CFN – Bill 16 is about to be voted on at Queen’s Park. Bill 16 is to revoke the Ontario the Pit Bull or breed specific banning in Ontario. I think it was an emotional reaction to an issue that really has nothing to do with dogs; but more importantly to how people don’t care for their animals.
Dogs come in all shapes and sizes. The nastiest are usually the smallest. Pit Bulls though get a wrap because they can cause fatalities very quickly.
When I brought my bundle of joy home at the age of 7 weeks I knew what I was getting into. I knew the responsibilities of owning this type of dog and what she could be capable of. I also understood why some dogs do some things.
Not everyone who gets a dog has those understandings and that’s where stuff happens.
I trained my dog. I was very firm. I knew that if a situation arose that my dog would have to respond to me no matter what because if any incident ever happened I knew that because she was a Rotty she’d be the one in trouble. Altercations with another dog or human could lead to her being destroyed.
All her life I’ve essentially kept her on my own property. When I take her to public events she’s on a very strong leash. Even yesterday in the bright sunshine of a beautiful Spring like day when I decided to take her for a walk I was on guard. Two senior ladies stopped and one tried to put her hand out to my dog whose stump was wagging as only Rotties can; but I politely asked her not to because incidents can happen.
My dog has never shown any hostile reaction to humans. She’s protective by nature; not aggressive. She’s also very intuitive. Dogs feel; smell, and to things differently than we humans.
Are Pit Bulls evil? No. Can they do harm or kill. Yes. Can or should you legislate them. Not really, but there are things we can do to educate the public and if need be legislate certain behaviours.
In most of Europe muzzle laws are in place. Puppies actually wag their tails when they see the muzzle because they know it’s time to go out for fun and frolics. Here in Ontario it’s very rare to see a muzzle and it usually attaches a stigma that there’s an issue with the animal.
Hopefully Bill 16 passes its second reading Wednesday; but we all need to do more to limit issues with dogs.
Melly is now 11. She’s an old girl and I’m proud that she’s never ever had an incident. She’s been a huge gift in my life as most dogs are.
With proper care and responsibility dogs add so much to our lives. You can post your comments below.