|Barked: Wed Dec 11, '13 8:03am PST |
|It's funny how when you become a bully advocate you start to get a sixth sense about finding like-minded people. The cashier at the supermarket last night commented on the doggie goodies and we got to talking about dogs.
She knew pit bulls and had one as a family dog. She agreed that once you've had one, you will ALWAYS have one. The perfect combination of lap dog, exercise companion, bodyguard, clown and devoted licky baby.
It's about perception...GSD's and rotties were demonized at one time too. I read about a case in Florida where a dachshund mauled an infant to death. Now you know the breed ban people didn't start seizing all the dachshunds.
They're mis-identified by the press. If there's an attack by virtually any mutt it's described as a "pit bull". Something else I find offensive is music video's that glorify the stupidity of thug life.
Bad enough the message it sends to young people and the way they present women. But the dogs as well...a young woman in booty shorts walking a bully with spiked collar. Just the stereotyping we do not need...
We want to teach people by example. If you have a well trained, well socialized dog, you can show the world one person at a time that our dogs are not monsters.
There was a Halloween party we went to this year. Callie was possibly the only American bull there. But he was dressed in his hotdog costume for warmth. It helped to make him look less threatening and a lot of people were happy to pet him.
We also discovered he's really comfortable with other dogs and children too. I'm sure we changed more than a few people's perception of "fighting dogs" that day. That's definitely one positive step towards educating
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