Pit bulls are the most abused, most euthanized, most maligned and most misunderstood type of dog in America today.
October 22 is National Pit Bull Awareness Day. Some truths:
Pit bulls are therapy dogs, service dogs, search and rescue dogs and, most famously, loving family pets (including pets to many celebrities). Just ask Rob Thomas, rock star and lead of the band Matchbox 20. Yours truly had the opportunity to hear all about his giving heart to pit bulls.
Pit bulls do not have locking jaws, do not bite differently than other large breeds, do not “suddenly snap,” are not “bred to fight” (the vast majority are bred as pets, like any other dog), and they do feel pain. Like all prejudicial thinking, judging a dog simply by how it looks only leads to negative actions and reactions. Get to know a pit bull.
We join our friends at the StubbyDog Organization to get the word out and would love to hear from other pit bull moms and dads.
Remember, like all dogs, pit bulls feel pain, love, fear and joy. When dogs behave badly, it’s important to look at the other end of the leash—i.e. the dog’s guardian—not at the dog’s breed.
StubbyDog is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) transmedia organization that’s focused on changing public perceptions of pit bulls and dismantling the associated stereotypical thinking. They develop and disseminate emotionally resonant and entertaining content, showing pit bulls as the loyal and loving dogs they are. Their vision is a world where every pit bull enjoys the right to a good life. Their mission is to help people rediscover pit bulls as lifelong friends.