March is Pit Bull Education Month at the shelter where I volunteer. Just as there are many inaccurate myths that surround Pit Bull-type dogs, there are also many myths and stereotypes about the people who own these dogs.
You might think that Pit Bulls are owned primarily by young people. Maybe you think they’re owned mostly by gangsters or drug dealers or people who use them for dog fighting.
You might think that Pit Bulls are owned by people with low self-esteem because having a big, strong, vicious dog makes a person seem more confident.
You might believe that only criminals and irresponsible people own Pit Bulls, which would perpetuate the myth that no respectable, hard-working, family-oriented good citizen would own a Pit Bull.
But you’d be wrong.
As you’ll see in this video, which was put together by my shelter, many fine, upstanding citizens in my area own Pit Bulls and are very proud of it.
In addition to these folks, I have a friend who is an attorney… another friend who owns a printing company and has 3 children under age 10… a friend who is a trainer for the Indianapolis Colts… and a friend who is a school teacher and basketball coach. They all own Pit Bulls.
And then there’s my family. I work in the marketing department of an employee benefits firm and my husband is an assistant vice president for a national bank. We own our home, go to church every Sunday, and pay our bills on time. If you believe the myths, we look like anything but the kind of people who’d own a Pit Bull.
And yet, we do.
|Our 10 year old niece Lindsey with our Pit Bull mix Nike.|
Get the facts before you decide what you believe about Pit Bulls and their owners.
If you’re local to Indianapolis, I invite you to come out to Parade-A-Bull on Saturday, March 31 to learn more about Pit Bulls and their owners. There will be low-cost vaccines and $20 microchipping, as well as lots of information about the breed. For more information, check out the Parade-A-Bull website.