Monday, November 26, 2012

Breed not a Savage Dog: Sunday School Scriptures for Pit Bull Enthusiasts

We think of the great spiritual books as being sources of metaphysical advice and comfort, but nearly all of them offer everyday, practical advice.  It is mentioned in the Bible as the first task given by God to Adam: to name and care for the Garden of Eden and the animals (Genesis 2:19-20). Poor Adam had to do this all alone, without the company of Eve.  Animal husbandry, perhaps in the form of sheep herding is really likely the world's oldest profession, not prostitution. The man was lonely, and the sheep were nervous. (Exodus 22:19)

It's odd that the Holy Books use for the dog as a metaphor is nothing positive, especially since Science shows that civilization would likely not have been possible had it not been for the relationship of Mankind and dog.  Canis familiaris was likely the very first domestic animal, and has been our companion for 10,000 years, helping us to hunt, herd, and used as a beast of burden to pull sleds and plows.

In the book of Exodus, there are laws for dangerous Bulls, I'm sure the wisdom could be easily applied to PIT Bulls.  I changed the scripture a little so that pit bull enthusiasts and owners could more easily understand it. I'm not even sure this will do, noting a sweeping lack of reading comprehension abilities in their ilk.   It must have something to do with fragile masculinity issues and some of the other psychological characteristics that many pit bull owners have in common.

“If a (PIT) bull  MAULS /gores a man or woman to death, the  (PIT) bull is to be stoned to death, and its meat must not be eaten. But the owner of the  (PIT) bull will not be held responsible. (This seems like current law, hence, we are outraged.....)
29 If, however, the  (PIT) bull has had the habit of MAULING/goring and the owner has been warned but has not kept it penned up and it kills a man or woman, the  (PIT) bull is to be stoned and its owner also is to be put to death. (YES!  Pit bulls are in the habit of mauling, they were bred to do this!)
30 However, if payment is demanded, the owner may redeem his life by the payment of whatever is demanded.

31 This law also applies if the  (PIT) bull  MAULS/gores a son or daughter.
(Their own sons and daughters as well as anyone elses.)

32 If the  (PIT) bull MAULS/gores a male or female slave, the owner must pay thirty shekels[f] of silver to the master of the slave, and the  (PIT) bull is to be stoned to death. (Not Applicable, but applicable to other property....cats, dogs, livestock, trees, wrought iron gates.......)

33 “If anyone uncovers a pit or digs one and fails to cover it and an ox or a donkey falls into it,

the one who opened the pit must pay the owner for the loss and take the dead animal in exchange.(
The ones who opened the pit are long gone, but their legacy MAULS on....


35 “If anyone’s  (PIT) bull injures someone else’s  (Dog, even if it's another PIT) bull and it dies, the two parties are to sell the live one and divide both the money and the dead animal equally. (Let's have the head served up on a platter, we don't want your ugly pit bull after it has killed our dog. Pay restitutions or go to jail.) 

36 However, if it was known that the  (PIT) bull had the habit of  MAULING/goring, yet the owner did not (SOMEHOW) keep it penned up, the owner must pay, animal for animal, and take the dead animal in exchange. (PIT Bulls can't help that they are in the habit of mauling, it's in their D.N.A..  The dog men did not listen to the wisdom of the Talmud, we must endure the Pandora's box they opened, their curse lives on.)

An article on Cocker Spaniel Rage Syndrome. Pit Bulls were selected for "Rage Syndrome".

Some great documentary films about dog eugenics:

National Geographic: The Science of Dogs

National Geographic: And Man Created Dog part I

National Geographic: And Man Created Dog part II

PBS Nova: Dogs Decoded

BBC: Pedigree Dogs Exposed

Horizon: The Secret Life of Dogs

PBS Nova: Dogs and More Dogs

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Casting Stones

There is a saying, "Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones".  It's a nice way of calling a person a "hypocrite".  As some of you may know, I myself own risky breeds of dogs, namely a Chow mix and a Malinois mix, one rescued from the shelter the other a stray that adopted me. My sweet Chow/Lab mix was killed on Memorial Day, 2011, when a neighbor's American Bull Dog mix bulldozed through a wrought iron gate to savagely attack him.  This was not my first encounter with pit bulls, nor has it been my last, but this has been the incident which has  been seared into my brain that something must be done about these dogs.  Since sharing this story, my eyes have been opened that the pit bull advocates are a much more savage beast to contend with, than their dogs.

Oh, If I only  had a dollar for every time I have been called a hypocrite, how many times pit bull advocates have told me of their own anecdotal accounts of when they or somebody they knew had their tear duct ripped out by a Chow!  This, after touting the "blame the deed, not the breed" meme. Hypocrites.  Some of them will all out mention a hatred for Chows.  Hypocrites.  Indeed, I have read all of the media reports about Chows who attacked and even killed, and I don't look for scapegoats, I find it opens my eyes instead.  They are euthanized at higher rates at shelters than pit bulls, and believe it or not,  they are one of the most common mixes out there.  I  would never utter that lie, "it's all how you raise 'em". I have a healthy respect for this breed, one of the 12 most ancient.  They have been bred for over a thousand years to be guard dogs...they do not have to be trained to do this,  and they take their work seriously.  As for the "your breed will be next"....I support adding other riskier breeds to some BSL policy (I generally don't support bans)  including Chows.  The way the pit bull advocacy goes about it, suggesting that ALL dogs  should have the same policy, they reveal that they are much like that woman who presented a Baby to King Solomon, willing to  have it cut it into two equal pieces for the cause of fairness. They show they don't like dogs, only their gripping dogs,  when saying they advocate for better policy for ALL dogs.  The same policy for a Poodle, Lab or Spaniel and a Pit Bull, Rottweiler, Chow or Akita is NOT fair.  Oh, and when you see the lack of concern they have when somebody elses dog is attacked, there is rarely  any empathy for that dog and their owner.  Hypocrites.

I say the insurance industry would do some fine calculations of risk: not all cars are created equal and neither are dogs. OK, fine, let us make everyone pay liability insurance for all dogs based on risk....Chihuahua owners pay 5 dollars a year, 10 for Labs, 50 for German Shepherds, 100 dollars for Chows, and 1,000 for pit bulls.  Fair is Fair.

However, there is a vast difference between the advocacy for Chows and pit bulls. The Chow advocacy doesn't sugar coat, doesn't promote them as "Nanny Dogs", and advises that Chows are not "typical" dogs.

They are cat-like in their attitudes: aloof, reserved with affection, independent, dignified and stubborn. Although their soft fur is ripe for hugging, they don't always enjoy being fussed over by children or strangers. From this description, I think you can see that the Chow Chow is not a breed for everyone. Its temperament is often misunderstood and many people mistakenly believe that Chows are vicious dogs. This breed is naturally suspicious of strangers and very territorial. In all honesty, some Chows do have temperament problems. The breed went through two periods of dramatic public popularity, once in the 1930's and again during the 1980's. In a rush to cash in on this popularity and sell puppies quickly for a profit, unscrupulous or inexperienced breeders and pet owners often used Chows with unsuitable temperaments for breeding.

I've heard and read the advice, that Chows  do not make a good choice for families with children, usually they are on  lists of the top ten most dangerous dogs, sometimes even replacing the pit bull and Rottweiller as the No.ONE most dangerous dog breed.  Here's one, where they are listed as the absolute worst breed for families with children, ahead of the Rottweiler and the Nanny Dog, and that oft mentioned Chihuahua.   Some good points, but this person hardly writes like a scholar. 

I found to be an excellent source of advice, and wish he would give the same stern warnings to pit bull owners.  For some reason, the very large collection of letters and advice he had for pit bulls can not be found.  However, this is great advice: these dogs don't belong in a dog park, don't let them meet strange dogs, put them in a crate when you have company.

Some other advice I have read about Chows:

They are not for everybody. They are not the pick for a first time dog owner.  They are not the choice to make if you don't have the heart to correct in the manner which will reach them.  They tend to be one person dogs.  They do not make a good choice for families with children.  They do not make a good choice for families with children.  They do not make a good choice for families with children.

They were primarily bred for the dual purpose of Guarding the Palace, and looking majestically dignified like a lion while doing so. I have to say, this is exactly what wins my heart, they are the best guarding the garden dogs, they don't dig, bark unless there's a good reason, and they are clean and polite, and they are BEAUTIFUL. They do this naturally, they do not have to be trained to be this way. 

They were used by the Chinese as a multi-purpose dog, used for war, draft, herding, fur, and even providing a protein source in lean times, and considered its flesh to be a delicacy.  They were also used in dog fighting, but the accounts of these fights show a radically different nature, as in the dogs would fight until they were tired, walking home with their masters afterwards.  No accounts of injured dogs being put on a tram with the children, no accounts of them being killed in brutal ways for loosing, the loosing dog being served up in a Sweet and Sour Sauce.  In any case, the Chinese are now importing pit bulls for the dog fighting, and I have not found ONE photo, or account, of a Chow being used currently  in dog fighting. 

 I know of other Chows that were no match for a pit bull, including the dogs of two neighbors, one who died and one who survived with a thousand dollar vet bill.  Par for the course, the renting neighbor whose pit bull attacked her while she crossed the street, narrowly avoiding a car crash,  moved away after being presented the bill.

I know my dog easily lost. He rolled on his back and submitted and that American Bulldog kept attacking him on the neck, wagging his tail the whole time. When his owner came to get him, covered in the blood of my dog, he wagged his tail the whole time. My dog died three weeks later.  His tail lost its curl and never wagged again.

And for you who would day say hypocrite, I appeal to you, we are in the same boat, except for the fact, statistically, your dog is a FAR greater risk than the breed I happen to keep. Despite the factors and scapegoats advocates may bring up in argument, the fact is, pit bulls lead the way in death and maimings.   I don't know of any city or country where Chows are flat out banned, although I hear they are banned on Military Bases.  Good idea, these dogs would not do well in that environment, where they would likely suffer being rehomed, being one people dogs. 

Perhaps landlords have decided that they do not want to accept the liability of risk for a Chow.  Good idea, they have the right to determine what kinds of risks as a property owner they will accept.  The way pit bull advocates push this issue, you will find more and more landlords won't so much as permit a cat or a Maltese.... and they still won't let you paint the walls fuschia and may fine you for putting up too many holes in the wall, and won't let you have a water bed on the second floor. It's their right.

When you are ready to open your eyes and see the truth, you will see that the cause for public safety and the plight of these riskier breeds will only benefit  when we ensure they have some policy that will keep them out of incapable hands and mindsets.  We do no favors for our dogs when we can't empathize with what they are.  Let's regulate them. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Dogs would come and lick his sores: Sunday School Scriptures for Pit Bull Enthusiasts--Luke 16:21

All of you who find it ironic that Mr. Alpha, Leader of the Pack comes out that he tried to commit suicide, can we have an "AMEN"!!!!

"Daddy was my Tibet, my Himalaya, my Gouda, my Buddha, my source of calmness," Millan told the Associated Press.

The Parable of Lazarus brought to mind the mighty Dog Whisperer, all 5'2 of him. I find much about him to be admired, his rising of status from one who was "begging for crumbs from the rich man's table", a poor illegal immigrant who spoke no English, to become a man of considerable wealth and influence. 

It is said that Millan's most important tool in both his success with dogs and business has sometimes been attributed to a personal sense of balance, what The New York Times called "a sort of ├╝ber-balanced mien".  Now how many people commit suicide over the death of a dog who dies of NATURAL CAUSES at age 16? It's lucky he didn't see Daddy or one of his children ripped to shreds by another pit bull. We on the other side, who think pit bulls shouldn't be promoted as family pets because we have seen them on action on a being we love, don't think he would have survived what we saw....yet we are told time and again that we are "just supposed to get over it". 

Sigh....I'm sure the public will only love him more, suicide, sensitive new age men, and pit bulls must be a very lucrative combination.  Nick Santino, any one?  Perhaps Mr. Milan would like Sainthood status?   I'm sure like the other Lazarus,  el Perrero will raise from the grips of this spiritual tomb.  We would just like to remind him, that when you promote a specific breed of dog that puts more people and animals in a real tomb, there will be no resurrection for them. 

I also am rather suspect, of pit bulls meaning something more akin to Samson's hair, call it mojo,  to Mr. Milan.  I'm sure they do more for this man than to lick his wounds. He also cites another source of his great angst to be the divorce of his wife, Illusion.  Maybe after 16 years, this woman would tire of of giving  "affection before discipline".  We wonder if the "calm and assertive" divorce papers came to a surprise to must have been a great big SHHHHH, dominance grab around his ego.   Perhaps she didn't like a dog collar being named after her.

Hail to the guru pit bull, may he rest in peace.  There was even vigil for him, but alas, I can not find any photographs or video footage.   Hail to the pit bull guru, and may the incarnate of "Alpha, Leader of the Pack" be released from his torments. 

Dip your finger in the water come and cool my tongue, 'cause I'm tormented by the flame.

It's time for Cesar Milan to whisper the truth!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

These Dogs Have Fierce Appetites; They Never Have Enough: Sunday School Scriptures for Pit Bull Enthusiasts--Isaiha 56:10-11


Little Did I know when I started this blog called "The First Church of Pit Bulls", how ironic it would be to learn one of the most powerful Pit Bull apologia machines be an honest to goodness church, although now they have polished up their name and tried to divorce themselves from their history to become BEST FRIENDS.  Once upon a time, they were called
The Process Church of the Final Judgment, which was founded in the era of the Flower Child and flourished for about two decades.  There are some speculated connections to the Manson Family, and its splinter group, which became known as Scientology.   They are viewed to be Satanic, as they worshiped both Satan and Christ, the thought that Satan and Christ would be reconciled.  These visions came to them while in Mexico,

"Near Sisal they came upon a spot they had envisioned in their meditations. Xtul, a place of ruins, was near the beach, hugged by coconut palms; pronounced ‘Shtul’ the word meant ‘terminus’ or ‘end’ in Mayan. For the Process, however, it was only the beginning."

perhaps they caught on to the same prophetic wind that passed to the Mayans, Nostradamus,  Daniel and John, of an approaching apocalypse, December 21, 1212.   How will we survive without Twinkies? 

They became an an animal rescue in 1984, after it was found out  it was more lucrative.  Their website advises that about 1,700 dogs, cats and other animals live there, some awaiting adoption and some that will spend the rest of their lives at the sanctary
.  Best Friends describes itself as “…the nation’s largest no-kill safe haven for displaced, homeless or unwanted domestic animals.”  Guidestar records show income at almost $44 million in 2009 and net assets near $38 million.

This Bible verse inspired visions of the Processions, due to some specific symbols.  The original members of the cult would walk about in dark robes, with German Shepherd Dogs. They have changed their mascot, it's obvious to the Pit Bull.  I digress, the "dogs" and the "shepherds" are all metaphorical,  and I'm speaking specifically of Best Friends and their ilk, who use the same tacticsTHEY are the dogs.  I have word that they still meet in their robes. 
The rescue received a huge endowment and even greater press and visibility after they took in the "Victory Pits", which they continue to market, while also pushing the dangerous concept that pit bulls can be rehabilitated, and should be rehabilitated over breeds of dogs that are considerably less risky, and promoting a "no kill" agenda that really is a road to hell paved with good intentions.  Yes, promoting pit bulls which they themselves can not properly manage when considering suitable containment.  Consider the hubris of keeping an aggressive and dangerous dog alive, because it was the victim of abuse, in favor of sending other unwanted pets to end up being rendered, because they were merely lost?  Why is it morally superior to save animals that are chronically lame  or unsuitable, who need medication for the rest of their lives?  How many healthy animals could be saved at the same expense?  The answer is simple....all of the "pitty" translates into huge sums of donated money.  

Monday, November 19, 2012

As a Dog Returns To His Vomit, So a Fool Repeats His Foolishness: Sunday School Scriptures for Pit Bull Enthusiasts--Proverbs 28:11

The pit bull advocacy, with all the millions donated to "repair" the image of these dogs, does nothing to prevent more attacks. They donate NILL to victims and call them "HATERS", if they dare to speak out about their experience.  The pit bulls do not care about their image, in this sense, they are just like any other dogs.  Dogs that maim and kill as often as pit bulls do, deserve a little respect, and not silly little phrases that work as an emetic to those in the know.   So these phrases are oft repeated, and the body count is mounting.....isn't it called INSANITY when we do the same thing, expecting different results?  And so the pit bull advocacy continues repeating their foolishness. Here are their most popular myths: