I have a pit bull mix in my family. Stormy is the happiest dog I have ever had the pleasure to meet. He’s generous with kisses, wags his tail so hard we are convinced it will fall off one day, and he loves to snuggle between me and my husband in bed.
He’s also been greeted with a fair amount of fear and trepidation when we take him out in public. When people ask what kind of dog he is and we answer “SPCA special” or “mutt”, they are eager to pet him. If we say he’s a “pit mix”, often they back away.
When I brought him to the newsroom once for a photo shoot for a column I wrote about owning a pit bull, I had a coworker politely tell me, as Stormy was being petted by others, that he didn’t want to be anywhere near a pit bull.
It’s unfair that so many dogs have been misjudged because this breed (or mix of the breed) has been the favorite of dog fighters and other irresponsible people who do not treat these dogs humanely. It’s tragic that many dogs — good dogs that have never hurt anyone — have been destroyed because of local ordinances banning any dog that even resembles the breed standard for a bull terrier.
According to the news release, “The film investigates the myths associated with these breeds, challenges the idea that they are inherently vicious, and presents eye-opening research regarding the media’s role in influencing people’s opinion on dog attacks.”
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