starring Donna Reynolds
written by Karen Delise
produced by Ledy Vankavage
3:10 "Um boy there are a lot of myths, haha. Um, probably one of the main myths that people uh believe that pit bulls are aggressive and they misinterpret that to believe that pit bulls are aggressive to humans. What they don't understand is that they are bred to be fighting dogs with other dogs. And so it is very natural for them to be what we call dog aggressive."
YOU don't call them that anymore Donna!
That was Donna Reynold's BEFORE being added to the Jane Berkey payroll. This is Donna AFTER Berkey 'invested' in the bay area pit nutter artists. Tim sold Berkey some art and Donna sold her integrity. Donna now toes the Jane/Ledy party line and happily regurgitates the AFF/BF talking points like pit bulls are just dogs and no more aggressive than a bloodhound, cocker spaniel or tea cup poodle.
5:50 "Boy you didn't see or hear much about pit bulls until the 80's. But somehow in the 80's people got, people got attached to that image of them and decided that if they wanted a dog that people were afraid of, they were gonna get the pit bull." "Before that is was the doberman and the rottweiler and now it's the pit bull. It's been going for 20 years. um."
Huh? Everyone had one of these dogs in the 40's but you didn't hear much about them until the 80's? I am not sure who is dumber, Donna or the gullible audience that she spoon feeds this propaganda to. The popularity of the pit bull then as now was primarily among the lower classes who wanted a dog with the bad ass fighter reputation. People wanting these dogs for the wrong reasons didn't just begin in the 1980's. Joseph Colby addressed the pit bull's popularity in his 1936 classic 'The American Pit bull Terrier':
When the Pit Bull Terrier was introduced into America, he was more commonly found to be owned by prize fighters, saloon keepers and habitues, sporting men and the like. From the start the breed has earned an unjust reputation due to his fighting ability and the character of the owner.
At about the turn of the Twentieth Century the breed was fast becoming popular and the pit dog found his way into the homes of men from all walks of life. Dog magazines carried ads and illustrations of dogs that had earned a reputation in the pit and through this advertising many dogs were sold and fought for large sums of money.Much of the popularity was due to the notoriety given Harry Kreiger and his dog, "Crib", Cockney Charlie and his dog "Pilot" and Johnnie McDonald's "Grip", and many other famous dogs with a reputation proven in the pit.
Furthermore, the non-pit bull owners, then as now, had a low opinion of your little frankenmaulers. Chauncy Z. Bennett contributed to Colby's book. Bennett reminisced about one of his favored mutants that he purchased in 1895:
He was a beautiful dog and never started a fight, would play with other dogs just like a puppy, but if a dog jumped on him it was just too bad. His weight was about 45 lbs, a real giant at that time. Through his life he had several street fights, always whipping the curs that jumped on him. At one time a local newspaper printed: "A few doses of cold lead would be a good thing for the always fighting bulldog."
9:00 "We were also dealing with animals that at times were going to hurt people, when they were defective. Um. Thankfully, it doesn't happen that often, it's rather rare."
RARE is when a pomeranian mix kills an infant or a west highland terrier kills an 80 yr old woman. A pit bull seriously injures or kills someone almost daily.
9:10 "But when it does happen the news grabs onto it and turns into just an extravaganza of of myths and fear and you know horrific myths that fly around the television reports."
An extravaganza of myths? You mean like america's favorite dog or nanny dogs or vicious bloodhounds and canine war heroes?
DONNA REYNOLDS passing out rescue angel wings.