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Friday, July 12, 2013

My Pit Bull is an Aggressive... Snuggler


Made my dad take the cheesy 8 fingers for 8 miles pic
Last Sunday, my dad, aunt Lana, and I did our long run of 8 miles. We ran along a canal that starts in a cute, trendy college area and ends in the ghetto (our 4 mile turnaround point).  By ghetto, I mean GHET-TO.  Like, people get shot in that area on a somewhat regular basis after dark.  During the day, it’s not so bad, especially if you stay on the canal.  Lana had to make a potty stop, so we had to venture into the hood.  As we’re running by a house on our way to the bathroom in the park, I hear a dog barking and growling.  This dog, was a probably 70 lb Pit bull, looking like he was ready to eat our faces.  He was enclosed by a 2.5 foot fence that had a 1 foot gap underneath at one point.  This dog could have easily gotten to us if he really wanted.  So why am I telling you this?  It was the first time that I had ever been scared of a dog, and a Pit bull at that!

Anyone that knows me (or reads my side bar) knows that I am a HUGE lover of Pit bulls or any dog really.  I own a Pit as do my parents.  Seeing this dog snarl and bark made me realize why everyone looks at me like I’m crazy when I say that I have a Pit bull.  I feel that many people automatically think of a big, beefy dog that is made for fighting with “locking jaws.”  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Sure, some pit bulls sadly, are forced to fight by their cruel owners.  Some have been beaten and so poorly taken care of, that they are aggressive.  This may have been the case with the scary dog, but this is NOT the norm.



In fact, Pit bulls used to called “The Nanny Dog” because of their “friendly nature, loyalty and stability” per the ASPCA.

        


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Meet Gracie


Gracie on the night we brought her home
Gracie was adopted by George and I when she was about 3 months old.  She was the runt of the litter, so our vet has deemed her to be “Pocket Pittie” sized.  She has all of the typical Pit bull characteristics, hard working, smart, stubborn and athletic.  She will burrow under the covers and snuggle right up to you.  Gracie will happily play with any dog from Rottweiler to Yorkie, and she has never shown an ounce of aggression.


Gracie is a member of our family.  George and I love her like the furry child of ours that she is.  So when I tell people about Gracie, and I get the “you must be crazy to own a Pit bull” response, it is frustrating.

I’m on this rant because people need to give these dogs a chance.  Yes, some Pit bulls are scary (as I have experienced on Sunday), but there are so many out there who are just big babies.  These dogs are not “innately evil” or “bred for fighting.”  They are just like any other dog. 

If you’re ever looking for a companion at the shelter, I urge you to not just walk by the Pit bull mix’s cage.  Take a second to stop and get to know this dog.  They may surprise you! 


Here are some great places to find reliable information about Pit bulls:

Bad Rap          Hello Bully          Casa del Toro Pit bull Rescue

Are you a Pit bull owner or have friends that have Pit bulls?  What kind of dog do you have?

15 comments :

  1. A friend of mine has a pit bull mix. He's crazy but cute. Yours is too! I don't have a pet. Our apartment doesn't allow pets, actually. Sad day.

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    1. Haha yeah, pit bulls are terriers, so they have a ton of energy, but be couch potatoes too. Bummer about your apartment :(

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  2. What a cute dog! And way to go on the 8 miles! That is awesome!

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    1. Thanks Becky! Working up to this mini in October! <nervous!

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  3. What a cutie! I love pits too! My brother's are super cuddly! Good job on the 8 miles!!

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  4. What a cutie! I love pits too! My brother's are super cuddly! Good job on the 8 miles!!

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  5. Emily: Read this article -- you will love it! :D
    http://gardenandgun.com/article/licked-death-pit-bull

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  6. So sweet! I get really frustrated too when people give me a "look" when I tell them we have two pit bulls. Someone even asked me if we were going to get rid of them if we ever had kids! Our dogs, and most pits that have families who know how to take care of them, are incredibly sweet dogs. Ours, like yours, are just big babies that want to cuddle and be loved on. I wish more people would take a chance on them! They're missing out on really wonderful dogs.

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  7. I love that you have a pit bull. We have a pit bull mix and where we live everyone has preconceived stereotypes and it is so frustrating, because he is just a big baby.

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  8. We had a pit bull also, Mocha. We adopted her from a shelter in 2008. We had to put her down recently, due to kidney failure, but she was the sweetest, most gentle dog I ever knew. She was also fabulous with our little boy who is now 2. I couldn't have asked for a better dog!

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  9. I have a four month old adorable little girl (Bella). Pit Bulls get such a bad rap by ignorant people, the comparrision I sometimes make is people look at pit bulls like some people view black people, only looking at the color of their skin and not on the inside. I just I hope some day people will realize that it is not the breed of dog, but the people that raise them.

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  11. Once a pet parent decides to have a Pit Bull, he should, as much as possible, stay away from the stigma of this dog breed being so dangerous. This is what I hate about today's society because I do believe that any dog can be tamed and trained with proper upbringing and socialization. Thinking of great start to raise a pit bull? Check this article now: http://dogsaholic.com/breeds/info/how-to-raise-a-pitbull.html

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