Because He Looked Like a Pit Bull

June 25, 2013  

Dogs can teach us a lot about forgiving and forgetting

By Kirstyn Northrop Cobb

I was on my way home from work the other day when I got the call. “Can you please take this dog, he has been shot in the face”. I couldn’t say no, so I didn’t.

I went to meet the little brown and white pit bull, and was amazed by what I saw. I saw a super happy, outgoing, ready to give kisses dog who was so wiggly that I swore his tail was about to fly right off. He was not at all fazed by the buckshot wounds all over his face. Seriously, I’m pretty sure that if something like that had happened to me, I might be a little more subdued and probably angry. But not this guy. He was just ready to go on to whatever was next.

It was explained that he had been out and about for a few days. When he started to go near a house, the owner of the house shot him “because he looked like a pit bull”. Now, this was shocking enough, but what was really shocking was that this seemed like a totally acceptable explanation!

This brings me to my next topic. I’ve been involved in animal advocacy for a long time now and I totally admit that, for the most part, I am surrounded by “pit bull people”. Because of this, I generally think that everyone sees dogs as dogs, regardless of breed or appearance. This incident was a wake up call and reminded me that this may not be the case. What a bummer. Just when I thought that we were past this stuff…

But, back to the dog. He holds no ill will towards the person who did this to him. He seems to be of the “forgive and forget” mentality and he has most definitely forgiven, forgotten, and moved on. It’s a totally admirable quality and the world would be a better place if we could all be more like him. And, in case you are interested – Buck has been made available for adoption and is awaiting his forever home at the Humane Society of Calvert County.

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