In May, I received a copy of THE PIT BULL PLACEBO: THE MEDIA MYTHS AND POLITICS OF CANINE AGGRESSION written by Karen Delise. She runs the National Canine Research Council and spent over five years gathering research for her book. You can download a copy for free on their site.
This book sat on my bookshelf for months. It dawned on me one day, that for being a huge dog lover, I really didn’t know all that much about pit bulls, they just seemed like regular dogs to me. APA! rescues a lot of pit bulls and I’ve met tons of incredibly great ones and both my sister and my brother have pit mixes. (Or are they? Stay tuned for a posting about breed mis-identification.) So I wasn’t really afraid of this breed, but I didn’t have a good idea of what is fact and what is fiction.
I read the book and also started doing a lot more reading about pit bulls. I learned a lot and realized that I even blindly believed some of the fiction (ie, “pit bulls feel less pain than other dogs” – there is no evidence to support this).
I learned that pit bulls are indeed just regular dogs.
I’ll be publishing a series of blog posts about what I’ve learned. My research (and, sadly, my writing skills), however, cannot compare to that of the the real experts. If you are interested in this subject, and could use some education about it like I did, I urge you to check out the links I provide to their research.
Stay tuned for my first post about dog bite statistics – which numbers are useful and which are not — and why.
Full Series (so far):