It’s been all over the news……the young woman mauled to death by her Pit Bulls. Some say no way, some say “kill them all.”
There is always more to the story…….it has been coming out in bits and pieces…..how these dogs, once cared for with much attention, were receiving less devotion in recent time.
Are some breeds inherently aggressive? I think some breeds possess the power to hurt and kill and must be raised with devotion and love. It is man who has bred evil into these innocents and now these innocents carry the Scarlet Letter of killing around their necks, whether deserving of it or not.
I once exchanged conversation with a dog behaviorist and author. He told me even a little poodle will become a killer if left on the streets to join a wild pack. Even man will become a killer to survive.
But these dogs weren’t starving in the wild? Why would they turn…..what moment precipitated the attack…..we will never know for sure what happened. There are conflicting reports of these dogs’ pasts…..I don’t know if she knew them since puppyhood, or there were periods of time only from which these dogs harbored memories that might have triggered this event.
By the side of a devoted guardian, a dog will be a protector and friend. Raised with aggression, a dog will learn that as his right way. Raised with both……as with many formerly abused dogs…….raised with aggression and later devotion……we must face the reality of a grey world where a moment can change the life of the one saving and the one who has been saved. That moment might never occur, fortunately, most rescued dogs become loving family members. But that moment’s potential is possible and must be recognized by all who take one of these dogs inside the home. Knowledge, respect, and devotion are never ending responsibilities, rewarded with love and gratitude.
All beings possess intricate emotions……love, hate, fear, sorrow, the ability to love and the ability to kill……
If we label one particular group, we must label all with this potential, for indeed, we all possess this potential within our being.
Man has singled out a particular breed to use as tools of fighting and killing. If the fault lies within this breed, the fault must also dwell within man.
Man can be a killer, but not every man is one.
Pit Bulls can be killers, but not every pit bull is one.
Pit Bulls did not force us into the killing fields; it was man who held the leash toward aggression. Now, we attempt to hold that leash again and guide it toward love……most will succeed……..but there are those who will fail…………
******January 8th Now, another sad story of a one year old mauled by what appears to be an unprovoked incident, by a pit bull, who has been a member of the family for five years. We may not know the whole story, the dog’s background, what occurred in that kitchen…….but owning a dog capable of harming your child requires knowledge of the fact that beside the gun, the knife, the father possessed, he possessed another deadly weapon in his house…..a dog…….Any dog is capable of hurting a child…..the more powerful the dog, the more danger……..
If you share your home with a powerful dog, you have to be aware that any moment can be a life changing one………..
I hope this child heals….she will carry this day with her for the rest of her life, both in outward and inward scars…….
Blessings this Holiday,