FOR OVER 100 YEARS AMERICANS KNEW EXACTLY WHAT PIT BULLS REPRESENTED. AMERICA.

The Bald Eagle, baseball,  apple pie, and pit bulls.
How quickly and easily America forgets it’s heroes.
For most of our history we had a National Dog. You guessed it. The Pit Bull.
We chose it because it was faithful, reliable and trustworthy, and though it was extremely powerful it was also extremely tolerant. ( That’s why it became known as our national canine babysitter, a reputation one assumes extremely difficult to acquire for sixty pounds of muscle attached to a giant mouth bristling with very sharp teeth.)
Though quite formidable, in temperance tests Pit Bulls score right at the top in terms of tolerance. Like David Banner and the Hulk or Caine in Kung Fu, Pit Bulls were just like us. We tried hard to avoid a fight but if left no other choice we were going to seriously fuck you up. America’s perfect symbol.
From before the Civil War though World War II Pit Bulls appeared on war posters and cartoons and helped raise money for war bonds.
They also fought in the trenches with our soldiers and died on the battlefields beside them. They served with great valor. They were true heroes. They were us.
The dogs of course are exactly the same. Only the owners changed.
The American Watch Dog keeping us safe.Sending the Hun back to Berlin.At the front.WWIIStubby, the most decorated dog in WWI.
General Patton with his Bull Terrier, Willie.During the Civil War Sallie, the mascot of the Pennsylvania 11th Infantry and killed on the battlefield, was so beloved a statue of her was cast in bronze and placed at the base of the memorial to their dead. Not a lot of breeds merit statues.
The American Pit Bull Terrier telling the world powers, (The English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Russian Wolf Hound, and German Dachshund), we don’t want trouble but we’re not scared of it.I think this one is self-explanatory. What isn’t explanatory is why we’ve turned on the dogs who bravely served beside our troops in every war.

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4 Responses to FOR OVER 100 YEARS AMERICANS KNEW EXACTLY WHAT PIT BULLS REPRESENTED. AMERICA.

  1. Seth says:

    Great piece. Just want to point out that Patton’s dog wasn’t an APBT. He was an English Bull Terrier.

    • YWGROSSMAN says:

      As you may know, Seth, no two people on earth agree as to the definition of Pit Bull. I am inclusive because while the APBT was the graphic representation of the U.S., all types and mixes fought with our troops in every war until WWII. Some people identify pits as only APBT’s. Some people think any dog and some cats over 40 lbs. are pit bulls. My definition is a dog bred for pit fighting, hence the inclusion of William the Conqueror, Patton’s dog.

  2. Wow! That’s an exciting slant.

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