I am BRAND new to the site, and pretty dang new to the Pit world. About a year ago, my husband and I rescued a pit mix from a local shelter. At the time, she was pretty skinny and we weren't really sure what she was. We just new she was VERY sweet and needed a chance. Eventually, Piper filled out and our vet informed us what kind of dog we had. It didn't take us long to figure out that the media was VERY biased against Pits, and blames these dogs for what their owners do! Anyway, Piper has graduated from 2 obedience classes & is doing agility now. She loves it. She's great with our dogs (even our Jack Russell, who's a jerk I must say).
I have to ask--how do you deal with the ignorance from the general public? Piper and I stopped in a local pet store on our way to agility class one night. I noticed a lady leading a little fluffy, yappy dog. She kept walking by staring at me. She eventually walked up to me and informed me my dog was a "Pit." While we were talking the little fluffy, rabid acting dog was growling at Piper, who was trying her best to hide behind me. The lady then informed me that she did not believe dogs "like that" should be in public (fluffy dog is trying her best to get past me to Piper this ENTIRE time). I thanked the lady and told her I had noted her opinion, hoping this would be the end of it. However, it wasn't (I'm figured out where her dog got it's personality from). After listening to the "evils" of the Pit world, I finally explained to the lady that my dog wasn't the one causing the seen in the local pet store and maybe she should follow me to dog school. She got the point--finally! I am sure there is a better way to deal with people like that but I honestly was so taken aback I didn't know what to say to her. Any suggestions for future reference???
I have to say I am RELIEVED to find other people who see these awesome dogs for what they are! Thanks!