The unknown is not what to be afraid of, it’s only when the unknown becomes known that one can decide whether to be afraid or not – Markus Peterson
Often, we’re afraid and skeptical of people and things we don’t know, haven’t met, or don’t understand. It’s in our nature to be skeptical. It’s called survival! However, it becomes a problem when we let those fears hold us back from getting to know someone or trying new adventures. You never know who you might meet or what you might accomplish!
Sometimes, it’s hard for me to understand an individual’s initial fear of pitbulls. I look at them and I see wiggly butts, goofy smiles, and the best cuddle partner you could ask for. But, occasionally I force myself to look at pitties from a point of view of someone who has never had much contact with them.
The media portrays them as vicious dogs. They’re extremely muscular. And, well, they don’t look like the normal dog we’re used to seeing on TV. They don’t resemble much of Toto, Lassie or Air Bud. I can understand someone’s apprehension at first…. my advice: Just meet one. You won’t be able to not smile at some point.
Here’s a video of individuals meeting pitties for the first time. As much as it’s awesome to see individuals change their minds about them, it’s important for us that are pittie advocates to understand where some of these individuals are coming from. What you don’t know can be scary. So, let’s take a kind and gentle approach (just like the pitties) and create an atmosphere where Pittie Newbies can meet these amazing dogs and not feel intimidated.
And please, join our Pittie Parade on Sunday May 9th in Lakewood, OH! We will be walking to bring awareness to BSL. Check out our page!
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