Next week we will have our new puppy! We are getting a pitbull… now before everyone starts passing judgement on our decision to get a pitbull, I am going to take a few minutes to educate you.
I will NOT lie… when my daughter came to me and told me the breed she wanted was a pitbull… I said NO, no way will I have a pitbull. She begged me and begged me, my husband and I discussed it, and still I said NO. She had her heart set on getting a pitbull, so I decided to do some research on the breed. They say before getting any breed you should do your homework right?
Well my older sister has two pitbulls, they are big babies, the one even let the baby kitten attempt to nurse on her.
After a lot of reading, and comparing statistics, I agreed she could get a pitbull. HOWEVER, I didn’t want it to be a full blooded one… the reason being a lot of puppy mills, a lot of inbreeding.
During my research I learned that the American Pit Bull Terrier was actually a very popular breed in the beginning of the 20th century.I also learned during my research that at one time the American Pit Bull was known as AMERICANS HERO! Why? During the WWI, America often used the Pit Bull to represent our Country, just as German armed forces used the German Mastiff to represent theirs.
We don’t usually hear many good stories about the Pit Bull breed many want to focus mainly on the dog fighting world with these dogs. Let me show you some good things from the Pit Bull breed… Meet Popsicle, Popsicle is now retired, however days before his death he was rescued by the Government and put to work on the drug enforcement team.
Then there is Weela, she saved 30 people, 29 dogs, a cat, and 13 horses during floods in S. Cali in 1993.
Then you have the stray Pit Bull in Florida that saved a lady and her toddler son’s life. For those unfamiliar with this story I will give you a brief… A lady and her son were leaving the park when a man held them at knife point. Noone knows this man’s intentions, because out of no where this pit bull showed up and scared the man off…
The media portrays the American Pit Bull Terrier as being a mean viscous dog, when in all realities the Pit Bull is one of the loyalist dogs you will find. HOWEVER, with that being said, I am not saying a DOG will not turn on its owner… but this can happen with any breed not just the Pits.
To read more information about the Pit Bull myths you can download a free copy of The Pit Bull Placebo from going to the National Canine Research Councils website.
Before you judge a breed stop for a moment and think… the guy next door that you thought was an amazing father and devoted husband, killed his wife hid her body, then killed his sons and himself. Everyday we hear about how a parent snapped and killed their own child… Does that mean we should judge all of human kind… NO
So yes, we are getting a Pit Bull next week, he will be our family member. He will be raised with love, he will not be raised to be mean and aggressive.