Thursday, August 30, 2007

I don't have purple hair!

There was a letter to the Editor in this week's Halifax West Clayton Park News - a weekly supplement that comes in people's mail boxes. A stupendous letter - the type of letter you don't see too often. Really, I don't know how to respond to it. What do you say to a person like this? Maybe this person HAS actually met a lot of people who own pitbulls, rottweillers, and dobermans who actually look like this - so they're speaking from experience - I don't know. But I personally ALSO know a lot of people who own these breeds of dogs - and NONE of the humans share the traits that he speaks of. I know that I don't. I don't have purple hair, breast implants or suffer from a lack of self confidence. I don't swagger down the street when I'm walking my doberman/rottie mix. 100% of the people that I know that these breeds of dogs have them because they wanted to rescue a dog rather than buy a dog - and these tend to be the breeds that need to be rescued - so that's what they got. Does that make them crazy? Maybe. This kind of garbage thinking is never going to go away I think. I don't think it's even worth responding to. It's pure inflammatory falderal. What do you say? Britney Spears and Paris Hilton are ALSO "look at me" people - and neither of them own pit bulls - but they definitely own chihauau's and yorkshire terriers - and throw them away like garbage every couple of week's when they get tired of them - and then buy new ones. There's also no defending that.

Guess which dog is the dangerous dog in this photo!!

No Defending Pit bullsI can't help but respond to Heather Sawers's guest editorial regarding pit bulls. She is completely off the mark, and not by just a little bit Pit bulls are dangerous dogs. The grip of their jaws once locked cannot be easily broken. A smack to the jaw of most dogs, including some big dogs, can loosen their grip. Not so with pit bulls The defenders of dangerous dogs such as rotweillers, pit bulls and dobermans would not be heard from if the lady on Barrington Street had been seriously hurt (several stitches don't count with dog owners or city council), or if the boy at the surf shop had been killed (and make no mistake about it, he would have been killed, but they couldn't get at him Council wants someone to die before its members can justify doing anything. We can only count our blessings that none of these attacks were more serious The owner of the Barrington Street attack was given back his pit bull; so was the owner at the surf shop on Martinique Beach, and the Cow Bay pit bull was turned over to police, otherwise it would have been given back as well The truth is, whether you like it or not, the owners of tough dogs are usually the same people who have a dozen tattoos, breast implants or purple hair. They are look-at-me-type of people. They generally lack self-confidence. and try to make up for it by having things that are out of the ordinary. I'm sure there are exceptions to this rule, but there are not many who would argue the point Ontario has banned pit bulls, and they did it with reason. These dogs cannot be trusted, but, then again, neither can city council be trusted to do the right thing and ban them. Sawers has obviously seen the blue eyes/ brown eyes film for the first time and has decided to apply it to dogs. She's wrong. Michael Vick didn't have one single Chihuahua or Shih Tzsu in his kennel of fighters. Guess what breed he did have. Mike Lewis

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