My sincere condolences to Jeff and Kim Borchardt on the loss of their son, Dax.
I hear so many stories every other day of pit bulls that were raised right - in a loving and disciplined home - killing or maiming an innocent soul.
But there is an argument from any pit bull owner every time this happens. As illogical as it is. As utterly lame as it is. They blame the victim, or, some "unknown" reason for the dog to literally rip the muscles and flesh from a child's scalp, legs and torso. "Must have been pheromones, must have been teasing the dog, must have slipped and fell suddenly, must have fallen off of a ladder...... and the list goes on. They then resort to threats of bodily harm, rape and finally death if you will not agree with them that the pit bull type dog is NEVER at fault. NEVER. It's "all in how you raise them". I beg to differ. Almost all of the documented deaths and maulings caused by pit bull type dogs, were from dogs that were raised in loving homes just the same (or better) than the common Labrador or Beagle.
It is sad really. Sad.
I believe that there quite a few pit bull owners/lovers out there have good intentions with these types of dogs. I believe that there are quite a few that do not have good intentions when it comes to these types of dogs. However, I do believe that with the number of rescues, focus groups, and fanatics, that a lot of pit bull owners WANT to prove that this breed/type of dog is harmless and will "lick you to death".
They are failing miserably.
Here's what I think: I think that the over-the-top excuses, threats of bodily harm, threats of rape, and finally death threats, are the simple product of their (the pit bull lover/owner) realization that this could REALLY happen to them. It's a flash in their mind of their dog ripping apart their loved one, their child, their spouse or their neighbor. They see it. They see the teeth gripping the flesh. They see the blood starting to pour. They hear the screams and see the terror in the eyes of the victim. They then see the flesh tearing, and the muscles and tendons exposed. They see the exposed bone. And they know it could be their dog inflicting this damage and they WISH it was just a Lab because they could stop it with a slug to the head. But it isn't a Lab, or any other type of dog. Therefore, they must resort to any-possible-belief in order to suppress the very good possibility that their dog could rip their scalp off, render their extremities to bone, and summon death upon them, their child, or the local mail carrier.
That is how pit bull owners/lovers deal with pit bulls. It's not a river in Egypt.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Borchardt family as they mourn the loss of their precious son Dax. I am so sorry for your loss, and also for the lack of decency and respect that you have been subjected to.
Tucson, AZ - On Saturday October 27, two grassroots activists from Tucson will host a first ever event of its kind in the country: A walk to raise awareness of victims of pit bulls and other dangerous dogs. Activists Melissa Baze and Matthew Pimple created the event to honor these local victims, who like in many U.S. cities are part of an ever-rotating new dog attack headline on the evening news. The pioneering event will be held at a Lincoln Park. Admission is free.
National Labrador Awareness Day (NLAD) is a day of
appreciation and education designed to change perceptions and stereotypes about
Labradors and their responsible owners. NLAD was established to educate and
foster positive communications and experiences in the communities in which we
and our dogs live, and it is an initiative dedicated to restoring the image of
the Labrador Retriever.
Despite the overall positive reception, we initially
received criticism from some for using the generic term "lab" in
naming the nationwide effort, however, the term was chosen deliberately, and is
used for a very obvious reason. "Lab" is the name most familiar to
the public, and the term that evokes a negative connotation of a particular
grouping of dogs. The objective of NLAD is, of course, to change that negative