Pit Bulls Can Be Hero's To

Chance, a people loving, dog loving stray we took in last spring.
Chance, a people loving, dog loving stray we took in last spring.

I have decided to write a hub about Pit Bulls. I am getting tired of all the bad press these wonderful dogs are getting. At the bottom of this hub is a link where you can read the stories of the many Pit Bulls who saved peoples lives, not always their owners, and some have died protecting people.

In the picture above is my dog Chance. He has been with us since last spring. When he first showed up, I thought he belonged to one of the crew working on our septic system. He hung around them and did not seem to be bothered in the least by the huge machinery they were using. He was very friendly to them and me...So friendly in fact that I hated running him off. Apparently he hated it to because he only went a short ways then returned as soon as I went back into the house. Since the men denied owning him, we decided to let him stay. However, after a week with us, one morning he was gone. A week went by and he came back. That was when we decided to tie him up. We bought a 60 foot cable with a runner on it, letting him have plenty of romping space, and he was allowed off the leash when I was outside so he could run. The reason we decided to tie him up is that here on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Pit Bulls, Dobermans and Rotties can all be shot on site...by anyone.

I could not believe that someone would have such a breed and let it run loose when they knew what could happen to it. The fact that he is such a mild tempered, loving dog made it worse. As you can see from the video that Chance is a very gentle dog, willing to please. He seems to be between 2 and 3 years old. Yet he acts like a puppy. When we first brought Mandy (the puppy in the video) home, the two hit it off instantly. The video is actually of their introduction to each other. Since he has begun living with us, he has shown himself to be a good watch dog, barking when he should (and sometimes when he shouldn't, like the middle of the night). He still is people and dog friendly so is not good guard dog material. He likes everyone. Should anyone inquire about his breed, especially with the intention of killing him (thankfully no one has yet) I will tell them he is a Staffordshire Terrier mix. He could be...no one knows for sure.

Pit Bulls are being exterminated. Every where one looks, they hear how it is illegal to own one. If no one can own one, the breed will die out. I think people should have them, but maybe be required to have a licence to do so. They must pass a test to get this licence. A test that shows their responsibility, maturity and what they desire the dog for...and have references from their state officials proving their words. This will hopefully allow those who wish to improve the breed to a gentler version, to do so. No one will be able to fight them. Eventually all backyard breeding of these dogs will end and only the best of this breed will survive to continue.

It is wrong to blame an animal for acting on its instincts when those instincts have been screwed up by humans. I had a Rottie kill a goat of mine. She was nursing pups at the time and only trying to feed herself and her pups. I learned when I confronted her owners, my neighbors, that they had run out of food a week before. She was allowed to roam free so she could catch her own food. She was a sweet natured dog and when I caught her in the goat pen (with one of her pups) she came right to me when I called her. (I had gone in with a stout stick in case she proved dangerous, but she didn't).No, the ones I blamed were the owners...both for not feeding her and for allowing her to roam. (They said it was my fault for having the goat in the first place). An animal reacts to stimulus around them. They react in accordance to their training and to their genes. It is sad that so many good dogs must be euthanized because humans ruined them. Maybe someday we will have a Pit Bull that is safe to be around (by this I mean all of them, not just a percentage of them as we have now). Sadly I don't see this happening. I very much encourage you to visit the link I provided and click on each dogs' story...read how so many people would not be alive if not for this beautiful dog.

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wj-writingjockey 4 years ago from Earth

The one thing that i have always loved about dogs is that you can always tame them even when they are grown up. It's not the case with other animals. You cannot tame a fully grown up cat. But such is the nature of these wonderful pets. I personally would love to have a pet dog. But my mom with be very crossed with me if i did so.

And you dog Chance is very beautiful.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Thank you for this. The problem is not the dog but the way the dog is raised. Voted up and shared!


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

thank you WJ. he is a very beautiful dog for sure. but i must disagree with cats not being tamed as adults. i have tamed a couple of adult feral cats in my years of rescuing them. they respond to love as much as any animal does. when you show an animal respect and love and that they can trust you, it is possible to tame them.

RebeccaMealey...I am happy to help others see what wonderful dogs they can be if given the chance. thank you for reading and sharing...and voting to. have a good night


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Cat R 4 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

I love my Pitties and almost all their pictures are of my youngest daughter sleeping on them!


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Nat Amaral 4 years ago from BC Canada

Thank you for writing this. I have seen many pitbulls, one of whom belonged to my brother's common-law wife. It was a friendly little thing, so I do see your point. Your video was just adorable. And you were right about that link (Punish the Deed, Not the Breed). It's quite often that some pet owners are pretty brainless about how to treat their pets only for others to question why these critters turn out the way they do...it's very heart breaking.


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

I love dogs, I have never met a breed of dog as a whole that I didn't like. Most Pitt Bulls I have encountered have been very sweet. But here in California they have been a very popular breed for the last 20 years, they are certainly in no danger of extinction as the pounds are full of them and they make up a large percentage of dogs I see being walked. Love and care for your Pitt Bull, but please don't breed him.


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

CatR...I bet those pictures are adorable. Pit Bulls can be wonderful, loyal family pets in the right homes. i know there are some bad pits, but i think almost every dog breed out there has their bad apples...pits have a few more thanks to stupid people.

Nat, we see eye to eye on this i see. like you i have never personally met a bad pit bull tho i know they exist. it is heartbreaking that this breed only gets bad publicity. the media loves to feed the people horror stories. look at firefighters...never see much in the news about the many lives they saved. or police...only bad things get public attention, yet how many lives do they save?

Sherry...you may see a lot of pit bulls now...but if certain people have their way, maybe in as little as ten years you wont be seeing them. maybe the pounds are full of them where you live...but not here. any pit that gets picked up is automatically killed. as i said in my hub, pits can be shot on sight, legally, here. since i spoke out against backyard breeders, what makes you think i would breed my dog? wouldnt that be rather hypocritical of me? he was fixed shortly after he came to us.

thank you all for reading this and leaving your comments. have a good night.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Hi, T.L. There's no doubt that pit bulls have received a bad press. Your informative hub should go a long way to correct that negative impression. Give Chance a hug for me.


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

i will drbj...and thank you from both of us.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great hub.


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

thank you Eiddwen


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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States

tlmcgaa70 my best friend has a pit bull. He was afraid when his daughter was born that their would be problems. This did prove to be true, because anyone outside the family who tried to get close to the child was not allowed. No one was ever harmed because they all had enough common sense to back off. The baby could do anything to the dog, she was treated by the dog as if she were her pup.

I do realize there are pit bulls out there which are not safe to be around but this holds true for every breed. Those who are left to fend for themselves or trained to fight are always going to be a problem. Voted up interesting and Thanks for SHARING.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I zoned right in on this hub. I didn't realize that you had already written a hub on the pit bull. This is a very good hub. I am going to link it to mine. If that is not ok with you, let me know. I think they will compliment each other. Voted up and interesting! Have a wonderful day! :)


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

wheelinallover i apologize i thought i responded to your comment when i approved it. i couldnt agree with you more. thank you for reading, commenting and SHARING.

sgbrown, thank you for reading and for linking, i am honored you would do such a thing with it. i will return the favor if i can figure out how. have a good night

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