One of our former adopters wrote a fantastic letter published in the Langley Times.
Editor: If all pit bull owners must muzzle their “dangerous” dogs in public, then so must owners of all other “dangerous” dogs. This would be breeds such as German shepherds, dobermans, rottweilers, chihuahuas, cocker spaniels, and every other dog that is feeling cranky and isn’t comfortable with children or strangers.
There is a reason behind the support of many dog owners for the saying “Ban the deed, not the breed.” Any dog may bite a person. Any dog may be turned into a dangerous dog, either through training, neglect, or abuse.
The owner is the one responsible for making a dog “dangerous.” An irresponsible dog owner creates the situation in which a person or another dog is put in danger.
Owners of dogs (with a bad reputation or not) must take precautions to guard against having accidents happen: learn the body language of their dog, learn how dogs interact with the world around them, don’t allow just anyone to approach and get in the dog’s face, know your dog. Owners must avoid situations where the dog doesn’t do well. Have a fully fenced yard that the dog can’t get out of, be around to supervise the dog — especially around children; teach the people you encounter what you’ve learned.
Regardless of what breed of dog you have, be responsible.
Way to go Lynda! Thank you for letting your voice be heard and defending this breed. Oh and for being a responsible Pit Bull owner.