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.
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**