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Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

I see that as usual a few of the 'regulars' from the anti-pit bull camp are posting here and in their usual obnoxious, accusatory and hateful manner. One of the things that I have Ms. Dickey to thank for, besides her very thoroughly researched well executed book, is how she helped me see that engaging these people, the anti-pit bull campaigners , in any effort to impart factual inforation to them is an exercise in futility.

These people have no interest in anything that doesn't support their beliefs and there's nothing any of us can do about it. However the energy that we might waste on engaging them in a war of words no one wins can much better be spent in more productive ways.

First all we who have dogs that might even remotely be taken for being a pit bull type dog must at all costs and put every effort into helping our dogs be ambassadors for all pit bull type dogs everywhere AND then get out into the public so as many people as possible can see what wonderful, safe and well behaved dogs we have BECAUSE we choose to be responsible dog owners. Secondly we most promote responsible dog ownership to all dog owners that have all kinds of dogs; and if nothing else lead by example. Third we need to lobby our local city councils and animal control agencies to create and enforce comprehensive non-breed specific dangerous dog ordinances that hold dog owners responsible for their dogs behavior. Fourth we should encourage and support our local animal welfare related agencies to educate the public on the importance of responsible dog ownership to include easily affordable or free programs to spay/neuter and training/behavioral assistance in order foster a safer community in relation to dog related injuries. Fifth but not last by any means begin or support public service programs in schools helping children learn how to interact with dogs in a way that is safe for humans and humane for dogs.

In the end it must be up to those of us who are more interested in fixing the problem of dog aggression and the result of it than we are in blaming a certain kind of dog for the behavior it is allowed by humans to engage in to remedy this issue. It is NOT an impossible task and daylight is burning while we waste our energy on people who are purposefully ignorant of the real reason why dogs harm other living things.

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Posted by Cheryl Huerta on 07/21/2016 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

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.

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Posted by Cheryl Huerta on 07/20/2016 at 11:50 AM

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