So, when I first got Max, I had a feeling that I was going to be confronted by people who would be afraid of him. After all, he is a Pit Bull, supposedly one of the most “dangerous dogs.” And let me tell you, I wasn’t wrong when I thought that people were going to have be afraid of him; but when my neighbors told me that I should get rid of him because they were afraid for their lives, well, I nearly blew my top.
I can’t believe the ignorance of some people. These poor dogs have gotten such a bad reputation, and it’s not their fault. You know who’s to blame for the bad reputation that Pit Bulls have? Humans. That’s who.
My neighbors are utterly ridiculous in thinking that Max is a danger. If they would stop and say hello to him instead of running away in fear when they see him, they would quickly realize that he is a big mush, that he’s fun-loving and that all he wants to do is be loved and have fun. The stigma that has been attached to Pits really just blows my mind.
Here are some of the common misconceptions that I have found people have about Pit Bulls since I got Max:
- They think that all Pits are bad. Since dogs don’t have a conscience, they can’t be bad. It’s just not possible. What is bad is the training that the “dangerous” Pit Bulls receive. Dogs – especially Pits – need to be lead. They react to the world around them because of their strong desire for leadership. It is because Pit Bulls have been bread to fight for more than 200 years that this breed has developed such a bad reputation. Honestly, they are some of the smartest dogs going, so if they are taught to be bad, well, they will be bad. But, the same thing goes for a Poodle or a Beagle. It’s all in the training.
- They think that Pit Bull’s will always fight other dogs, no matter what. Um. Nope. That’s not true at all. While yes, some Pit Bull’s do better on their own, the same is true for all dog breeds. Some just mesh well with others, and some don’t. The same is true for humans.
- They think they can’t be kind. I have heard so many people say that my Max must be mean. Their reasoning? – He’s a Pit Bull. I tell these people that if they were to just sit with Max for a few minutes, they would quickly learn what a big, huge heart he has and how very kind he is. Whenever I’m feeling down, Max is right there, at my side, to lift my spirits and lighten my mood. I have never known a kinder, more gentler being in my life.
- They think they’ll turn their back on their owner. Not true at ALL! Max is a very loyal companion, and like all dogs, he is very loyal to me, his owner. He follows my every command and is always obedient. He would never turn his back on me. Ever.
Honestly, when people assume that all Pit Bulls are bad, I want to say to them, “Do you think that every toddler is bad because you saw a story about one throwing a temper tantrum in the grocery store on your Facebook feed?”
The simple fact of the matter is this: Nothing on this earth is inherently bad, and that especially goes for Pit Bulls and my buddy Max. I don’t know where I would ever be without him.