The stigma attached to owners of pit bulls, staffys, cane corso, or any pit mix really, is felt greatly by their owners, and yet many traverse through the bigotry with their heads held high! And Kudos to all of you for doing it!
think about the last time you saw a pit bull walking down the street….. what did you think? “Oh god!” and “I better get the hell outta here!” Or did you think “What a sweet looking dog, look how he holds his head up, wagging his tail at everybody!” and “What a gorgeous dog, I’d love to pet her!” Did you cross the street or talk to the owner?
I find it particularly funny how we judge in society, I have tattoos now sometimes I cover them up and other times I don’t, when I go to my daughters school, if I wear shorts in the summer my ankle tattoo shows and I get some pretty nasty looks from some parents and even a couple of teachers, one of my neighbours told their daughter she couldn’t play here because we were drugs dealers. Nice huh?
So I can relate to how these owners feel, in more ways than just one. People look at them, and their dogs and immediately judge them as bad or wrong in some furtive way, when the majority of pit bulls owners whether tattooed or not are just like you and I, I’m sure some are pillars in their community, and some are not, just like you and I.
I like to think the tattooed people are cooler, but hey, I’m bias har har har! I have a pretty keen sense of people, I can usually tell within the first 10-15 minutes of meeting someone what they are all about, but I don’t judge anyone, especially based on their dog or the tattoos.
As I have said in previous posts, I was attacked by a malamute when I was three years old, and that malamute looked very friendly, it was at that time a trusted family breed, and when people saw that dog they didn’t cross the street, but statistically, that dog is much more likely to attack a random stranger than a pit bull is, and there in lies the myth factor and the fear mongering that the media has placed on these dogs and their owners.
A friend of mine was attacked by a golden lab, after the attack no one called for the dog to be destroyed, people didn’t cross the street. SIIIIIGH!!!!!!
Guilty for loving a pit bull…, well if that’s true than I must be the poster child for life behind bars, Yes, me, a mother, a successful business owner, a wife, and an advocate. So what are you guilty of? Do you love your dog no matter what body shape he or she has? Do you really care about the breed? Do you get looked at funny and asked if you can take your dog to “Another” dog park, just because of how he or she looks? If so than I guess you to can relate.
If not than you are lucky or blessed or maybe fortunate enough not to have to endure that, You may ask “Then, why own a pit bull, there are lots of other dogs you could choose?” To that I can only say you will never understand unless you have spent time around a pit bull or you know someone who has one, you can never understand why I would choose to go through that. I walk those waters because there is no greater dog! No other dog with the ability to never question or doubt their love for you, and it makes you want to be the very best you can be for them, at least if you are responsible that’s how you feel, EVERYDAY!
So the next time you cross paths with a pit bull, talk to the owner say something like “Hey nice dog!” and you will be surprised what you get in return, if you play your cards right you may just get to know the best dog in the world! The Pit Bull.
and to the haters out there, the ones that just hate everything, and everyone, because they can… Rest assured that no one give a shit! and have a great day!