on Martha Stewart’s daily wag, she wrote about pit bulls…about what loving overgrown lap and nanny dogs they are…
this is such a welcome post esp. since the marines, in their infinite devil dog mentality wisdom have banned pit bulls and other so-called aggressive dog breeds from marine bases… sure, as if dogs are the marines biggest problem…
here is what I wrote to one reporter of this story…
first of all, the military in its infinite wisdom has no problem sending young men and women into war and battles to die without proper equipment including armor… but they must protect military families from dogs??? I worked as a Newspaper Reporter in 29 Palms, and often followed stories at the Marine base there. The military leaders also had no problem with soldiers abusing their wives and children turning a deaf ear… but hey, it must be aggressive dogs that are the military’s most pressing problems. Basically, these breed specific laws are based upon fear and ignorance.
Most people do not even know what a pit bull is… can you find the pit at the link below there are photos of 40 dogs… which one is the pit???
2. I recently met three survivor dogs from Michael Vick’s kennels… all of these pit bulls (so-called aggressive breed dogs) that have been taken in by Best friends Animal Society, Monterey SPCA, Bad Rap and other animals organizations (millions of dollars spent to take care of them, a tiny percentage paid by Vick, who also has not made ONE inquiry into how ANY of the dogs are doing) have been trained and healed from the terrible traumas they were put through at the hands of violent psychopaths, including Vick, several of the dogs have become therapy dogs, and most are being adopted as loving pets.
3. Perhaps the marines should make sure that ALL breeds of dogs on bases go through such training or none at all… since
in a series of dog temperament tests conducted by the American Temperament Test Society, Pit Bulls had a passing rate of 95 percent.
These tests put different dog breeds through various situations. Some tests involved the participation of strangers. Any sign of aggression and stress from the dog resulted in a failure of the test.
Golden Retrievers scored an 83 percent and Beagles scored a 78 percent.
The American Kennel Club believes Pit Bulls are the ideal family pet and recommended the breed as an especially good dog for children.
The American Temperament Test Society continually ranks Pit Bulls better in temperament than many other breeds. The Airedale Terrier, Basenji, Beagle, Bichon Frise, Border Collie, Chihuahua, Collie, Dachshund(4 of 6 varieties), English Setter, Lhasa Opso, Pomeranian, Shar-Pei, Shiba Inu, Shih Tzu, Schnauzer, and Toy Poodle all score below average and many more far below that of the Pit Bull. Even though these other breeds temperament score is less than average many would not even think twice in their ownership as a family pet.
My sweet rescue dog (3 years old) is part Dalmatian and probably pit bull… She is a loving and gentle dog who has walked away from three fights with other dogs who have attacked her, including a Cairn terrier (Dorothy Toto dog)… But hey, the military is not going to ban Toto from their marine bases, are they???
thank you, Martha !!!