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?
So Ms. Dickey thinks it is a virtue to not read the comments? Why? It does make it easier to not respond to questions to which she offers no answers, and to pretend that there is no pit bull crisis. This is very popular with pit pushers, who desperately want to allow pit bull breeders to continue to profit off the irresponsible breeding of pit bulls.
Let's see: Two people dead from pit bull attacks this week. And a thousand dead pit bulls a day in shelters alone.
Pit pushers? Anybody care to tell us your solutions to the crisis?
I love how Ms. Dickey states as a fact that pit bulls were "everywhere" from 1890 to 1930, specifically giving the example of "shampoo ads." Shampoo wasn't invented until 1927, in Germany.
Great interview. Bronwen has done such a great job with this book that as a pit bull advocate I refer to the book as the 'pit bull encyclopedia'. The research she did and the sources she references are a great tool for advocates IF they chose to use it properly.
As for the anti-pit bull campaigners, as I call them, there's nothing in the book factual enough or well enough researched to give them a different view of these dogs and the people who have them (and yes it isn't just about the dogs to those who hate and fear pit bull type dogs but the people who have them are considered as dangerous and are as vilified as the dogs themselves). They haven't read it, the book, and the boilerplate response to the question of whether or not they've read the book they are so harshly criticizing is that they don't need to read it; it's just more pit bull lobbyist propaganda they say.
At any rate this book has changed how I now approach advocating for these dogs and the people who chose to have them and I am forever in Ms. Dickeys debt. I hope that other advocates and those who rescue these dogs will read this book and will rethink how they go about educating the public on these dogs, on breed discriminatory legislation and will focus their efforts more on responsible dog ownership than trying to make these dogs appear to be different than other dogs or special. Dogs are dogs and how we humans treat and handle them is the foremost determining factor in their behavior and in how safe or dangerous they are to be around.
As a pit bull advocate my biggest hope is that when enough people understand which specie is responsible for incidents where people and other animals have been harmed or sadly killed we will address the issue intelligently enough so that advocating for pit bulls and for those who have them won't be necessary.
Great article! Good luck DAM!
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