Pit Bull Dog Heroes

Heroic Pit Bulls
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The Real Truth

So you’ve heard all the hype about how the pit bulls are such a vicious breed of dog. You’ve seen the stories on the news and read it on the internet, so it must be true, right? The pit bull must be a “killer” dog breed and they should all be destroyed! Are we really so naïve that we only believe the bad news and ignore the real truth?

Yes, there are some true horror stories involving the pit bull dog. Pit bulls have been adopted by the criminal element as their protectors from law enforcement and fellow criminals. These are the stories you hear more of. You know what they say...bad news travels fast. Well, I am here to share some of the good stories about the pit bull dog breed and hopefully it will help to dispel the bad reputation they have been given and you will realize that the pit bull dog is only as good or bad as their owner.

The Pit Bull Dog was know as "The Nanny" Dog.
The Pit Bull Dog was know as "The Nanny" Dog. | Source

The Nanny Dog

In the early part of the 1900s the pit bull dog was referred to as “The Nanny Dog”. They were loyal, faithful and loving, especially with children. If your child had a pit bull dog as a pet, you just knew they had a loving companion that would keep them safe. At one time the pit bull was one of the most beloved dogs in both the US and England.



A Touching Tribute to a Heroic Pit Bull Dog.
A Touching Tribute to a Heroic Pit Bull Dog. | Source

Sallie

Back in the days of the Civil War, there was a pit bull dog named Sallie. She was the mascot for the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Sallie traveled with these soldiers through many confrontations where she would stand guard over dead or injured soldiers until someone came to take care of them. Sallie stayed with them for two years, being their loved companion and caretaker until she was killed by a bullet herself. Sallie is included in the monument erected for her infantry in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Sargeant "Stubby" and his medals.
Sargeant "Stubby" and his medals. | Source

Stubby

In 1916, a group of students that were participating in a military training event were joined by a rather short legged, chunky little dog whose personality stole their hearts. They came to call him “Stubby”. He became their mascot and loved companion throughout their training. When the time came for their deployment, they feared they would have to leave Stubby behind, but when their corporal was overwhelmed by Stubbies friendliness and inundated with doggy kisses, he agreed to let the pooch come along. Stubby made his usefulness clear when he would alert the soldiers to the smell of gas. He could smell the gas long before the soldiers and would bark to let them know to put on their gas masks. Stubby was even succumbed to the gas at one time as they could not “fit” a gas mask to his face, but he recuperated and returned to join his fellow soldiers. While in France, Stubby continued to win the hearts of the people and a group of ladies so loved this dog, they hand made a coat for him to display him many medals and awards. Stubby was awarded with the honorary title of Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp. Stubby is considered to be the most decorated dog in the American Military.

Lilly

More recently there is the story about Lilly. Lilly is a pit bull dog who was adopted from a shelter by a man named David. David had given Lilly to his mother, Christine, who was suffering from a medical condition and needed a good companion. Lilly quickly became the center of Christine’s world and her closest friend. Late one night, a train engineer witnessed an amazing sight. As his train was barreling towards a railway crossing in Shirley, Massachusetts, he sees a dog pulling an unconscious woman over the train tracks. It was Lilly and Christine. The engineer made every possible attempt to stop his train, but it was too late. Lilly had managed to pull Christine far enough away from the tracks to avoid injury, but Lilly was not so fortunate. The trains wheels sliced through Lilly’s right foot and broke her pelvis in several places. Severely injured, Lilly laid down next to Christine and waited for emergency services to arrive. Lilly was rushed to the Angel Medical Center in Boston, where she received emergency medical care. Lilly’s right front leg could not be repaired and it had to be amputated. She had a second surgery to repair damage to her pelvis and rear leg and has since returned home. Christine has moved in with David and together they are helping Lilly through her convalescence.

Diamond

Then there is Diamond. Diamond’s owner, Darryl and his two daughters were asleep in their apartment on the night of October 24th, when Diamond started barking. Diamond continued to bark until Darryl awoke to find his apartment on fire. Darryl was able to grab his 9 year old daughter, Darahne and lower her to safety out a 2 story window, but he could not find his 16 year old daughter, Sierra. Sierra was frightened and was hiding under a mattress in her father’s bedroom. Although Darryl couldn't find her, Diamond did. Diamond climbed up on the mattress and was trying to shield Sierra from the fire. The fire fighters spotted Diamond and found Sierra. Both she and her father were hospitalized for weeks with severe burns and both had to have skin grafts, but they were all alive. As for Diamond, she also spent weeks in the pet hospital for burns and smoke inhalation, but has also recovered nicely. Diamond has received the National Hero Dog Award from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Los Angeles.

Popcicle, a nearly dead pit bull puppy is rescued and serves law enforcement with honor.
Popcicle, a nearly dead pit bull puppy is rescued and serves law enforcement with honor. | Source

Popcicle

I cannot conclude my article without mentioning Popcicle. Popcicle was found by a Buffalo, NY policeman when he opened the door of an abandoned freezer during a drug investigation. Inside he found a bulging black trash bag, which moved when he poked at it with his flashlight. When the trash bag was opened a undernourished hypothermic and near death pit bull puppy was discovered. Judging from his wounds it was apparent that he had been used in dog fights. He was taken to a near by animal hospital and survived his near death experience. He was then moved to a local animals shelter where an SPCA counselor took right to him and named him Popcicle. Because of his breed, Popcicle didn't have much luck in finding someone to adopt him, so the SPCA counselor took a chance. She contacted the US Customs Canine Enforcement officer. She was hoping that Popcicle could qualify for the dog training school in Front Royal, VA. Of the 500 dogs that were tested over the last three years, only 4 have succeeded. Popcicle graduated at the top of his class! In 1998, Popcicle sniffed out 3000 pounds of cocaine from a truck loaded down with pineapples at a Mexican border and was awarded the “Significant Seizure” medal for his service.

Summary

There are many, many more stories that could be told about the heroic actions of the pit bull dog. These aren't the stories that the media wants to report. Yes, the pit bull dog has become attractive to the wrong kinds of people. Many criminals and drug dealers have chosen the pit bull because of the “badass” appearance. Most of the horrendous stories you have seen or heard about the pit bull are derived from bad owners mistreating and abusing their dogs. It was almost like a fashion trend, if you were a “bad ass, tough guy”, you owned a pit bull. The people who ended up with the ferocious attack dogs, trained them to be so. You are not going to take a pit bull puppy and have an automatic “killer” dog! Before you turn your back and walk away from the pit bull breed, remember one thing. Don’t judge a dog by it’s breed, judge a dog by it’s owner!

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sgbrown 12 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

I'm glad you enjoyed my hub, although it is a little sad. I think more and more people are beginning to realize that the pit bull doesn't deserve the bad reputation it has had. Yes, there are way too many people who have NO business owning a dog! Thank you for stopping by! :)


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Scribenet 13 months ago from Ontario, Canada

This brought tears to my eyes. I had a half-pitbull and she was a doll. She absolutely loved children and the only hazard was her licking them. Children were her favorite people...she adored them! Even though she has been gone almost a decade and a half, the memory of her still touches my heart. It is the owner who is to blame for a vicious dog. Unfortunately, there are too many people who have no idea how to take care of a dog. That is the sad truth.


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sgbrown 15 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

That is such a shame, Peggy. These type of people will use smaller dogs as "bait" to teach these dogs to fight too. I just can't imagine how anyone can do such things. I can think of several penalties, but they would be considered "cruel and unusual"!


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Peggy W 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

We rescued a large pit bull dog that was roaming in our subdivision for a few days and took it to a shelter that accepted pit bulls. Surprisingly many shelters will not even take them! It was very friendly with people but when a policeman brought in a black lab to see it it had a microchip, I had to hang on for dear life to keep the pit bull from lunging at it as it was growling. Sadly, with the chain around its neck and the scars on its head, neck and elsewhere...people at the shelter thought that it was probably used for fighting. People that would turn a sweet animal into a fighting machine.....I cannot think of a strong enough penalty that should be applied to people like that!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Suzanne! I think you're exactly right. There are no mean dogs, just mean people who teach their dogs to be mean. It's a horrible shame that there are people in this world that will mistreat their dogs to the point that they become aggressive. I would really like to see these people chained up and starved for a while. However, I couldn't beat them as they do their dogs. Thank you for your wonderful comment and votes, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas

There are no mean dogs, only mean people. Pit bulls are wonderful, loyal, intelligent, highly trainable dogs who are eager to please. They will do ANYTHING to please their owners, which is what makes them so attractive to mean people. Great HUB! Voted up and awesome! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Brett! I appreciate a second visit! I hope eventually the reputation of the the mis-treated and abused pit bull dogs will fade away. There being more and more publicity on the mis-treatment and abuse of these poor dogs, people are beginning to understand why so many are dangerous dogs. It's not the dog itself, but it's training and treatment. Pit bulls can be raised to be wonderful companions. Thank you so much for your kind words and all your support, it is greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Brett.Tesol 3 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

I'm fairly sure I have visited this one before, but maybe I forgot to leave a comment. I think your sum it up with the line "the {pit bull} dog is only as good or bad as their owner". Any dog can be evil and any can be amazing, depending on their treatment and training.

Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and awesome!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Dolores! Pit bulls do have a strong bite, but the Rottweiler actually has the strongest and some people say that the pit bull's jaws lock on to what ever they are biting. Truth is, they don't lock, that is just the stubborness of the bull dog coming out in them, they don't want to let go. It is a shame that any animal has been bred to fight, it has really hurt the reputation of the pit bull. Unfortunately there are probably more mean pit bulls right now than any other breed, but they are not all bad. Thank you for your kind comment! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

I think the reason people think pit bulls are dangerous is because of the strength of their jaws and the idea that they have been bred to fight. But I've sure met some sweet pit bulls. Great hub with lovely stories.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello DDE! Bad news always travels faster than good news. Pit bull dogs can be excellent dogs if raised correctly. I wrote another hub that gives more information on the pit bull dog, if you would like to read it also. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I read more bad comments about the pit bull and this is the first time of reading something good, pit bull heroes that never occurred to me. Now I know more about the breed of pit bulls thanks for this hub.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Jackie! I think this shows that most dogs can be good, it depends on how they are treated that forms their personalities. The dogs are thinking more with their hearts than their heads. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! Have a great day! :)


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Beautiful stories, especially the one about Lilly I liked. Hope she heals well and has a long life. Such brave things dogs do that even most human would not. Great write to open some eyes.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi B! Pit Bulls can be good dogs. Our daughter's pit bull, Lola, is a wonderful dog and great with the kids! I was tired of seeing all the negatives about the breed, so I decided to write about some positives! Thank you for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated! :)


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b. Malin 3 years ago

What a Wonderful UPBEAT Hub. Nice to see that a "Pit Bull" can be a Hero...they do get a bad rap most of the time. But raised in a loving home they do make Wonderful Pets as well as Heroes! Thanks for sharing!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Peggy! It is a shame that bad people can cause good dogs to be bad to. It's always seems to be the bad "stuff" that makes the news. I wanted to share some of the good "stuff" about the pit bull. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub and thank you for your comment, and votes. Have a wonderful day! :)


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

You are correct in that most all dogs are good unless treated badly by people. It is a shame that so many pit bulls seem to be treated badly and owned by people who make many of them become vicious dogs. So often when people, children or other pets are harmed, often it is a pit bull doing it...at least that is what we hear on the news. It was so nice to read this hub showing all of the sweet and heroic actions of pit bulls throughout history. Up, useful and interesting votes.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Jeannie! I was one of those who thought they were all bad too. I was furious with Jenna, our daughter, when she and her, now ex-husband, got one. Their youngest child was just a few months old. However, Lola, the pit bull, is just so good with the kids. Jazzy, the baby is 16 months old now and Lola is her best friend. Thank you for your kind comment and vote, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

I used to think pitbulls were dangerous dogs, too. Now I am dating someone with a pitbull and his dog is the sweetest dog ever. I can't believe I ever believed the hype about pitbulls. I am happy I now know the truth! Great hub and voted up!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello mvillecat! I am so glad to hear that you rescued a pit bull puppy! They can make such good pets and companions. I'm also glad to hear that you are now an advocate for the pit bull. They deserver all the help they can get! Thank you for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated! I hope you and Chance, have a wonderful day! :)


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mvillecat 3 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

We rescued our first Pit named Chance as a ten week old pup three years ago. He is an incredible, sweet and loving 100 pound baby. I now advocate for the breed. They are wonderful dogs and companions.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi vespa! I have heard so many wonderful stories since I wrote this hub. I wish I could share them all! It is a terrible shame that their loyalty and faithfullness is exploited so. Thank you for your wonderful comment, vote and share! Have a great day! :)


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

Thank you for sharing these moving pit bull hero stories. We used to own a pit bull and she was a lovable, loyal dog. The truth is that pit bulls want more than anything to please their owners and that's why they'll even fight to the death for them. Too bad some exploit this quality and use them in dog fights. Voted up and shared!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Good morning Pat! Pit bulls have gotten a bad rap. People need to understand that it is the owners of some of these dogs that need the bad reputation, not the dogs. The dogs have just been mistreated and badly trained. I appreciate your comment and Angels! Have a wonderful day! :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Hi sg...I am so glad you wrote this. These dogs have gotten a bad wrap. Thank you for informing so that perhaps they will be, if no longer, at least, less maligned.

Sending you many Angels today :) ps


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi moonlake! That's the best way to make friends with any dog! Thank you for stopping in and I appreciate your vote up+! Have a great day! :)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Our friends have a Pit Bull seems to be a very nice dog. He's always looking in my pockets because I always take him treats. Voted up and more.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Alastar! Yes, Petie on the Little Rascals was a pit bull. Do you remember the "RCA" dog? He was a pit bull too. There have been lots of pit bulls in history. Helen Keller owned a pit bull. Thank you for stopping in Alastar and your kind commnet. I always enjoy hearing from you! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

What a wonderful hub showing all these dogs through history and the great and good things they've done. Wasn't Petie on the Little Rascals original shows a Pit Bull too? This breed isn't inherently bad or vicious, although they do carry potentially aggressive traits, it comes down to how they are raised and trained. Your right Shelia, they're really only as good or bad as their owner.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Mary! Sometimes I miss having smaller dogs, but my big dogs still think they are lap dogs. I was afraid of all pit bulls until our daughter got Lola. Then it made me realize that dogs are just as good or bad as their owners. I do appreciate you stopping in and the votes! Have a wonderful day! :)


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I've never had a Pit, but I've had dogs all my life. I just prefer small lap dogs. I don't have any fear or any bad feeling about Pits; they are just too big for me. I truly believe dogs behave as they are trained to behave.

Voted UP, etc.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Peg! Pit bulls really are misunderstood and I hope with my stories and so many wonderful comments that maybe at least a few people will reconsider their attitude towards them. As for the neighbor's kid, I would like to go poke him with my hand to his butt! Oops, did I say that? Anyway....thank you so much for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Kats! This is so sad and it makes me so mad! These people are beyond ignorant! I am so sorry for the family that lost their dog. It is such a shame that people don't take the time to understand the dog's behaviour and judge it accordingly. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub and I thank you for your comment! Have a wonderful day! :)


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

What heartwarming stories about these dogs. Pit bulls are so misunderstood. You are absolutely right about the training a dog gets is what makes them either loving or aggressive. I watched a neighbor's kid corner a dog and poke him repeatedly with long stick trying to make him mean. Those kind of people are the problem.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Mary! Awww, I got choked up a little too. There are some really wonderful stories about pit bulls, I wish I could have written about all of them! I know the look, my lab looks at me like that when the 19 mo. old granddaughter is trying to ride her like a horse! :) I appreciate your kind words, and all your support so much, so do the pit bulls! Have a wonderful day! :)


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TheKatsMeow 3 years ago from Canada

Great stories! In my hometown a pitbull was euthanized because he jumped onto a policeman. The thing was the dog didn't bite, scratch, growl or even hurt the officer, the dog was just playing. Of course since it was a pitbull he was immediately taken away and euthanized a few days later. The owners were heartbroken and powerless to get their dog back. I have known several wonderful pitbulls in my life and really enjoyed reading this Hub.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

It took me a while to write this comment, wiping tears and all that. I actually read a hub about Stubby so was familiar with his story but the rest OMG... I, too, was afraid of pit bulls until I met my niece's pit bull Jazmine. She is the most gentle, loving dog I've ever seen. My MinPin constantly tries to aggravate Jazmine and she just walks over to my niece and looks up as if to say, "could you get this little guy out of here?"

This is a great hub for everyone to read and that's why I'm sharing it.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Bill! I agree, there is no such thing as a killer breed of dog. I thing all dogs are inately good animals and mans best friend. I wish more could be done to stop the mistreatment and abuse. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and all your support. It is greatly appreciated! :)


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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Sheila, what great stories about these amazing dogs. I think all dogs are born with nothing but goodness in them. The ones that go astray are led there by humans with bad intentions and empty hearts. Good for you to show that they can not only be loving pets but heroes as well. Great job. Certainly worthy of a VU, share, and everything else.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Nell! These dogs are really good natured dogs, they rated better on the temperament test than many others. They just have such a bad reputation because of the horrible owners they have had. I wanted to spread some good stories about them. Thank you for your kind words, votes and share! It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Aw what a brilliant hub! and its lovely to see the real side of these dogs, nanny dog, who would have thought it? I love the story of lilly, how amazing! this is wonderful, voted up and shared! nell


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Becky! I had never been around pit bulls before our daughter got Lola. I was really mad at her for doing so. I guess I thought they were all aggressive, mean dogs. Once we got to know Lola, we were proven so wrong. Hubby and I both will tell anyone we were wrong about the pit bulls. I'm so sorry your son lost both of his pits. I know they are sincerely missed by your family. We have lost a husky and still look for her too. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I enjoyed hearing about your families dog. Have a great day Becky! :)


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

My son has had two pits. They were both extremely gentle and loving animals. They changed my husband from being a pit hater to someone who will give each dog a chance. He has seen many of the bad owner dogs when he was a cop. My sons dogs were wonderful with the kids. The first one he got was given to a friend of his when the dog would not fight. The guy was going to shoot him if my sons friend did not take him. We had him for several years until he got into a fight with a doberman that was menacing my sons kids. The two dogs killed each other before they could get them separated. It broke our hearts that he had to die to save our babies from a stray.

The second dog was beaten and abused, then thrown out of a moving car going about 40 mph. My son went to see if she was hurt badly and she was so gentle that he took her home and doctored her. She was just sore with some scrapes. They named her Sapphire for her double blue coat and hide and her blue eyes. She would stand between all guests and the kids, protecting them from everyone. She let them use her as a pillow and they held onto her to learn how to walk. She never snapped and was an excellent mother to the babies. Someone stole her out of the kennel that they put her in when they went to town and the day was warm. We are still looking for her two years later.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you Bill! I think it is about time people start to see the good they can do. They are just like any other dog, they can be good or bad, it just depends on how they are treated. Thanks for stopping in Bill! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Faith Reaper! I recently heard a story about another pit bull attack without the details as to who the owner was or how the dog had been treated. I bet I can guess! I decided I needed to write something good about the pit bull this day. Thank you for your kind comments, votes and share! I always appreciate your support! Have a blessed day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Carol! I have accomplished my purpose with this hub! A little appreciation for the true personality of the pit bull. There has been so much bad media on them that people don't realize that they are normally excellent dogs. I just had to write some "good" news today! Thank you for stopping in, commenting, voting and pinning! I really appreciated all your support, Carol! I hope you have a wonderful day! :)


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Nice job SG. This is a breed that is greatly misunderstood, and you did a good job of advocating for them.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Wow, what an interesting hub here. I just loved each and every story here of these wonderful dogs. Yes, they have gotten a bad reputation, and it is great to know how loving and awesome they can contribute to society in helping and saving others!!! I really loved their unique names for Pit Bull dogs.

Excellent hub here. Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

I love dogs ...well most animals actually. Very interesting the information about this breed. I had not a clue about these dogs. Great job and I know have more appreciation. Voting up and pinning.

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