Animal rescue groups across the country will be celebrating National Pit Bull Awareness Day on October 22! It’s another flattering spotlight on these misunderstood dogs.
Isn’t it funny listening to people talk about pit bulls? To one camp, pit bulls are loving, mile-wide smiling, family-oriented goofballs. To the other, they’re freakishly strong, ferocious animals who know no fear or pain.
Contradicting stereotypes … or are they? Maybe both are right.
Two stereotypes in one
She was my therapy dog. Without being trained to do so, she would throw herself across my lap, licking at my face whenever I became upset. It didn’t matter how pissed I was, how loud I screamed. She dove in and wouldn’t stop until I calmed down.
During her final decline, one of her rear legs swelled up. Standing was a struggle. She mostly stayed down. Because pit bulls are stoic, we never knew if she was in pain though she couldn’t have been comfortable.
Reality hit me as I worked at my computer and she lay nearby. I lost it.
Hearing me cry, she used her front legs to pivot to face me. With her eyes locked on me, she rocked herself forward and backward, trying to get enough momentum to hoist herself onto her back legs. She couldn’t get up fast enough, so she started to belly crawl toward me.
I fell onto the floor next to her and held her while she licked away my tears.
Two days later she was gone.
A ferocious heart
So I say it’s true what the haters think. Pit bulls don’t care about pain when it comes to pleasing their people. They don’t care what danger they may be in or what danger they are ordered to face. They epitomize the saying about love moving mountains.
A pit bull’s ferocity lives in his or her capacity to love.
It’s a kind of love most humans can’t comprehend, which is why, I believe, pit bulls are so misunderstood by otherwise good people.
Their willingness to love with reckless abandon is why I want to be like a pit bull. Imagine how much better the world would be if everyone did.
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