My Pittbull Doesn't Care About You, Or Your Opinion

My Pittbull Doesn't Care About You, Or Your Opinion

They deserve love, just like any other breed.
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We all love dogs don't we? Mans best friend, the little furry guys that are always there to lend a helping hand whenever we need it. Dogs, or animals in general, have been apart of my life since my parents took me home from the hospital after my birth. I always like to think that I raised by my family, and every four-legged friend we've ever had. From my house, to my grandmothers, and both my aunts, every lesson they instilled in my head was always accompanied by that of a companion ready to cuddle or howling to be fed. Now as we all love our animals, ask yourself this: Am I perpetuating breed discrimination?

Now all animal lovers may say that they love every breed of dog or cat, but if you're one of those people that believe Pitbulls, Rottweilers, German Shepards, and Dobermans are vicious breeds, then I also believe you clench your belongings every time you walk into an elevator with a person of color. As stated before, I was practically raised by household pets, and it was those four breeds listed that raised me from the time that I could walk, to the time that I am writing this now. As I know these breeds have been most famed for fighting, war, and police training, it's important to understand that they are no different than any other breed of dog when it comes to mentality and care. Yes, they possess physical prowess and beauty unlike no other, but that is not a reason to fear them.

Would you believe me if I told you I've actually been threatened for walking my dog down my own block? Like no kidding. I've been looked at, told I should hold my dog closer, and actually threatened that someone would shoot my dog for simply walking down my own block. The stigma that people portray behind these animals is honestly more deadly than the animals themselves, and if you let that drive your fear of them, you're part of the problem.

As people have fears for different reasons (dog bites, attacks) it's understandable that you may be fearful if you've had a bad experience. We all have fears and even some traumatic experiences, but keep in mind that fear does not define all animals of that kind, or dogs of that particular breed. Dogs respond to certain situations by how they were raised. I can't preach to you enough how it's about the owner, not the breed. My dog runs every time I drop a fork, and even though he wouldn't hesitate to defend me out in the street, he in no way means harm to any one or thing unless he's defending himself like literally any other animal, or human being, would.

Fact: Pitbulls have the least powerful bite force among the four breeds previously listed. Clocking in at 235 PSI, this is significantly lower than both the Rottweiler and Doberman, and 3 PSI less than the German Shepard. Before you judge based on breed, I urge you to check your facts. A day doesn't go by without somebody moving feet away, or crossing the street whenever I walk my dog down the block. Even though he may not notice, I definitely do. Breed discrimination may not seem like a problem, but when it pushes stereotypes that breeds are deadly, and action is taken based on these stereotypes to kill, or ban certain breeds, it becomes much more than just that.

Every breed deserves a chance, so before you cross the street or hesitate near that dog, walk your regular path and just smile. Our faithful companions come in all shapes and sizes, and deserved to be loved no matter how they were born.

Cover Image Credit: Kory Longsworth

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If You Left Your Pet Behind During Hurricane Florence, You Are Trash

There is never an excuse to leave your fur baby behind.

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Currently on various news sources, images and videos of pets abandoned in the flooding aftermath of Hurricane Florence are circulating.

How?

How can anyone leave behind their pets to essentially die? I don't care what your circumstances are, you do not leave behind a family member.

YOU are all that your pet has. And you chose to abandon them.

They have no way to evacuate on their own. They have no way to get their food into their bowl. They have no way to find dry land on their own.

They are left to die.

When you bring a pet into your household, you are promising that pet a forever and always. You are promising that animal happiness, love, and safety from the cruel outside world.

When you choose to leave an animal behind, you are choosing to leave them to die.

I get that money is tight. I get that most Americans don't have an emergency savings set aside in catastrophic events such as these. But if your money is THAT tight that you can't bring your pet along with you, you probably shouldn't have gotten an animal in the first place.

With Hurricane Florence, there were free Animal Hospitals and Shelters opening their doors to temporarily house animals. There were companies such as AirBnB offering free housing (some options included pets).

If I were in those pet owner's shoes, my fur baby would be the FIRST thing I packed up when it came time to evacuate. I don't care what the circumstances were. I would sleep in my car for weeks before I left my animals to die.

If you evacuated, but left your pet to die, you are the absolute worst of the worst.

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There Are Two Types Of People Who Have Dogs In College, One Right And One Wrong

Spoiler: some of you are doing great, others not so much.

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Having a dog in college is one of the best and worst decisions someone can make, depending on the amount of effort they're willing to put into their dog.

There are the people who keep their dog in a cage at a noisy house party and there are people who keep their dog in a cage in a nice quiet space if people are over. Don't be the person who lets their dog get stressed at a party, be the good dog owner.

If you are going to have a dog in college, make sure you have the time, means, and energy to have one.

There are a lot of people in college who have dogs who help them de-stress and relax, which is one of the many amazing things a dog can do for you. These people spend a lot of time with their dog and make sure it is taken care of. These people are good dog owners!

Having a dog to help you handle your anxiety or stress is a great reason to have a dog. If your dog is comforting you and taking care of you, just make sure you are doing the same for your dog. People who have their dogs for the right reasons tend to treat them better.

Then there are the people who just want a dog because they love dogs or just want something to do. Please don't do this. I love dogs just as much (if not more) as the next person!

If you are going to get a dog, you need to be prepared financially and mentally to take care of a dog.

I can't tell you how mad it makes me to see someone just leave their dog alone for hours, see a dog with its ears back at a party, watch someone feed their dog random human-food, or see someone who has made no effort to train their dog whatsoever.

If you can't spend hours working with your dog and make time each day to take them on a 30 minute to 2-hour walk, don't get a dog. If you want to go somewhere super fun on spring break and don't know what you'd do with an animal and will just "figure it out later," don't get a dog. If you don't want to spend the money to get your dog quality dog food, flea medicine, and heart medicine, don't get a dog.

Believe me, I get it. Figuring it out as you go is apart of life in college; however, you should not have a dog if that's how you are going to treat it.

Before you get a dog in college make sure you can buy all of the supplies, get it vaccinated, have time to train it each day, be able to set a routine for it and have plenty of time to get your pup lots of exercise! Getting a dog was by far one of the best decisions I have ever made, but it definitely comes with its compromises.

You will want to give a dog the best life you possibly can, so make sure you are able to do that before getting a dog.

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