October 24th is National Pit Bull Awareness Day, a time set aside to promote how wonderful are “pit bull” pups! For many years, people have bred pit bulls specifically to covet these more aggressive qualities, as they can be used by their parents in various ways. For instance, pit bulls are often raised to fight other dogs, guard and inspire fear. They are often trained as attack dogs. They are portrayed in movies as severe. They are often associated with illegal circles, like drug rings and fighting clubs. In short, their aggressive image is much the creation of people who shape them this way. And it only works because they are so smart that they can be trained effectively. They are victims of their own intelligence, which is sadly used against them. This misconstruction has thoroughly tainted the public eye and led people to project wildly unfair criticisms upon an animal whose nature is indeed lovely and kind-hearted.
Pit bulls naturally embody a variety of amiable traits:
- Lust for life
Pit bulls are actually very loving and enjoy being around people. Their aggressive qualities are highly uncharacteristic and generally human-created. To help fix the problem, people can make the right choices of adopting pit bulls into loving households. As long as pit bulls are dealt the attention and care that they deserve, they will respond with the same level of kindness.
There are organizations out there that put forth serious efforts to reverse this problem. Missouri Pit Bull Rescue (mprgroup.net), for example, works “to promote responsible Pit Bull ownership, provide breed education, combat pet overpopulation, fight unfair legislation’s, and find qualified homes for sound Pit Bull dogs in Missouri.” Another is Pit Bull Rescue Central (pbrc.net), which “envisions a compassionate world where pit bulls and pit bull mixes reside in responsible, loving homes and where their honor and positive image is restored and preserved.” Organizations like these deserve our help, as it is their work that will hopefully inspire people to realize how wonderful these dogs really are.
The bad wrap on the Pitbull is unacceptable and the result of unwarranted aggression. It is an ironic truth that the real “pit bulls” in this situation—the beasts with unbridled aggression and desire to attack—were indeed the humans who isolated them with undue animosity.
Check out some great Pit Bull organizations here: