I admit it. I am one of those people who step aside when a pit bull approaches me on the sidewalk; I cringe when a pit bull barks and can’t understand why anyone would choose to own a pit bull.
Thanks to Shorty Rossi, author of Four Feet Tall and Rising and star of Animal Planet’s Pit Boss, I have learned a great deal about the American Pit Bull and the need to educate others about this breed.
Americans used to adore the pit bull. Did you know that in the nineteenth century, pit bulls were family pets of settlers crossing the United States? They were trusted to watch the children while the adults worked in the fields. Pit bulls appeared in advertising campaigns (Buster Brown and Pup Brand) and television shows (Petey the Pit Bull in The Little Rascals); in the early twentieth century, pit bulls were chosen to represent America in World War II posters; and the first decorated war hero was a pit bull named Sergeant Stubby who was, until his death, a guest of every White House administration.
Many historical figures have owned pit bulls: President Woodrow Wilson, President Theodore Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Fred Astaire, Humphrey Bogart, and Thomas Edison, to name a few. And today, celebrities like Jon Stewart, Alicia Silverstone, Rachael Ray and Jessica Biel all own pit bulls.
So, before you pass judgment on the pit bull breed, Go To It! and educate yourself. More information can be found at Pit Bull Rescue Central. Visit Shorty’s Rescue to learn how you can make a difference