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Pit Bull Week

Are you following Pit Bull week on HuffPost?  You should be…

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HuffPost Green is launching a week-long, community-driven effort to bust the myths and raise awareness about pit bulls, a maligned “breed” that often bears the brunt of dated, discriminatory legislation that can make it near impossible for these dogs to find a forever home.

You can follow along with HuffPost Pit Bull Week here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/pit-bulls/

 or on Facebook and Twitter where we’ll be using the hashtag #‎PitBullWeek.

Adorable photos of pit bulls

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/28/my-pit-bull_n_5625605.html

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Pit bulls have long been popular family pets, noted for their affection and loyalty, but you don’t hear much about gentle, loving pit bulls in the media because a well-behaved dog doesn’t make headlines.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-bershadker/what-puts-pit-bulls-in-pe_b_5626508.html

Pit bull heroes

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/29/pit-bulls-heroic-happy-and-good_n_5563496.html

And hopefully, we will have an interview with a very special guest this week, a pit bull named Susie and her mom, Donna. On Sunday August 3, this weekend, a movie about their very amazing life together will be on TV. The movie is called Susie’s Hope.

Stay tuned !!!

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Pit Bull Paparrazzi

There are pro pit bull lovers and those against. Unfortunately for innocent dogs like Lennox and Wicca and too many more dogs, some of the folks who hate pit bulls and/or are afraid of them do not know what they are talking about but have a public platform to express their opinions pretending to be facts (newspaper editors and reporters). Everyone is entitled to their opinion AND when they state opinions as if they are FACTS it is misleading and causes mass hysteria which leads to abuse and death to innocent dogs. It’s just that plain and simple.

As a newspaper reporter and editor, I know that “whatever bleeds leads” and headline stories. Most people know that is because scary stories (as well as sex scandals) sell newspapers.  Karen Delise in The Pit Bull Placebo effectively outlines the media’s role in shaping people’s perceptions of dogs as well as known factors that produce ‘dangerous dogs’.  Many people do not know, recognize or print these factors in newspapers and magazines. What they too often do is perpetuate myths (locking jaw, unpredictable dogs, born to maul and other such FICTION). To some, truth may be in the eye of the reader but OBJECTIVE FACTS are not the same as opinions nor myths. Objective facts are credible and are backed up by experts and studies whereas myths are refuted and opinions are anyone’s thoughts or beliefs which cannot be substantiated. Gravity is FACT while the moon is made of swiss cheese is a myth.

My personal observation of these anti pit bull CRAZIES are that they are mad, angry, fearful people who bash dogs and sane loving people for the sake of THEIR OWN ISSUES. Instead of dealing with their own STUFF, they project onto dogs what is INSIDE of themselves.

When Mother Teresa was once asked why she dedicated her life to the poor and needy of Calcutta, she is said to have replied: ”Because I realized that I had a Hitler within me and decided to turn around and do good.”

Barbara Kay and the other anti pit bull spreaders of lies, myths and fiction would do well to heed that sage advice.

From Karen Delise’s Pit Bull Placebo,  The Pit Bull Paparrazzi traffic in myths and pseudoscience.

“In 1987, over 800 newspaper articles were printed in which “Pit bulls” were headlined.

Over a decade later, the media is unrelenting:

• 2004, over 900 newspaper articles were printed in which “Pit bulls” were in the headline.

• In 2005, there were an incredible 1,700+ newspaper articles which headlined the words, “Pit bull.”

• In 2006, the media continues to exploit the Pit bull with an unprecedented 2,800+ newspaper articles vying for their readers’ attention with the words “Pit bull” in the headlines.”

A recent case of anti pit bull hate mongering was published in the National Post, a Canadian newspaper (that appears to be of the same ilk as the New York Post known for its scandalous headlines and articles filled with myths) with a blaring headline about how (ALL) Pit Bulls are Bred to Maul (people and should be banned/killed).

Anyone who knows breed history knows that true fighting dogs do not show any aggression towards humans whatsoever. Human aggression was in fact considered a major fault, so if a dog showed any human aggression it would be destroyed and the line would not be bred from anymore. Handlers were in the pit with the dogs during a fight and would not be so if they thought there was any danger.

So if it said Pit Bulls are Bred to Give Kisses to People While Shopping at the Mall, I would agree. Because pit bulls LOVE to lick, live to lick… Cici barked at a couple the other day because they walked by her without saying hello to her, the nerve. She LOVES people as do her canine brethren. They were bred to LOVE people. And cannot hold their Licker. Sometimes she will spend 20 minutes licking me. One time, I saw her lick another dog at a dog park for at least an hour. Pit Bulls are Bred to Lick. Yes, they are. This clerk at Trader Joe’s and I were talking about our dogs the other day. She has a German Shepherd she said who is a love bug but very protective of her. Hah, I said, well, my dog has to wag her tail and say hello to EVERYONE and show them her belly. The mailmen, UPS, FedEx, anyone who comes to the door, people that walk by her at the park down the street. She is very gentle with kids, LOVES men and people in wheelchairs. A few times lately, she sat nicely waiting for people to come over and say hello and/or give her a treat. I did not train her to do any of this. She came this way. I would not know how to train her to do this. She was born to LOVE. She waits patiently outside my roommate’s door in the morning so she can say hello to him and show him her belly. Every morning. She was born this way. 

Barbara Kay says:

Fact: When it comes to dog bites, it very often is the breed. Each year, about one PB in 100,000 kills someone, compared with one non-PB in about 10 million. About one adopted PB in 30,000 kills or disfigures someone after passing behavioral screening. (Other dangerous breeds, like Rottweilers and Huskies do plenty of damage too; more on them another time).”

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/08/01/barbara-kay-on-ontarios-pit-bull-ban-pit-bulls-are-bred-to-maul/

I refute her so-called opinions pretending to be facts with these actual FACTS…

There are no incidents to date of a spayed/neutered indoor family pit bull ever having killed anyone.

…[S]ince 1975, dogs belonging to more than 30 breeds have been responsible for fatal attacks on people, including Dachshunds, a Yorkshire Terrier, and a Labrador Retriever.” (It’s also key to point out that you are more likely to be killed by lightening than a dog, and dog bites are at historic lows.)

http://stubbydog.org/2012/05/pit-bulls-by-the-numbers/

 

But she is just demonizing dogs for the sake of entertainment and to keep dogs banned. I wrote to the opinionator Barbara Kay to refute her hysteria derived opinions disguised as facts (all unsubstantiated of course but she has her refuted sources)… to let her know that I did not appreciate that articles like hers are the reason millions of innocent dogs are killed, abused and attacked. 

What I received in return was insults and name calling… First, she called Karen Delise a nut case. Then she called me a nazi. And finally, said that she has noticed that all pit bull owners/lovers have lower IQ’s than normal people. This was in response to my Stated and Linked FACTS. 

Really… well, when you have NO Defense for your outrageous LIES and MYTHS, then what else can you do but attack by calling people names and insult them and then say it is not personal?

According to Barbara KKK (the Queen of the Kill K9s Koalition), it is also pit bulls fault because too many dogs are in shelters and get killed. Hello. A majority of the dogs in shelters ARE pit bulls and get killed because they ARE pit bull types/mixes. 

Kay states:

According to Merritt Clifton, for decades a statistics-driven investigative reporter in this field, PBs accounted for 930,000 shelter killings in 2011, 60% of the U.S. total, even though they represent 3.3% of the dog population. PBs also account for 51% of dogs impounded for attacking other animals. Each year, from 33% to 45% of the total U.S. PB population enters an animal shelter, “a phenomenon never seen with any other dog breed.” Clifton says there are few accidental PB births, “because nothing resembling a pit bull occurs in nature.”

WHAT???

“First, Clifton’s statistics incorporate “press accounts” of dog attacks which are notoriously inaccurate.  The press is in no way qualified to make breed determinations, nor are Animal Control, veterinarians, or law enforcement.  In addition, with the press calling any and all dogs that can pass for a “pit bull” a “pit bull” (which is a type, not a breed), what will victims of dog attacks and witnesses most likely say the “breed” in question was?  And as Clifton himself notes, his statistics are “by no means a complete list of fatal and otherwise serious dog attacks,” which means that there is little one could accurately conclude from Clifton’s “statistics.”

http://www.nopitbullbans.com/debunking-merritt-clifton/

Then Kay goes on, 

“Denialists all quote each other’s baseless statements in an endless loop, and parrot the same Manchurian-candidates mantras: “My PB may lick you to death”; “all dogs bite”; “It’s the owner, not the breed”; “the pit bull was the most popular family pet in America.”

These are all myths. Dog-sales statistics show that PBs were never that popular in America; and they were never bred for anything but fighting.”

Apparently, she never heard of Petey the Little Rascal Dog. And Stubby. And so many other famous pit bulls.  Nor has she ever heard facts stated by world renowned dog experts and dog trainers such as Victoria Stilwell, Cesar Millan, Justin Silver and Jim Crosby who have and/or have worked with pit bulls, fearful and dangerous dogs for YEARS. Victoria and Cesar offered to rehome both Lennox and Wicca at their own expense. And Jim Crosby works with truly dangerous dogs every day and has for the past 25 years.

“Let’s look at the “qualifications” of the only evaluation that the BCC or Court accepted.  The BCC “evaluator” is, admittedly, a former police Constable.  So am I, except that instead of being a Constable, the equivalent here in the US to a base Patrolman, I retired as a Lieutenant and Watch Commander, the UK equivalent of a full Inspector with the Metropolitan Police.  I am also a certified Behavior Consultant (he has no such training), have been certified as a Professional Dog Trainer, and am trained and certified as a behavior evaluator by several organizations-and he is not.  I have further, over the years, worked with, trained, and evaluated what are probably over a thousand Pit Bulls and other breeds prohibited in the UK, certainly more than the BCC evaluator.

“…And frankly, if their evaluator thinks that Lennox was the “most dangerous dog” he had ever seen,-please come meet some of the guys I have handled and evaluated after they have killed humans.  I have seen more dangerous Cocker Spaniels.”

http://canineaggression.blogspot.com/2012/07/lennox-gloves-come-off.html

In regards to Wicca, accused in Montreal of two bite incidents, Crosby said:

“Jim Crosby, retired police lieutenant and canine dog bite investigator from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in Jacksonville, Florida, who has invaluable experience with dangerous dog issues, has contacted the shelter and city officials on Thursday to offer his assistance. http://www.northcountrygazette.org/2011/10/24/the_wrong_way/

“Crosby says he finds it hard to believe they want to kill this dog over what, even if it WAS a bite has to be rated minor- what I would term a low Level 3 incident on the Dunbar bite assessment scale-and based on the one photo I am not persuaded it was caused by teeth.”

http://www.northcountrygazette.org/2012/07/26/death_order/

Wicca saved her owner’s life, was far from a vicious dog and was killed by the city of Montreal because she was a pit bull.

“Pit bulls were the dog of choice for famous personages such as Helen Keller, Laura Ingalls Wilder (of Little House on the Prairie fame), and President Theodore Roosevelt.

Meanwhile, pit bulls were chosen as mascots by the Buster Brown shoe company and by the United States itself, which featured pit bulls on American propaganda posters for each of the first two world wars.

“Fittingly, the first dog decorated with medals by the armed forces was one Sgt. Stubby. In the first world war, Sgt. Stubby not only survived being twice wounded in combat, but captured a German spy and saved his entire platoon from a poison gas attack.

“In 1903, an American Pit Bull Terrier named Bud became the first dog to travel across the entire US via car. He accompanied the first humans to make a non-stop journey cross country by automobile, but his fame eclipsed theirs, as newspapers in cities across America featured a goggle-wearing Bud.”

http://www.pitbulls.org/article/brief-history-american-pit-bull-terrier

Delise, “…for over half a century in between, 1920 to 1970, millions of Bulldogs, Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers,  American Staffordshire Terriers and all their mixed breed cousins served Americans well in every possible capacity and circumstance.

Kay goes on…

“All dogs bite, but few do serious damage on a statistically consistent basis. Some PBs may lick you; others may maul you. Nobody can predict their behaviour — not even celebrated dog whisperer César Milan, as a recent YouTubed episode rather horrifyingly demonstrated. The fact is, even responsible owners cannot prevent PB attacks. Most killer PBs were raised in loving homes and seemed sweet — until they attacked.”

What Cesar Millan says about BSL :

http://bydogpeople.com/2011/07/11/cesar-millan-pit-bull-ban/

She reiterates the myth that pit bulls are unpredictable and more likely to bite people than other dogs.

That is fiction. There are known factors that contribute to dogs of all breeds biting. If the dog is male, not neutered, kept chained or roams loose in a pack, these are ALL known factors in dog bites/attacks. Dogs of ALL breeds. Also a female dog usually chained with a litter of newborn puppies, guard dogs, abused dogs, sick dogs, neglected dogs, starved dogs and unsocialized dogs.

And all dogs, before they do bite, gives warning signs.

Dogs who are the top biters are daschunds.

Pit bulls bite harder than other dogs. When Dr. Brady Barr did a comparative bite-pressure study among pits, German shepherds and Rottweiler for National Geographic, pits came in last.

And Pits will “turn’’ on you because they’re hard-wired to kill. The former Vick dogs disprove that.

 

Back to Kay’s fantasies disguised as facts.

“Semyonova says, “There is no temperament test or behaviour test that can predict or assure that a pit bull won’t suddenly do what it was bred to do.” PB “impulsive aggression” is a genetically carried trait and strongly heritable. By seven months, those cuddly pups usually start attacking other animals without provocation. Small children are at particular risk for harm because they are easy prey.”

NO dog of ANY BREED should EVER be left alone with a child. NEVER EVER.

And this assertion has been PROVEN INCORRECT.

“Yes, abused, starved, endlessly-chained or desperately cornered dogs of other breeds will fight, but not to the death like PBs. Once PBs attack (without warning, unlike other breeds), with their characteristic grab-and-shake death lock, they are so pain-insensitive they are almost impossible to dislodge.”

Semyonova’s book claims that the pit bull has a chemical imbalance in its brain that causes it to “snap”,  a different chemical make up in the brain says Semyonova, however, doesn’t she does NOT cite ANY sources proving this. No names of researches, no date of research, no nothing.

There’s no scientific data to back that up. They’ve actually studied pit bulls and found that the pit bull skull is no different than any other dog. There’s no locking mechanism. Just as there is no chemical imbalance causing them to snap.

Dr. Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia wrote:

“The few studies which have been conducted of the structure of the skulls, mandibles and teeth of pit bulls show that, in proportion to their size, their jaw structure and thus its inferred functional morphology, is no different than that of any breed of dog. There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of “locking mechanism” unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier.”

More creative fiction from Kay, as she cites Clifton’s fantasy stats.

Here are the true facts:

Dog attacks: 33    …(and just 15 in 2011)

With a US population of 311,591,917 (July 2011) and that year’s 15 dog attack fatalities, your chances of dying in a dog attack (from all breeds combined) is 1 in 20,772,794….almost 21 MILLION! One in over *30 MILLION* from a Pit-Bull or Pit-Mix.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/john-w-rosa/pit-bull-attacks-you-may-as-well-plan-to-retire-on-lottery-winnings/467491906604123

Then Kay says, “Bans work.”

well, no, they do not work in the real world.

BSL does not eliminate dog bite incidents…

http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/media-center/

Dog-bite related fatalities are so extremely rare that not even a state could ban enough dogs to insure that they had prevented even one. (Consider: in Denver, Colorado, after they banned pit bull dogs in 1989, they had another dog bite related fatality in the Denver area, involving another type of dog.)

Spain, Italy, Great Britain and the Netherlands have all reported that their breed specific regulations have not produced a reduction in dog bite incidents. The Toronto Humane Society surveyed health departments throughout the province of Ontario, and reported that the breed ban enacted in 2005 had not produced a reduction in dog bites. In Winnipeg, Manitoba, after the city banned one type of dog, dog bites actually rose, just involving other types of dogs. Reports from Denver, Colorado, Miami-Dade, Florida, Prince George’s County, Maryland, and Omaha, Nebraska all tell the same story.

After a few exchanges with her, it became clear to me that Kay writes the trash she calls objective journalism, fair and balanced, my dog’s rear end, so that she can fight with sane people and call them names.  How mature and professional, NOT.

Apparently Kay bases her opinions pretending to be facts on these type of statistics which are stats based upon news media headlines NOT real dog bite statistics 

http://bslnews.org/2012/01/24/the-real-dog-bite-statistics-plus-media-myths-colleen-lynn-exposed/

real dog bite statistics can be found here 

http://www.nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com

from The Pit Bull Placebo by Karen Delise 

“…for over half a century in between, 1920 to 1970, millions of Bulldogs, Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers,  American Staffordshire Terriers and all their mixed breed cousins served Americans well in every possible capacity and circumstance.

Perception of dogs as killers is skewed

“…Fact: In 2002 over 420 children were killed as the direct result of physical abuse by a parent or a guardian (this number does not include death from neglect).

Fact: The majority of physical abuse deaths of children were inflicted by fathers or father-type men (stepfathers, live-in boyfriends).

Conclusion: Therefore, fathers are statistically the most dangerous of all persons.

The media vastly over-reports Pit bull attacks as compared to other dog attacks (and does not usually point out the other dogs breeds in headline)…

Another reporter thinks Kay’s opinions are skewed to the dark side.
“Two days ago, Barbara Kay, a columnist at the National Post, blasted pit bulls and spoke out in favor of breed specific legislation to keep these dogs out of Ontario.

Not only is she in favor of keeping the Ontario, Canada ban in effect, but she is adamant in her belief that “pit bulls are bred to maul.”

A damning, blanket statement.

http://www.examiner.com/article/national-post-columnist-blasts-pit-bulls

Kay would never read this, about real dogs, real heroes because they do not fit in with her fantasy world of Demon Dogs. Too bad.

http://bslnews.org/pit-bull-heroes-hall-of-fame/

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Pit bull myths

END BSL… Breed Discrimination in America

http://www.examiner.com/article/breed-discrimination-america?cid=db_articles

http://bslnews.org/2012/01/24/the-real-dog-bite-statistics-plus-media-myths-colleen-lynn-exposed/

Lies, negative stereotypes and myths

In the book Pit Bull Placebo by Karen Delise discusses how dogs of various breeds have been demonized since the 1800’s. People’s perception of ‘dangerous dogs’ has changed over the centuries.

http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/uploaded_files/publications/230603563_Pit%20Bull%20Placebo.pdf

Consider the impact of these images imprinted upon the human psyche  …

l. Eliza and her baby (Uncle Tom’s Cabin) being chased by snarling teeth gnashing Bloodhounds.

2. Super-predator Nazi guard Doberman Pinscher dogs became a symbol of cruelty

3. The Time Bomb Pit Bull depicted on the cover of Time magazine

“My kids are around pit bulls every day. In the ’70s they blamed Dobermans, in the ’80s they blamed German shepherds, in the ’90s they blamed the Rottweiler. Now they blame the pit bull.”    Cesar Millan.  “Pit bulls get a bad rap because of irresponsible owners.”

From the Pit Bull Placebo

“…for over half a century in between, 1920 to 1970, millions of Bulldogs, Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers,  American Staffordshire Terriers and all their mixed breed cousins served Americans well in every possible capacity and circumstance.

‘…The first half of the 20th century finds new and different breeds involved in fatal/severe attacks. Collies, Boston Terriers, St. Bernards, Airedale Terriers, Great Danes, Chow chows, German police dogs (German Shepherds), Doberman Pinschers, and Huskies were only some of the new breeds seen in aggressive encounters with humans.”

A combination of the media’s need for scary pit bull stories (to sell papers), dog fighters using bully breeds for fighting, and society’s need to blame dogs for humanity’s problems have joined together to give the pit bull a very bad rap.

“…The early 1980s find the media continuously churning out emotionally charged articles about Pit bull anatomy and behaviors that were based on rumors, myths and unproven claims by both experts and laymen.

“When Pit bulls lost an arranged street fight they were subjected to unimaginable cruelty and violent deaths, because they became a source of embarrassment or failed to uphold the machismo image of their owners.”

“…In 2004 the media reported this Pit bull attacked and killed a 4-year-old boy. It was not reported that this chained, intact male dog was visibly underweight with numerous old scars on his head and neck. Veterinarian examination revealed the dog was heartworm positive, flea-infested, and suffering from internal parasites (hookworms). He was anemic with a low-grade fever and was diagnosed as having very poor body condition and muscle mass. Stress and wear marks along the teeth suggest the dog did not receive adequate nutrition during development. The dog was poorly socialized and very fearful.”

Elevate the conversation

Find the pit…

Many people have never met a pit bull and could not pick one out of a lineup such as this…

http://www.pickthepit.com/

Pit bulls are not a breed of dog, there are numerous breeds all lumped together and called pit bull…American Pit Bull Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Bull Dogs, Bull Terriers or mixed breeds that have the appearance or characteristics of one of these breeds…

Does this make ANY sense?

http://loveandaleash.com/2012/06/21/one-of-these-dogs-is-or-is-not-like-the-other-defining-a-pit-bull-dog/

There are NO incidents to date of a spayed/neutered indoor family pit bull ever having killed anyone.

…[S]ince 1975, dogs belonging to more than 30 breeds have been responsible for fatal attacks on people, including Dachshunds, a Yorkshire Terrier, and a Labrador Retriever.” (It’s also key to point out that you are more likely to be killed by lightening than a dog, and dog bites are at historic lows.)

http://stubbydog.org/2012/05/pit-bulls-by-the-numbers/

Pit Bull: Fact or Fiction

1:  Pit bulls are inherently dangerous, as the Maryland Court of Appeals recently labeled them.

Fiction

It’s all in the upbringing, the socialization, and how their owners treat them.

German Shepherd Dog, American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT), and Rottweiler were tested using a bite sleeve equipped with a specialized computer instrument to measure bite pressure. The APBT had the least amount of pressure of the 3 dogs tested. (Source: Dr. Brady Barr of National Geographic)

“There is no scientific evidence that one kind of dog is more likely than another to injure a human being than any other kind of dog.[i][ii] In fact, there is affirmative evidence to the contrary.[iii]

http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dogbites/whatisadogbite/

Numerous places have recently repealed their bans on pit bulls/bully breeds aka Breed Specific Legislation.

Cincinnati Ohio’s vicious dog ordinance, which previously made ownership of pit bulls within city limits illegal has been repealed.

http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/blog-3479-cincinnati_pit_bull_ban_repealed.html

http://willmydoghateme.com/animal-welfare/why-bsl-not-dogs-should-be-banned

DeKalb County ban repealed

http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/dekalb-lifts-pit-bull-1433546.html

2. Pit bulls have locking jaws that make it virtually impossible to separate a pit bull from people or animals they bite.

Fiction.  There’s no scientific data to back that up. They’ve actually studied it and found that the pit bull skull is no different than any other dog. There’s no locking mechanism.

Dr. Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia wrote:

“The few studies which have been conducted of the structure of the skulls, mandibles and teeth of pit bulls show that, in proportion to their size, their jaw structure and thus its inferred functional morphology, is no different than that of any breed of dog. There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of “locking mechanism” unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier.”

3.

Pit bulls are unpredictable and more likely to bite people than other dogs.

Fiction. There are known factors that contribute to dogs of all breeds biting and becoming dangerous. If the dog is male, not neutered, kept chained or roams loose in a pack, etc.

Factors that affect a dog’s tendency toward aggression include reproductive status, sex, early experience and socialization/training. According to the Centers for Disease Control, these concerns are well-founded, given that:

More than 70 percent of all dog bite cases involve unneutered male dogs.

An unneutered male dog is 2.6 times more likely to bite than is a neutered dog.

A chained or tethered dog is 2.8 times more likely to bite than a dog not chained or tethered.

97 percent of dogs involved in fatal attacks on people in 2006 (the most recent year statistics are available) were not spayed/neutered.

A female dog usually chained with a litter of newborn puppies

Guard dogs

Abused dogs

Neglected dogs

Starved dogs

Unsupervised dogs, roaming loose

Unsocialized dogs

All dogs, before they bite, give warning signals.

Three MOST aggressive breeds

The number one aggressive breed out of the 33 dogs surveyed, The Dachshund. Yes – the wiener dog. The study found that “one in five dachshunds have bitten or tried to bite strangers, and a similar number have attacked other dogs; one in 12 have snapped at their owners.”

“Number two on the list is an even more diminutive breed – the Chihuahua, while Jack Russells came in third.

“The researchers say that the bite statistics that have been released in recent years are skewed because most dog bites are not reported. Big dog bites are more likely to require medical attention, but this does not mean that those breeds are doing the majority of the biting.”

http://www.dogguide.net/blog/2008/07/the-3-most-aggressive-dog-breeds-revealed-pit-bulls-rottweilers-youll-be-surprised/

4. Pit bulls are good with children.

Fact.  Pit bulls were considered the nanny dog.   Consider ‘The Little Rascals.’  Petey was a pit bull and he never hurt Alfalfa or any of the Little Rascals.

Adopting a pit bull

Of the 4 to 6 million dogs and cats still being killed in shelters each year, most – roughly 1.5 million – are pit bulls. The great majority of these are healthy, good natured and adoptable dogs.

Public and private agencies spend $2.5 billion each year caring for and /or killing homeless dogs and cats. Pit bulls represent one in four of all animals taken into shelters. More than 80 percent of pit bulls in shelters will die before their second birthday.

Some guidelines in adopting a pit bull…

1. Adopt a shelter or rescue org dog due to the above. Also, irresponsible breeders are only interested in your money, not dogs. (this goes for all breeds but especially pit bull type dogs).

2. The dog should be spayed/neutered and given obedience training (basic commands).

3. Are you equipped to give your dog an hour of exercise a day?

4. Do you have a home of your own? If not, make sure that your landlord is ok with your adopting a pit bull.

5. If you are going to keep your dog chained up as a lawn ornament, used as a guard dog, or to show off how macho you are, please do NOT adopt a pit bull. Bullies make terrible guard dogs, they love people too much. And w do not need any more irresponsible owners.

6. Do you have small children? NEVER leave your dog (of any breed) alone and unsupervised with a child.

7. Are you lifetime committed to give the dog a forever home?

8. Volunteer at a local shelter and get to know the dogs there before you adopt. Do some research and then decide what is right for you.

9. Consider fostering a pit bull before you adopt.

10. Do you have the time, energy and patience for a dog who wants to be with you and cuddle all the time?

http://www.ourpack.org/rightforme.html

Contact your local shelter and/or local pit bull rescue organizations to adopt.

BadRap

http://www.badrap.org/adoption-process

Best Friends Animal Society

http://adoptions.bestfriends.org/default.aspx?Ns=P_DateAdded&N=4294967263+4294967242&Ne=2

Our Pack

http://www.ourpack.org/

Villalobos

http://www.vrcpitbull.net/dog/

Shorty’s Pit Bull Rescue

http://www.shortywood.com/pitrescue.htm

https://celiasue.com/2012/05/30/pit-bull-fallacies-refuted/

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Pibble heroes

is your pit bull a hero, sweet companion, or have an amazing story?  we are looking for stories, photos for an upcoming book and YOUR dog could be featured… more info to come soon.

In the meanwhile, People.com just named eight dogs hero dogs and guess how many were pit bulls?  Half or four of them !!!!!

http://www.peoplepets.com/people/pets/gallery/0,,20594962_21158723,00.html

 

The Canine Temperament Test for 2011 are in, and you can clearly see that Bully Breeds hold 4 out of the top 7 spots. Now what was that again, about how Bullies can’t be around children or other animals?  Go Bullies!

 

 

 

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local paper froths at pit bulls

my major pet peeves with pit bulls are:

1. they are bed hogs. has anyone ever written instructions on how to untangle yourself and get out of bed while a pit bull is snuggling on your belly or how to turn over while your dog is cuddling close into you?

2. they slobber all over you… I did not need that french kiss this morning nor the kisses all over my hands, legs and feet. Cici thinks if she kisses me enough I will get up but see the previous pet peeve for why that is not easy for me.

3. they want to kiss and say hello (wag wag wag) to everyone in the neighborhood.

dangerous dogs attacking…waa waa waa… BOL

It just gets tiresome, the same old blah blah blah in the news…

Pit bulls are once again blamed for people’s ignorance, fear and hysteria… the article is pretty balanced but most people won’t read anything but the scary headline…

http://www.montereyherald.com/news/ci_20064947/pit-bull-attacks-common-animal-control-officers-say

Pit bull attacks common, animal control officers say

Three incidents in one day in Salinas…
oh my god… better run for the hills…

my response:

pit bull bans are being repealed across the USA and world…

https://celiasue.com/2012/02/23/pit-bull-bans-going-bye-bye/

No more pit bull discrimination in Ohio…

Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) signed on the dotted line, making Ohio House Bill 14an official law. HB 14 is a piece of legislation that will create a new and more refined system for defining a dog as potentially dangerous, removing the American Pit Bull Terrier and other “Bully breeds” from the list of automatically “vicious” dogs.

http://dogtime.com/pit-bull-discrimination-ends-in-ohio.html

Michigan and Ontario Canada are in the works, too…

http://www.clickondetroit.com/community/Pit-bulls-removed-from-Mount-Clemens-dangerous-animal-ordinance/-/2207168/8864914/-/ym11q8/-/index.html

Millions of innocent dogs are abused, banned and killed every year because of the way they look, and the heinous discrimination against them.   And the headline in your article feeds into the hysteria, stereotypes and fear. The cruelty visited upon these dogs is caused by irresponsible owners, dog fighters, and unfair stereotypes.

I live in Seaside, am a freelance writer/editor and personally rescued a Dalmatian/pit bull mix a few years ago. For the most part, my neighbors and people love her. But a few strangers fear her for NO reason. She is NOT aggressive and has been attacked by other dogs on several occasions.  Her typical response is to lie down on her back and show her belly (a sign of submission).Yet at times people have the nerve to come up to me and tell me that she is scary. Really?

One time in Border’s, one lady was afraid of my dog (for no reason, we were just walking around the store) and other people started reacting. The fear just spread throughout the store. Suddenly, this man brought his gorgeous 5-year-old blonde haired, blue eyed daughter over and let her pet Cici. Cici licked the girl’s face and wagged her tail. The whole scene changed instantly. I had tears in my eyes I was so grateful and thankful for this angel. Cici loves kids and is so gentle with them. Everyone could see that immediately and the potentially scary situation ended.

Many people have never met a pit bull and could not pick one out of a lineup such as this…

http://www.pickthepit.com/

Pit bulls were bred to be FRIENDLY to people and known as Nanny Dogs for 150 years… and pit bull is not a breed but a bunch of breeds…

No other dogs exemplify the BEST of the breeds known as pit bulls as the former Michael Vick dogs… Eight of these dogs, who were portrayed as the meanest, most vicious dogs of all time, have become therapy dogs. Many have been adopted into loving homes and are living with other dogs, cats, and children. Three of them in Monterey county (one died).

http://www.spcamc.org/rescued-dogs.htm

Some of the tale was told in the Lost Dogs book by Jim Gorant. And thousands of people follow the dogs and their owners daily trials and tribulations on Facebook.

Several of the dogs have made appearances on national TV (Rachael Ray, for one) but mostly the news is filled with hate and fear perpetrated against innocent dogs.

When do news reports tell about how the dogs have been treated by cruel, irresponsible and abusive humans? There is a known high correlation by law enforcement that people that abuse animals also abuse people including children. Yet animal abusers often receive slaps on the wrist instead of jail time and significant fines.

Whenever I read about any of the former Vick dogs what they went through, and I personally met the three dogs here in Monterey, it makes me ill.

For the first few months Cherry slept with his eyes open, a lot of the Vicktory dogs were shut down and trembled with fear/terror, could not eat properly, were terrified of strangers and new situations, Mel cannot bark to this day and many of the dogs were extremely skittish and wanted to find some place to hide. Handsome Dan used to pace and walk in circles because he was so terrified of the world. Even trying to get him to go on a walk would send him running. Oscar was absolutely terrified of people when he first came to Best Friends Sanctuary in 2008 (Note: 22 of the 51 dogs seized from Bad Newz Kennels went to Best Friends, 12 others went to BadRap, three to Monterey SPCA, 3 to Our Pack in SLO and the rest of the dogs were dispersed around the country). When he first showed up at Best Friends from the estate of Michael Vick, Cherry was shut down emotionally, especially when it came to being around people. For Cherry, meeting new people is still not always easy.

http://network.bestfriends.org/groups/pitbullspecialfeature/news/archive/2011/01/31/pittie-city-meet-some-of-the-rescued-dogs-at-best-friends.aspx

Handsome Dan

pit bull owners…

America’s bark off

http://vimeo.com/36256114

Please make a difference and tell THE WHOLE STORY.

Thank you.

hurray BAMBA…bring your pit bull to a walk in Salinas, this Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. It starts at Star Market on Main Street and will end at the National Steinbeck Center.

http://www.kionrightnow.com/story/17051829/pit-bull-owners-organize-rally-to-defend-breed

Pit bull defenders say the breed is no more dangerous than any other big dog and they want to dispel myths construed by police and the media with their Sunday march.

http://www.ksbw.com/news/central-california/salinas/Pit-bulls-to-march-through-Salinas-on-Sunday/-/5738906/9208958/-/tpmxuc/-/index.html

visit facebook.com/SundaySociaBull

https://www.facebook.com/events/120921821369057/

 

some of this info is correct,some not, the Michael Vick dogs, eight are therapy dogs and many are living in homes… more than 50% ….

http://boldforbullies.tumblr.com/

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I am a pit bull…

hear me lick your face/feet with slobbery kisses…

roses are red

violets are blue

pit bulls are great dogs

what’s wrong with you?

roses are red

violets are purple

pit bulls are divine

McD’s nuggets are bull

roses are red

violets are lavendar

pit bulls are goofy companions

your mind/heart is blinded by a fear blender

roses are red

lilacs are orchid

my pit bull is better than your lst grader

perhaps you could learn from my dog-ed

yeah my ‘vicious’ pit bull mix Cici this morning she ran by me, not supposed to be running, but hey mom, gotta zoom, she was wearing her leash and it lashed my leg and I yelled OW… Cici came back to see if I was ok… awwwww… and of course licked me… I knew she did not hurt me on purpose and let her know that she was a good girl… tail wag…

Jennifer Aniston adopted a pit bull mix puppy…

http://thecelebritycafe.com/feature/jennifer-aniston-and-justin-theroux-adopt-puppy-02-17-2012

FYI…

Pit bull is not a breed of dog, there are numerous breeds all lumped together and called pit bull…American Pit Bull Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Bull Dogs, Bull Terriers or mixed breeds that have the appearance or characteristics of one of these breeds…

Many people have never met a pit bull and could not pick one out of a lineup such as this…can you?

http://www.pickthepit.com/

‎*****CONTEST!!!!! Make your own McDonalds sign and post it on the American Dog magazine wall and the winner will get a prize! I’ll pick the winner later this afternoon!!!*** Here is the link to make your own sign: http://says-it.com/fastfood/mcdonalds.php (just fill in the words for the sign)

here’s ours…

 

 

If you enjoyed this post, we’d be very grateful if you’d help get the woof out by emailing it to a friend, or sharing it on Twitter or Facebook. Thank you! Cici the Polka Dot Princess and CS 

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proud history of the pit bull video

watch this beautiful video and pass it on to everyone you know !  send this video to the white house, send it to oprah, ellen degeneres, rachael ray, martha stewart and your local media people, newspapers, magazines, TV media, and let them know you care about pit bulls, send it to your local animal rescue groups, no kill shelters, SPCA, humane societies, and thank them for their hard work on behalf of the dogs…

dog files, Kenn Bell, thank you, the dogs thank you, woof woof !

this is the story of the real pit bulls, loving, sweet, loyal, strong, funny nanny dogs….

http://www.thedogfiles.com/2010/10/11/pit-proud-the-history-of-the-pit-bull/

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/hpd2goPBYAA%2Em4v%5D

blog hope code hopefully

i did this about 10 times, put in the code, best I can do, don’t know how to do codes.

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