(Petition Sites listed at the bottom, its not just pits that are being discriminated against)
I am a proud American Pit bull Terrier owner. This is my little girl Ginger Pantera. Just look at that little face, shes the biggest baby there ever was. Not everyone sees it that way though, people have gotten to where they hear the word “pit bull” or see a pit and cringe. The mass media along with politicians have made it their goal to ban this breed along with 3 other breeds that are considered pitbulls. It is known as BSL (Breed Specific Legislation). They have made it a point to only make known the negative things that have been done by pits whereas the POSITIVE things that pits have done never makes the front page, much less ever makes it to the news at all. Did you know the most decorated dog in the US military was a pit bull? Also the countless number of pit bulls who have protected their families from harm by intruders, house fires, other dogs/animals….the list goes on. What about the countless number of pit bulls that are used in search and rescue operations, used as rehabilitation & therapy animals for the elderly? Less than 0.0001% of pitbulls are dangerous…there are more sex offenders living within 5 miles of your home than there are dangerous pit bulls!Responsible owners make responsible dogs, just because irresponsible owners have raised pits in a bad way which has resulted in them being ill tempered, all pits are headed towards punishment for it.
I refuse to let my little girl be a statistic of BSL like thousands of other pits have been. If you have an opportunity to get to know a pit, take the chance to see how loving and caring they are rather than being afraid of them. If you are responsible enough to handle a big dog, that has tons of love to give, adopt a pit. Most shelters put pit bulls down within 48 hours of being obtained, if you can save just one before that happens, do it. None of these dogs ask to be born, none of them ask to be mistreated, none of them ask to have owners who couldn’t take time to train them, none of them ask to be euthanized. Stop BSL and save this loving loyal breed!
“You made me what I am today, courage at its best.
You wanted me to know no fear, a cut above the rest.
Not only did I master that, I’ve thrown in loyalty, too.
Look past my eyes into my soul, you know I’d die for you.
I’ll watch your kids, I’ll watch your house.
Your praise will be my crown,
Ask what you will-I’ll do my best, I’ll even be your clown.
But some of you don’t like me, I really don’t know why.
The only thing I’m guilty of is courage, love, and try.
But still they want to see me go, they want my breed to end.
Will I see you sitting idly by? You, whom I call a friend?
You made me what I am today, you never saw me waiver.
I’ve done my best to keep you safe. Won’t you please return the favor.”
American Pit Bull Terrier Prayer
Lord, who watches over all animals, It is my prayer and my request that you grant greater understanding, and acceptance to humans; those who love us, and those who hate us.
That they will know how loyal we are, how brave we are, and how loving we are. Help them to accept us as a breed in whole, and not let the few tragedies shine brighter then the many great traits that we have.
And those who would kill me, let them know, I forgive them even though I don’t understand their hatred. And those who would beat me, let them know I still love them, even though it is not the honorable way.
Thank you for all the strong traits that you have given to me and my breed. Help those to know that I stand for courage, strength, loyalty, and bravery. And as my master already knows, let those who would come against my family know that I would surely die defending them.
And just one thing that I would ask: Let my master know, that if you should call me away, that I will wait patiently at those pearly gates until the one who chose me comes home.
Pit Bulls Don’t Cry
I see the children in the lane
They look like friends, we’ll have a game
They’ve got a stick, oh boy, what fun
They’ll throw it for me and I’ll run
But someone stops me,
I wonder why their mother screams?
Don’t go near those horrid dogs, come here, come close
They’re dangerous – I’ll tell you why
They bite children and they die!
All I can do is watch and sigh
Cause now I know that Pit Bulls don’t cry
Mom cuddles me up and says
“My pet, We love you dearly so don’t you fret”
But I love everyone out there
Why can’t they love me? I do care
I wish they weren’t made to pass me by
I’m a Pit Bull, I don’t cry
I sit behind my padlocked gate
From early morn til quite late
When I go out it’s on a lead
Is mine the only heart to bleed?
I’m held in check as the world goes by
I wish the Pit Bull heart could cry
There are some dogs, and also men
Who cannot tell a foe from a friend
So all of us must bear the blame
Expected to live a life of shame
Condemned, alas and we know not why
All we know is we will not cry!
For more information about BSL and other links of interest concerning these big babies, check these sites out
Don’t hate the breed, hate the deed!
(Photo taken after first snow storm in south central Virginia in 2009…Miss Ginger is 6 months old in the photo, she had been following us on a 4-wheeler ride and was cold and tired and wanting a ride home)
(featured in APBT – American Pitbull Terrier) on May 4, 2009)