Are you frightened of Pit Bulls? Do you believe they are all vicious dogs that can kill on command?
For those of you that do, one thing is for sure, you haven’t met my dog, Sugar. She’s a Pit Bull mix and wouldn’t hurt anything, okay maybe a few possums, but she loves dogs, cats, and especially people.
Sugar was shot around six months ago. She’s okay now, but we never found out who did it, but I’m almost sure it is because she looks like a Pit Bull. I live around a vast expanse of farmland, surrounded by woods, water, and family. All dogs around here roam the area. Our neighbors actually have a rather large Rottweiler, Max, who gets along great with my Lab-Chow mix, Chunk.
Sugar plays with a little Australian Shepherd, Charlie, and a (tiny) Miniature Pinscher, Ruby. She may be a bit on the rambunctious side, but she’s still a puppy; she turned a year old in September.
“Beyond the Myth” is a documentary about Pit Bulls and those who love the breed as well as defend them.
The film takes a look into the contributing factors behind people’s generalized fear of the dogs and examines the conflict that exists between advocates and opponents of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL).
BSL supporters are trying to end dog attacks by targeting certain breeds that are “inherently vicious or dangerous” as well as dogs that tend to appeal to criminals such as dog fighters.
Opponents of BSL believe that the root of the cause is not the breed, but the individual owner.
In my experience, this is truth. If one would take a look at my dog, Sugar, for instance, one would see a sweet and innocent dog not capable of attacking another dog or human. In addition, out of all the Pit Bulls that I have met, only one was vicious.
My dog Chunk was attacked by a large, white Pit-Bull named Lucas. I was in my yard walking Chunk when Lucas broke off of his harness and log chain. He came right for us and Chunk stopped him to protect me. Lucas’s owner did not take responsibility for what happened, in fact, he took off without helping to pay the vet bill. When dogs like that are raised by people like that, the dog will turn sour.
I will admit, the Pit Bull is a special breed. You have to let them know who is boss. You have to give some of them extra affection and love. They don’t do well with owners teaching them to “sic” other animals or people, because of their protective nature, they may very well do so.
It is definitely the owner’s responsibility to make sure their Pit grows up happy and playful instead neglected or abused. It is not the breed, come visit my house any time and I’ll show you the most hyper and playful Pit Bull you have ever seen; you would think she’s a Pomeranian.