There are few things quite as obnoxious as rich parents. Be it a $3000 stroller or Louis Vuitton diaper bags the well off don’t want their little angels to be seen with anything an average middle class rugrat might have, let alone a child who might be, gasp, POOR! So is it now, so ever has it been in America.
In America one dog breed historically became known as the dog for people who are afraid of dogs.
One dog breed achieved such a rock solid reputation with children that for 150 years it was known as America’s “Nanny Dog”.
One dog breed became so trusted that despite the fact that no Kennel Club or Association recognized it, despite the fact that it could be found on the poorest farms and bleakest city neighborhoods with kids who didn’t know where their next meal was coming from, rich people acquired them in droves because they were simply the safest, most tolerant breed to have around their gilded progeny.
Rich, poor, and everything in between, until recently Americans agreed that there were only a CERTAIN TYPE of people who would own a Pit Bull…
America’s Nanny Dog is the victim of a smear campaign that has turned common sense upside-down and robbed us of our historical memory. The dogs that we trusted with our children’s lives are now deemed too vicious to live among us. The dogs that in two World Wars were the symbol of the United States military itself are now ordered off its bases.
The Pit Bulls haven’t changed at all. Only the owners have.
(Here’s Part 2 of kids with Pits from our past. These pictures are easy to find, in fact I have at least 3 more posts worth coming up soon. Don’t miss the little boy in the cart pulled by turtles at the end. He’s priceless.)

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  1. KM Wilt says:

    This is fantastic! My uncle’s dog was a pit bull, and she used to watch me when I was a little kid. She wouldn’t even let friends of my uncle- people that she knew- come into the yard while she was on guard. She was the sweetest, most patient dog, and no one was allowed to even *act* like I might get hurt. Once, my uncle was chasing me through the yard, and I was laughing/shrieking– Tia got in between him and me to ‘protect’ me. It amazes me that she would stand against her own owner to keep her charge safe.

    I had no idea that I was participating in such an awesome history of nanny dogs- great article and pictures.

  2. Suzanne M Powell says:

    I was so very happy to see this post and love the pictures. I own an American Staffordshire Pit Bull and she is more loving and devoted than any other breed I’ve owned in the past. It is so unfair and unjustified that they have gotten the bad rep And I LOVE your words…..”The Pit Bulls haven’t changed at all. Only the owners have.”

  3. kathleen zottarelli says:

    BRAVO to the writer! thank you, thank you, thank you!! i absolutely love this, and i have been telling people their true history for years, appreciate the confirmation of the truth!! you ROCK!!

  4. Rene R says:

    The best dogs in the world. Truly my favorites. Dog fighting troglodytes exploit their loyalty and the media is only too eager to perpetuate the myth that they are inherently vicious. I was privy to a story about a pittie who had saved her family from a house fire and reported to the local media. They told me that they were sorry but feel good stories of pitbulls do not make good news stories. Thankfully the media is not my reality. I liken the prejudice against pitbulls to the Salem witch hunts. Ignorance is alive and well.

  5. Rex Ryan says:

    very nice post, i certainly love this website, keep on it

  6. Michele Tucker says:

    Beautifully written, well researched, and accurate. A fine antidote to the misplaced hysteria directed against this noble breed, and a great destination toward which to point the misguided “breed specific” legislators and their gullible constituents. Thank you for writing & posting this.

  7. Charolotte Tassin says:

    Very Honorable, I love this post one of my very favorite pit bull articles. I have always been a fan of this breed. They are the most friendly, loyal, cognitive breeds out there. I have always had a pit bull of some type. Maybe not always a full blood, but always part. On our ranch in North New Mexico we have about five. They are a breed that is eager to please. That’s why it is unfortunate when they fall into the wrong hands. When my husband and I found out we were pregnant, I wanted a dog that not only would be a pretty face, but also a functioning member of our family. Turning to the trusted pit bull was one of the only things I did right the first time. The puppy that we got was only four weeks old, found on the side of the road in a box. We named her Itsa, she was my only saving grace as my husband served in the military. She endured all of our family meltdowns, shakedowns and mental anguish and always seemed to smile through it. After my husband retired we moved back to his home town in Texas. We had always had people offering us money for this once homeless, flee infested, worm infested puppy that we cleaned up. Two weeks after our arrival she was dog napped. We Love You Itsa Naughty Tassin! If some one scans you at the pound or anywhere for that matter you will come home. We miss you honey girl. Then we will find our favorite place on the couch and eat our guilty pleasure, “Wheat thins”.

  8. I used to be suggested this web site by means of my cousin. You are amazing! Thanks!

  9. Emily says:

    Wonderfully written–hope many people get to see this—too bad THIS isn’t on national news like it should be…..and pitbulls have saved so many lives just in the last decade, some even saving the lives of strangers…yet the media chooses to ignore those stories. It’s up to us to get the real stories out. Thanks for writing this.

  10. cory hall says:

    I love these pics! I can tell the world that I honestly have never experienced the bond and devotion and pure love between a human and their dog until I was blessed my mix pit Carl. Everyone who knows me get what I am saying is true. My days rise and set on my sweet love. I have had a complete chnage of mindset since he came into my life, and I will be on the bandwagon supporting this misaligned breed for the rest of my days. I am a pit bull fan through and through!

  11. Christina says:

    I always had my reservations about pitbulls from all of the stories I heard about them until I rescued my first pitbull Bubba with my boyfriend. He was neglected and untrained , and after a few months became the love of my life. More recently we rescued a pit who had been beaten regularly and forced to live in a shed on a farm where he was only in contact with humans once a day (to be fed). No potty breaks or walks. He was then thrown from a moving car in the rain on the side of the road for trying to dig out of the shed during the thunderstorm. Needless to say he is now petrified of the rain but he is the sweetest move lovable dog I have ever met. Thank you for writing this article!!!!!!!!

  12. Shandra says:

    As a vet nurse, I have to say I’d rather work with a dozen Pitties than ONE Chihuahua or Pomeranian any day! I love Pit Bulls! They are so sweet, loving and loyal.

    • Katelyn says:

      I agreed 100%!! I also work in a vet’s office in a not so great part of the city.. and see plenty of pits. I have seen way more nasty chihuahuas than pitbulls.

  13. Manda says:

    My senior year of high school, I obtained one of the first Pit Bulls to enter the small town I grew up in. Instantly, I fell in love with him and would not be seen outside of school without him. The media had done a fabulous job giving him a horrid stereotype which we worked to change everyday. One person at a time gave him a chance, grew to know him and learned to love him. Now, I do not ever have to leash him when we are out, because everyone knows him by name and he would never leave my side. Troy is, by far, the best thing that has ever happened to me and I can not imagine my life without him. Thank you for writing this article! The loyalty of one Pit lover at a time, one day at a time, can change the minds of many. Our beloved dogs deserve it!

  14. Great story with pictures to back up the truth. I have an 8-year-old son who has been around this breed long as he can remember. Most of the people who have bought pups from me have kids. Not once have I had a complaint about a child getting hurt by a dog I’ve produced. I have seen them run up to a child at full speed but stop right at the child’s feet. It’s as if by instinct they know children are not to be harmed in any way. What people don’t understand when they read the horror stories in the papers is that not all dogs, no matter the breed, are raised properly. Train a dog to be aggressive and it’s going to be aggressive. Raise it on a chain in your back yard without showing it any love or socialization and it’s not going to know how to love or socialize. Being a responsible dog owner means more than paying for a pup and then giving it food and water until the day it dies. A dog requires the same attention as a child or you’ll end up with an animal instead of a family pet, or as some of us like to classify our dogs, family members.

  15. YWGROSSMAN says:

    I imagine they say the same things as the parents of children mauled by the 17 other breeds that have been responsible for killing people in the last 25 years. Dogs are dogs. Big dogs are dangerous. Big dogs owned by bad people are super-dangerous. Period.

    • Cris Ronk says:

      Actually, Pit Bulls are bred to be fighting dogs. It is in their nature. Have you ever heard the story of the frog and the scorpion?

      While it is true the owners bring out the violent nature in dogs, Pit Bulls are inherently dangerous in themselves. Otherwise a story like this would not be necessary.

      • YWGROSSMAN says:

        Actually, Cris, while I used to agree with you, we were both wrong. I LOVE the story of the frog and the scorpion but there’s a real difference. We’re talking about a frog and another frog (or dog) here- Pits are just the same as any other dog.
        35% of the prison population is black while only 12% of the general population is. Is that because black people are naturally more criminal, or is it other environmental issues that explain the statistical disparity in that case? The explanation of why you see pit bulls seem to aggress more than other breeds is exactly the same. Hang around some who have decent owners and like everyone else without a closed mind, you’ll be convinced. Dogs are dangerous. Big dogs are more dangerous. Big dogs owned by bad people are SUPER DANGEROUS. Period.
        (P.S.-Pit bulls are not bred for fighting. If they were they would be unmanageable. Pit bulls are bred for “gameness”, a quality akin to bravery, which unfortunately for them makes them the best fighters. As Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer always says when talking about pit bulls, “Aggression is not a breed issue. It’s a human issue.”)

  16. Nancy de Ronde says:

    Hello there, I just love these articles and I keep sharing them on Facebook. I do hope a lot of people get educated. Right now there is unjustice happening to Lennox, a lovely pit that has been taken away from his family just for being a Pit. I do hope that the Irish government will wake up to their mistake and let him free again. Right now he has only 13 days to life….I’m trying to get the word out to as many people as possible but it’s not easy…I try to keep faith in the human race, but I must confess, it’s slowly slipping away…especially when they threat an innocent animal like this…
    Kind regards, Nancy

  17. Elizabeth Rabe says:

    Our pittie grew up playing on the floor with my 5 kids. She now sits daily with my disabled husband, keeping him company while I’m at work. A truer, more loving companion would be hard to find. Carlie is the best friend a family could have.

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