I must admit, when my wife called me one day several years ago and said "Honey, the kids and I adopted a pit bull today," I was uneasy. All I could think is that they're vicious, they're violent, nobody wants them, and that's why they wound up at the animal shelter in the first place.
That was many years ago. Now, I own two of the most loving, goofy, and loyal dogs I've ever known.
Louie is a pit bull mix. Bluebelle is the real deal. She is a blue brindle American Pit Bull Terrier rescued in Memphis.
When we moved to Jonesboro, we knew there were pit bull bans in some Region 8 cities. All you have to do is talk to people about pit bulls, or hear my dogs bark from behind a fence, and you can see the fear in people's faces.
Because of that, we know we have to be even more careful with our dogs and the people who come into contact with them, because they are pit bulls.
You see, when you're a pit bull owner, you learn to treat your dog with the same respect you would show to a weapon. You have to be careful, responsible and work to keep it away from people who are fearful.
We honestly don't live in fear of them attacking anyone. We live in fear of someone misunderstanding them and taking action based on the breed.
It's a tough balancing act, but we love our dogs as much as anyone else and are willing to handle our pit bulls responsibly. I'm glad that my city doesn't have a ban on pit bulls. But, not everyone agrees and that's okay.
Here's your chance to have your voice heard. Do you think Region 8 cities should ban pit bull ownership? Take the poll on the home page of kait8.com or on your app, and leave us your comments.
We'll reveal the results in our special report: "The Bully or the Breed" Monday night on Region 8 News at 10.
We want to hear from you. Healthy conversation and understanding each other's point of view is important, and it makes this A Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager
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