Reply to “Do Pit bulls Make Good Family Pets?”

Dear Mount Observer,
Please stop promoting pit bull type-dogs as safe pets. Families need the correct information to make an informed decision when choosing a safe pet. Keep pumping pit bull type-dogs to unsuspecting families and the death toll will continue to rise. Anyone that markets this type as a safe family pet without sharing the statistics is misinforming the public.
Common Sense: Pit bulls are selectively bred to recognize other dogs as prey to fight in a pit to the death. You never know when it will be triggered. Simple noises and movement can trigger the pit bull’s prey drive into a deadly attack. This is not a safe breed trait to have in a family pet.
Dr. Michael S. Golinko, who completed the largest dog bite study to date, states pit bulls are a danger to children:
This NEW WARNING from Pediatricians about pit bull type-dogs should be shared with all families so they can make an informed decision: “A University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s largest dog bite study to date at a Georgia hospital in July 2016 came to this conclusion: “The study corroborates the largely negative interactions between pit bulls and children of any age.”
From the abstract: “Pit bull bites were implicated in half of all surgeries performed and over 2.5 times as likely to bite in multiple anatomic locations as compared to other breeds.”
11 PEER-REVIEWED Medical Studies that prove pit bull type-dogs are not safe family pets: Level 1 trauma center dog bite studies from all geographical regions in the U.S. are reporting a higher prevalence of pit bull type dogs injuries than all other breeds of dogs. In many cases, the studies (2009 to 2016) also report that pit bull injuries have a higher severity of injury and require a greater number of operative interventions.
A documentary produced by CBC’s Fifth Estate investigative team (September 22, 2017) is the first television program to examine the multi-million-dollar US lobbying effort to rebrand the pit bull as a family-friendly dog. Please watch this NEW 44 minute investigation that presents both sides of the argument. It proves shelter and rescue systems are asking families to play Russian Roulette with their children. PLEASE WATCH:
Most dog breeds don’t have the genetic makeup to execute a dog bite level 4-6.
Most dog breeds bite and release. Pit bulls bite and do not let go until their victims are dead. This is part of their genetic code called their ‘gameness’ trait.
“The dog is extremely dangerous and mutilates. The dog is simply not safe around people. I recommend euthanasia because the quality of life is so poor for dogs that have to live out their lives in solitary confinement.” This dog bite level 1-6 chart is a helpful tool for the danger level of the dog.
Pit-bulls are dangerous because they have the capability of inflicting life-threatening injuries in a split second. Pit bulls are zero-mistake dogs.
All dog breeds are human-made creations, the result of unnatural selection to achieve desired traits/ characteristics for certain tasks. They’re individuals, yes, but you should always expect for them to display those characteristics. Pit bulls have been bred for violent blood sports with a deadly bite. They are not safe or appropriate pets and should never be considered as such.
Pit bull advocates make the false assertion ‘it’s how they are raised’ without actually following dangerous dog attacks.
I was misled for many years about the many myths about pit bull type-dogs making safe family pets and it’s all how you raise pit bulls.
I come from the animal rescue community. I have fostered many animals and a few pit bull type-dogs found as strays. All my pets have been rescued. I can’t in good conscience recommend any dog that resembles a pit bull type-dog to a family as a safe family pet because of unethical breeding practices, dangerous breed traits and genetics.
Families absolutely should not adopt a dog that resembles a pit bull type-dog with an unknown breeding history and with unknowns about how the dog was raised. Shelter and rescue systems are asking people to play Russian Roulette with their pet choices.
I have been following dangerous dog attacks for four years. I’m in a support group with some of these families. All these families were blind-sided by a horrific pit bull attack. All these pit bulls were house dogs and considered members of the family. None of these dogs were trained to fight. Pit type dogs are hardwired to maul and kill without warning, it is a part of the genetic code like border collies herd, labs swim, goldens retrieve, pointers point, and bloodhounds track.
Correct there are nice pit bulls. The problem is that you can’t tell them apart from the pit bulls that decide to kill. Would you deliberately choose a crib, car, or helmet with the highest record of fatalities and the worst safety rating? Pit-bull type dogs are responsible for 95% of severe attacks (level bite 4-6) on people, pets and livestock in breed neutral zones. Please follow for one month. You will be shocked at all the people and pets that are severely maimed or killed by pit bulls. read more

The Sweet Side of Campus Life

By Michele Walsky
Complimentary confections enticed students and staff at the annual Valentine’s Chocolate Sampler on February 13th.  The line grew fast as students satisfied their sweet tooth with an array of treats. Cupcakes, cookies, angel food cake with strawberries and even a chocolate fountain awaited hungry undergrads. The event was sponsored by Student Life and the Campus Activities Team (CATS) during free period in the south cafeteria.

“This year we were sure to include some sugar-free and gluten-free options as well,” said Kathy Matson, Student Life programming assistant. read more

Do Pitbulls Make Good Family Pets? The Common Misunderstandings About the Breed

By Jennifer Lamontagne

Just saying the word Pitbull can send a shiver down one’s spine, never mind saying it along with kids in the mix. The reaction of most people is that pitbulls would never make a good pet for anyone, especially a family.
One family has proven this wrong; the Currier family, from Barre, MA, with kids, ages 2, 11, and 13, found a new member of the family in Deacon. A pitbull adopted just over a year ago from Second Chance Shelter in East Brookfield. They fell in love with Deacon the moment they got to play with him and started the adoption process right away, despite not knowing Deacon’s past or the abuse he went through. They fell in love with him as he fell in love with them.
Second Chance Shelter wants to ensure the dogs they adopt out go to their forever homes, so their adoption process works to make certain dogs and families are a good fit.
Sarah Parrot, Adoption Manager at Second Chance Shelter stated, “We receive most of our dogs from the South coming from over-crowded kill shelters, and the rest of the dogs are owner surrenders.” At the shelter, potential adopters fill out a survey, all family members must meet the dog, and other pets in the house must meet the dog as well.
Parrot states that dogs that come from the south have gone through temperament tests and that dogs that come in from owner surrender will be temperament tested onsite. First, they are quarantined, examined by a Veterinarian, and spayed or neutered. Once all the medical procedures are handled, they are moved and go through temperament testing. That includes food aggression, and tug-and-pull tests where they have their ears, tail, and feet tugged and pulled.
Mrs. Currier said, “He’s such a big love bug. Deacon is an amazing dog and wonderful new member of the family.”
The Curriers have a Rottweiler mix, Bella, and when the two met, they became friends immediately. They frolic and play together, share snuggles with the family, and Bella even lets Deacon win in play fights, sometimes. Mrs. Currier is not concerned about dog aggression with Deacon, and in fact states, “Bella is the dominant one, and Deacon is the submissive one. Deacon is even afraid of the cat!”
The Currier family adopted Deacon with loving hearts, welcomed him into their family despite being a pitbull, not knowing his past, and Deacon repays his gratitude of being saved by always snuggling, being loving, and always having a smile on his face. An article in The Huffington Post said it best, “There’s one stereotype about pitbulls that we can get behind. It is indisputably true that when they’re happy and loved, these dogs have the very best smiles.” The Currier family agrees that when Deacon smiles it melts their hearts. read more

Campus Club Spotlight: Hiking Club

By: Rachel Aster

In 2017, we are a world filled with technology, lights, screens and distractions. While technology is a very useful tool, it can easily become an enemy to a clear mind and mental health.

Nancy Regan saw students struggling with anxiety, stress and depression when she started her career at the Human Health Services on the Gardner campus in April of 2014. Regan had also witnessed some of her closest friends turn to hiking as an outlet while feeling depressed, stressed, or anxious. They claimed that being in nature was a cure-all for their ailments. read more

Spooky World: Reviewing New England’s “Nightmare”

By Sonia Aviles

Think of being placed right in the middle of a ghoulish nightmare mixed with elements of your favorite horror movie on a cold, dark night surrounded by many unfamiliar faces. Then enhance that nightmare with heavy rock and roll music in the back ground mixed with the sounds of chainsaws, cheerful laughter, screams of glee and fear, and cracks of a nearby fire pit. Welcome to Spooky World!!

Spooky World is in Litchfield, New Hampshire, this haunted theme park is worth a visit on any opening night. Upon arrival, there is plenty of space to park, with at least three to four lots of parking space for a fee of $5. The parking staff is also helpful and direct cars to appropriate spaces to park so there is no hassle to find parking spaces. Generally, the ticket prices are not wallet friendly. General admission is usually $40 per ticket for a typical weekend. The food and drinks are decent there, but not worth the price. Something as simple as hotdogs or burgers would cost $5 and more where you could get the same thing at a local fast food restaurant. They do serve beer there; however, they cost just as much as buying it from a bar. A helpful suggestion would be to eat out if money is an issue. read more

In/Transit Art Exhibit

By: Desire’ Jackson – Crosby

Lines etched on simple, ripped-out-of-the-book sketch paper. Colors – pastel blue, hazy yellow, and earthy brown decorate some pages while heavy thick lines of defined color trace upon others. Simplicity sings a soft note of abstractness, telling a whimsical story that changes the more you look at it.
This is the work of Julia Morgan, titled “In/Transit”. For some reason, upon hearing the name of these pieces, I was taken to a much more figurative view of the art. I began the famous process of contemplation that comes with observing art. I thought to myself: “Maybe Julia created the messy strokes on the page when she was feeling cloudy and confused over a situation in her life”. I turned over instances and searched for situations inside the colors of the pages. Although art is open-ended, after reading the display bearing Julia’s explanation of her work, I was struck. Of In/Transit, she said “these paintings were made on buses and trains, in desert jeeps, taxis, rental cars, buses and carts across Egypt, India, Morocco and France using watercolor, pens, ink, and paint markers” I stood puzzled, but by then very intrigued.
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