Your Pit Bull

Dear River,

I want to tell you a story about your dog, Zoe. We found her cowering at the pound. She wasn’t barking like the other dogs. She was simply laying there, looking up at us. The tag said, “lab mix” and she was slated to be killed in a week. We fell for it, thinking we were buying a lab.

She is not a lab. She is a pit bull.

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As Zoe grew, we came to realize the pound had lied. I was scared. I felt irresponsible for letting this type of dog into my home. All of the stereotypes, preconceptions and worries filled my mind. Should I take her back? What would people think of us?

She is the definition of disenfranchised. When first time guests visit we lock her in her cage, not because she is dangerous, but because of unspoken fears. She receives wary glances from strangers as they attempt to veil their tentative skittishness.

You can almost hear them thinking:

“Should I pet her?”

“Don’t look her in the eye!” (something we are all told not to do with Pit Bulls.)

Then Zoe goes to work breaking down walls. She knows what she needs to do. When people visit, she locks on my queues. I put my fingers by my side and snap. That’s all she needs. She rolls on her side, exposes her belly and shows the room that she knows her place, that she is safe to be around.

She builds the bridge. How tragic.

River, imagine a life of assumed mistrust and immediate barriers. Guilty until proven innocent. Imagine the tentative, wary interactions that would fill your day. This is Zoe’s life.

Yet, as a pit bull she is stubborn to prove them wrong. We brought you home from the hospital and her strong, gentle spirit shined. She sniffed you twice, glanced at me for approval then laid at your feet. She can explode into a maelstrom of muscle and speed but has never knocked over your older sister. She is gentle and strong, protective and loving. I feel shame for doubting her, for believing the pundits about her breed.

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As a middle class white girl, you won’t experience life like Zoe. People won’t cross the street to avoid you. You won’t be hassled at the airport, searched while driving near the border, followed in stores, or questioned by police (unless you deserve it). “Probable cause” will be a foreign term to you.

River, you will encounter many people like Zoe as you grow, and you always have a choice. You can either embrace them or shut them out. Beautiful, strong, caring, and lovely people are all around.

Zoe is a pit bull, that’s a fact. A few years ago I stopped thinking of her as a pit bull, however, and started thinking of her as simply my dog. I stopped defining her by her breed and started defining her by her species.

The same goes for people. Before there is white, black, muslim, and christian, there is human. Individual dogs. Individual humans. Individuals with fears, hopes, dreams, pains, and loves.

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But, never stop there. You see, eventually I began to love and appreciate Zoe’s breed. I no longer needed to look past her breed to feel good about my dog. I was proud to own a pit bull. I began to appreciate her strength, attentiveness, and tenderness.

Of course, Zoe knows no different. She isn’t separate from her breed. It’s an integral part of who she is, and it’s one of the many reasons that I love her.

And that is the goal.

Pursue holistic love and respect for every person. Sure, you may need to search out individuality and humanity to make a connection, but never stop there. Press on to marvel at the beautiful and unique characteristics of the whole person. What is uniquely beautiful about your Muslim friend, or your black friend? What is it about the particular race or religion that shines, that sets them apart? What can you learn from both the person as an individual and the person as part of a larger community?

River, like Zoe, you can be a hurricane of peace. You have the power to build a bridge, to destroy fears, and to weave harmony into the fabric of your community.

Love with all your heart. Watch and learn from those around you. Be an agent of peace.

Unleash your inner pit bull.

– Love Dad

Ryan Eland is a regular blogger on the Dad Letters. He is also the owner of infantCPR.com. Follow Ryan Eland on Twitter here.

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606 comments

  1. Enjoyed your thoughts; our experience was much the same. When we found out we had a Pitt Bull for we were told she was a lab mix also. after the shock wore off and the what do we do ended we kept the little butter ball that was so quick to learn and please. One well meaning friend said we had a bomb that was going to cost us; she did she was worth all the love and food and toys we bought; you see we decided to raise the biggest porch dog ever. You see what we found out good puppies do not bark and good puppies do not bite. She sat like a regal queen waiting for school to get out, waiting for her 83 children to pass by pet her and pay homage to her. When she was 9 one of those who was so afraid of her came to us and said you have the best trained and respectable dog in the area. You see good puppies do not bark or bite . We miss her now as we listen to the dogs around us bark and bark and the owners yell. Our girl simply did all because a Pitt Bull wants to please it wants to make its pack leader happy house training took one day; and that is why I found out it was so easy for monsters to turn a beauty into a beast and for people to forget to think rationally and so to react and cast blame on the dog and not the owner who is the real monster. These puppies need attention not lock up but they need someone who is devoted to them almost twenty four seven. My pitt was the best dog I ever had. thank you.

    1. From a fellow pit owner I liked your reply, but honestly it was hard to read. You need to learn how to use punctuation. If you reread the original post, it was grammatically correct using proper punctuation. This makes it easy for a random reader to understand the point and emotion. Then reread your response. Although well thought out and intense with love for your pup, the lack of punctuation makes it difficult to read. Just fyi

  2. What a beautiful and empowering post!

    I loved that closing line. “….You have the power to build a bridge, to destroy fears, and to weave harmony into the fabric of your community.”

    First is to hold such an awareness. Second is to make the choice. A Choice which holds the power to discard one’s stereotypes and prejudices and thereby allow one to see possibilities which remained blanked out earlier.

    Interestingly, I too recently posted on “Choice” in the context of leadership and life.

    http://esgeemusings.com/2015/02/01/leadership-and-choice/

    Shakti

  3. This letter is amazing, all I can say is I pay to the Lord that there are more people I’m this world like you. People with a huge ♥, an open mind, and a love for this breed!
    THEY ARE AND ALWAYS WILL BE AN OUTSTANDING, WONDERFUL, AND LOYAL FAMILY PET…….
    As long as they are RAISED BY THE RIGHT FAMILIES AND TAKEN CARE OF PROPERLY!
    ALL I HAVE EVER RAISED ARE PBT! They are raised & treated as FAMILY!
    (Wish I could post a picture of my baby girl on here)

  4. Beautiful letter to your daughter, and I agree wholeheartedly. They are beautiful, loyal animals. The one thing I have to disagree with you on: If you were fooled by a sign saying “lab mix” and truly believed you were adopting a lab, what makes you think the shelter lied? Couldn’t they have been mistaken, as you were? They saw what you saw. Shelters are not-for-profit. They do their best, and they certainly don’t have the funds to DNA test each and every animal they bring in. Imagine how many would die in shelters awaiting DNA test results? Not a realistic expectation, to say the least. If it had said “Pit bull mix” would you have still adopted her? Imagine what you’d have missed out on because you read a sign and didn’t give her a chance.

    1. I think you’re misunderstanding the article if that’s all you got out of it. Whether or not the shelter lied or just didn’t know, doesn’t really make a difference. The point is, he adopted a dog that he wouldn’t normally have adopted (because like so many, he believed the steroetypes) because he didn’t know that it wasn’t a lab, but ended up with an incredibly sweet and loving fur baby, despite what he previously believed about them. In all actuality, the point of this article is to let his new baby know that stereotypes aren’t always true, and that she should treat everyone the same.

    2. I have a pittie mix that I adopted from the local shelter that I used to volunteer for, and had a similar experience, but I was fully aware of what I was adopting. She is a bit on the smaller side, and although very muscular, is pretty lean and less stocky than a typical pit, with the face of a pit/staffie. The shelter had her listed as a Whippet mix :-). That particular shelter (& maybe the shelter where Ryan adopted his pup) would list them this way to make it easier for adopters to get around breed restrictions (apartment complexes, HOAs, home/renters insurance, etc). We have had her for 5 years now, and over those 5 years have made quite a few jokes about our ‘Whippet mix’. About two months ago we had her DNA tested – she is mostly staffie mixed with a bit of…..whippet!

    1. What an amazing story!! I felt a little apprehensive as well with my rescue Pit, but in short she makes my life better as she has made me a better person. She is sweet , loving , loyal and loves her rescue brother dearly whom is not a pit. I believe in rescue 100% , but as we know to be very true pitbulls have not been given just the short end of the stick ,basically no stick. Luck is all they have. are they lucky and got a great owner and family who love them. We’re they lucky and got picked at the shelter that day. Was he or she lucky enough not to have been used a a fighting dog… And on it goes.

      Have faith and trust in them the same way they must in you , and the difference always shines through!

      Thank you from who loves her pit belong word:))

    2. A Beautiful Story Of Acceptance and LOVE!!1 Zoe is such BEAUTIFUL PUPPY!!! May She always have Happiness and a Loving Family Forever!!!!

    3. Amazing story here. As a family we started out as a foster for a friend of my son. Cain is a Bluenose Pit and at first his size was a little scary, NOT his breed . Soon we all fell in love with him and became a member of our entire household. He lives with my son in Orlando Florida.

  5. What an awesome letter from a dad to a daughter. And a beautiful pit bull. I had the pleasure of knowing a friend’s pitbull and finding out how loving they can be. Thanks for this post, I’ll be reblogging it.

  6. What a wonderful post ! An American blogging friend (since forever) of mine re-blogged it, so I followed her pointer – and I’m glad I did !
    This is joyful indeed, and it warms my heart.
    Thank-you.

  7. I don’t normally comment on posts but this time I just had to. I have the same breed of dog and she looks nearly identical. I showed my 5 year old daughter the picture of your dog and she thought it was our own dog. I get the same response regarding her breed. She breaks down walls with her huge heart and love of children. Little girls come to our home excited to love and dress up our dog. Children once afraid of dogs have come to live our beautiful dog.

  8. have rescued 3… one from the side of the road.. almost got hit.. another from a idiot that let her dog have puppies and this one had several lung problems.. only 5 weeks old.. another one THROWN from the window of a moving car… also have 2 other rescues.. one a pit lab mix.. another WHO KNOWS.. all get along better than most people.. and I foster puppies.. they just all play together.. people are the problem.. NOT THE DOGS OR THE BREED

  9. No offense I enjoyed the letter but pit bull isn’t a breed. More than likely she was a lab mix but with some sort of bully breed. Pit Bull is a term to classify dogs with similar visual characteristics. Even the American Pit Bull Terrier on a DNA level won’t show up bc there are too many varying genetic markers. You can test for Staffordshire and a few of the older bully breeds. So for anyone who says they got a lab or so forth but it was really a pet bull well more than likely what you got is a mix that may have a certain bully breed in it. Now as far as term goes… yes you have a pit bull but as far as breed goes… honestly there is no telling unless you do a DNA test and that test won’t sat pit bull.

    1. Glad to see there are others who realize pit bull is not a breed, but a type of dog. And while I’m on my bully pulpit (pun intended), in responding to some ignorant git who posted to the effect that all pitties are vicious, I researched what happened to the dogs rescued from Michael Vick’s dog-fighting kennel. Of 47 dogs, only 1 couldn’t be rehabilitated to be a family pet, and had to be put down.

      1. And that was only because she was repeatedly bred against her will and her aggression stemmed from fear. Fear aggression is one of the hardest to overcome. Perhaps, with time and the proper trainer, she could have been rehabbed, but they didn’t have the time, because this was the first time in the history of ever that dog fighting dogs were allowed to be rehabbed, rather than euthanized automatically, and they couldn’t really take the chance that one of them would hurt someone. If you read the book, it does sound like she was mentally just broken, after experiencing too much pain and fear, and sadly was better off released from her suffering.

    2. This is an oft-repeated incorrect technicality. The American Pit Bull Terrier *is* a breed. They are the only true “Pit Bulls.” APBTs are the only dog it is truly appropriate to refer to as a “Pit Bull.” The class of dogs referred to as ‘pit bulls,’ non-capitalized, and often written as one word, ‘pitbulls,’ includes a variety of breeds like the Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, Dogo, etc, and any other short-haired dog with a blocky head, basically. It’s a useless term, except as it refers to any bull and terrier type of dog that was used for pit fighting or bull baiting somewhere in its history.

      The DNA tests do not recognize “Pit Bulls” because they recognize only the American Staffordshire Terrier–by which they mean, “Pit Bull.” Two of my three dogs came back as purebred ‘Staffordshire Terriers’ and I promise you that they are American Pit Bull Terriers. The reason for the difference in nomenclature is that Wisdom Panel only uses AKC-recognized breeds, so they can only call the dogs Staffordshire Terriers as that is what the AKC recognizes. The UKC recognizes American Pit Bull Terriers. The funny thing is–the DNA is identical. So thoroughly identical that if your American Pit Bull Terrier is tested, they will return an American Staffordshire Terrier result.

      It’s an important distinction, and there is an excellent coffee table book on this topic called “We Are Pitbulls.” It catalogs over 100 dogs that are labeled ‘Pit Bulls/pitbulls’ and shows how different they look from one another, and how using one term to define such a broad class of dogs is preposterous. But mostly–it shows how each dog is so very individual, regardless of what breed or class they fall under.

  10. Nice story, I enjoyed it. The shelter did not necessarily “lie to you” about the breed. It is very difficult to identify a stray mixed breed dog accurately, even more so when it’s a young puppy. All people have to do when adopting is choose a dog with a nice temperament, the breed/color/look are irrelevant.

  11. I too have a Pittie that we got by default. I am so blessed to have her in our lives. Myrtle is a sweet, loving, loyal companion. She brings me joy just being her goofy self.

    I truly loved you letter. It parallels so much of what is happening in our society today. Struck chords on so many levels. Thank you!

  12. The 💘 of pitbulls is amazing because my two are the greatest gift to my life even though i have two years left i am devoted to my babies i love them so very much

  13. Excellent letter and perspective on what I feel is the most misunderstood but most loyal and loving breed of dog on the planet. I have 2 pits and they are the loves of my life. I rescued my oldest one,Shelby,when she was 8,now 11,at the local shelter. They told me no one wanted her because of the pit bull stigma. She was the ONLY dog there that was not barking at me. She just sat there with a sad look on her face and I knew right away she was coming with me. Best decision I’ve made in my life. She is such a precious joy to have in my life. And of course she’s got that smile that only a pit bull can have that melts your heart. And then there’s Leah,my 3 year old red nose/blue nose pit. She can make you smile on your worst day. And oh my do they love to cuddle. They don’t bite but they sure will lick you to death and they love everyone. I honestly hope someday people educate themselves about this wonderful breed and stop the BSL across the nation. I always tell people that everything they think they know about pit bulls is completely misguided. I don’t know what I would do without my girls. They are an absolute joy to have and they have added so much pleasure and quality to my life. I know they can’t live forever but I wish they could. But either way I will love them lots while they’re here and long after they’re gone. And it’s safe to say that I will always have a pit bull or two in my life as long as I live. It’s very hard to find unconditional love in this life but I found it in my pits. And it goes both ways.

  14. thank you for the inspiring write. I have been pit bull lover for 30 years. the best pet family member a person could have. They are all about love & loyalty.

    1. i agree nothing fits like a pitbull my baby boy is a 95 pound lap dog lol well at least he thinks he is but he isn’t a full blooded his a mix but he loves kids very protective over them and he try to play with cats but lol they dont want to play with him i think of mack as my son he is my dog and i wouldn’t want it any other way

  15. BEST STORY EVER!! I will not only share this but try to think more like this myself. This was a reminder of who I want to be. Sometimes I get caught up in the negative world around me and forget. Thank You for the reminder

  16. My children and I are blessed with our pitty Pepper. For those who walk on the other side of the street or make a disgusted face when they see her, it’s their loss.

  17. Lovely article. I’ve met a lot of “pit bulls”/mixes (as someone else commented, there’s no such breed), even had some on rescue transports stay overnight in my home, with my greyhound, and the 4 cats. Only ever had to crate 1, because she was too rambunctious to mix with the other dogs. That’s the only issue I’ve ever had with pitties, is the high energy level some can have, especially when still puppies. And of course, a lot of that is just being a puppy. A friend of mine is caring for a yellow pittie/lab mix (at least that’s my guess, and I’m pretty good at identifying breeds, even when a dog is a mutt) that someone tossed out on her road in the country. Still a pup, 7 -9 mo is my guess, very high energy, but perfectly fine with her elderly mutt, several cats, and 3 nursing kittens. She’s trying to place him; someone came for a look, and wouldn’t take him because he’s a pittie. All he needs to be a wonderful family pet is to grow up a bit, and be taught some manners.

    And although I will advocate for pitties, and try to educate, as I did with my late doberman, my heart lies with greyhounds.

  18. Very touching story. My son rescued the first pit bull he was couple of months old I was afraid of dogs and specially heard some nasty things about the breed. My son didn’t tell me the dog was pit-bull as i nursed him and thought how cute is this little puppy he slept on my lap then one day his friend said how is the pit doing i asked my son u never told me he is pit? but i got to love him this dog was my everything loyal, loving, when my mom passed away he was there for me cried when i cried. Then he rescued another pit 2 and i wound to have 4 pits. My last pit Tara was a rescue from kill pound my son saved her 7 years ago a week ago Tara my lovely best friend passed in the hospital last day she gave me that gaze that she was ok and happy to see me but I can tell she was in pain and her breathing was getting worst. Pits are great dogs if treated well. They are lovable and loyal dogs their love and caring to humans are intense. People who use those dogs for fight and abuse them they should be abused and put in jail prison and through the keys away with big fined. Those breeds feel, love, care but they can’t talk yet those idiots use them for making money.

  19. We’ve got five rescues and two of them are “bully” breeds. Buddy is a American bulldog mix and 80 pounds of pure love.He’s never met a stranger and for those who aren’t sure, he tries harder to change their minds. He’s my love sponge, my constant companion and shadow and my highly focused, talented,competitive dog agility partner. He’s emphatic to my every mood and would probably defend our house and me with his life. Jack is our American staffie mix, he’s the group clown, smart, fast and willing to try anything. These two have changed our minds about “pitbulls” and turned my husband and I into better advocates for rescuing and fostering.

    1. So beautifully written. My boy Jake has been gone for a while. Found him in a neighbors garage. When my hubby came home, I asked him to check out this looker!! Red….white blaze on his chest….some socks….& a BIG smile. Tim started petting this beautiful MIX breed 1 yr old. Jake maneuvered his own doggie self so he could sit on Tim’s feet, looked up …curled his lip in a great big Pitties smile, as if to ask, “Can I stay?” By the way did you know Pitties were once called The Nanny Breed? This is because they are so trustworthy around children.I watched my dearly departed husband dissolve into a lump of LOVE. We had years of love, loyalty & laughs with Jakie. Running on the golf course, swimming after Egrets in the pond …getting soo close & watching them flap their wings, float over to the opposite side of the pond. Only to see my boy…undaunted by their escape, swim like crazy, jump out, run to the the other side & watch this dance again. He brought us so many smiles & belly laughs. I miss my boy & my Timme SO much. 9 yrs & it just never gets easier.
      Jake’s at the park just across The Rainbow Bridge. And Tim….well one day we’ll see each other again. I think when it’s all over a loving God reunites us with the furbabies of our life. How could He give us these beautiful creatures to love & care for only to deprive us of them in Paradise. It just wouldn’t be without them. I am a better human because of them….Crocker, Cricket, 9 puppies, Razzie, Sara & now 2 little fur babies. Perry & Charley. I hope I did right by them. as they

  20. You are lucky, you did not bring her to Ontario, Canada where is BSL (I meant you got her as lab). Here you had to bring her back, or somewhere where this breed allow or she would be PTS, does not matter how good she is. and its very sad and unfair.

  21. One of the best things I have ever read. Such an important message for acceptance of both humans and dogs. Thank you. I will be sharing your message!

  22. Beautifully written. I always believed that is not the breed, is the owner.

    I have to pitbulls and they are extremely protective but also loving.

    Thank you for sharing this.

  23. The Pit Bull that I received was one of the best dogs I have ever been blessed to own.
    I had heard all the horror stories, but discovered him to be a very loving dog. Sadly, through old age, he has departed, but hoping we will meet again some day.

  24. This is one of the most beautiful things ever written, I’m in tears. I have a pit bull type dog as well (half AmStaff), and though I hesitate to admit it now, because I am ashamed, I wondered at the responsibility of bringing him into my home as well, because I had an Akita mix too. But he found us, we weren’t looking, and he came with a story all his own. He has brought love and joy and laughter into the house at a time it was desperately needed. He has held me up when I was at my lowest. He is light and love and laughter in a dark world. And he taught me one of the greatest lessons I’ve ever learned. For the mind to change first the heart must change. And he changes the hearts of everyone who meets him. He is most certainly an agent of peace.
    Thank you for this.

  25. I just have to say that the story you wrote is so heart breakingly true,and beautiful all at the same time,I have never owned a Pit Bull,but know the breed very well from friends all good and true Pit Bull people.your story really grabbed at my heart,so true so brave,I thank you for that.and with hope that this beautiful pup will one day seace to be so misunderstood. 🐾

  26. So beautifully stated. So proud of your compassion and beliefs. Wonderful people who will be great parents to both your own human child and animal child ♡ Admire your sense of responsibility which I am sure you will pass on . Wishes for a healthy , happy and simply whatever you hope your your life to be …

  27. This was so beautifully written, I cried. Your daughters have a wonderful father. It’s obvious, to me anyway, that you are a Firefly fan. Another reason to like you!

  28. No matter how it’s written or shown or portrayed-love-in its true, honest, simple form–touches people. Thank you

  29. Thanks for sharing this with us , By far the best I’ve ever read .
    I’m holding back the tears somewhat.
    Thanks for going to that pound & Thanks for saving one of Gods creatures.
    Thanks for saving a black Dog too , they get over looked just like pitties do.
    This story to River is absolutely Beautiful. I’ve always wanted a Pittie ….
    Maybe some day I too can share in that love .Sadly some people just
    want to believe things they’ve heard.
    I know it’s the sick sad heartless bad owners that have gave this breed
    a bad reputation & it’s terrible & very sad .
    Thanks again so much for sharing .
    I’m going to be sharing your Beautiful story in hopes that people will
    start to see petties as they should be seen, which is A DOG with alot of Love to
    give

  30. What a beautiful story & ty for sharing it w the rest of us who believe as you do. Doesn’t matter the breed it’s all in how ther raised & the unconditional love shown to them. I pray this reaches others who’s minds & hearts we can possibly change w this breed.

  31. I was handed a puppy lab mix that ended up being a mix with “pit bull”. Best fur friend I ever had. And, as a black woman, I did feel an affinity to how the world treated her. My entire family did. It’s been over 5 years since she passed away. Cousins, grandparents, friends mourned that dog when she died because as silly as it sounded to say out loud, she was one of us. Your letter caused me to tear up. Particularly when you said not to look past the difference but appreciate that it is integral to the whole. Be proud. You are helping to build bridges, too. You are a good dad. Made me miss mine.

  32. I became a proud pitbull owner for the very same reasons. This is BEAUTIFUL. I wish everyone reads this. If only I was as good as my pitbull.

  33. I think this is a great story and a personal perspective that many pittie stewards come to realize. I hope you won’t take me for a critical whiner, but I do want to express that – even though I’ve no idea of the type of place Zoe came from – in my world the word “pound” to describe contemporary pet sheltering is just as big of an obstacle as the words pit bull. The days of old dog impounding are so secondary to the world of shelters today… providing care, food, veterinary assistance often, and of course the possibility of adoption and rehoming just don’t compare to the chain link, cinder block kennels that most cities have out grown. Working in animal welfare for so many years I probably am way too sensitive to it, but SHELTER is such a true version for what countless volunteers and humane staff folks do across the country… Heck, I guess it’s like being a little p.c., and respecting all the effort of people that share the stories of these wonderful companion animals – even the ones who might lie or just accidentally get the breed wrong, like those who sheltered Zoe. Let’s leave the pound behind! ~ Best of luck to you and yours!

  34. As you had said in the start of your story Zoe was not like the others, she in fact stayed calm and seemed shy..Where the fact of the matter is this you do understand that she chose you not the other way around. And I thank you for your love for a dog will love u unconditionaly

  35. I like it… except for the bit about snapping and having her roll over for everyone because she knows her ‘place.’ Seriously? Dogs don’t need to constantly show overt submission to understand their role in the house. That bit makes it sound like you’re not entirely relaxed about her. I was this way with my first pit bull, but three in and I don’t need them to show anyone that they are any particular brand of harmless or friendly, because they show that themselves, in their own comfortable way, and I would absolutely never require them to roll over for a stranger as that breaks the trust that we have. They trust me to be in control of what happens and to keep them safe and not to ask them to do something they are uncomfortable with. Please don’t force your dog to constantly show how harmless she is. At the end of the day–she is a dog, as you’ve said, and they have their own language. No dog is completely harmless–they all have teeth–and given the option, they choose NOT to use them, but to constantly insist that she prove her submission–that’s a stressful life for a dog. Perhaps it only seems that way in this article, and perhaps your intoned eventual acceptance indicates that you don’t ask her to wave the white flag 24/7. I certainly hope that’s the case.

  36. My pit mix came into my life unexpectedly and quickly made me realize what incredible dogs they are. Like others have mentioned, I originally thought he was a lab mix. When a friend told me he was definitely a pit bull, I was a little apprehensive. Now, 6 years later, I can’t imagine my life without this incredibly loyal, funny, loving dog. I have learned so much from him and have become the biggest advocate for bully breeds. It is a shame that the media continues to portray them as vicious monsters. No other type of dog is more abused and misunderstood. Your article is very well written, and conveys what I think most pit bull owners feel about these amazing dogs. No dog should be judged only by its breed. Thank you for helping to enlighten others.

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