Faithful Friend or Born Bully?

 |  Jan 16th 2009  |   13 Contributions


"Unconditional love is often not found in our world, but through man's best friend it is a regular occurrence when a true friend is on both ends of the leash."

Tony Loiacono, Creator & Executive Producer of "Faithful Friends."

Pit Bulls are the bully target today, but it wasn't always so. Did you know that German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermans and even the St. Bernard are considered aggressive? What happened to turn Pit Bulls into fighters, making them number one on the aggressive breed hit list?

The very qualities that make these dogs outstanding companion dogs -- intelligence, loyalty, courage and trainability is how Michael Vick and 20,000-40,000 others abuse their strength and power in the multibillion-dollar dog fighting industry. "There is absolutely no true concept of sport in inflicting pain on those who only know how to love unconditionally," said Wanda Goldberg, host of "Faithful Friends" on Animal Planet. "Be a voice for those without, abuse stops here, it stops now."

Saturday, January 17th at 9am "Faithful Friends" on Animal Planet will be covering this topic. Host Wanda Goldberg and Dr. Marty Smith ,of Doctors Foster and Smith Pet Supplies, will expound on why it isn't the dog's breeding but the owner that makes the difference.

At the turn of the 20th Century, the American Pit Bull Terrier was the #1 family dog in the United States and Petey, a Pit Bull Terrier, was the de facto "babysitter" of the kids on the "Our Gang" TV show.

Today, they achieve the fourth highest passing rate of all 122 breeds tested with an 82.5% that took a temperament test vs. 77% of all breeds on average. But, it is the owners at the end of the leash that turned a lover into a fighter. In the US, dog-fighting is considered a felony in every state except Wyoming and Idaho.

Human intervention is trying to ban this breed with BSL, which is interesting because that's exactly what turned these dogs into fighting machines. Wouldn't it be better to change the laws that govern dogfighting than creating new ones to eliminate a breed?

Why not focus on rehabilitation rather than extermination of Pit Bulls? It's truly amazing what can happen with patience and unconditional love. Out of the 53 dogs removed from Michael Vick 52 have now been adopted into loving homes.

One of them is even a therapy dog providing comfort to people going through chemotherapy. Does that sound like a vicious killer to you?

*Caesar with his true friend.

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