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I got 99 problems but a pit bull ain’t one


I am not sure how many of you have read the article that Time magazine published  on June 20th of 2014, but if you haven’t, it’s all about pit bulls; the statistics of pit bull attacks, a few details about specific attacks and the collected opinions from PETA and

An interesting article but slanted nonetheless.  Let’s start at the top, beginning with the title: “The Problem with Pit Bulls”.  The problem with pit bulls is that there is a lot of truth to the stereotype of the breed.  They’re strong, stocky and built to defend themselves.  They’re a utilitarian breed that was purposely built, so to speak.  But the idea that every pit bull is dangerous is like saying every Muslim is a radical Muslim bent on wreaking havoc towards the United States. 100% of the planes flown into American buildings were flown by Muslims.  Taken out of context, that statistic is scary.

Time magazine quotes The Daily Beast  by stating that pit bulls lead the most dangerous breed list with 159 fatalities a year.  The death toll in 2010 due to gun deaths according to the CDC  was 31,672.  Let’s take a second and examine this.  A pit bull is an animal that doesn’t have the ability to reason, sit down and contemplate decisions.  Arguably, it knows what its owner has taught them but it doesn’t have the innate sense of ‘right and wrong’ and if it does, it certainly isn’t the same as a humans.  The ‘right and wrong’ is trained into it by its owner.  Whether fighting is ‘right or wrong’, it all comes down to how they are raised, not how it is bred.  Humans on the other hand, do have an innate sense of what is right and wrong.  We know that killing or fighting someone else is wrong yet 31,672 were killed by other humans with guns in one year.   The CDC reports that in 2010, 2,468,435 people died in the US alone.  From this we figure .0001% of deaths a year are attributed to pit bull attacks vs .012% from guns.  That’s 120x more deaths a year because of intentional human violence vs. provoked or otherwise unspecified pit bull attacks.  In other words, we never truly find out why a pit bull attacks a human as you can’t put them on trial.  We don’t know whether they were provoked or whether it was trained to attack, but what we do know is that humans(in 2010) intentionally went out of their way to get a gun and kill 120x more people; intentionally being the operative word.

So the question is, why don’t we hold ourselves to the same standards as we do pit bulls?  According to TIME and their 20 year old data that they collected from the CDC, : A CDC report on dog-bite fatalities from 1978 to 1998 confirms that pit bulls are responsible for more deaths than any other breed, but the CDC no longer collects breed-specific information.”  Nothing like accurate, up-to-date information.  Hate to keep hammering this point home, but humans have always accounted for 100% of the gun related deaths and as I stated above with 4 year old data from the CDC vs. 20 year old data(which Time used), humans still have intentionally killed 120x more humans than pit bulls and that doesn’t account for all the conflicts, wars, massacres and school shootings; it only includes homicides, suicides and accidental shootings.

By themselves, guns do not kill people.  It takes human involvement.  I would venture to say that without human involvement pit bulls might just be another breed of dog.

TIME goes on to say and quote Daphna Nachminovitch, PETA’s senior vice president of cruelty investigations, “PETA stands by breed-specific sterilization as a common-sense solution to what has become a human-safety issue. “These dogs were bred to bait bulls. They were bred to fight each other to the death,” she said. “Just because we’re an animal-rights organization doesn’t mean we’re not concerned about public safety.”

PETA is concerned about public safety as much as every politician is.  As long as they can get your vote and support they will say just about anything.  Might I add that in May of this year, PETA stated that cows milk causes autism.  Spreading unsubstantiated information is PETA’s idea of ‘concerned about public safety’.  So maybe take what PETA says with a grain of salt.

Oh wait, hey TIME, it’s cool that you included PETA in your article as a point of contention; ‘Hey everyone, look even PETA doesn’t like pit bulls and they like all animals so we must be unbiased”. TIME, did you forget about the article you wrote in April of last year about how PETA kills 90% of all animals brought to their shelters?  How much does PETA really care about animals?

We as a human race are supposedly the most intelligent beings on the planet; as such we also have the responsibility to take care of the planet and the animals on it.  However we continue to build bigger cities and increasing urban sprawl as a result and then we are surprised when wolves eat our cats or we find black bears in our backyards.  So we go out and kill the wolves and the bears because they pose a threat.  We kill deer because they are over populated and we train pit bulls to fight and then we kill pit bulls because they fight.  Wolves don’t want to be in our backyard, but they have nowhere to go, pit bulls fight because that’s what they have been trained to do, not bred to do.

Instead of blaming the gun for homicides, wolves for loss of domestic property and pit bulls for fighting how about we look at the real problem, us.


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Ken - June 24, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Thank you so much for writing this – can’t believe all the hatred targeted at this beautiful breed as of late.

Lisa - June 24, 2014 - 3:05 pm

I haven’t read the article, but I’ve read many like it. I’m of the “nature vs. nuture” when it comes to dogs and their owners/pet parents. Any dog, regardless of breed, has the potential to become violent and attack. Small dogs are the worst (and I speak from experience, because I have three Labs and recently acquired a pug. And the pug has bitten people before he came to me). Anyone who’s interested in dogs can do the research and see that the pit bull was once nicknamed “the nanny dog” because people would have the dogs guard their children. It’s unfortunate that so many people have taught these dogs to fight (any dog, really, but we all know that there’s a higher chance that pit bull will be bred to fight than other dogs) — because it sort of does affect their genetics. But the fact is that dogs are animals and — just like any other domesticated and wild animal — they can be unpredictable. Especially if you don’t know warning signs. I personally think they’re beautiful dogs that are not only being mistreated by many people but are getting a bad rap because of a few reckless people — not to mention they photograph well. I hope someday there will be no breed banning throughout the world. But that would mean that people would have to change.

Lisa - June 24, 2014 - 3:11 pm

And to make a long story longer — I used to believe in what PETA represented. Then I watched a documentary wherein one of the founding members disassociate himself from the group because of their militaristic scare tactics. It hurts me that the group raises so much money to spay and neuter every homeless pet in the Continental US and donate money to upgrade adoption/pound facilities, yet they use that money to bail themselves out of jail for all the protesting and illegal activities they engage in. If they wanted to spread facts about pit bulls, they would’ve included what I mentioned N my previous post – they were once used to watch over children (because the breed was not only protective, but VERY good around kids). And with the way the media often slants stories (even though they’re supposed to be unbiased fact-givers), it’s easy for people to believe whatever they read first. It’s a very sad situation for animals.

Ty - June 24, 2014 - 3:35 pm

Great points Lisa

Doc Pixel - June 25, 2014 - 7:57 am

Thanks again Ty for sticking up so eloquently and creatively for this beautiful… and dare I say docile by nature… dog breed.

Terry - June 25, 2014 - 8:41 am

A great article, one Time should consider running as an outside editorial – I hope you send it to them!

jess - June 25, 2014 - 4:10 pm

This is a great article, please send to the losers at TIME Magazine.

Thomas Johnson - June 25, 2014 - 8:26 pm

Cdc didn’t say all homicides were gun related, so please stop doing they were all gun related.

Mike Free - June 25, 2014 - 8:49 pm

Sports illustrated ran a article on pit bulls with a cover that said Beware of this dog, I think it was a great article, there was lot more truth and credible quotes from real poeple, like richard stratton, that the time article. Please dont believe everything you read. Sports ill. Article was from july 27, 1987.

MyLondon - June 25, 2014 - 9:24 pm

The most important thing that should be stated is that there is NO such breed as a “Pitt Bull”! The UKC (United Kennel Club) recognizes a breed called the American Pitt Bull Terrier, the basic distinguishing characteristic between this breed and the world recognized Staffordshire Bull Terrier is that the Americans crop the ears. That’s it. They both are a mix of Bulldog and a nonspecific terrier. MOST dogs that are called “Pitt Bulls” or “Pitt Bull Mix” that are involved in attacks are actually NOT even mixes of the the Staffordshire/American Bull Terrier. They range from Boxer, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Rottweilers, Multiple Mastiff breeds, Pointers, Labradors and a just plain mixes.

As the dog population grows from owners lack of responsibility and they allowing their pets to roam and not get them spayed or neutered for what ever ridiculous reason they have, more and more dogs become labeled “Pitt Bull” when in fact, they have absolutely NO American or Staffordshire Bull Terrier in their DNA. The dog bit someone and has a squarish head and is “stocky” (tall and stocky, short and stocky, long and stocky, it doesn’t matter). Hence, it was a “Pitt Bull”. The other factor is there has been statistics ONLY on the reported attacks. No telling how many NON “Pitt Bull” attacks occur every year and are not included in vital statistics. When you look at breed or mix breed population, the OBVIOUS popular dog of the time will have MORE incidents then other breeds. The likelihood that in the somewhat near future Portuguese Water Dogs or similar breeds will be over bred due to their popularity as “The President’s Dog” and years after that when people get these dogs and do not train them, they will become the next “Vicious Dog” to be ostracized.

Lisa - June 25, 2014 - 9:44 pm

I believe that “pit bulls” are a bully breed. They have it in there blood. My little Yorkie was attacked and killed by a pit last month. We were simply walking down the side walk and the other dog came charging out if his driveway. With that being said, people who choose to own this type a dog need to take proper precautions and be honest with the potential harm this dog ( or any) could cause. Put up a fence, these dogs are pure muscle and will definitely break a chain. If the owner of the dog that killed my Yorkie would have had a fence my dog would still be here. People needs to realize that these are still dogs and can turn at any time.

laura - June 25, 2014 - 10:19 pm

A state police officer tried to push his way in my house and my pit bull Zeus at the time took his head and pushed him out . When I went out on the porch to see what they wanted Zeus was happy wagging his tail and jumped on the officer who immediately for no reason reached for his gun . I would be in jail if the officer would have pulled it totally out .
I swore I would never own a pit bull in my life and I have had 2 Zeus and now Apollo now I cant see my life without them I will never own another breed of dog ever . They are loyal loving aims to please biggest babies out there I could go on forever but my point is in my opinion they are the best breed out there

Peggy - June 26, 2014 - 12:11 am

So sorry to hear about the yorkie dying. Many dogs have high prey drive and go after small dogs like squirrels. That could have been a Doberman or German shepherd or a hunting dog that attacked yr small dog. My current male pit foster loves small dogs and small kids my other Pit mix is afraid of kids and barks at small dogs. They r all different but many terrier breeds have high prey drive.

Jalyn McCain - June 26, 2014 - 12:36 am

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this article. One point missing from your article, though: many, MANY dog bites/attacks attributed to our beloved breed are incorrect. Most people cannot distinguish pits from several other types of bully breeds. The grossly inflated numbers reported by local/national agencies are seemingly lumping all muscular, block headed dogs together and calling them pits.
Our family has two currently–a male and a female, and we’ve had both of them for a decade. They are kind, loving dogs who dote on our young children. They are a special breed and to eradicate them due to the majority’s ignorance would create a world in which my family and I would not want to live. We love our pits!!!

Ginny - June 26, 2014 - 1:29 am

I was really excited to read this rebutall to the Times article. Then I read “it’s all in how they are raised”. I really wish people that advocate for the Pit Bull would stop using phrases like that!! It is not all in how they are raised. How do you explain the 1,000’s of Pit Bulls that end up in shelters abused, neglected and saved from fighting busts that go on to make loving family pets? When you say it’s all in how they are raised then who in their right mind would want to adopt a rescued adult dog, not knowing how it was raised? Can you see now how damaging that saying is?

Ginny - June 26, 2014 - 1:35 am

And to those of you saying that Pit Bull is not a breed…that is not true. Pit Bull is certainly a breed recogonized by the United Kennel Club (the UKC was developed for the Pit Bull). The term Pit Bull is to the American Pit Bull Terrier what the term Lab is to labrador, it is short for the breed’s name. Sometimes advocates end up doing more damage to this breed than the opponents.

nigel heritage - June 26, 2014 - 3:17 am

Dogs ie the pit breads are strong in all sence of the word its humans that are dangerous not pits. I live in the UK and have 2 staff’s bull terriers u should see people with dogs and without move, cross the road, grab there kids hands and all that bulls**t they are uninformed people and that’s me being calm. They were called the nanny dog ! What does that tell u? Thank you for trying to inform people. UK bull terrier owner of 2.

kristin - June 26, 2014 - 5:35 am

Actually, Ginny, Pit Bull is a term used for 3 different breeds. American Pit Bull, American Staffordshire and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Saying Pit Bull, is along the same lines as saying you have a hound, but really you have a beagle or Bassett. A good history on the 3 breeds is available via A lot of times (and incorrectly so) towns/ municipalities, with BSL laws, will throw in American Bulldogs and Bull terriers into the Pit Bull definition. Then my favorite is when they say, “and any dog resembling a pit bull”. That leaves the dog open to anything that an untrained human thinks. Has anyone seen a Boxer mix, Mountain Cur, Lab mix, mastiffs…….talk about profiling.

sharon illenye - June 26, 2014 - 6:55 am

After the Time article came out, I had to have a rant about it. Written before we found out the KFC thing was a hoax.

It is a shame that this three year old girl who was maimed will face the same discrimination that pitbulls face today. Basically being judged for what you look like.
Today more than 40 different breed mixes of dog are called pitbulls. Pitbulls means mutts. Visually though not genetically identified as dogs with big block heads. Because mutts are hybrids they have not been selected to be aggressive fighters. As an example, 80% of the pitbulls that Michael Vick used in dogfighting -completely refused to fight each other. That is why he had to kill them- by beating them against the ground, electrocuting and hanging. Bad Newz Kennels brought to light that society had been punishing the victims- pitbulls. Katrina gave rescuers the opportunity to meet, come to know and love pitbulls. Mutts that are easy to train, loving and loyal to the people that are in their pack. You can try to teach them to do an elaborate dance or teach them to fight for you to the death—the human makes this choice. Dogs will run the gamut in their ability to do either well or not at all.
Dogs that bite are those that are unneutered, unsocialized, isolated from people, usually chained or fenced away, neglected and possibly abused —basically coexisting with people that don’t care for them. Dogs also bite people that do not understand how to properly interact with dogs and have not learned that dogs use body language to warn about their intent. Many children for example give a sustained stare to dogs they first meet. This is equivalent to a dog invitation to attack.
Does every dog respond to neglect and abuse by killing and injuring. Sadly they do not. Puppy Doe, Xena, Handsome Dan, Braveheart and 1000s of others have not and did not. The media loves to have ‘pitbull and attack’ in headlines. The media have discredited themselves again and again. When it is not a pitbull attacking it is not news. When a baby is killed by a puppy—there is a hesitation to blame and have the headline read—‘ parents let puppy sleep with infant. ‘ Another example that discredited the media for me has made me investigate articles further before judging- is this one. ‘ Woman who lost her face to her dog—gets another dog ’. Looking up more articles about this- here is what really happened. A woman was at home and had a seizure and fell down knocking her head against furniture and was out cold. Her dog became extremely concerned over the next 48 hours and was pawing at her face to try and wake her up. The dog was put to sleep for this. The headline and the real story could not be more different from each other.
I don’t believe that pitbulls bite more than other types of dogs but I do believe the media treatment of them has caused the increase in abuse and neglect of pitbulls. Policeman entering private property and shooting family dogs is an example. They have been conditioned to fear pitbulls. Some of them were even puppies. Policemen cutting the throats of pitbulls— they have been taught by the media it is OK for them to respond this way because they are seen as evil dogs that society would like to be rid of. Pitbulls being thrown from cars, bridges; being burned, being drawn and quartered; doused with acid; hung, shot , forced to fight. But now good people who have watched these things happening for too long will not watch any longer. They want to stand up for their dogs- their family- and this will not be tolerated anymore. Stronger laws, better enforcement, a registry of abusers on facebook. Teaching children to love and respect animals and learn their language. Iowa congressman who thinks it is his right to watch dogs fight should be voted out of office.
If you are already have a pitbull or foster a pitbull– introduce them to someone you know who hates pitbulls and yet has never met one. And fight for neuter/spay laws for all breeds so that we can have no kill shelters, so that there are less unwanted dogs and that they become precious to us and we can give them all the care and a good upbringing they deserve. And pursue the people that abuse and neglect animals as they are not only hurting the animals they are hurting us and our family, our community and society, our humanity.

Susan Cola - June 26, 2014 - 9:01 am

To the woman whose Yorkie was killed, I am terribly sorry for your loss. Nothing will bring your baby back, but if you are interested in having another dog in the future, specifically a small dog, you should consult a reputable dog trainer or veterinarian so they can explain the concept of “prey drive”. It’s not a trait or behavior specific to pit bulls and it has nothing to do with inherent aggression. All dogs have an instinctual prey drive. You’d be surprised by how many “friendly” breeds have an incredibly strong prey drive. As the owner of a small dog, which can be confused with prey, you need to understand it so you can keep your baby safe. I say this from experience, having a ten pound dog that was grabbed by the throat by a larger dog a few years ago. I did everything wrong, but I was lucky and my dog survived.

As for “pit bulls”, I am a huge pibble lover. For those who believe the many myths and media hype surrounding these dogs, I challenge you to meet one. Spend some time getting to know one and then tell me you still think they should be banned. Who knows, it might change your entire life.

Melissa - June 26, 2014 - 9:18 am

Great article. I hope you submit this article everywhere! Truth be told many still won’t care…for some reason it’s much easier for some people to hate. I’ve owned bully breeds and I’ve fostered bully breeds. Most have come from some pretty horrific situations and I’ve never ever had any problem. I’ve been bit, but never by a bully breed. I don’t discriminate against any breed of dog. They are dogs. They have teeth. The sometimes feel the need to protect themselves. I think it’s very very important for parents to teach their children to respect beings. I see things everyday that make me cringe. It might be cute to let your child sit, stand or crawl all over your dog, but it’s not safe. I’ve seen the most loving family dogs bite simply because they get older, tired and’s all about respect.

Ginny - June 26, 2014 - 11:00 am

Kristen, I realize that is what a lot of people think that Pit Bull is many breeds lumped into one. But that is not true. Just because a bunch of people say it does not make a truth. If that were the case then Pit Bulls must have locking jaws, right? I mean a lot of people say the do so it must be true. The only breed with the words Pit Bull in the name is the American PIT BULL Terrier and that is the only breed that should be called a Pit Bull. Lumping 3 or more dogs into one breed is why we have BSL to being with!! Think about it, the bite stats are skewed if you lump 3, 4 ,5 or in some cases more breeds into one label of course the bite stats are going to be higher. It is not the same as saying you have a hound, but really you have a beagle or Bassett. A hound is a “type” in which case we should be calling Pit Bulls, Am Staffs and SBT terriers because that terrier is their “type”. Again just because a bunch of people (including advocates such as Bad Rap)say a Pit Bull is several breeds does not make it right!!

emma - June 26, 2014 - 11:22 am

We are also forgetting that PETA wants the whole human race to be vegan. No animals to be kept on farms and no one to have pets as keeping pets an having farm animals and eating them is cruel. No one should take them seriously because they are totally barmy.

Adrianne - June 26, 2014 - 11:28 am

Wait. What? Pit bulls top the list of 159 d og related fatalities a year? Where did that number come from and if it’s wrong please refute it before basing this article on it!

shewolf - June 26, 2014 - 2:41 pm

The problem is us. The humans until. As long as these . Humans r here we will have problems no rest for the wolves. pit bulls. Poor animals god help them aw. Yes Dont forget guns it’s the humans doing the shooting with the guns Peta is wrong in many ways

tammy - June 26, 2014 - 2:45 pm

I am sick of everyone’s judging the breed not the people who trained these dogs to be who the are all animals can bite ( people included) if an animal wasn’t tough to fight or protect themselves they wouldn’t discrimination is what it is the pit has a look that scares some people and that’s why they are writing these lies just like people say a white person walking down the road a colored person standing in the dark they yell out for help even though they colored person never moved just fear of the dark. And seeing all these posts where cops are walking up on people’s yards and shooting the families pit just cuz it scared the cop. Pit bulls give so much love and protected those who protect them. Smart dogs. We need to get dumb people on track the judges probably have never had a pit bull as a pet. If they have one just for a week they will never say bad about pits again

Rachel - June 26, 2014 - 7:56 pm

I got my pit bull probably the worst possible way I could’ve… I bought her from dogfighters on Craigslist. She had been beaten, starved, fought, and had her ears cut off with scissors. Between bad breeding and a horrible upbringing, she should’ve been an unstable and untrustworthy dog. However, with lots of kindness and discipline, she is an almost perfect dog now. She loves all people and shares a home with other dogs, cats, a bunny, and even a small parrot. It’s not how you raise them, it’s how you MANAGE them.

Cathy - June 26, 2014 - 8:54 pm

Amen! I have a mix breed pit/American bulldog. She is so loving!

Flick - June 27, 2014 - 8:02 am

“…31,672 were killed by other humans with guns in one year.”

That number is ALL firearm deaths and includes suicides who used a gun, and therefore by definition those people weren’t killed “by other humans” but by themselves.

The firearm homicide number – definitely “by other humans” – for 2010 was 11,078.

Gus + Mike | Meeting the sun

Mike is an arborist and an avid pheasant hunter.  Gus is a dog.

Together they make a pretty good pair, especially when it comes to hunting and chasing down pheasant.

I met these two at 5am to take some sunrise portraits.  Not a bad way to spend a morning!

Thanks guys for hanging out and a big shout-out to Nadine for helping lug gear around!

pheasant hunter and his black lab dog in the early morning
pheasant hunter and his black lab dog in the early morning
black lab with a pheasant in his mouth
black lab and his hunter companion
portraits of a hunter and his dog
early morning portrait of a black lab pheasant hunting dog
early morning hunt with a black lab
black lab with a pheasant in his mouth in the early morning facing the camera
black lab in a field with his master posing for a picture
black lab jumping in a field
black lab shaking water off on a bridge in the early morning
black lab dog standing on a rock overlooking a lake watching a kayaker paddle by
black lab dog playing fetch early morning at a lake
black lab running out of the water with a bumper in his mouth in the early morning light

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