In the words of Tiger…. Grrrrrrrr.

This is Tiger.

According to my best guess, he’s an American Pitbull Terrier mix: (will definitely never make it far above 40 pounds, webbed toes, brindle coloring, narrow snout/black fur around snout, short hair, aggressive chewing habit,  floppy ears, lean, muscular build, very vocal/growl-y).

Tiger is probably the sweetest dog you will ever encounter. He has NEVER been aggressive with anyone. He’s a total love muffin. He’s obedient. He’s a complete sweetie, and everyone who’s ever met him (with the exception of Dr. Williams… but he’s a douche) loves him and can’t believe what a good boy he is.

AND YET…

Whenever anyone hears that he’s a pit mix (and by anyone, I mean owners of smaller, or  more pansy-ish dogs) they FREAK OUT and assume that his excitement and desire to love them up is a misguided attempt to bite/attack. WTF??!?!?!?!?

I’m sorry, but just because my dog LOOKS like a TINY percentage of an often stereotyped group of dog breeds (do your research people: so-called “Pitbulls” are actually a collection of at least 3 different acknowledged pure-breeds: Am. Pitbull Terrier, Am. Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, ; as well as THOUSANDS of mixed-breed dogs) does not automatically mean that he’s violent.

Lets use an analogy, shall we?

Over the past 10 years or so, as far as public consciousness was concerned, there has been a upswing in the percentage of terrorists against the U.S. who were of Middle Eastern descent (not including the recent Nigerian Terrorist… who is making life difficult for ALL Africans… SMH. anyways..). Likewise, most of the dog bite/attack stories you hear are “pitbulls”. The idea that “all Pitbulls are dangerous” is no more valid a conclusion that “all Middle Eastern people are terrorists”. Maybe I sound like one of those crazy people that treat their dogs like people, but dammit, I love my dog, and am hella irritated that people treat him like crap when they don’t even know him.


Public Service Announcement: My dog is a total pansy. He is probably one of the sweetest, friendliest, most obedient, slightly air-headed dogs you will ever encounter in your lifetime.  He spends his days waiting for the opportunity to meet new people/dogs with the wagging-est butt you’ve ever seen in your life (literally, he wags his entire back end, not just his tail lol.) He lives for the time he gets to spend curled up at/on my feet. Yes, he growls. But never aggressively. If you spend more than 20 minutes with him, you’ll notice that he’s just the type of dog who is used to vocally expressing himself. Yawning, crying, growling, whining, tweeting, chirping, moaning, purring (yes, purring lol) are just how he communicates. Stop freaking out people. And that goes for all “dangerous” breeds. Hearing a news story about one anomalous dog does not mean you know everything about the breed.

Bottom line: Prejudice is not cool. no matter what the species. Human or Canine.

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