Monday, December 19, 2011

A "Sweet Pit Bull" is an Oxymoron


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There are many things that I don’t understand, many opinions I just can’t wrap my mind around and sometimes there are people who baffle the hell out of me. Maybe I’m too opinionated. Maybe I’m too hard on certain issues, but I will say this: I know that I’m not that out of line when I say, “It’s the dog, not the owner.” Now while having said that, I know that there are many owners who are abusive to their pets and those who make them fight for money, but what about owners who have pets that are still dangerous - still vicious to the core without the ‘bad upbringing’? Our neighbors next door are very nice people. They’re friendly, hard working, decent and they treat their dogs like their own kids. They have two beautiful dogs. One’s a black lab and the other is a brown Pit Bull. I’ve never seen any of these dogs come across the property before. They have electric fencing, so they would always run within their confined area. As of late, the Pit Bull started roaming about - beyond his own limitations and onto our property. It was late one night and Madelene and I had just arrived home from going out to dinner. Luckily, we made it in the door to finally realize there was a barking dog outside. When I stepped out our deck (which is on the second level of our home), the dog was right on our lower patio barking. The neighbor’s lights were on and I can see that he had let the dogs out for a bit. We just made a call to them and asked them politely if they can keep their dog on their own property so that we can get into our house safely.

It wasn’t too long afterwards when I was walking downstairs to see outside the window, the Pit Bull was once again on our patio barking. When I opened the door and stood behind the screen door, the dog came closer, barking and foaming at the mouth. There was no way I could make it out to my car. I had to wait until he went back to his own property. His teeth were showing and his mouth was all foamy from all his rage. Then I had an idea (perhaps an idiotic idea), but I was pissed off and wanted something done about this. I went on Youtube and found “gun shot effects”, plugged my Macbook into a large guitar amplifier and “fired” away. It sounded exactly like a gun being shot. I heard, “Come here boy! Come here!” by the owner. The dog ran away, but the next morning he was back on my patio showing more teeth and more rage...and more foam. I posted my dilemma on Facebook, and some people were upset over the fact that I said it was a Pit Bull. They said I was “profiling”. But regardless if it was a German Shepard, a Great Dane or hell - even a Chihuahua - get off my property so I can walk over to my goddamn car! It’s not right. Someone suggested, “Make friends with him. Have you tried walking up to it, maybe petting it?” Umm, no. If I wanted to commit suicide, I’d be on a ledge somewhere. I don’t understand the mindsets of people when it comes to Pit Bulls.

I received a slew of comments ranging from “give it a poisonous meatball” to “stop profiling Pit Bulls!” One friend asked, “Are you profiling the dog because it’s a Pit Bull and think it’s vicious because it’s a Pit Bull?” --- No. I’m going by the aggressive nature to which the dog displayed. He went on to say that he had a Pit Bull for 14 years and it was the sweetest dog he ever had. They all say that until someone’s leg is amputated because of a Pit Bull attack. I even had someone point out to me that a local Allstate Insurance company will not insure households who own Pit Bulls. Then I went online and Googled a few other insurance companies and many of them do not insure this type of breed. I wonder why . . . Surprisingly, I had a friend come onto the thread defending Pit Bulls, when all the while having to put hers down due to an “attempted” attack on a child. My question is, if your dog didn’t attack anyone, then why did you have to put the dog down? Years ago, I remember this story being very different, and that he did actually have contact with the child. I’m sorry, but when will Pit Bull owners face up to the truth that these dogs are plain dangerous? And I know for a fact that it’s not “the owners” fault - it’s the breed itself which is aggressive. My neighbors treat their dog like their own child and has had the dog since it was a puppy - no abuse - no fighting pits - no nuttin’. It’s just plain vicious. When will people stop valuing the life of a vicious dog as opposed to a human life, a child's life, or their own loved one's life? If you read this story, you'll see how Pit Bulls even turn on their owners. "Preliminary autopsy results have revealed that a pregnant Bay Area woman killed by one of her pit bulls August 11 died from blood loss and shock.The victim, 32-year-old Darla Napora, was pronounced dead on Thursday afternoon, August 11, at the couple's home in the seaside village of Pacifica, south of San Francisco, Pacifica Police Capt. Dave Bertini said.The autopsy, along with an analysis conducted by dog bite experts, also determined that only one of the couple's two pit bulls, a 2-year-old male named Gunner, was involved in the attack.The woman's husband, Greg, told police he came home from work at around noon on Thursday to find Gunner standing, bloodied, over his wife's mauled body, Bertini said. First responders to the scene found the woman unresponsive in a front room of the home with massive trauma to her upper body, Bertini said. A second pit bull was found cowering in the corner. Bertini said Greg told authorities that Gunner had been confined in a back room. When the dog managed to escape and enter the front yard, officers shot it three times, Bertini said. Darla was an avid pit bull lover and supporter of Bay Area Dog lovers Responsible About Pit Bulls, or Bad Rap, a group that tries to change negative attitudes toward pit bulls. Impressions taken from both dogs show that all of Napora's injuries were consistent with bites from Gunner, and there was no evidence that the couple's other dog, a female, was involved in the attack. Authorities are still trying to determine what prompted the attack, Bertini said, adding that no evidence indicating that the dogs had been trained to attack. Darla was an avid pit bull lover and supporter of Bay Area Dog lovers Responsible About Pit Bulls, or Bad Rap, a group that tries to change negative attitudes toward pit bulls. Greg says he's forgiven the dog and plans to bury Darla with Gunner's ashes." -----So he forgave the dog and even buried his wife with the dog's ashes? How stupid people are. How careless and insensitive they are when it comes to a human life -yet they seem to value the life of a fricken dog over a loved one. I'm so sickened over this story that it makes me think about how screwed up society is. God forbid ANY animal attacked my wife like that - I would kill the dog S...L...O...W...L...Y.

Needless to say, I had to get the police out here the third time around when the Pit Bull was on my front lawn trying to run after us. I will not be a prisoner in my own home. The cop came over to my house first and when I showed him the photo of the dog, he instantly back up and said, “Ugh, it’s a Pit Bull. These dogs are a nightmare for us.” He went on to say that the only attacks that him and his crew have seen were all Pit Bull related. Since there is no set leash law except for keeping your dog on your own property in our city - the police cannot make a case file. I would have to go to court and file for case against my neighbors. That’s the last thing I want to do. The cop also said discreetly, “Remember, do what you gotta do to protect yourself. You have more rights protecting yourself against a dog than you would if there was a leash law.” Basically, he was telling me I wouldn’t get in trouble if I had to do something in a self-defense situation.

Take a look at this lovely video...

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And this lady treated her dog like her own child. There were no signs of abuse except for the fact that she was a big wimp trying to act tough with a dog. Most Pit Bull owners are alike and in denial.

A few days later, my neighbors put up a fence...a chicken wire fence. I give them A for effort, but by the time that dog either runs through it or crawls under it and hops onto my patio again, I will do everything in my power to protect my family from an unruly Pit Bull. And all Pit Bull owners should face up to the truth that your dog is or can be (and they probably are) very dangerous - maybe not to you or your family, but overall this breed is questionable. And yes, I agree, any dog can be potentially dangerous, but Pit Bulls are outnumbered in the amount of attacks. I’ll even go a step further: in my own opinion and from what I have seen with people who own Pit Bulls - the owners are usually wimps under a ‘tough guy’ image. It’s like a guy with a tiny penis driving a brand new Ferrari. It’s all about image. There's a reason why Pit Bulls are banned in England. In some parts, you can own a Pit Bull, but it has to be neutered, insured, microchipped and....muzzled. I wish the states would follow their example. Look what happened on the streets of NYC? No wonder most insurance companies will not insure your house if you own a Pit Bull.


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