I recently received this happy tale and just had to share it with my fellow Daily Waggers! Enjoy!
Hello Dr. Pia!
About 4 months ago my wife and I adopted Triple Coupon Thursday (a.k.a. Trip), a pit bull mix who came into our lives unexpectedly. We fell in love with her instantly and I wanted to share her story...
In late February, after experiencing Trip's gentle nature first hand, my wife and I adopted her. She was still slightly underweight, but extremely resilient and loving. We had just celebrated our wedding and thankfully, we had the full support from our family and friends. So we decided to offer Trip a place in our family. She is now the love of our lives!
As the "parent" of a pit bull mix I find it very frustrating that county and city governments target legislation towards banning a breed entirely, rather than on managing the specific behaviors that are at issue. It seems to me that focusing on creating rules and fines to curb certain behaviors specifically -- ones that can occur in all breeds -- would be a far more effective and fair approach to solving the issue of concern.
One can mismanage any dog into being aggressive- and when there is a dog bite report, rarely does the media include relevant details regarding whether the dog was taunted, had been neutered, was kept on a chain, left hungry, taught to be aggressive, etc. The extreme loyalty of this breed can easily be tricked into aggressive behavior by an owner who encourages and reinforces it. And aggression towards people is in fact very contrary to this breed's natural sensibilities.
Having a pit-bull mix that breaks the breed's negative image encourages me to keep educating my local neighborhood with a more balanced picture-one family at a time. I have now met so many other great pitties and pittie mixes who offer something quite contrary to the fear-based stereotypes associated with the breed.
I hope to always have these special dogs in my family. I intend to eventually teach my kids about how truly wonderful they are by nature and to resist the unfair stereotypes that abound.
I have attached a couple of photos for your viewing pleasure!
Thanks to all who help the animals!
Another pooch saved! Hooray for Trip!
Dr. Pia Salk