Author Ken Foster sits down with Steve Dale to discuss his book “I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet.”  […]