Turning Stereotypes Upside Down

July 15, 2011  

We all know pit bulls love to be upside down. So we asked our Facebook fans to tell us how their pit bulls have turned stereotypes upside down.

Therapy dogs, well-behaved, silly and loving pit bulls all where part of the answers of how these pit bulls turn perceptions upside down! Thanks everyone for sharing.

Photo courtesy of Wendy Magro

Kobe and I are registered Pet Partners with the Delta Society and I take him out and about with me as much as possible. People often comment about how well behaved/trained he is and then ask what kind of dog he is. One of the things we have done in the past and will do again this summer as a Pet Partner team is attend a weekend camp for grieving children. Technically, he’s a mutt that falls into the generic ‘pit bull’ description. Since the Delta Society test doesn’t incorporate a CGC certificate, we are back tracking and taking that test this weekend since people are more familiar with that than the Delta Society.

~ Lynda Gibson

I turn the stereotypes of pit bulls and deaf dogs upside down by doing awesome circus tricks and hanging out with my brother and sisters who are different breeds than me!

~ Gator The Deaf Circus Pittie (photo right)

My “big, bad pit bull” (not) is afraid of bubbles and hiccups. If I hiccup he runs out of the room. If I blow bubbles into the air he also runs away, even as I throw treats on the floor and make happy sounds. I sure I look silly, but all he does is leave the room until the scary bubbles are gone. – yep, he is pretty scary.

~ Chris Thomsen

Bowser loves cuddling with my cats, being a chew toy for my golden puppy, and of course, being a ham for the camera. I recently brought him to a friend who expressed a desire to get over his fear of pit bulls, and needless to say, they were on the floor playing with him within 10 minutes. Everywhere I go people comment on how well behaved and friendly he is for being a pit mix, and I just say “it’s not the breed. Bowser has a naturally affectionate personality, and shows it by drooling all over your pants while looking as cute as possible.”

~ Kristin Morris

When we take walks with her, she wags her tail when she sees someone but hides behind us if the person approaches. So, she’s helping turn over the ‘aggressive behavior’ stereotype. And there is also the fact that she is totally doting and devoted to my 2-year-old son and 4-year-old nephew.

~ AprilStarr J. Daly

Roxy turns stereo types upside down by being the dog every dog gets along with. She loves everyone and can’t wait to kiss you, she also visits her grandma and her grandma’s friends in a local nursing home!

~ Lori Brockman (photo above)

She works by supervising homework time at an after-school program and is and is in training for Search and Rescue.

~ Tess Purvis

Cuda has changed people’s perceptions because people often don’t find out that she’s a pit until after they’ve loved all over her. Then they say- what?!?! A pit bull?!?!?

~ CudaCares.org

By being the friendliest, most outgoing and sweet-natured dogs people have met, both towards humans and other critters.

~ Marcia Anderson

My pit helps turn stereotypes upside down by being a therapy dog and the most loving, mellow dog in the whole world!

~ Micaela Myers (photo right)

Sadie is a certified therapy dog, was a search and rescue dog in training and is so good with other dogs that she is used a lot to help other dogs that are afraid of dogs to no longer be afraid. She great with kids, the elderly and everyone in between.

~ Ashley Scott

Mine is full of nothing but love and fun — she doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. We call her the “silly one” because she is full of silly antics!

~ Rebecca Calcote

My 3-year-old pit bull, Otter loves other dogs, but especially little ones. He recently met a French bulldog puppy and spent an hour wiggling around on the floor, on his back, while she walked all over him.

~ Megan Moore (photo above)

Doyle has a human-sized blanket that he carries around, as well as a giant teddy bear. He can normally found wallowing on the ground with one of them (or my kids, ages 3 and 5). When he gets tired, he balls his blanket up in his mouth, lays down and kneads it like a kitten until he falls asleep.

~ Trina Altman

I learned a new trick called “rub your belly?” If my wagging tail and charming smile don’t win them over, I get the command “rub your belly?” and roll on over. It’s a pretty new trick for me – but it turns perceptions upside each time I do it! At the very least I get a smile and the people start asking questions. Then momma does the talking, and I get the petting!

~ Jagger (photo right)

My pittie princess is a Canine Good Citizen who goes to doggy daycare and joyfully romps with many, many other big dogs. She lets my daughter cover her with blankets and tuck her in. Then she lets my daughter lay on her like a pillow while they watch TV. She’s just a big ole baby that dog is.

~ Brigid Cregar

She generally climbs into the lap of any guest in my house, keeping back paws on the ground hugging them with the front paws. The first reaction is shock because a dog is climbing in their lap. The second reaction is shock because a pit bull is hugging them. Surprises all around.

~ Susan Fariss

My pitty loves to give kisses to everyone and she loves her kitty sisters.

~ Tanaya Burnham-Delorey

Our rescued APBT, Spot, likes napping with our 4-year-old son. Spot helps to dispel the myths because of pictures like this which I share all over Facebook! Not only is he good with kids, but he’s good out in public and I take him out and about often so that people can see how these dogs really are.

~ Mary Paetz (photo above)

Stella is sweet, plays well with other dogs (big/small, young/old), loves people of every age/size/color/walks of life. She’s always happy to see me and my family, greeting us with the wiggliest butt I have ever seen and huge smile. She knows when I am happy or sad and comforts me. People used to cross the street when they see us, but now they come to pet her. She’s always polite, never push her way around. All around easy-going, good dog.

~ Anastasia Hedy Widiarsih

Echo helps me with the fosters and he LOVES to show his stuff competing in disc! He also likes to show off his good dog manners at obedience class.

~ Crissy Wilson Tadlock

Skye turns stereotypes upside down by going to doggie day camp and showing our community that a pit bull is not a ticking time bomb, but a natural athlete.

~ Jenny Ford (photo right)

Marilyn is a 9-year-old pittie that changes perceptions, because she is 91 lbs of love. She has been bounced around, but has never given up on humans and always has a smile on her face! She has changed many of my “non-pittie” friends perceptions as they see how gentle and loving she is in pics with me.

~ Renay Bell Peters

My shimmy girl adopted nursed and cleaned my two kittens! The cats are a year old now and occasionally still nursing on my spayed pittie!! She also loves all humans! She lays on everybody’s lap gives kisses and falls asleep.

~ Melissa Foti

Stevie-girl turns stereotypes upside down by protecting all people and dogs from the evil sticks in our yard . . . and by calmly and gently greeting strangers on the street like a perfect gentlewoman!

~ Love and a Six-Foot Leash (photo above)

Our boy Sam lacks a prey drive — pet rats, wild rabbits darting through our yard, and the cats (5+) that he lives with can vouch for that!

~ Amanda Taylor

Ducky has been a therapy dog for 7 years.

~ Sandy Sage

Well Juno loves her kitties! She will wrestle with them gently and will watch to make sure they don’t go outside! Juno loves other dogs of all kinds! She doesn’t care about sharing her food, and she’s a little afraid of the dark.

~ Robine Yvonne France (photo right)

Well Jasper let a raccoon come in our house through the doggie door and take a bath in his water bowl. He will also whine and cry when HE decides it’s bedtime, until I put him to bed and tuck his blankets and pillow around him. Then he starts snoring. LOL!

~ Kimberly Dovel

Willow is a therapy dog with the Delta Society. She’s silly with the kids at the children’s hospital and so gentle with the seniors at the nursing home. Both Willow and Tim (both pitties) are the only dogs in my house that I allow to help socialize the kittens that we foster for The Cattery, our local cat shelter. Tim and Willow are trustworthy and gentle with them, especially the tiny ones who’s mewling can elicit a prey reaction from my other dogs.

~ Heidi Humrickhouse

Pagan passed away last year, but he was afraid of any animal smaller than him. He would run if my daughter’s hamster or guinea pig was near him. I will always remember his silly ways.

~ Craftywitch Diane (photo above)

Cinnamon is a gentle soul who sat and “guarded” my American Bulldog when he first came to our home (he had surgery and was not feeling well, so she made sure he was ok). He was severely abused and had no idea what a toy was, much less how to play with one. She sat on the sofa and threw them at him until he learned these were for play. Cinnamon has also done therapy work at a children’s psychiatric hospital. She adores little dogs and is so patient and gentle with them.

~ Katherine Smith

Roxy has changed dozens of peoples’ perception of the American Pit bull Terrier. People come up to her and she gives them love of hugs and kisses and asks for belly rubs! She’s changed people’s idea of the media hyped “dangerous” pit bull. She plays with TONS of other dogs and cats/kittens. She loves everyone and everything!

~ Wendy Yang (photo right)

Millie LOVES to play and snuggle with all of the foster kittens who come through my house. And her best doggie bud is the tiny Maltese who lives behind us. She goes to doggie daycare and is a staff favorite! She absolutely loves everyone she meets and practically begs for people to pet her while we’re on walks.

~ Laura Latini

My baby Rickety Cricket is a 75 pound lap dog. He has turned many people’s perceptions of pit bulls upside down by covering every new person he meets in kisses. Even if they act negatively towards him, he gives them nothing but love.

~ Rachel Sherman (photo above)

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2 Responses to “Turning Stereotypes Upside Down”
  1. pittymom says:

    That’s so great there are so many pit ambassadors. I have one at home too. He is taking his canine good citizen test on Thursday. Uno goes to PetsMart every Saturday after his shot at the vet. He has demodex we are fighting to control. We get lots of terrified looks and some people even run the other way. Some are nice though. He loves children and some parents will let their children pet him. In his class for the CGC everyone was very impressed with him. A vet who had her dog in the class told me he would be great as a therapy dog with kids because he was so laid back and calm, ok lazy. I checked with my local group who goes through Delta. Well at first I was told all about the test through email and they were excited to have such a well behaved dog. Then I got an email wanting to know his breed. Once I told them he was a pit bull, he could no longer test. They don’t accept that breed as they are trying to maintain a postive image in the community. I was very upset and even contacted Delta. They sent an email to me and the local group saying that there is no breed restrictions. My local person emailed me back saying I could test him on my own and be my own group but he couldn’t be included in their group. I will keep taking him out in public so people can see what great dogs they are. In fact he is the one who usually gets bit by other dogs. He was bitten by small dogs at the vet and PetsMart. He doesn’t react. Just steps back and does that side head tilt,like what did I do. He does live with small dogs so he is used to it.

  2. StubbyDog says:

    @pittymom Uno sounds like a fantastic dog! It’s a shame that your local Delta group is discriminating. You can either try to appeal to Delta to see if they are OK with a local group discriminating against pit bulls, which is against their policy, or you can find another local group. Don’t stop until you get satisfaction, because Uno clearly will make a terrific therapy dog and will help others while dispelling the myths about pit bulls. Go Uno!!!!