Perilous Pitbull: The Myth Behind the Monster

Meet "The Cisco Kid", my blue-brindled pit bull.
Meet "The Cisco Kid", my blue-brindled pit bull.
Jaws of steel
Jaws of steel

Danger Lurks Everywhere...

I am not an expert in animal behavior. I don't have a degree in veterinary medicine, and I can't say that I've owned every breed of dog there is. Yet I know a dangerous animal when I see one. After being attacked by my own rottweiler, Harley, almost ten years ago, I can say- with much regret- that I've seen the look of death in an old friend's eyes.

Yawning at the haterz...
Yawning at the haterz...

Animals ROCK!!

Animals have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Hawaii, my love of wildlife began in the sea. The ocean's bounty always provided much fun and excitement, yet the learning experiences always outweighed my sandcastles. My interest in sea life sparked a need to know about all creatures in general. At the age of seven, when most girls shed tears for poor Red Riding Hood, I sang praises for the gray wolf. My favorite animal was a skilled killer. It saddened me that, living on a landmass devoid of such lovely creatures, I would never meet a wolf on the way to Granny's house. Looking back now, I find it ironic how bad I wanted to meet the eyes of a predator.

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Love for ALL Species \(^-^)/

My parents compensated for the lack of wolves with numerous other pets. You could say we've had a small zoo over the years. My mother bred Persian cats and broke Arabian horses. My father raised sheep and brought home random animals, from cattle to ducks. We've had Jackson chameleons, rabbits, and goats. There is even a pair of Canadian geese that visits our property during their migration. As for dogs, we've had boxers and border collies, Brittany spaniels and Chihuahuas. However, the rottweiler breed became a staple in my household the year I turned eleven.

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My Worst Nightmare

After a reign of over a decade, Harley brought the rottweiler dynasty to an abrupt end. He died because of what he did to me and the memory of our friendship is stained with sorrow. Harley's story of blood requires a hub of it's own, however, reliving his existence through metaphors and clipart is not the focus of this article. The heart of the matter requires no gory details. I know why the caged dog bites.

The Cisco Kid
The Cisco Kid
A killer...........cutie!!!
A killer...........cutie!!!

Pit Bull Power!!!

By now, you're probably wondering- how can you prove that a pit bull isn't dangerous by citing evidence of violence in another breed altogether? Truth is, I can't. I won't promise that my pit bull, The Cisco Kid, will refrain from sinking his teeth into your face when put in a threatening situation. I don't believe he would ever cause harm to someone, but that doesn't mean I'm blind to the possibility. Big dogs are capable of big damage. I have the scar to prove it. But does that mean that certain breeds of dog should be chastised for displays of aggression? I think not.

The monster capable of murder exists in every creature. It lives in the hearts of fluffy kittens and fearsome tigers alike. I'd even go so far as to argue that this monster is most often displayed in humans. The documented cases of horrible, unforgivable acts of torture and death caused by humans weaves a shameful history into the fiber of our future. Yet we blame an animal for carrying the burdens of a violent master? Death comes in many forms and is delivered by many messengers. Only a fool thinks he can eliminate them all.

Look who's chewing...
Look who's chewing...
...must be a puppy thing!
...must be a puppy thing!

I've had many dogs over the years, yet the bond I've made with Cisco is unique. He is, honestly, one of the sweetest creatures I've ever met. You may not believe it by looking at him when he's barking at potential intruders, but Cisco is a gentle, loving and obedient dog. From the moment we brought home our Yorkshire puppy, Ziggy, Cisco has let him rule the roost. I truly believe our pitbull is a respectful dog because we have shown him the love and respect he deserves as a living creature. So, when people ask if he bites, I always laugh.

"Not yet"

The world would be a much better place if everyone chose to slay the monster within instead of blaming the monster in others.

Monster or misunderstood?
Monster or misunderstood?

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Nature by Dawn 5 years ago

Dogs will be dogs. People sometimes forget that their cute little dog Fluffy is a dog, not a person. Despite all the domestication, Fluffy may still have old-fashioned dog instincts.

No matter how sweet my own dogs are, I never forget that they can do doggy things when threatened or if that alpha personality comes out. Although I have worked with my dog Sephi for over ten years, she can still be food aggressive. And she is dog agressive. It has gotten worse with age. All I can do is continue to work with her, avoid other dogs, and make sure everyone who meets her is aware that she should not be bothered when she is eating or chewing on a bone.


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MandiZimmera 5 years ago from La Crosse, Wisconsin

Gorgeous dogs! Pit Bulls are the greatest breed when given the chance.


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TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii Author

Thanks for the comments you guys ;) You're right...the golden rule of pet ownership- great pack leaders raise great dogs!


SHyaNNe TARPLEY 5 years ago

HEYYY. MRS. HIGMAN YOUR DOGS ARE SO CUTE!!..


Tiffani 5 years ago

I love the pictures.Pit Bulls are the best.


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Pits are great dogs. I think dogs are like people. Each one is different and has his/her own personality. You have a good looking guy there.


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TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii Author

Thanks poetvix! You're right about each dog having his/her own personality! I'm glad that Cisco ended up with a teddy bear demeanor...he's such a big handsome ;)


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Kristin Halsted 5 years ago

Great hub! I am a devoted dog mom, and must admit to having a slight fear of pit bulls, even though those I have met have been gentle sweethearts. I appreciate your insight and acceptance into animal behavior and not ever assuming a gentle dog won't bite! I have a sweet lab mix who wandered into our lives as a stray. He has become very protective, however, and has nipped at two repairmen. I never would have expected it, but dogs are animals and we can never forget that.

By the way, you are a very talented writer! Keep up the great work! I voted up!


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TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii Author

Hi Kristin! You are too kind- thank you so much for your encouraging words ;) Also, much love for taking a stray into the family- the bond of trust you have built with him is priceless (which is why he's so protective of you!)

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