Posts from the ‘Appeal to Higher Loyalties’ Category

“We are educating the public”

There are over 32 thousand people on the internet who, as pit bull owners and rescuers, feel that is it their solemn duty  to educate the public about  the pit bull because it is the most misunderstood breed.  Like all good educators, the teachers at Bad Rap call everyone who doesn’t agree with their lessons “scared little bitches.”

Of those 32 thousand dedicated online teachers, over 32 hundred  feel they have a special insight into the true nature of the pit bull and they wish to dispell the myths and stereotypes about the pit bulls’ viciousness.  They explain why it is impossible for pit bulls  to be aggressive towards people:

It was illogical to breed human aggressive dogs that were used in pit fighting because if you had to separate the two dogs (meaning actually being right in the pit with them and even touching them with your bare hands) the last thing you wanted was for the dog to turn on you. Dogs that did show signs of human aggression were culled (killed or not used for breeding). Knowing this, does it really make sense to believe that the APBT is a blood thirsty killer out for your child’s blood? –  Dog Gone Good Training

Though it may seem illogical to a rescue angel that dog fighters kept man biters, they did.  And they bragged about it.  Just one of the many man biters that were not culled, but kept and bred, was named Bullyson.  He was a very prolific bloodline foundation sire who’s progeny live on today.

Description of Bullyson:

The dog acted like a crazy dog, or a maniac, or the devil in disguise.  When they turned them loose all hell broke loose. Everybody there, was at attention. This black son-of-a-gun just simply ate Bert’s “Red” alive. At the final scratch, Bobby couldn’t hardly contain the dog in his corner and he was scared that the crazy son-of-a-gun was going to bite him. This was the worst kind of man eater when conditions were normal, and they sure weren’t normal then.

Again, this dog was known on several occasions, when someone was moving him a car and he was loose, to sorta go off his rocker Despite these problems, they often hauled him loose, I think because it was so hard to put him in a carrying case. On the move from Hall’s in Houston to Carver’s place in San Antonio, Mr Raymond Holt was elected to carry the dog. As usual, “Bullyson” was carried loose in the car. Raymond told me, that the only way he could keep “Bullyson” from jumping on him during the trip was by playing with his testicles. That’s a helluva deal, No? – The Bull Terrier Times Magazine

If you want, you can breed your own Bullyson bloodline pit bull today!  Or you can buy a Bullyson/Bolio cross.  Bolio is another very prolific, man-biting foundation sire.  Please look at the linked photos.  If these dogs were in the news, they would be called pit bull mixes.

“Like owning a piece of history”

If you look up this phrase with the word pit bull, you’ll find people talking about Colby pit bulls and romanticizing dogfighting from the early 20th century while at the same time distancing the dogs themselves from the true nature of a fighting bred gamedog.  A pit bull information page from Pit Bulls Pounding the Pavement is a perfect example of this duplicitous treatment of pit bulls.  The author takes the reader on a pit bull propaganda roller coaster ride.  First comes an admission of the “sad fact” that these dogs were bred for violence.  The author then points the reader to a special history lesson, complete with old time photographs of John Colby and a fighting pit bull, that glorifies that same violent past.  Finally, the reader is informed that the glorious and violent history has nothing to do with today’s pit bulls despite the fact that dog fighting is more prevalent today than at any time in history.

John P. Colby is one of the most famous dog fighters from the turn of the 20th century.  A great deal of Colby’s fame is due to the fact that he was a shameless self-promoter and decided to sell his fighting dogs to the general public when most dog fighters were secretive and kept their dogs out of the public view.

Today his son, Louis Colby is still selling Colby dogs, to just about anybody.

08-31-2010, 07:57 AM  I just got a female clolby pup from louis colby .That gives me one razors edge,one Ruffian,and now a colby i think i got my hands full.. Earli$$

08-31-2010, 09:28 AM Nice owning a Colby dog Is like owning a piece of history.Do you think the colby dog will do fine with the other dogs as he or she matures????Thats my only concern cuz Id like to have one too,Just dont want to have it seperated constanly?????? NorCalBlues1

08-31-2010, 06:44 PM IM hopeing she dose good with the other two i wouldnt see why not we do lotd of fun stuff with are dogs and there around people and kids all the time….Lets keep are fingers crossed… Earli$$

09-01-2010, 08:26 PM  im sure she will be o.k with them even though she is a game dog.. with enough things to do i think she will be fine..lookin at her ped feels like im lookin into history.. Earli$$

“Saving America’s dog”

A google search of this phrase brings up 31,100 hits, virtually all of which refer to the pit bull.  The first result bring up a page on Best Friends Animal Society’s page asking for donations to their “Saving America’s Dog campaign.” Best Friends, in a marketing ploy, are attempting to  “re-brand” a fighting dog as “America’s dog” to get donations.

Though Paige Burris of “The Positive Pit Bull,” says that pit bulls were once “called ‘America’s Dog’ because of their loyalty and devotion to the family,” a google timeline search turns up no references to the pit bull as “America’s dog” before a 2008 LA times story that quoted Donna Reynolds discussing BAD RAP taking some Vick dogs and the court ordered money that came with the dogs.

Pit bull advocates often claim that by World War I, the pit bull had become the “most popular dog in America.” A source is never cited with this claim. In 2006, the publication Animal People tested this claim. By searching the classified dogs-for-sale ads between 1900-1950 on NewspaperArchive.com, the group discovered that huskies and St. Bernards were the most popular dogs of that period followed by the setter family. Of the 34 breeds searched, pit bulls ranked 25th. – dogsbite.org

Some pit bull advocates seem to assume that since the pit bull was used on WWI propaganda posters, pit bulls must have been popular house pets.  However, there were 3 choices of truly American dog breeds to represent the US in WWI posters: the Chesapeake Bay retreiver, the Boston terrier, and the American bull terrier.  The average person doesn’t have to like pit bulls in order to know that  the pit bull is by far the best choice for propaganda posters.  However, the use of a tough animal to represent one’s fierceness, while common,  has never had a correlation to the popularity of the animal as a house pet.  There are zero bears living in UCLA dorm rooms, and though Detroit has a huge problem with pit bull attacks, no one in Detroit owns a tiger as a house pet.

“Petey was a pit bull”

Google this phrase and you’ll get nearly 7,000 results. Pit nutters find this phrase useful as a response to any criticism of pit bulls, but they feel it is especially convincing and appropriate when used as a retort to a story about a pit bull attack, mauling or killing.

Nutters with their own blogs often attempt to elaborate a bit more about just why Petey is supposedly relevant to anything.  As you read on, though, keep in mind that 2 popular TV shows in the 60s and 70s featured “friendly” bears.  Gentle Ben ran from 1967 to 1969 and The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams ran from 1974 to 1978. The two series combined were comprised of 92 episodes and five 2 hour movies with no reported maulings, accidents or deaths caused by the bears.

Petey, the faithful dog on the TV show, The Little Rascals, was a Pit Bull.  He spent countless hours with children day after day and never hurt anyone. – Courtesy of Sonnet Dashevskaya and Spindletop Pit Bull Refuge, Austin branch

The American Pit Bull Terrier was the most popular family dog in the beginning of the 20th century…. Petey of the Little Rascals was a Pit Bull.http://www.dontbullymybreed

“Sergeant Stubby was a pit bull”

Sergeant Stubby appears in numerous articles about pit bulls. The most detailed observations of Stubby’s actual history, however, were recorded by blogger Craven Desires in, “Famous Pit Bulls: The Sgt Stubby Edition.” She pulls passages from, “WAR DOGS: A History of Loyalty and Heroism” by Michael G. Lemish to make her point. She then dismantles the many claims pit bull advocates make about Stubby who was predominantly a Boston terrier, not a pit bull. We have included a few below:

By the end of his military career, Sergeant Stubby was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. – Cesar Milan, pit nutter
Sergeant Stubby, a pit bull WWI war hero, served in 17 battles, was injured twice in battle, saved his entire platoon by warning them of a poison gas attack, and single-handedly captured a German spy. – Ed Boks, pit nutter (after being fired as chief of Animal Control in both New York and Los Angelels, it appears Boks has a new job in Prescott, AZ!)
World War I posters displayed illustrations of APBTs as proud mascots of neutrality and bravery. Not to disappoint, the most decorated war dog of that time was none other than ‘Stubby’ — a loyal and brave defender of America’s freedom. – BadRap, pit nutter

“The most popular dog in America”

One of the most frequently voiced falsehoods by pit bull advocates is that “By World War I, the pit bull terrier had become the most popular dog in America.” To test the claim, Animal People conducted a search in 2006 of classified dogs-for-sale ads between 1900-1950 on NewspaperArchive.com. The results showed that the most popular breeds of this period were Huskies and St. Bernards. Of the 34 breeds searched, pit bulls ranked 25th.

According to the Animal People exercise, pit bull terriers, Staffordshires, and American bulldogs combined only came to 34,770 mentions. This is equivalent to 1% of the sampling of nearly 3.5 million breed-specific mentions of dogs (versus huskies and St. Bernards, both hitting the roof of the NewspaperArchive ceiling at 314, 027 mentions each). So the often quoted claim that pit bulls “used to be among America’s most popular dog breeds,” is baseless and invalid. – DogsBite.org

Just a few examples:

The Pit Bull was so popular in the early 1900’s they were our mascot not only in World War One, but World War Two as well. They were featured on recruiting and propoganda posters during this time period. – Pit bull lovers
When Pit Bulls enjoyed being the nation’s most popular dog during the W.W.I era, there were no problems with vicious Pit Bull attacks. Pit Bulls were not banned anywhere. – Pit bulls on the web
The American Pit Bull Terrier was the most popular family dog in the beginning of the 20th century. What happened? How did this breed become so maligned and misunderstood? – Don’t bully my breed
Stubby lived in a time when American Pit Bull Terriers were loved and respected by everyone. They were the nation’s most popular dog, an icon, a symbol of American pride. – Pit bull advocate 101
In the early 1900’s, this type of dog was the most popular family pet in America. – Hiding the truth
In America, the Pit Bull flourished. It was one of the most popular breeds, highly prized by a wide variety of people. The Pit Bull was used to represent the US in WWI… – 910 Kennels

“Breed ambassador”

According to a study published by Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy in 2000, “Managing the Stigma of Outlaw Breeds: A Case Study of Pit Bull Owners“, the most public way in which pit bull owners managed breed stigma was to become a fierce advocate for the breed or breed ambassador. Such owners seek to “educate” the public — often through their own well-behaved pets — by discounting stereotypes and promoting the finer qualities of the breed.

Examples of breed ambassador imagery is easily found on the Internet, such as the YouTube video, “Pit Bull Viciously Attacks Child,” which depicts happy babies lying near pit bulls. Some breed ambassadors, however, take activism of the “Pit Bull Cause” to reckless levels. Despite warnings from pit bull experts to “avoid dog parks at all costs,” such persons purposely visit dog parks to show other dog owners that pit bulls are safe, reliable dogs that are merely “misunderstood.” – DogsBite.org

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