I have never met a pit bull who didn't think he or she was a lap dog. All that licking immediately puts me in a better mood.
I was attacked by a pit-bull rottweiler mix, and got it to HALT
just before it got to
me on a run;
DOGS OF WAR?
The command "HRAUS" is the German command to release the Dogs of War,
from which comes the term "HARASS"
so when a cop sicced a dog on me with the command "HRAUS"
when I walked home past his house,
that was true harassment, in its most primitive form.
Fortunately, I've known attack dog trainers, and when I said "HALT"
with the German pronunciation, the dog halted and sat down.
The dog was better trained than its owner,
whose wife (also a cop) referred to
a couple of elderly women sitting on their porceh as "Porch Monkeys".
I have two pitbull-type dogs, but I partially agree with Carolyn's points. One of the dogs is an absolute angel. However, the one other one pledged allegiance to ISIS and crossed the border into Syria.
I will be looking for this book, can't wait to read!!....When I got my girl, I also got a book along with her (Animal Planet)...this book was spot on with many things about these dogs, I loved it!
And I will add....I have a wonderful, happy, gentle Staffy....she was almost put down because of the hate spews of the ignorant, but I ignored(my husband had said no because of all the negative he heard about them) and went full force ahead and my girl is 7 yrs old and counting, with never a mishap as what some say they WILL do.
Thank-You for writing this book
Oh Carolyn, every time you comment you look more foolish and maniacal. Post after post of nonsense. (Like zhampoo wasn't invented until last century. "Better to keep your mouth closed and let people assume you're a fool than open it and remove all doubt"
For the fella that suggested she write her own book_ she doesn't have time with all the internet stalking and tin foil hat fittings. Every time an article comes out about Ms. Dickey, the flying monkeys swoop in and prove how crazy they are.
CB,MaR,JB,LH, and many others are just criminals that are placing their anger onto innocent dogs rather than receive the actual help they TRULY need....
Mrs. Dickey is an outstanding member of society. They could learn a thing or two from her...
If people do some heavy digging they will find that before the 80s pitbulls in England where know as Nanny dogs,because they are great will kids and protective as well. In the 80'a man in the US had a bitbull and taught it to be aggressive and he had his dog attack his girlfriend and the dog killed her. Also the reason why they use pitbulls for fighting is because they are goal oriented that when they are raised to fight that is there one go la in mind.
If you don't believe me look it up.
Mary Ann, pretty strong assertions. Any proof? Any science about what pit bulls were _intended_ to do? Ms. Dickey cited hundreds of sources. You obviously have a thing about hating pit bulls -- as your one-note Twitter account proves. But your invective lacks anything substantive. If you want to convince people, make a solid argument.
It's also important to note the source of these anti-dog, anti-safety, stalking extremists. Craig Brown, who was the one removed from Ms. Bronwen's reading in North Carolina, is affiliated with Daxton's Friends (which also includes/esteems a firefighter who was demoted for driving around with duct tape and other implements to torture dogs). Daxton's Friends is affiliated with Dogsbite, which exaggerates and fabricates statistics often quoted by the media without any verification.
Note that the organization involved here is the leading pro-BSL, anti-pit bull voice by default, since no expert or knowledgeable organization holds the extreme and ignorant opinions that they do.
Just another pit bull airhead endangering others with her tripe..yawn...nothing here but the usual pitignorance. Pits were never intended to be kept as pets by the dogmen who originally bred them as the "bull and terrier". They intended them to KILL each other in dog fighting pits for their bloodsport amusement. Grotesque breed and, far as I can see, grotesque owners...putting the lives of their grotesque beasts before anyone and anything. BAN 'em and be done with this godforsaken breed.
Good article! As an owner of three "Pit Bull-Type dogs" this statement really resonated: "You talk about "breedism"—does that mean believing that pure breeds are better? And also just that some breeds are not normal. They are not deserving of homes; they need to be exterminated, and then things will somehow get better. It's simply not true." The range of reactions strangers have when I walk my dogs covers this full gamut. A good example of one end of the spectrum is the mad-typist who has posted 5 of the 12 comments on this thread. At the other end of the spectrum someone I met while walking my dogs told me that "Pit Bulls" were magical. I can often be heard telling people that neither assumption is true. They're just dogs and dogs are individuals.
Carolyn , how many pit bulls have you helped in the shelter ?
Ms. Lathrop, your much ballyhooed comment reading seemed to miss the part where you claimed shampoo wasn't invented until 1927 and then were refuted by a fellow commenter. So perhaps you'll catch this one. LIQUID shampoo was invented in 1927, shampoo itself has been around for hundreds of years.
Here is a link for you from Time Magazine on the history: http://time.com/3998228/history-of-shampoo…
Here is another link that shows examples of shampoo ads from pre 1930: http://tinyurl.com/guslzcm
See, not so fun when people comment at you with a snarky tone, is it? Weird how people don't like that and are somehow unconvinced by it.
But by all means, please lecture us all on disliking facts.
@Ms. Lathrop--A quick Google search of your name + "pit bulls" indicates that you are an extraordinarily prolific and ubiquitous internet commentor on this subject. If you feel so strongly about this and are willing to devote so much time to it, why not write your own book, and lay off the (frankly creepy) fixation you seem to have on Ms. Dickey?
Carolyn Lathrop did you even read the book? If not then please stop.
Carolyn Lathrop having 5 of the first 7 comments on this article demonstrates Bronwen's point pretty well...
Hey, folks. Unlike Ms Dickey, I DO read the comments, because I want to hear opposing points of view. But if you really can't answer my questions or dispute my facts (and so far,nobody has tried) it really isn't that persuasive to just hit "dislike." We all KNOW you dislike having the facts about the pit bull crisis shared. That is actually a huge part of the problem.
The word shampoo dates to 1762. It is of Hindi origin.
And nobody who is against the breed specific legislation necessary to stop irresponsible pit bull breeders (that would be mandatory spay / neuter of all pit bulls and pit bull mixes, including American bulldogs, except for akc and ukc-pr registered show dogs ) can claim to be an "advocate" for pit bulls. They offer NO solution to the horrific carnage caused by the irresponsible overbreeding of pit bulls, by the pit bull community. 80% of dogs dying in shelters are pit bulls. That is a million dead pit bulls per year that these self-identified "advocates" couldn't care less about. They love to brag about how they "rescued" one or two (carefully chosen, we hope) pit bulls but they hate it when anybody asks them about the hundreds of others that fill shelter freezers and landfills.
I am trying to imagine a belgian malinois advocate or a border collie advocate or, indeed, a true advocate of any breed of dog denying the huge influence of genetics and saying (as you do) that "dogs are dogs" and it is all in how you raise them. No dog advocate says that. Only pit pushers.
But no pit pusher has ever won a sheepdog trial with a pit bull. Why is that, if dogs are dogs? And why does every dog fighter in this country breed pit bulls, not labradors?
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