|The author's Petie|
Pits are smart, or did I already say that. They're also funny, and full of themselves. I don't know of anyone who lives with a pit bull and ISN'T a huge fan of this not-quite-a-breed dog. The term pit bull term is used for most of the bully breeds---American Staffordshire Terrier, Alapaha Blue Blood, Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff, American Pit Bull Terrier, and Staffordshire Terrier. Want to know what the other bully breeds are? Take this link to Bully Breeds You Should Know. (Surprised to see Boston Terriers there?)
Do you remember Petey from the Our Gang,TV show? He was a good baby sitter to the Little Rascals. He was also a pit bull.
Bad Rap, a pit bull Website, offers a spot-on character description:
When our Petie gets his feelings hurt, he sits down in front of us, with his back turned. He won't even look over his shoulder to see if we're ready to gush over him, apologize for our transgressions, whatever they may have been, and beg his forgiveness.
|Rocky waits for a new home|
The pit has definitely gotten a bad rap. According to Sammie's Friends Animal Shelter Director Cheryl Wicks, pit bulls have been excessively stereotyped, with media coverage playing the largest role in shaping the public's misconceptions. She doesn't deny that an out-of-control pit bull is capable of inflicting great damage to other animals and sometimes humans, but says that's a very small percentage of pit bull dogs involved in attacks and should not be used to generalize the breed as a whole. Cheryl says that statistics show people are at greater risk for injury or death due to falling, drowning or spousal abuse than they are from dog attacks.
At Sammie's Friends, pits come into the shelter too often. These dogs seldom did anything to warrant being dumped, but you better believe their feelings are hurt. You can see it in their expressions.That is, until you start talking to them, then their expressions change into wide grins.
For more great information about pit bulls, take the link in our blog roll to BadRap.org. I've purposely left out all the negative things we've heard about this group of dogs. But I hope you were open to reading "the rest of the story," as Paul Harvey used to say. We'd love to hear about your positive interactions with this fabulous group of dogs.
---Michelle A. McKenzie lives with six dogs, one of whom is Petie-the-amazing-pit.