When most people hear the words 'Pit Bull' they think of the countless stories they have heard on TV about Pit Bulls attacking people. These sensationalistic stories are often told to increase ratings. Unfortunately these stories also add to the public's predjudice against these dogs & their owners. The American Pit Bull Terrier is a purebred dog, recognized as a breed and registered by the United Kennel Club (UKC), the second largest all-breed registry in the country. The American Staffordshire Terrier (AmStaff) is registered and recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). An AmStaff can also be registered with the UKC under the name "American Pit Bull Terrier." They are behaviorally and historically the same breed.
Below are the stories of Pit Bulls who have shown immesurable strength , courage, & loyalty. These are the stories the media should be telling the public . These stories illustrate the type of animals these dogs are. They are not evil killers, they are intelligent, loving, loyal companions to many. They also excell in search & rescue, obedience, agility & many are therapy dogs for the elderly or disabled.
Many celebrities also own Pit Bulls. "She's so loyal, affectionate & sensitive. If I ever got another dog, it'd have to be a Pit. I love their personalities." says Bernadette Peters, on her Pit Bull, Stella. Other celebrities who love their Pit Bulls include Vin Diesel, Jon Stuard, Sinbad, Alicia Silverstone, Brad Pitt, Linda Blair, and Steve & Terri Erwin (of Animal Planet's: The Crocodile Hunter). The Erwins love their dog Suey so much, that they even named their daughter after her!
BEFORE THERE WAS A BEVO, THERE WAS A DOG NAMED PIG.
The pugnacious tan and white Pit Bull (1914-1923) had the run of The University of Texas at Austin campus - from Old Main to the steps of the University Co-op where he slept at night. The varsity mascot went to classes with students, attended home and out-of-town athletic events (it was said he would snarl at the slightest mention of Texas A&M University) and participated in morning "fall outs" with military aeronautics cadets during World War I.
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'PIT BULL' HERO SGT. STUBBY (1917-1926)
This stray Pit Bull, of unknown descent, was found by Private John Robert Conroy on the campus of Yale University, in 1917, while Conroy was training for deployment to the European front of WWI. During the course of his stay at the camp with Pvt. Conroy, Stubby became familiar with all of the bugle calls, the drill marching routines, and even learned to give a dog's version of a salute. He would put his right paw on his right eyebrow when a salute was executed by others around him. Stubby's ability to salute struck a chord with the training camp commander and the dog was granted permission to remain with Private Conroy. Stubby, along with Pvt. Conroy eventually traveled to the frontlines with the 102nd Infantry Division. While serving overseas, Stubby was wounded in action twice, he saved his entire platoon by warning them of a poison gas attack and he single handedly captured a German spy. The commander of the 10 2nd used this last act of bravery to put Stubby in for a promotion to the ranks of the Noncommissioned Officers by awarding him the rank of Sergeant. He became the first 'Pit Bull' to be given rank in the United States Armed Forces. Sgt. Stubby served in 17 battles during his stay in Europe.
WEELA THE KEN-L-RATION DOG HERO 1993
Weela a Pit Bull pictured with her owner, was named Ken-L-Rations dog hero for 1993. She saved 30 people, 29 dogs, 13 horses and a cat during heavy floods. Reader's Digest did a story on the hero dog but REFUSED to print Weela's breed in the article.
Officer Popsicle was rescued from a freezer during a drug raid. When Popsicle regained his strength, the attending shelter contacted US Customs canine-enforcement officer Sally Barr. It was a real long shot, but maybe Popsicle would qualify for the US Customs dog training school in Front Royal, VA. Of 500 dogs Barr has tested in the last three years, only 4 have made the cut. Popsicle did, and in February 1998 he graduated at the top of his class and became a celebrated alumnus two months later by detecting a record contraband cache under a tractor-trailer.
NORTON - PURINA'S HERO PIT BULL
Norton, another rescued Pit Bull from Canada, was inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame after he saved his adopted owner from anaphylactic shock.
CHEYENNE AND DAKOTA - K9 RESCUERS
Cheyenne and Dakota are two Pit Bulls who work full-time as search and rescue dogs in Sacremento, CA. They have saved countless human lives over their combined careers.
RCA - ALASKA'S FIRST HEARING AID DOG
RCA is 15 years old and in quite good health, considering her advanced years. She came to Alaska from Alabama. Because the housing market was tight and there was Pit Bull-hysteria in the air, her owners couldn't find a place to rent that would allow Pit Bulls and she was eventually sent to the Alaska SPCA in Anchorage. At that time a man named John Ledum, was trying to start a hearing-dog program in Alaska. He and a local veterinarian, Dr. Joyce Murphy, temperament-tested 170 dogs and RCA scored the highest, so she was chosen to be the first certified hearing dog in Alaska.
Helen Keller had a Pit Bull as her companion.
THE LITTLE RASCALS
Who could ever forget Pete the Pup?
CENTRAL TEXAS SPCA'S NIGEL THORNBERRY
We shouldn't forget our own Nigel Thornberry who was "rescued" by 2 probable gang members who went against their gang and saved him from further torture from the fighting Pit Bulls that would grab at his legs as Nigel was hung from a rope down into the pit of fighting dogs. Fighting Pit Bulls are not born that way - they are MADE that way. The gang had poured battery acid on poor Nigel's little legs. He arrived at our shelter before Christmas a few years ago where through valliant efforts of CTSPCA staff and volunteers at the time and generous donations for vet care, eventually his physical wounds healed and he is now living comfortably in Dallas at his forever home.