The Truth About Pitbulls Series - Part 1 - *We love to play dress up* by Kristina Gale
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“We love to play dress up and pose for photos!”

Nina (our 11 month old American Staffordshire Terrier aka Pitbull) spent the afternoon helping me babysit my grandaughter Rhianna.

Nina is a rescue American Staffordshire Terrier. We adopted her when she was only 7 months old. She had been abandoned and was emaciated and covered in fleas, ticks, cuts and scars. She had to have surgery and be on antibiotics due to one of the tick bites becoming horribly infected.
Nina has blossomed in our home. She’s gained 20lbs and is a happy, well adjusted sweetheart of a girl. We couldn’t be happier and we don’t think she could either!

Did you know that the trusted family pet “Jack the Brindle dog” on “Little House on the Prairie” was a pitbull? Jack was not the only pitbull famous for being a faithful family dog, as Helen Keller’s beloved companion was also a pitbull. Then there was Petey, the dog from “The Little Rascals” who was indeed an American pitbull terrier.

It seems that many people have forgotten how America has loved this breed over time, and have forgotten that many choose this breed of dog today for a reliable and loving family dog. This was the breed that was affectionately known as “America’s Nanny Dog.”

Many celebrities have chosen this wonderful breed over time, including Fred Astaire, President Roosevelt, Mary Tyler Moore, Thomas Edison, Brad Pitt, Ann Bancroft, President Woodrow Wilson, Humphrey Bogart, John Stewart and Bernadette Peters, just to name a few.

Pitbulls are loyal, stable and intelligent dogs that are eager to please, and strive to take on the behaviors that their guardians instill in them. Their behavior is a reflection of the care, training, and socialization (or lack thereof) given by their owners.

The stigma associated with the breed has been caused by careless dog owners who do not socialize or properly train their dogs. Any breed of dog that is left tied in a backyard without experiencing the outside world is bound to have issues. It also seems that careless dog owners tend to choose the pit bull in particular, possibly due to it’s “tough” reputation.

Therefore the majority of neglected, untrained dogs appear to be pitbulls. But even with all these neglected dogs, there are even more sweet, trained and well socialized pit bulls that belong to loving families. According to rigorous testing by The National Canine Temperament Testing Association, the golden retriever, poodle, border collie, English setter, German pointer and numerous other breeds are considered more likely to become aggressive than pit bulls.

The average score of the 122 breeds tested was a mere 77 percent. Pitbulls scored a 95.2 percent on these testings. (The higher the better.)

Not only have pitbulls scored extremely well on temperament tests, but they have been serving key roles in search and rescue efforts, excel in agility training and work nationwide as therapy and service dogs.

Pit bulls are highly trainable, which has been beneficial for anyone wanting a wonderful companion or service dog, but that same trait has also proven to be a downfall when the breed is exploited.

You might find this hard to believe when what is highlighted in the news regarding pitbulls seems to be negative, but there are many more positive stories concerning pit bulls than negative ones. By simply browsing the Internet, one can find an abundance of positive, reputable information about pit bulls.

Another aspect that needs to be mentioned is that most attacks by other dog breeds are misclassified as “pit bulls” by media reports. The fact is, there are far more stories of pitbulls helping, or saving lives, than endangering or ending them.

It seems that the term “pitbull” is only splashed across the headlines when the story is negative. Unfortunately, fear and negativity sells, and this breed is paying the price. If only we were to take the time to look beyond the negative hype, we would find the truth about pitbulls.

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Comments

  • diafol-dee
    diafol-deealmost 5 years ago

    Too cute!

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkalmost 5 years ago


    Kristina! This is a wonderful image with excellent lighting and great detail. The expression you have caught on Nina is just beautiful…..so loving and a look that we Pit Bull Owners see every day. Such love. Excellent photography.
    Your write up about this breed is also excellent. True in every way. I am so impressed by your love and interest in this wonderful breed and the message that you give in this writing. So well done.
    I am proud in every way to add this to my favorites and hope everyone who sees this awesome image will read your whole piece.

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkalmost 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for adding it to the APBT Lovers Group…..and to so many more groups who will hopfully read your message and become aware of what a wonderful breed of dog this is. :))

  • raneangel
    raneangelalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic!!!! The picture is tooo cute…. And, of course, I love Nina!!! You should consider sending some of your writing on this subject to local news papers.. well written, well thought out…..

  • gabbielizzie
    gabbielizziealmost 5 years ago

    what a pretty pup! kudo’s to you for the research you have included in your write up,now if only others would take the time to get to know and see the truth about them,i’ve been saying this about them for some time and don’t research on them to! however being that i have my Jerzy,i am one who needs to be taught,my girl shows me everyday what a loving and loyal girl she is!many people need to read this and as you i wish we could do more to stop the hype,and that’s what our group is wishing to do,so a big THANK YOU to you

  • Berns
    Bernsalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning! I love these beautiful dogs, and dislike so much their bad press! I think most animals “Behaviour” is simply down to who they live with and how they are treated!

  • AngieM
    AngieMalmost 5 years ago

    so sweet!! wonderful capture!!

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBalmost 5 years ago

    The perfect picture of a placid patient pooch!

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 5 years ago

    ♥ Awwwww … adorable capture !!!! :D ♥

  • titus
    titusalmost 5 years ago

    THIS IS RELEVANT
    Really informative. I happen to agree with you. I had a paper route with many dogs, including two pitbulls. The only dogs that ever bit me (numerous times) were yappy little lap dogs.

  • Wonderful! Thank you for the feature and also for recognizing that this is relevant! Much appreciated!

    – Kristina Gale

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