A beautiful story: Meet Beau, a pitbull-type dog who went from being a stray to helping his new family through a very difficult time by providing his unconditional love. In this short video, watch how Beau immediately provides comfort, happiness, and love to the family that adopted him even though he previously suffered neglect as a stray - yet another example of the inherent goodness and excellent temperament of pitbull-type dogs. A big thanks to Pittie Nation for showcasing Beau and for continuing to *shatter* stereotypes about pitbull-type dogs.
Shattering stereotypes: Meet Aladdin, a pitbull-type dog who suffered abuse and neglect but went on to become a certified therapy dog after his new mom showed him a little love. In this short video, watch how Aladdin undergoes an amazing transformation from his abusive beginnings to winning the Therapy Dog of the Year award by the American Humane Association - yet another example of the exceptional temperament and goodness inherent in pitbull-type dogs. A big thanks to Pittie Nation for sharing Aladdin's story and American Humane for recognizing his potential.
Meet Bones, a pitbull-type dog adopted from a shelter that quickly learned how to help his human dad, a U.S. veteran, with his PTSD. Now a service dog, Bones is yet another example of the excellent temperament, trainability, and inherent goodness in pitbull-type dogs. In this short but very heart warming video, watch how Bones and his dad rescue each other and build an amazing and unbreakable bond. A big thanks to The Dodo's Pittie Nation for showcasing this beautiful story.
Meet Murphy, a pitbull-type dog adopted from a shelter that helped his human mom through hard times and also had no problem with accepting 4 more pitbull-type cousins into his family. In this short video, watch how Murphy and his family combat breed stereotypes and exemplify the inherent goodness of the human-canine bond. A big thanks to The Dodo's popular "Pittie Nation" short video series for continuing to *shatter* stereotypes about pitbull-type dogs.
Meet Sheeva, the newest member of the Littleville, Alabama police department! On the job for only a few months, Sheeva has already been credited with 6+ drug busts. To quote the local TV news coverage, Sheeva is "shattering stereotypes about pitbull mixes". Only dogs with excellent temperament and trainability ratings make the cut to be K9 officers and thanks to UniversalK9 and Animal Farm Foundation, more and more pitbull-type dogs are becoming K9 officers helping to protect communities all across the country. In the process, they are combating breed stereotypes and changing many hearts and minds about pitbull-type dogs. Great job, Sheeva!
Shattering stereotypes about pitbull mixes
Claim: "It's all how you raise them". While this is somewhat true, the more accurate statement is: "It's all how you love them". Most people aren't aware that many of the dogs rescued from the Michael Vick fighting ring were successfully rehabilitated when they were allowed to love instead of being forced to fight. Thanks to Best Friends Animal Society for rescuing 22 of the "Vick" dogs - although this was several years ago, it's still relevant today because it's a powerful example of how dogs that were raised with severe abuse and labeled "too damaged to rehabilitate" turned out to be happy, loving dogs when the abuse stopped and the love began. While this was a horrible and inhumane situation, it is also clear indisputable evidence of the resilience, the desire to love, and the inherent goodness that lives in ALL dogs.
Check out this great video about breed labels - while we 100% agree that all dogs are individuals and that temperament and personality are more relevant than breed labels, we also believe that it's still important to combat the myths, stereotypes, and misinformation associated with the "pitbull-type" label. The bottom line is that each individual dog's personality is much more important than a breed label, especially when choosing a dog to adopt and welcome to your family. Thanks to the Animal Farm Foundation for creating this video and for everything that they do to support our "bully-type" dogs!
More and more police departments around the country are choosing to use "pitbull-type" dogs as K9 units because of their excellent temperament and trainability (common traits of "pitbull-type" breeds). Congratulations to Dozer, the first "pitbull-type" K9 officer in Louisiana who has already assisted police with over 17 narcotics busts since June! A big thank you to the Animal Farm Foundation and Universal K9 for the work that they do for "pitbull-type" dogs!
A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the rescue organizations, shelters, volunteers, and wonderful people that are rescuing and helping animals and pets affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. There are too many organizations to list, but a special thanks to The Humane Society of the United States for everything that they are doing to help pets in need.
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