Re: “Pit bulls too unpredictable”, (Citizen, Jan. 11)
It was a tremendous analogy by Mr. McDonald, describing the anatomy of this noble breed, the mighty “pit bull”.
He, having had a discussion some years ago with a police dog trainer, who, by the way don’t train or work with pit bulls, states the obvious, “they have a hard bite which is hard to break and they grind (not sure what that means), also tear like a shark and are unpredictable”. These statements are loosely common to many breeds.
As for his analogy of the pit bull’s brain being like a transistor radio, that short circuits when threatened is a bit of a Trumpism.
The pit bull is a very loving, intelligent, athletic dog. Being a terrier, it is also very tenacious and yes, it was bred to be that way, can’t blame the dog.
In my opinion, dogs are like children, mistreat and abuse them when they are young and you will condition the dog to be that way for the rest of its life, just like a human.
Dog ownership is far too easy and many people do not understand what it takes to look after the dog’s needs and associated costs.
Dog licences are given out like confetti, no background check or questions asked.
Over one million dogs are euthanized in North America every year.
Local governments could play an active role in dissuading potential dog owners via a questionnaire weeks prior to buying a dog or applying for a licence and help end this senseless loss and create a sense of responsibility around owning one of these sentient creatures.
Mr. McDonald draws a comparison of carrying an assault rifle in public, well, that’s one thing we know for sure, people are unpredictable and careless, don’t blame the dog!