Monday, March 14, 2011

Pit Bulls: Saving America's Dog. Pit bull ban overturned by Supreme Court. Carport.

"Despite the bad rap, a well-bred, well-socialized and well-trained pit bull is one of the most delightful, intelligent and gentle dogs imaginable. It is truly a shame that the media continues to portray such a warped image of this beautiful, loyal and affectionate breed. Pit bulls once enjoyed a wonderful reputation.
Some of the most famous dogs in American history were pit bulls. When Pit Bulls enjoyed being the nation's most popular dog during the WWI era, there were no problems with vicious Pit Bull attacks. Pit Bulls were not banned anywhere.

STUBBY, PitBull Terrier mix, WWI. The most decorated war dog in U.S. history.
"America's first war dog was a Pit Bull named Stubby who earned several medals and the rank of sergeant for his service in W.W.I. He received a hero's welcome and was even honored at the White House. He inspired the U.S. Military K-9 Corps. He also went on to become Georgetown University's mascot."
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"A pit bull named Stubby, a decorated hero during World War One, earned several medals and was even honored at the White House. During duty, he warned soldiers of gas attacks, found wounded men in need of help and listened for oncoming artillery rounds.

Pit bulls have been featured in well-known advertising campaigns for companies such as Levis, Buster Brown Shoes and Wells Fargo. The image of a pit bull, which was considered a symbol of unflagging bravery and reliability, represented the United States on recruiting and propaganda posters during World War One. Many famous figures, including Helen Keller, President Theodore Roosevelt, General George Patton, President Woodrow Wilson, Fred Astaire and Humphrey Bogart, shared their lives and homes with pit bulls.

Little Rascals- Petey - pitbulls photoDid you know that the Little Rascals' Petey was an American Pit Bull Terrier? Would the parents of the Little Rascals let their children be in such close contact with a Pit Bull day after day if they feared that Petey could suddenly attack them without warning? Of course not. Petey was by far one of the most well trained and intelligent dogs. I urge you to rent some of the Little Rascals' episodes that feature Petey.

Lassie, the Collie, bit her trainer several times. Petey never did such a thing. In fact, the only dog that has ever bitten me happened to be my sister-in-law's 9-year-old Collie. Now I thought "Lassie" was supposed to be a great family dog. Even though I was bitten by a Collie, I certainly would not advocate the breed being banned."
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Pit bull ban overturned by Supreme Court.

Thanks to Stuckey's efforts for his own dogs, the owners of other "pit bull types" of dogs can rest easy today.
Gone, too, is the presumption that all of these "types" of dogs are vicious. Other states with breed-specific legislation in place should take note -- specific breeds aren't "bad."

Dangerous dogs develop as a result of bad ownership -- states wanting to make a change need to put their money and effort towards laws that will mandate responsible dog ownership instead of slapping a ban on "dangerous" breeds.
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Pit Bulls: Saving America's Dog

Restoring the image of pit bulls and challenging breed discrimination.
"Profiling" dogs in this way implies a simple solution that does not address the real problem. The problem doesn't lie with a particular breed, but with uninformed or careless owners.
Dogs identified as pit bulls now include more than 20 pure breeds and an ever-increasing group of mixed-breed dogs. Because of this, short-haired muscular mutts, brindle dogs, and any dog someone thinks is a pit bull is at risk in America today.
Here are a few facts:
  • A number of different breeds of dogs are commonly confused with the pit bull, making breed-discriminatory legislation (BDL) extremely hard to enforce.
  • Pit bulls are gentle, loving and loyal. And, like any dog raised responsibly, they make great family pets.
  • No breed of dog is inherently aggressive or vicious.
  • Resident dogs kept for guarding, breeding or fighting are victims.
  • All dogs deserve humane care, socialization and training.
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SAM_0760-3 It had been raining during the night, and it was sprinkling again, so Jay and I got some indoor jobs off the list, like cleaning the ceiling fans, etc.


After about an hour the rain stopped, so we moved outside and finished the right side of the carport, today.

1 comment:

Gypsy said...

Irresponsible breeding is the biggest part of the problem. I once bought a springer spaniel from a a family I knew who had bred their pet with a friend's dog. Both dogs had "papers", but it was a terrible breeding mistake.