Friday, January 25, 2008

Pit Bulls

"Bad dogs, or bad press? When it comes to pit bulls, it seems like most people assume it's the first. But it wasn't always that way.

A pit bull named Stubby earned the rank of sergeant in World War I and appeared on the cover of "Life" magazine. Loyal pet of the "Little Rascals" on TV, the breed also used to symbolize the nation in editorial cartoons and army posters at the beginning of the 20th century. At one time pit bull terriers were the classic American dog.

Despite this honorable history, they've fallen on hard times. But their defenders are working hard to redeem them.

This February, the ASPCA in New York City is introducing its Adopt-a-Bull contest, co-sponsored by the Animal Farm Foundation in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Open to adopters from shelters that use the ASPCA's Meet Your Match temperament testing, the grand prize winner will get a trip to New York and a $5,000 grant for their shelter."

1 comment:

alpha99wolf said...

Great insightful article. There is a saying that "there are no bad dogs, there are only bad owners." It is sad that certain breeds have bad reputations. I once had a 110 lb. German Shephard that was stable & wouldn't hurt a fly. Yes, some breeders are not selective, and any breed can have issues. It's unfair to judge an animal based on rumors. Just think of the wolf.