Your Pit Bull

Of pit bulls and human respect. Excellent read.

Dear River,

I want to tell you a story about your dog, Zoe. We found her cowering at the pound. She wasn’t barking like the other dogs. She was simply laying there, looking up at us. The tag said, “lab mix” and she was slated to be killed in a week. We fell for it, thinking we were buying a lab.

She is not a lab. She is a pit bull.


As Zoe grew, we came to realize the pound had lied. I was scared. I felt irresponsible for letting this type of dog into my home. All of the stereotypes, preconceptions and worries filled my mind. Should I take her back? What would people think of us?

She is the definition of disenfranchised. When first time guests visit we lock her in her cage, not because she is dangerous, but because of unspoken fears. She receives wary glances from strangers as…

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7 responses to Your Pit Bull

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I knew a pit bull that would sooner kill you with its happy, wagging tail than with its teeth. Can’t judge a book by its cover, you know.

      • M-R says:

        Can only judge dogs by their owners (the bastards !) …

  1. loisajay says:

    I am so glad you posted this. Everyone is always so quick to judge, so quick to stereotype. Good on you, Mary.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      And good on the author of this post. This is one of those reads that I need to keep in the back of my mind when I fall victim to judging others…because as a human, we all struggle with that at one time or another.

  2. moylomenterprises says:

    I’ve read this story before somewhere, I think Facebook! It’s such a beautiful story, thanks for this lovely refresher 🙂

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