This is going to be kind of a rant, but I feel like someone needs to speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves. Whenever people talk about Michael Vick, there is the undertone of dog fighting. I personally feel like he should rot in jail for the rest of his life and that he should not be able to be in the NFL. For those of you who claim that I am just another girl who loves darling puppies, well you’re absolutely correct. I love animals; I volunteer at an animal shelter, and I have owned animals all my life. So yes, I am biased. To say that what he did wasn’t wrong is absolute bullshit.
I’m not here to talk about Vick, though he dug his own grave and is constantly talking. The pit bulls are the ones who are looked down upon. Whenever you hear a statistic about dog fights or dog attacks, pit bulls seem to always make an appearance. I think most people overlook the fact that they are quite possibly the most abused breed of dog. If someone fed you gun powder, starved you, chained you up for hours and beat you, you wouldn’t be a very happy camper either.
If you want to generalize an entire breed, then that is your issue. But you could do that with anything; you could say that all people from the North are Yankees who are rude and have never worked hard in their entire lives. I am from the North, I’m not even sure what a Yankee is, and I’m not rude (most of the time). And I used to ride my bike 10 miles to work every day and then work on my feet for eight hours.
My aunt has had pit bulls as long for as I can remember. Number of fatalities: ZERO. In fact, they are some of the sweetest dogs I have ever met in my life. They have never attacked anyone. There are about 30 people in my family and most of them are children. Yes, the statistics on them are not good. I will be the first to admit that they are some of the easier taunted dogs, but any animal which is pushed will snap. I have a friend who got attacked by a raccoon, because he tried to pet it.
My dog is a rescue dog from hurricane Katrina; her mother was a Corgi, but she doesn’t look like one. If you went up to her and tried to pet her without her knowing you, she would bark and possibly snap at you. She tolerates my 4-year-old brother climbing on her and tormenting her and doesn’t even growl, but strange people make her nervous. Dogs have the innocence of babies. No, they are not babies, but mentally they are like babies. All their thoughts are innocent and are probably about dog treats, tennis balls and grass.
Pit bulls are given a bad name because they are assumed to be dangerous. If they are raised correctly and with love, then they will be nice. If they are abused and chained up all the time, they will be not so nice. Just don’t base your judgments on nothing more than speculation and non-factual biases based on a type of dog breed. If you have children, maybe pit bulls won’t be your ideal pet. Be smart with your choice in dogs as you are in other things. All I’m saying is don’t judge a dog by its breed; judge it based on its personality.