In Memory Of All The American Pit Bull Terriers
That have died in pounds and shelters,
put to sleep for no other reason than being born the wrong breed:
That spent their lives chained outside with only a barrel for shelter:
That have been bred repeatedly only to be tied and left in vacant buildings when no longer useful:
That have been fed ground glass, gunpowder and hot pepper to make them mean:
That have died fighting, ripped apart, suffering in agonizing pain:
That have been though, mortally injured, on dead piles to die:
That have been used as bait because they couldn't/wouldn't fight:
That were shot, stabbed, thrown out of windows,
and hung because they weren't tough enough:
That have been shot in the spine and abandoned to die of thirst,
starvation, and terror:
and that have been set on fire - forgive us all -
Pit Bulls are probably one of the most misunderstood breeds and they have the lowest adoption rate to prove it. The first step in changing this trend is to equip the public with the information and resources necessary to make knowledgeable and educated decisions regarding adoption/ownership of these types of dogs...
As with any other type of dog, proper training of your pit bull can determine whether dog ownership is viewed as a success or a failure. Any breed of dog that is not properly trained or socialized can potentially become aggressive to its owner or family. With so many resources available, why not make the decision to gather as much information and training as possible? Remember, just as we have our own distinct personalities, our dogs have theirs....
Pit bulls have a long history. Unfortunately, people only use the portion of their history that supports their personal interest. For instance, if you want to portray pit bulls as vicious fighters, you can highlight this portion of their history and ignore the rest. If you want to portray them as heroes, you can point out Stubby, who was an honored soldier in WWI. If you want people to see them as family pets who are great with children, you can use Pete from The Little Rascals as an example. However, when considering the fate of this breed, you must consider his entire history. The constant theme throughout the pit bulls history is that, as with most terriers, they are easy to train and want to please their owners. It is up to their owners to determine what their dog will become. Will she be a fighting dog, a hero, or a loving family dog? As their history has shown, they have the potential to do exceptional things. Training determines whether those exceptional things are positive or negative....
In closing: "You cannot judge an entire breed of dog on a few individuals."
"If you want to portray them as heroes, you can point out Stubby, who was an honored soldier in WWI. If you want people to see them as family pets who are great with children, you can use Pete from The Little Rascals as an example. "
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