June 4, 2012

Oh Corbin and his request.

LP, " Oh Corbin is a blog I recently was made aware of through Mr. Pip a blog I follow and enjoy. Pip let us know that his friend Corbin was putting on a Blogville Pit Bull Awareness day in honour of his birthday. He asked that as many bloggers as possible join in to share a good story about a pitbull they know or to share something positive about pitbulls in order to soften the stigma that surrounds this breed. We do not know any pitbulls personally in our neighbourhood but we wanted to participate because we do not like discrimination of any kind.

I want to be honest , large dogs running toward me with no owner in sight , scare me. I have two tiny little dogs and I am careful not to put them in any situation where a large dog could potentially hurt them. Not because I think that all large dogs are aggressive, but because tiny dogs are difficult to see and easily stepped on! A one hundred plus pound dog can irrevocably hurt an eight pound dog if they pin them in play or accidently step on them. In short , I am cautious when I see large dogs of any kind running without restrain toward my two tiny dogs but I have been especially cautious in the past when I see pitbulls running toward them. I started to question why I was more nervous with pitbulls and decided that I needed to research the breed myself without the influence of a media bent on highlighting their every supposed evil.

When I googled images of pitbulls I found an astounding amount of uplifting pictures.

For example , for those of you young enough to remember, Petey from the Little Rascals was a pitbull who happily tagged after his little friends with nary a worry in his bones.

I also found this controversial and thought provoking graphic.

When I look at pitbulls , they are beautiful. Physically they have strong, compact bodies and broad faces with wide spaced eyes and open smiles. To me, they are a handsome breed. A  breed that has all the potential to be a solid companion if treated properly by humans. By that I mean, pitbulls , as all living creatures , have needs that must be met and when those needs are forfeited in favour of profit or entertainment the balance is broken and the outcome is never good. All dogs need guidance, a healthy predictable routine , good food, shelter, exercise, love, socialisation and positive human exchanges.

I continue to educate myself about pitbulls and to be frank some of the things I've read regarding the abuse this breed has suffered under the hands of human beings is heartbreaking.We need to regulate human behaviour and make people accountable for their inhumane actions towards this breed. Educating the public in a meaningful way instead of perpetuating a fear of the breed would allow positive change to occur rather than a continued condemnation of the breed itself.

I want to take a moment today to thank all the people out there who have taken a chance on pitbulls and who are consequently unfavourably scrutinized daily because of it. You are the same people who endure daily walks with their pitbulls and encounter  people who will quickly cross the street in order to distance themselves from a " dangerous " pitbull. Or who find themselves alone at dog parks as a result of fearful , fellow dog owners whose only understanding of the breed is through negative media coverage. I was once one of those people. You are loved and hated in equal proportions made palatable  by a society at odds with each other in how they continue to perceive this breed. You are loved by fellow advocates of the breed and hated by those individuals who remain uneducated. You have stood by your convictions and you have stood by a breed desperate to be helped and saved.Thank you. I hope to one day be as educated and fearless and brave as you.

Have a Marvelous Monday!
See you soon.
the critters in The Cottage xo
** To all those concerned , thank you for the borrowing and use of all images in this post**


  1. Wow, that is one terrific post about Pit Bulls. Well done and all so very true. Take care.

  2. This is lovely and heartfelt post. Thank you for participating. Pip was once attacked by a little Maltese. He is more cautious around little dogs than big dogs, poor guy!

  3. P.S.: I started a blog hop for all the pittie posts if you would like to join!

  4. We suppose the size of a Pitbull is a little (or a lot) scary and makes everyone much more wary of them than say a Spaniel. Lots of Pitbulls are used to intimidate people by men and women who should know better.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  5. Grreat post! I don't blame you for being nervous when an unleashed dog runs towards you. Mom gets nervous too, because you never know what's going to happen! But we've had our biggest problems from the little dogs, not the big ones, because their owners don't even try to control them since they're "just so little!" Grrr.

  6. Hi and thanks for visiting me. You have a very pretty blog and I hope we can be pals. I love all my pals, doggies, kitties, turtles, horses, donkeys and crabbies. I love making new pals. This was a very nice post for Corbin with good information. Corbin is a very cool guy who deserves a special day.

    Loveys Sasha

  7. This is an excellent post! Pitbulls are wonderful dogs...it's the humans that raise them wrong that are to blame for the bad rap they get.

  8. My momma also gets nervous when any unleashed doggie comes towards us. I loved your pictures and I really loved that you looked into Pit Bulls and found some really great things! Thanks for joining in on the Pitty Post Day!

  9. LP, that was such a wonderful post! We know so many pitbulls who are sweet, smart and gentle.

  10. thank you so much for your post. a a mommish who has endured exactly what you have described when out on walks or petstores or anywhere actually with my pibbles it does hurt that people look at your child so ugly and full of fear. thank you for understanding and for educating yourself. that is theonly way to change is to learn and take a chance

    pibble toots
    the pittie pack


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