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Pit Bulls and Perception

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If these arn't loving dogs then I dont know what is!


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Danuta W (1251)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 6:18 am

Valerie G (102)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 6:54 am
Very touching and so true...
Thank you Jill!

Cheryl B (64)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 7:06 am
thanks Jill

Ruth C (87)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 7:50 am
There are no bad animals just bad people!

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 8:28 am
we don't have to blame animals but owners. This video says the truth and dogs are really great on it. We have a law for pitbulls too in France, but not only pitbulls but also some others dogs. They are not banned but they have to be registered by the Mayor of the town and owners have formalities to do with the veterinary. So many accidents happened with these dogs in France that they have been forced to make a law. It's a shame but it's like that.

Annie Cowling (116)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 9:06 am
Thank-you for sharing

Lisa N (202)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 9:09 am
Unfortuently, Pit Bulls are always going to get a bad rap! It is all beacause they end up in the wrong hands of people who just want to exploit them for their own selfish purposes. I have come across many lovely well-behaved Pit Bulls.

Ioana B (132)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 12:22 pm
Thank you Jill,very touching
And i agree,there are no bad animals,only people ae bad and they are to blame

Patricia E G (52)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 1:40 pm
A great pair of pitts.
In a proper home, this breed is
as sweet and loving as any other dog.

Thank you Jill

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 5:59 pm
Noted, thanks Jill.

Mary T (178)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 8:45 pm
Thanks Jill, very touching.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 1:41 am
Beautiful video praising the pit bull dogs & it is so true! Thanks Jill.

Veronica C (18)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 11:25 am
No one told these 2 that they are supposed to be vicious people-eaters.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 12:23 pm
Thank You, Jill.

janet f (29)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 12:32 pm
Great dogs, really bad owners.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 12:44 pm
Thanks for posting this, Jill.
Pit bulls are by far my favourites. As an animal rescuer/advocate, volunteer, I've dealt with hundreds of dogs of many breeds. Not once have I had a problem of any sort with a pit bull. Even those that have been abused.

Rebecca Y (26)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 12:50 pm
I'm sorry but showing how wonderful your dogs are does not exempt those pit bulls that attack. If I were to post a video showing an attack by a pit bull tearing apart an infant, then, we could talk. It is in their DNA to be guard dogs and some owners specifically want them for their viciousness and train them to be more so. My brother had a lovely pit bull too and she was a delight but I wouldn't leave a child alone with her, ever. There are many dogs that simply can't be trusted because you never know exactly what they will do, given the chance. I believe pit bulls fall into this category.

cecily w (0)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 1:11 pm
We had a rescue pit bull from 1993-2003. Although she had been primarily used as a breeder, not a fighter, she had many scars. (The veterinarian thought she had had several litters.) She turned out to be wonderful with our cats--and even with my mother's poodle type who came to live with us after my mother died.

My husband was retired by the time she came to us, so someone was home to monitor all the time--but we needn't have worried. I tried to take her to the park--once-- but she would try to run after other dogs. (If she had been a cocker spaniel, no one would have been concerned.) Anyway, I was not young and she was nearly my size--so she got her outdoor exercise exclusively in the back yard. You have to use common sense.

Jessie died of lymphosarcoma ten years after she came. We know we gave her a better life than the one she was born into, and she gave us much in return.

Karen E. (0)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 1:21 pm
Becky - You are falling for the stereotype that the video is opposed to. If I changed the wording in your letter and for every place you wrote pit bull, I replaced it with " large dog" you would have a good statement that basically advocates for RESPONSIBLE OWNERSHIP, which needs to apply to ALL dogs. No child should ever be left ALONE with or without ANY dog - period!

"I'm sorry but showing how wonderful your large dogs are does not exempt those large dogs that attack. If I were to post a video showing an attack by a large dog tearing apart an infant, then we could talk. It is in their DNA to be guard dogs and some owners want large dogs for their viciousness and train them to be more so. My brother had a lovely large dog too and she was a delight, bit I wouldn't leave a child alone with her, ever. There are many large dogs that simply can't be trusted becasue you never know exactly what they will do, given the chance. I believe all large dogs fall into this category."

I've known a couple of schizo golden retrievers over the yrs. - the point being it should be about taking responsibility for your dog, no matter what it is and not about villifying any one breed of dog.

linda b (186)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 1:47 pm
Becky, here there was a Jack Russell Terrier that was left alone with a new born baby that the grandmother was looking after, she popped into the next room and i must point out the baby was in it's pram, well that terrier mauled that baby while in it's pram sadly the baby died. I don't believe" it's in their DNA to be guard dogs"any dog can be trained to be a guard dog , i agree with Karen E, no child should ever be left alone with any dog.No dog is ever born bad, it's the irresponsible ignorant owners that cause the stigma for the Pitt Bulls. Loved the video Jill thanks for sharing.

Barbara Goheen (0)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 2:13 pm
I believe that Pit bulls like any other dog will react according to way you treat them. They are full of love when treated with love.

jennifer t (41)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 2:38 pm
Pit bulls are just as lovely as all other dogs.The problem lies with the bad scumbag owneres that are publicised via the media
Becky Y you have a poor perception of pitbulls and you obviously are not a dog person!!Stereotying dogs is BAD!!

Dotti L (85)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 3:05 pm

Another dispute to Becky's comment. All the pit bulls I have known or met are just "pussy cats". A friend of mine has two. I love them, they like to sit on my lap and weigh more than I do. Wonderful video and I shall go back and watch all of them.

Kate Kenner (215)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 4:19 pm
When I write to those states.cities that are planning bans I tell those involved to get educated before deciding. I suggest they go meet pit bulls and learn about them. It is stereotyping and that is not acceptable for anyone human animal or not. I try to tell them that hundreds of dogs and their people will be effected by a decision to ban such breeds. Many dogs come with baggage but we can not blame the whole breed. Also they come out differently and upbringing doesn't alway matter. I know a man who had a dog from when he was a puppy. This dog was a violent dog. They tried everything but he would break through windows and doors to get at other dogs. Who knows why? Just like us they come out differently and react in different ways.
Pits need chances though. There does need to be something done about overbreeding though. There are about 17,000 on Petfinder alone. IT's sad because people do not want to get them because of the stigma, the reputation,and many do not want the hassle of living with a pit. I used to have people move away and one guy said he would shoot her if he had a gun. She hadn't even gone up to him. others were surprised that she was a pit because she loved people. I was not the right person for her for a variety of reasons but I developed a respect and love for pitbulls and it pains me to see the prejudice they have to endure. I used to say to people that they would never see in the news about pit bull licking a 3 year old meaning they only print the bad things. Look at the violence that occurs every day at the hands of humans and tell me who the more dangerous breed is.

Craig Z (86)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 4:35 pm
I suppose that any dog is capable of hurting someone, but Pit Bulls have the strength to do serious harm and that is why they are so dangerous.

Susan S (187)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 4:37 pm
Thanks for sharing Jill. It is people exploiting pit bulls in vicious dog fightng rings that is the problem.

. (0)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 4:50 pm
Pit bulls sure make amazing pets.

MmAway M (519)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 4:53 pm
Thank you Jill for this video, watched it full at site!

Frankly, there are NO BAD DOGS-- JUST BAD OWNERS, no dog is born BAD, just like people say that no CHILD IS BORN BAD, you label one, you get the other...

If these dogs are rotten it is because of the OWNERS, and if Children are Bad and going into the NO RETURN, it is because of the parents, or lack of...Sadly, I was left alone with working parents, but didn't turn out like a ton of FOOLS that we have out there right now harming animals. My parents were caring, but you get someone who is hurting and you have a disaster in the making...These are NOT BAD DOGS, JUST ROTTEN PEOPLE!!!! So sad that so many of these dogs have to be put down....WT???????????????????///

Randy Stein (19)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 4:56 pm
VERY well done video. Thanks

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 5:21 pm
One image I treasure is the one with the Staffordshire hauling the panicked 2-year-old kid out of the burning house; another is a Rottweiler trained as a blind woman's guide dog. When I was in the Navy my best friend had a Staffordshire dog couple and they were great dogs aware that they were part of a family. The licensing of automobile drivers should be upgraded to get the drunks and incompetents off the highways before dog-breed legislation is considered, it would save far more lives!

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 5:28 pm
I guess this sort of bull$#!t vilification is what happens when the dogs are smarter than the media journalists and abusive people?

Romila Lal (9)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 6:01 pm
It is man who made them bad they are just like any other loving dog.

Belinda B (7)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 6:30 pm
amazing gorgeous dogs, thanks for sharing!

Ancil S (175)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 9:49 pm
My cousin has 2 pit bulls and when I come over to visit,the only fear I have them is being licked to death! there wonderful dogs,so loving,and all you got to do is treat them kindly,love and care for them,and there your pals for life!

Gitte Loeyche (46)
Monday August 8, 2011, 1:17 am
Sadly pitbulls are not allowed in Denmark. I should love to have one.....

SANDRA R (145)
Monday August 8, 2011, 1:47 am
Very touching. Pit Bulls are amazing and great dogs. Thank you Jill.

kathleen finch (1)
Monday August 8, 2011, 5:11 am
I have never owned a Pit Bull, because of out love for Rotties, I have known quite a few and they have all been GOOD DOGS . My daughter owns an american pit bull and he is a charmer, she just had a baby 2 months ago and he dearly loves her. As has been said so many times in the past. There are no bad dogs just bad owners.

Sharon Balloch (127)
Monday August 8, 2011, 9:20 am
I hade a Rottie who was loved and treated well until at 8 the elderly lady could no longer care for him, and a well loved Pit Bull that came to me because she was not able to stay where she was, and so I kept her a year until her family could settle again, and a Wheaten Terrier who was tried outside for 2 years and then given to me. The Rottie and the Pit Bull I would trust with a baby and a kitten.. the Wheaten Terrier I would not trust with a child or a small animal. Go figure.

Maria Papastamatiou (4)
Monday August 8, 2011, 10:44 am
I have a pitbul. It is my first dog. Although unexperienced, I am not having so many problems. I can already communicate with him and enjoy his love.

Cynthia M (1)
Monday August 8, 2011, 11:08 am
People used to be afraid of german shepards, Rotweilers and Doberman's. Now it's Pit Bulls!

Such ignorance!


Rebecca Y (26)
Monday August 8, 2011, 6:38 pm
In recent years, the dogs responsible for the bulk of the homicides are pit bulls and Rottweilers:

"Studies indicate that pit bull-type dogs were involved in approximately a third of human DBRF (i.e., dog bite related fatalities) reported during the 12-year period from 1981 through1992, and Rottweilers were responsible for about half of human DBRF reported during the 4 years from 1993 through 1996....[T]he data indicate that Rottweilers and pit bull-type dogs accounted for 67% of human DBRF in the United States between 1997 and 1998. It is extremely unlikely that they accounted for anywhere near 60% of dogs in the United States during that same period and, thus, there appears to be a breed-specific problem with fatalities." (Sacks JJ, Sinclair L, Gilchrist J, Golab GC, Lockwood R. Breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks in the United States between 1979 and 1998. JAVMA 2000;217:836-840.)

The Clifton study of attacks from 1982 through 2006 produced similar results. According to Clifton study, pit bulls, Rottweilers, Presa Canarios and their mixes were responsible for 65% of the canine homicides that occurred during a period of 24 years in the USA. (Clifton, Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to November 13, 2006; click here to read it.)

Rebecca Y (26)
Thursday August 11, 2011, 9:11 pm
Police in Pacifica, California, say a pregnant woman was found mauled to death Thursday afternoon by the family’s pit bull dog. Pacifica is a coastal city with a population of 37,000 people, about 25 minutes south of downtown San Francisco. The victim, Darla Napora, was 32.

Responding offiicers arrived at the home at 12:15 p.m. to find Napora laying in the front room of her home. Police said she had “major trauma” and was not breathing or responsive. Officers admistered CPR but it was too late.

Napora’s husband said he had just arrived home from work and found that the couple’s adult male pit bull dog had apparently attacked his wife after he had gone to work, He told police that he had secured the dog in the backyard of the couple’s home.

Paramedics arrived on scene and declared Napora dead. While attending to victim, police say the dog escaped from the backyard and approached the first responders. Officers shot the dog three times, killing it.

Continue reading on Pregnant Pacifica, California, woman Darla Napora, killed by family pit bull - San Francisco |

Evelyn B (79)
Sunday August 14, 2011, 9:43 am
Noted Tks Jill...Responsible Ownership 101...
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