We have one last question for the week: Has blogging changed your mind or view of dogs in a way you never thought would?
I think one of the biggest changes that has come out of blogging for me, is my point of view on Pitbulls. When I started blogging I had a very strong and real fear for a dog that was portrayed to me as a fighting attack dog. Having witnessed a vicious dog fight as a child, my fear for dogs that were bred to fight and the status they gained for it was frightening. Yes, I have always been terrified of Pitbulls.
When I was growing up, Dobermans and Sheperd's were all the rage. They were alleged killing machines that would turn on their owners in a heartbeat. I was quite young at the time these accusations were being made and believed it to the truth. I have never met either of these breeds in person in order to know any different.
It wasn't long after high school that Rottweilers became the savage dog of era. There was a stigma with these type of guard dog breeds that were not only getting a bad rap, but shaping my very thinking that these kinds of dogs were not to be trusted under any circumstances.
While I developed a dislike for the behaviors that I had been taught these dogs could display, I bore no animosity for the breeds themselves.
And then the Pitbull came along. And suddenly there was a dog that was feared among the feared. The vicious malice these dogs created only added fuel to a fire that I never started but that burned within. For a very long time I could never see past the dog on TV attacking the child, and there in me grew a strong hatred for these dogs that I hadn't felt before with the previous ousted dogs. Pitbulls had evolved into something far beyond what a Doberman, Sheperd or Rottweiler could ever be and I blamed the breed. Without a doubt. This was also about the time I began to remember the dog fight I witnessed as a child and the memories surrounding it began to surface. ANY dog that was aggressive or attacked was pure evil to me. There was no getting around that belief. You could not tell me any different.
Then I got Brut, my dog aggressive dog whom brought many things to light about aggression. I struggle with this powerful dog who was shaped this way by someone before me and I began to understand something I didn't before.
THEN WE BEGAN TO BLOG
Corbin was the first Pitbull who found our blog way back when we started and I instantly fell in love with the big guy. I always thought Pitbulls were beautiful looking dogs, I just didn't like what I THOUGHT was underneath. As I found more and more Pittie blogs and the fight to save the breed, I began to realize the false info I'd been fed all my life. .
I watched a documentary on the history of Pitties on a Pit blog that unfortunately I can’t remember, that changed everything I thought I knew and understood about these awesome dogs. I was simply in awe that Pitbulls WERE the dog to have because they were the most loyal, dependable family dog to own. Until someone saw a potential and used it to exploit them for their own gain. And this is where we find ourselves now, trying to turn back a clock that keeps on ticking. Well, you can add one more to that fight.
I can not thank all the many bloggers who have taken the time and effort for people like me who have been subjected to such a narrow minded view with no honest hopes of taking the time to change that. It was all of you Pit lovers who took each post and did it anyways. That is some powerful stuff. And for all of you out there, I can not begin to tell you what that means to me. All I can say is...Thank you.