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April 28, 2009

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Barb

Adding to the problem is the phenomenon that so many people have become so indoctrinated by the media that "pit bulls" ARE dangerous dogs, and are THE MOST dangerous dogs that if they witness a dog attack or are the victim of one they will automatically assume the dog must be a "pit bull" and will report it as such - because any dog who attacks must necessarily be a "pit bull".

This is separate from the people who intentionally mis-identify dogs involved in attacks as pit bulls in a deliberate effort to attract more media attention. That happens sometimes too.

Caveat

What kills me is that they even try to ID dogs by breed. A mutt is a mutt, after all. The practice shows such a basic misunderstanding of what dog breeds are and aren't that it's like trumpeting your ignorance from the rooftops. "Look at me, everybody! I'm a complete dunce when it comes to dogs!".

Of course, it all stems from the CDC and their 'breeds of dogs' papers. The lazy twits in media and elsewhere misconstrued the point of the research (if there even was a point to the approach) and latched on to the whole 'breed' thing as if it were a contributing factor rather than an observation - and a very flawed one at that.

It's remarkable how such stupidity, combined with ignorance, can still thrive in the 21st century.

TEH

The breed thing is nonsense. None of the articles actually look at the possible causes and reasons behind any given incident. Yet anything that happens....it is a "pitbull". That fatality in MI, before the breeds were mentioned, comments showed people as judge, jury and executioner for the bull breeds, they had "ASS-ummed" those were the dogs. One person commented, why had they not heard about this....well....maybe because the dogs were NOT pitbulls, they were identified as Aussie and cattle dog mixes.....End of story. No more about it.

Consider what is currently happening with the swine flu "epidemic", people are almost in a panic. And it is almost out of proportion. Yet, CDC and other health officials are calling for calm, keep things in perspective, etc, Look at your possible risk, what can one do to minimize before running out to get vaccines, respirators, etc.
ie.....what is the preventive. Where is that when it comes to a dog attack?? Where is the discussion of keeping a perspective? Of evaluating your potential risk? Of looking at the all too human factors which might have led up to a serious dog bite injury. It is not there. Period.

TEH

Liz

I just wanted to say thank you for your blog. It's probably extremely time-consuming for you but it's a great resource for me. Thanks!

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