ok, i'm one of two editors on my school newspaper this year. theres a big issue in my area about pit bulls and them being banned. unfortunetly most people in my area are for them being banned. so im going to write an editorial and try to change everyones minds! there have been lots of good, and bad things on this site said about pit bulls, and other breeds of dogs. so my question was: is there anyone here that is willing to let me quote them? if so please just let me know if i can or not, and you can either give me a quote, or i can go through the posts and look for one myself. my teacher actually checks to see if our quotes are real, so in the article i'm going to mention terrificpets! so anyone who doens't mind..let me know! my article is due in two weeks! thanks!
Quote me, why don't ya??? LOL Here goes!! Pit Bulls. What can I say about them? I cannot say that they are all mean, or all attack without notice. I cannot say that they are the top biting breed. I cannot say these things, because if I did, I would be lying. Pit Bulls, as you know, are used for fighting, and the pups to intimidate the dogs to fight, or "bait." The dogs fight usually until death. Did you know that Golden Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, and smaller breeds of dogs bite more than Pit Bulls? Yes, that is true. I am not saying Pit Bulls are good and Golden Retrievers are bad, I am saying that people blame Pit Bulls for all kinds of dog attacks, be it a big dog or small dog. When was the last time you saw a Golden Retriever attack on the news? Never. When was the last time you saw a Pit Bull attack on TV? Probably very recently. No breed of dog has "locking jaws." Have you ever met a Pit Bull in person? Maybe, maybe not. Have you gotten attacked by any breed of dog? Maybe, maybe not. If you are 100% positive it was a Pit Bull (which it probably wasn't), you cannot judge a breed on one dog. Have you ever met another dog of that breed other than the one that attacked you? If not, you need to. Pit Bulls are therapy dogs as well. I know some very nice Pit Bulls. People need to blame the people who beed them to be aggresive and the people who force them to fight, not the breed as a whole. Hating American Pit Bull Terriers goes to prove that you know remotely nothing about them. "Hate the deed, not the breed!!!" ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
tj, im so glad you are doing a nice article on pit bulls! i ouwld love to help you in anyway. i have 4 of them my self and they are the most caring loving dogs i have ever met! this is a web site that i think will help you alot http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.cfm . good luck with your article. i would love to read it when you are finished!
Try this The American pitbull terrier was orignally bred for dog fighting, NOT for mauling humans. If socailized the right way, they can be good with other animals too! Did you know there was a test done? Pit bulls, not by much, but still by some have a better personallity Golden retrievers? Cokcer spaniels bite more often. Most dog bites are FRAMED as pit bulls. Add it in if you'd like!
thanks you guys. the article is in process right now! its so nice being the senior editor on the paper, i'm going to dedicate a whole page to animals, and i'll be the one doing all the articles....so everyone be prepared to be asked for quotes! once the articles are done, i'll put them up on a site so that people can read them if interested i'm working on the following articles: -an article about how pit bulls are not all vicious -a poll to see what people in my community think of pit bulls im going to show a bunch of dogs and see how many people actually pick the pit bull if anyone has any suggestions about articles that i can do, please let me know! they don't have to be just about pit bulls, i'm just doing the one article and then the poll to see! suggestions always welcome!
oh, and another article i'm doing is animal testing. i personally am against it, however i have to have pros and cons. so if anyone has anything i can quote about that, that would be great! i'm so busy lately doing research for all my classes, i though this class would be easy! i've been doign so much research for my articles though! oh well, at least im enjoying it! so any quotes about animal testing would be greatly appreciated!
I am totally against animal testing, with few exceptions. The kind of animal testing I like is when they give thedog a choice of treats & see whcih kind they like best!!! Post the article here when it is published! ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
I'm new to this puppy thing, so I doubt I would have much to quote, but feel free to use anything I post. Please make sure you post your articles for us to read. As for article suggestions...what about a story about adopting from your local Humane Society.
thanks bellasmommy, thats a great idea. i could actually go to the shelter and get some pics, and interview workers there. adn even if students can't adopt...theres always volenteering....hmmm.....wheels in brain are workin lots now....thanks!
Pit Bulls can be great dogs. Unfortunitaly, they can fall into the wrong hands and be bred for the wrong reasons. it's awful when people train them to kill. But if they are trained correctly, they can be marvelous family pets. Sarah
The dog breed isn't the problem. Humans are. Humans contribute to negligence, cruelty and abuse, lab testing, and every other horrible atrocity you can think of. Humans are out of control. God help us if in the next lifetime dogs, cats, and other animals are in control. Humans are in a lot of trouble for the damage we have caused. There is no excuse but complete moral failure. Humans are always to blame. We are the most negligent, abusive animals on the face of the earth. Pity the rest of the animal kingdom dealing with our psychos.
American Pit Bull Terrier The Most EXPLOITED Breed Of Dog.... EVER! With current issues concerning dog laws, pet ownership, the on-going battle to stop worthless BSL-type breed bans that only target the innocent & responsible...the re-wording of laws that take what few birth rights we have left...you better believe - "You gotta fight for your rights!" Especially those of us who are responsible pet owners! I urge all responsible pet owners to get involved, join with others who are saying No! No to BSL & other lame law proposals written ONLY to appease the unsuspecting public & save U.S. government $$...without any regards to our rights & at our expense as well as our beloved dogs expense! Lets speak up to law-makers & legislative officials in charge...tell them, "We've been willing to play "responsible"...just not "responsible for all!" ----------------------------------------------------------------- Do You Really Know The American Pit Bull Terrier? I have been a lover and owner of American Pit Bull Terriers for more than twenty five years. During these years, my greatest concern has become that of the uneducated public who are so quick to condemn the American Pit Bull Terrier without knowing anything about the breed, except slanted misinformation provided by a news program to gain ratings. What sets the American Pit Bull Terrier apart is the fact that they have been the target of the ratings hungry media for years. It is amazing and unfortunate that these dogs are labeled as "dangerous" and "vicious" when they are not among the top dog bite offenders in America. It is a matter of record that the Cocker Spaniel and the Dalmation bite more humans than all other breeds combined. As always the media presents to the public, as the norm, the actions of poorly trained, poorly bred individuals of this beloved breed and is unconcerned that more than 98% of American Pit Bull Terriers are loving members of thousands and thousands of families. Just as there has always been war, violence, disease, and "something wrong with kids today", there has always been some breeds of dog believed to be "inherently vicious". Every generation has their own unique version of these things, and every generation believes things to be far worse for them than they were for those that came before. In the 1940s it was the German Shepherd Dog. Followed by the Doberman Pinscher. Next to fall into the ranks of the unfortunate was the Rottweiler. Currently the American Pit Bull Terrier, and any "pit" type dogs have come under public and media scrutiny. Why do people believe that American Pit Bull Terriers are killers? Why do people believe that American Pit Bull Terriers will "turn" on their owners, or that they have "locking jaws" or "bloodlust?" The educated dog breeder knows all of these Old Wives Tales to be false, as there is no documentation to support any of them. Is it because they look frightening? Is it because because the gangsta down the street has one? Is it because they have a media-created reputation as a tough man's dog, therefore every "tough guy" feels he must have one? Or is it because the media tells us that it is so, therefore it must be true? The inexperienced, or uninformed person, would have you believe that this breed is vicious and should be prohibited. This breed's ill-deserved reputation, enhanced by sensationalistic and frequently uninformed media reporting, attracts precisely the kind of person who should not own any powerful dog, be it an American Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, German Shepherd Dog, etc. Countless times these animals have been removed from homes due to dog fighting and other unmentionable abuses. There is a lot of attention focused on the dogs during these times, but very little on the humans that put them in that situation. Make the owners accountable, rather than blaming the animals for the faults of their owners. I am in no way denying that pit bulls have attacked people and can do substantial injury. However, I also know that in almost all these cases, responsibility inevitably rests with the dogs' owners for either abusing the animals or failing to properly train and supervise them. The media doesn't hold owners responsible for the behavior of their animals, but, instead, chooses to demonize the breed. It does not criticize the dog owners for failing to keep their dogs under control in each situation. Certainly anyone who would stick their face in front of a strange dog is putting themselves at risk, regardless of the breed. Dogs are not people and cannot infer your intentions, no matter how benevolent they may be. An experienced dog owner would not allow this to happen. Banning the ownership of a specific breed of dog will do nothing to stop the irresponsible person. He will only go on to the next available breed. The net result of a ban would be to criminate responsible owners of the breed, SINCE THEY ARE THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO ABIDE BY THE LAW ANYWAY. The problem of irresponsible dog ownership is NOT BREED SPECIFIC. Singling out a few breeds for special treatment will not stop the problem of human aggressive dogs. Those persons who do bad things with their dogs will just move on to another large, powerful breed. Yes the American Pit Bull Terrier was bred to fight other dogs. They were not bred to fight PEOPLE! The most important trait in a properly bred American Pit Bull Terrier is that it should NOT be human aggressive. All responsible breeders put down human aggressive dogs. Today, because responsible breeders observe the standard, temperament is a very important concern. A well-bred American Pit Bull Terrier is uniformly friendly to people. And is controllable by them at all times! The American Temperament Testing Society rates the pit bull in the 95% category for stability. This is a rate higher than many other beloved breeds, including the Labrador Retriever, just for an example.. As to their intelligence, I could supply a list of pit bulls with obedience titles a mile long. The American Pit Bull Terrier has repeatedly proven itself to be one of the most trainable breeds available today. Can these dogs be dangerous if poorly trained or unsupervised? Yes, however statistics prove that it is the poorly bred dog, along with irresponsible owners, and the lack of a good foundation in basic obedience training that may lead to difficulties. It is almost always at the hands of an irresponsible or abusive owner that the American Pit Bull Terrier will exhibit unacceptable behavior. The American Pit Bull Terrier has no more propensity towards human aggression than any other breed of dog. If the public needs someone to punish, look to the owners. The American Pit Bull Terrier, as a whole, has proven its stability and canine good citizenry by becoming Search & Rescue dogs, Therapy dogs working inside hospitals, herding dogs and trusted family companions. The American Pit Bull Terrier once symbolized the courage and strength of the American people on Word War One posters. The dog that portrayed "Pete the Pup" in the "Our Gang'" comedies, the dog that was the inspiration for the book "Old Yeller", is now to be vilified by a few people trying to make a name for themselves. The single most decorated dog in United States military history is a dog named Stubby, an American Pit Bull Terrier. Stubby saved countless lives during Word War One, warning of poison gas attacks and the presence of enemy troops. The BIG PICTURE here is that the American Pit Bull Terrier is only a breed of dog. All dogs that are correctly bred, as most American Pit Bull Terriers are, can be brought up to be good members of society. Thus, the enemy is not the American Pit Bull Terrier or the Rottweiler, or the Springer Spaniel, or the Labrador Retriever, it is the irresponsible owner. I can assure you that American Pit Bull Terriers can be as loyal, loving and gentle pets as any other breed, provided that they are given the proper training and kept under responsible control, as any pet should be. I urge you to take the time to educate yourself about the American Pit Bull Terrier and perhaps you will reconsider your opinion. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Dan Crutchfield UKC Conformation Judge # 6170 UKC Inspector for the NAPBTA President- Mississippi State American Pit Bull Terrier Club "THE CLUB FOR THE WORKING APBT"
That is great, I'm so happy to know your getting the word out. Whatever you do and whatever you decide to quote, do your research. research what people give you with facts, books, breeders, ect to make sure it is correct info on the breed, we don't need anymore misinformation or misconceptions. Quote by Allie "Pit Bulls, as you know, are used for fighting, and the pups to intimidate the dogs to fight, or "bait." The dogs fight usually until death." Like this one, Pit Bulls were bred to fight (and also bait bulls and hunt big game) I'm not sure about the pups part? That doesn't make any sense at all. Anyway Pit Bulls were bred to fight and its in the pit where they had to be very trustworthy around humans, because people had to handle these dogs who want to badly fight eacother had to be trusted not to bite or turn on the handler. They even had to be seperated several times during the fight, but still be trustworthy. After being fought the dogs received vet care, you can imagine they were injured and in pain, but they didn't whimper, whine, growl or lash out, they simply lay calm and receive their treatment. Those who bred them to fight bred them with a stable temperament in mind and culled (ie put down) man biters and even people aggressive dogs (those who showed a tendency to be dangerous to humans. They didn't wnat to risk personal injury to themselves or their family at the hands of their own dogs.) The breeders were trying to breed for a trait called "gameness" this trait is the ability to continue without hesitation and without quitting. Dogs RARELY fought or fight to the death. The dogs are pitted against one another at equal weights/same sex after a conditioning period in whats called a match, the one who quits, loses, it isn't killed doesn't die. It stops fighting or won't "scratch" (this means it won't cross a line drawn at the corner of the pit, both dogs get a corner like in a boxing match) this means the dog no longer wants to fight and doesn't have gameness. A dog that does scratch and wants to fight keep fighting is said to have gameness and the trait these breeders are looking for. This dog would be the winner and the other who quit the loser. If dogs were intentionally fought to the death you would never have a Champion or Grand Champion fighting dog and you would never have a dog thats a Champion but also has lost a match or 2. Like the stability carrying over to todays dogs so has "gameness" most Pit Bulls today are not used for fighting (thankfully), but they are used in other activities like hog hunting, weight pull some even as tracking, search and rescue and narcotics dogs. These dogs show a lot of determination and "gameness" meaning they will keep going until they can go no more and even then continue to try. When the weight in a weight pull competition is too heavy they will try and try to pull it, dogs with "gameness" don't know they are they losing and always willing to try and try again. One myth is that these dogs have locking jaws which just isn't true. They do have very strong jaws and can hold on with their jaws if they chose. This is a "bulldog" instinct other bulldogs (such as the American Bulldog) also display this trait. Pit Bulls are also a very determined breed (again gameness) this combined with strength is why some believe they have locking jaws.They can hang off their hing legs by using their jaws only, but they are not locking their jaws. Another common myth is that dog aggression dogs are dangerous, meaning Pit Bulls that want to fight other dogs will also be dangerous to people. This is very untrue, as animal aggression and people aggression are two very different things. Stable dogs who might like fighting or have prey drive (the want to chase small animals like rabbits and cats) know the difference between PEOPLE and a DOG or PREY ANIMAL. Dogs are used in hog hunting (of different breeds including Pit Bull, American Bulldogs, Catahoulas) and they are great family pets while still being good hunters/catch dogs. Its natural for this breed to be dog aggressive, especially to the same sex once they reach sexual maturity. Other breeds are also commonly dog aggressive like Akitas or Chows. These dogs are in no way dangerous to people. Pit Bulls are probably the least likely to be dangerous to humans by animal aggression because they were bred for centuries to hunt/fight working closely to humans while focusing any aggression towards animals and never on their owner and of course being put down if they didn't have the proper temperament so this bad temper wouldn't be bred into them. They're the only breed of dog I'll break up in a fight and trust not to get bit, fights I've had to break up between dogs who were not Pit Bulls I always got bit, those who were Pit Bulls never attempted to bite me. Even fighting champions were part of the family in some cases they slept in the bed of a child and played with neighborhood children, almost anyone who had a Pit Bull (in the "old days") whether it was for fighting or a pet had one from fighting dogs. They dogs weren't just aggressive but actually allowed to and used to fight, but they weren't the least bit dangerous. One famous dog bred for fighting out of a famous Grand Champion of the day was a dog called Petey who stared in the Little Rascals tv show. As you see he wasn't dangerous, very comical and smart and also stared in other shows. People who don't know the breed think fighting dogs are vicious killers, but they were actually well adusted dogs and its because of their fighting history that they are so people friendly. Petey isn't an exception, he's the truth. The famous Colby bred and sold many, many pups, which were of course out of fighting dogs. But these dogs were not vicious, they were beloved part of the family and Pit Bulls in general were a beloved part of our country. The Colby line still continues today. If dogs bred and used for fighting were safe, stable, beloved (even used as a symbol for our country in times of war) then a dog aggressive Pit Bull of today is no more dangerous. And Sadly Pit Bulls today are still used for dog fighting, some do it in the fashion of the "old days" still breeding stable, sound, healthy dogs BUT they are still causing pain and injury to the innocent dogs who only follow their instinct (like a hunting dog hunting), they can't control themselves and the people are doing something wrong and illegal. To make matters worse there are those who are really, really low life and abuse there dogs, they try to make them more aggressive because they believe this will make them really good fighters when it really makes them dangerous to people and probably less of a fighter. They beat their dogs and starve them, some die in the fight and some die simply from neglect and abuse, these are the type of people you can see on television programs such as Animal Cops and Animal Planet. Another myth is that they "fight to the death" some dogs will fight to the death and some won't fight at all. Dog aggression is a natural part of the breed, some will never be dog aggressive and some will. This doesn't make them dangerous to humans in anyway. It does mean that their owners need to be very responsible and not allow them to fight. Pit Bulls should never be left unsupervised together because a fight could break out, just like with any other breed. It can have serious endings with serious injuries. Some may fight until death and others let themselves be killed and give up. Either way you still end up with hurt or dead dogs. You can't make generalizations and you have to know your dog after first understanding the breed. Some can be around any dog, some opposite sex and other only around their "family dogs" and then there are those who can't be around any other dogs period who make great pets for the one dog family. Another sort of myth or belief is that they are vicious and make great guard dogs, but this is very far from the truth a properly bred and raised Pit Bulls makes a very poor guard dog. They are very sweet, people oriented and friendly animals. They will lick and love and try to get any bit of attention they can. Right now my little house Pit is trying to climb up in my lap as she usually does. She is also great at letting babies pet (smack) and feel (pinch) her while she rolls over and wags her tail. She loves to let toddlers crawl and play all over her, all the way to adult giving her attention and lovings. Complete strangers she doesn't care. Some believe them the "most dangerous" and the "best guard dog" which is kind of funny considering they appear to be the dogs most frequently stolen, the dogs most often and badly abused yet rescued and live long, finally happy lives where they cause no harm to anyone. One of the stupidest myths I have heard is that as they get older their brain swells and grows too big for their heads, this causes pressure and makes them go crazy. I can't imagine what type of person would make this one up, must be of low intellegence or just thinking of a way to scare people. This very same myth was once said about the Doberman Pincher when it was a feared breed and they were all thought to be vicious killers. They came up with this "scienctific" reason for them being dangerous and surely enough some people fell for this silly explanation. I've been around many old Pit and known some very wonderful ones to die at 16 years, but they never went crazy. You can rest assure they had great temperaments. Here goes yet another myth, they are child killers. Pit Bulls live for the affection of people and love it most from children IMO. All mine get very excited to meet people, but they are most excited when kids come to play with them and pet them. Growing up I was around them but wasn't in any danger of being killed. I played with them and they loved me no matter what type of "abuse" I dished out and never got worn out all day. They are safe enough for children to handle at dog shows in the Jr Handlers class, without them being mauled. Actually the breed standard calls for a friendly dog and a dog showing any type of human aggressive is Disqualified and not only that but asked (to put it nicely) to leave the show grounds! Responsible breeders want to keep it this way, their dogs gentle, kind and friendly towards people including kids. But I head they were vicious? Here are a few reasons.... 1. Media-the news headlines love to put Pit Bull attacks. Even if the dog ISN'T a Pit Bull. The Media is very crooked and always making us believe what isn't true. In reality it is probably very scarey the amount of lies they tell us that we believe everyday. Here (well in the city anyway) there was a young boy viciously mauled by a medium sized black dog almost killed, nope it wasn't a Pit Bull, it was a Black Lab. What did it get reported as? Well the news crew decided the whole lab attack just didn't sound right, but these low lifes couldn't just say its a Pit Bull, they actually went to some run down shelter, paid a guy to let them film a dog and guess what dog they picked, a Pit Bull of course. They filmed a Pit Bull in the pound and said "another vicious pit bull attack" it took investigation to find this out and it kind of opened a few peoples eyes. 2. Conditioning-the media has conditioned people to fear Pit Bulls, so when some one is bit and the dog looks something like a bulldog its has to be one of those vicious Pit Bulls and they run reporting this. 3. Mistaken identity-owning Pit Bulls I've really realized that most people have no clue really what a Pit Bull looks like, the general public doesn't know. The only one you can't count on to know is probaly responsible breeders/judges and very "well educated" owners. Even animal control officers, shelter workers and pet Pit Bull owners themselves don't know what is and isn't a Pit half the time. I had my own experience on this terrificpet board, I posted a pic of my friends Cane Corso who a Pit Bull owner though was a Pit Bull and they own the breed and the dog half the time is mistaken for a Pit Bull, on multiple occasions my Boxer was mistaken for a Pit Bull, and yet another friend who owns an American Bulldog, well a person who owns Pits and has been around them since their childhood though he was a Pit Bull. Its kind of funny that a few meet a real Pit Bull and don't know its a Pit Bull either. But when they are bitten by a Presa, American Bulldog, Cane Corso, or anything looking "bully" they cry "pit, vicious pit" 4. With all that said about fakes and lies, very real Pit Bulls do bite people. If I said they didn't then I'd be no better then those lying about them in a negative way. Byb is an epidemic and its creating dogs with very poor temperaments, they are BORN shy and fearful leading them to fear bite. Meaning they feel threatened and bite others do attack rather viciously when cornered, after their display of fear aggression. Others have dominance issues (which is very wrong for the breed, they are a human submissive breed), through bad breeding some are dominant even to humans and challenge them as they get older and reach maturity its no big deal for them to challenge their owner not listening, not baking down. Growling, snapping and ultimatly biting when pushed. They've appointed themselves alpha and the human stepping out of line results in a bite and in some cases an attack. Bad breeding also creates other mental problems that were are yet to really understand they are chemical most likely as well as hormonal and having to do with their brain structure through poor breeding. This is actually probably why more and more labs are seemly biting, some even being involved in maulings. They are overpopulated and byb, on another message board they were discussing lab bites/attacks. All agreed they weren't bad dogs, just poorly and overly bred. (One interesting fact was most seemed to see more and more black labs biting vs the other two colors, I've noticed blacks not only aggressive but also other behavioral problems) Others are raised wrong, tought to bite, tough to attack, often this is through abuse. The dog then begins to fear humans and rely on its training when meeting a human and its training/conditioning has been to attack. So thats what it does. Dogs are usually a product of their breedings and upbringing. 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