Over the weekend, there was a tragic story of two pit bulls mauling a 12 year old boy in San Francisco a few blocks from where I live. The attack, following another tragic attack nearly 2 years ago, has reopened old wounds from the San Francisco residents.
As the owner of a dog that is part pit bull, it really hurts me to see the knee-jerk reaction you get from people when something like this happens. The media coverage on these situations is always focuses on how "friendly" the vicious pit bulls seemed and how they turned without warning.
Being a dog owner 3 times over, I can tell you that it matters not what breed, size, shape, or color. Dogs can be aggressive or friendly, it all depends on their upbringing and how responsible their owners are, just like children.
The mayor of San Francisco has already begun calling for a ban on the breed within city limits. Pit bulls are a victim of discrimination and prejudice.
When some irresponsible kid, raised though poor parenting shoots up his school, people don't say we should put the kid to sleep and ban all children of their ethnicity, color, or heritage from their city. No, that'd be ridiculous, but hey, it's completely acceptable if it's a dog.
People who are not dog owners cannot understand or relate. Dogs are like children. They grow up, make mistakes, and mature. It is the owners responsibility, as a parent, to raise their dog to be well behaved, obedient, and nurturing to other people or dogs.
The thought of having to take Sophie to the park or the beach and face ignorant and hurtful remarks by people who are completely out of their element is sickening.
As Bonnie pointed out in her blog, a balanced story doesn't sell news papers, it's the gruesome saddening stories that fly off the shelves. I hate what the press has come to represent. I can't think about this any more.