Over the last couple of weeks I have read and responded to a number of heartfelt and disheartening posts made by my niece-in-law, Kim. She and my nephew Adam run a not-for-profit organization whose mission is “To rescue and rehabilitate neglected and abused Pit Bulls, to educate and advocate the community on animal cruelty and breed discrimination, and to save the life of one Pit Bull at a time.” Epic’s Pit Bull Rescue, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is a labor of love fueled by unyielding compassion. These two young people, and a healthy network of friends and family, have saved and rehabilitated many Pits and raised countless newborns to be adopted by responsible, loving guardians….Like my 66 year old mother; proud owner of a 2 year old Pink Pit named Jetta.
Most of the heavy lifting is done solely by Kim and Adam and I know they are thankful to be blessed with the donations that come their way. This isn’t necessarily an article in plea for donors, but I have every intention on posting their information at the end so you will be inclined to help out after these strong words of encouragement. These kids do need the help- in physical voluntary assistance and monetary contribution both!
No, what this piece is about is intolerance and ignorance. This is about people in general and their inability to educate themselves in an effort to draw their own informed opinions and conclusions. I have spent months prattling on about the under informed voters and uneducated masses that are sadly part of the deciding factors in the direction of our country. We have discussed everything from socialism, to bacon, to gun control and this is where the similarities lay. The same wide eyed sheep that gleen all their information on topics like the gun debate from unreliable sources are easily the same morons who believe nature prevails over nurture in the breed debate.
Pit Bulls are innately far less viscous than Poodles, who were actually the first dogs bred for sport fighting to begin with. The transition to bull dogs, and pits specifically, was one you would gather came by common sense; they looked the part and could last longer in the ring. There was more excitement in the mass of muscle tearing each other apart for five minutes than the flying curly fur produced in poodle bouts that lasted about two. Pit Bulls are no more likely to rip your face off than an Australian Shepherd. It depends SOLELY on how it is raised….IT IS NURTURE OVER NATURE. There is no argument.
But I digress. My niece has had a bad day. She has had a few weeks of struggle in fact. Adam and Kim deal with the ignorance of strangers on a regular basis and are often quite successful changing peoples’ minds. Sometimes, it just takes a little one on one with a Pit and Human to make that switch…Like with Kim’s mother. But there are those occasions where you have to deal with the ignorance of loved ones that can’t be swayed. Years of being fed bad information and clinging to fear will do that to some people.
There is something to be said about silence and I will put this in no uncertain terms;
If you are friends or family with someone who takes the time and spends the money to do something so significant about something they are obviously VERY passionate about…SHUUUTEEE! Your silence may keep you in contact with someone you care deeply for though you may not always agree, obviously. It doesn’t matter if it’s Dogs or Gun Control. And the reason I use them both as an example is because too many idiots erroneously equate Pit Bulls with Loaded Guns…I PROMISE YOU…It’s all in who’s holding them.
Please, if you love Pit Bulls or are simply on the fence in your opinion, take the time to visit Epics Pit Bull Rescue Fanpage at…https://www.facebook.com/epicspitbullrescue?fref=ts and the Website at http://www.epicspbr.org. You will soon be taken by the awesomeness that is the loving nature of these gentle pets. If you cannot be swayed? We don’t need to hear your yappin.