Many of the stories recount the horrific details of the events that happened on Vick's property. These details are starting to cause media outlets to treat pit bulls in a slightly different light than usual: as the victims that they are in these incidences. While there are still a few idiots out there, most of the editorials talk about American Pit Bull Terriers as a product of its environment.
Meanwhile, citizens and dog owners are pushing companies to drop their affiliations to Vick...from Reebok's ceasing manufacturing Vick jerseys to Nike dropping Vick as a spokesperson. Even Senators are jumping into the act. The anger about the case is widespread, and I think, maybe, for the first time in my memorable lifetime, pit bull-type dogs are truly being seen as victims of human abuse and products of their environment.
My sincerest hope is that people continue to see this abuse and read/watch these stories about well-balance bullies. If this week's stories are any indication, a tipping point may have been reached in the way society views "pit bulls". Let us hope that this continues. Here are some of the week's top stories with some quotes:
This story from Reading, PA has a writer who did some research on "pit bulls" and changed her mind on the "breed". "
"I've never owned a pit bull, but the majority that come into the clinic are sweet, friendly and great with other animals and kids. Unfortunately, it's always the not-so-nice ones that make news."
"I've been bitten many times, but never by a pit bull or any of the bull breeds. Their natural traits — loyalty, love of their human family and protectiveness — are exploited by nefarious characters, with the intent of transforming the dog into an overly protective and loyal fighter. But a dog that has not been mistreated or exploited will make a wonderful family pet."
"The way I see it, it comes down to some nature, mostly nurture."
The first sentence is a pretty good indication of the direction this guy is going: "It’s sad that one of the greatest dog breeds ever to grace the planet, the American Pit Bull Terrier, has fallen into the hands of animal abusing idiots."
"I think I speak for all Pit Bull lovers by saying, “thanks morons for sullying a substantial animal’s rep via dog fighting.” Why don’t you Darwinian holdovers get another hobby." Great read.
An interesting read from the Gainsville, FL Daily Register.
This story ran in 50 or so newspapers this week, and is one of the better I've read in a media source.
Cooke says research has disproved common myths about the pit bull, such as the one about its bite force being greater than that of other breeds. "It can't really be the T-rex in a dog suit that it's portrayed as in the media," she says.
The shelter hasn't historically adopted out "pit bulls", but is looking to start doing-so in their effort to help change the image of these dogs.
"It is our job to protect animals and to do the best job that we can for them, and that includes pit bulls. We're trying to do what's best for them and if we have to work harder to make sure they have a quality of life then that's what we're going to do."
This reporter went down to a local shelter and met a "pit bull" named Tex...turns out Tex is a wonderfully fun dog.
"Lotan took Tex out of his cage and brought him outside to play with us. He rubbed up against my leg, played Frisbee, took interest in my pen, loved to be petted, relieved himself and then took a seat in the shade.
Pretty scary, huh?"
Pretty good interview a "pit bull" owner in Modesto, CA...the type of story that seldom ran before the Vick case broke.
This article looks at the good and bad that is coming out of the Vick situation:
"This (the Vick Story) may be a good news/Bad Newz proposition.
"The good news is that more people have been made aware of dog fighting, and are voicing their opposition. Let's hope that politicians, law enforcement officials and millionaires in the sports and entertainment industries are getting the message.
"The Bad Newz is this could be bad for pit bulls, especially those not used in organized dog fights, and that's most of them."
Watch the video (or at the very least, check out the picture) of Bishop, a honorary KCDA member.
"Lately when you hear about pit bulls, you're likely to see dangerous dogs hauled away in trucks or training equipment geared to help them become more vicious fighters. You're not likely to see dogs like Bishop, a pit bull in Lee's Summit that Casey Martinez has been in love with since she found him nine years ago."
Thanks to Fox4 for the balanced story...
The dog attack numbers don't support pit bulls being banned. It's a solid and well-balanced story....one like so many others this week. We didn't used to get well-balanced stories, and here's to hoping that this trend continues, and people will continue to see pit bulls that are loving family pets -- the way they are meant to be -- without scoundrels getting ahold of them. This type of balanced reporting, long term, could help change the reputation of these types of dogs forever.