we’re having the conversation again. (and wordpress fiascos too)…
Gary Stein from the Sun Sentinel in southern Florida started it. I’ve written to him and apparently he believes the pit bull hype bull, probably has never met a pit bull, wouldn’t know one if the dog licked him, but he asks the readers if they should ban the breed.
I made some comments online, voted (it was 45% for not banning and 55% for banning pit bulls so they could use a lot of input from pit bull lovers/owners esp. in southern Florida) and also emailed him. I spent five long years in southern Florida, went to college there and I am a reporter/editor with a beautiful / adorable pit bull mix so thought I should chime in. You can, too.
During our discussion, it occurred to me that since dog fighting is a BILLION dollar a year business, that people who fight dogs have a financial incentive to keep up the BAD RAP about pit bulls, Good for Business. We are dealing with GREED here, media that wants to sell newspapers and dog fighters that make money exploiting and abusing dogs/pit bulls.
Also, Mr. Stein thinks pit bulls are not safe to have around children… the way he put it was, if he had a kid he would not let them play in a house with pit bulls… now doesn’t that sound scary… a house with pit bulls, ooooooo…
and he also said: “I have a hard time believing that the only problem with pit bulls is bad owners.”
yes, because all people make good parents, and all people are good, right.
Seems like some people have all kinds of excuses for their fear of people and dogs. Fine, keep your fear. Just don’t spread it all over the place.
he also thought that I sent the video below of Leo, former Vick dog, now a therapy dog, because Leo is cuddly. Personally, I don’t think Leo is cuddly. I think he is REALLY REALLY good with people as pit bulls are.
I also sent him the difference between a resident dog and a family pet, below.
My Cici attacks my roommate every morning… with kisses and tail wags (my former landlord used to say that she breaks all tail wagging ordinances).
Cici is a real menace at the neighborhood park when she rolls over on the grass and shows off her pink belly, obscene, Keep your children away !
But Cici is really scary at the mall, or out in public, when she sidles up to people and opens up her mouth, uh oh, to lick their feet and show her belly. Man, what a vicious dog.