Raelie Sace is my everything: she’s my dog, my daughter, my baby, my service animal, my rescue, my heart, my soul. She’s literally saved my life over a handful of times and without learning responsibility through adopting her (from this wonderful Little Shelter) and raising her myself, I believe I’d be an entirely different person.
However, when we go for walks, I become aware. Not at her or her behavior, but at people’s stares, comments and reactions. You see, Raelie is a Pitbull mix (half Pit, half Lab, or a Pitador if you will!) And I’ve seen people cross the street when we’re halfway down the block. I’ve seen women tug on the arms of their children when we are 15 feet away. I’ve seen other dog owners snatch up their dogs and straight up rudely leave a dog park when I brought her in. I’ve had people ask me, ” Don’t you know that they’re vicious?” or ” Don’t you know that they bite?” like I don’t sleep next to my 65 pound dog every night in spooning position since she was 7 weeks old.
She has never so much as growled at another human being, never mind bit or snapped at one, and has only reacted badly to other dogs that were already being aggressive. She is the sweetest, cuddliest, most loyal and amazing dog that I could ask for.
And when I tried to fly her out here to California from New York, I had to call 6 or 7 airlines just to be told she was on the “Breed Restrictions List” and they wouldn’t fly her!! I tried to explain to them that she was a mutt, she has no history of violent behavior, I was registering her as my service dog, and that I’d be accompanying her. No go on ANY of them. (I finally got Delta to do it! So thank you, Delta!)
And if I lived in Miami Dade, Cincinatti or Ontario, the government could have come snatched her right from my backyard and euthanized her at any time without my consent. If she was born in a place other than New York, like Texas, Florida, Alabama, or Canada the chances of her being euthanized as a puppy are 10 times more likely, if not 100% guaranteed. Just because she’s part Pit.
- According to the American Temperament Test Society, temperament evaluations of American Pit Bull Terriers shows that this breed has a very high passing rate of 82.6%.
- The average passing rate for the other 121 breeds of dogs in the tests: 77%.
Look at the facts below. Pit Bulls have gone through so much, yet they’re still less likely to attack you then a Rottweiler, German Shepherd, or a Chow. Pit Bulls are facing bans across the United States and across the world, yet society is to blame, because they’re the ones tearing the breed apart. For many people, Pit Bulls are nothing more then an asset, for making money. These people mass produce Pit Bulls, force them to fight for their lives, and when they lose their fight, they’re killed. Many situations occur where the Pit Bull will be hung, electrocuted, shot.
What alarms me is our hunger for drama and tragedy and not being accountable for our own actions and throwing the blame off on someone or something that can’t offer an intelligent defense. As a result of this, there are many individuals groups and governments as well with genocidal goals in mind for our dogs.
The last thing any breed of dog needs are bands of BSPC’s (Breed Specific Pitty Committees). What they need are legions of informed individuals willing to step up on their behalf and offer intelligent defense.
Well, here I am. I encourage you to love, adopt, say hello to your friendly neighborhood Pitbull or Pit-Mix dog! Overall, they’re an entirely loving, loyal, cuddly, goofy breed in need of lots of love and understanding!
Love & Light