Be aware that each decade seems to bring with it a new ‘breed’ of dog that certain people tend to run with as dangerous. However, it is NOT a breed that is dangerous. It is the way certain dogs are treated and trained to be aggressive and made to be in dog fights, which are illegal in the United States.
Here is fascinating info on civilian dogs. You don’t get to be the 2008 Dog of the Year for nothing and Maya pictured here is no exception. Maya took home the year’s honor for courageously saving Angela Marcelino, her owner, from a vicious male attacker. The pitbull’s act of bravery earned her some high praise from the Animal Miracle Foundation, who was happy to report that, “the pitbull breed can be hero dogs just like any other breed.”
Unfortunately we don’t seem to hear too much about those wondrous acts that often pitbulls carry out. Some of the media and other people are too busy chasing who is the latest breed of dog to sequester since they’re so dangerous to mankind.
We need to judge every dog by its individual behavior, NOT by its breed. Pitbulls are no more dangerous than a Chihuahua. It is through training and utilizing certain dogs for dog fighting that we obtain bad behavior in dogs.
The 2012 Department of Defense K-9 Dog Trials were held recently, where Military Working Dogs from all four service branches competed for the title of Top Dog. I read of two dog and handler teams: Air Force Tech Sergeant Justin Kitts and his canine partner, Dyngo; and Army Sergeant Jason Cartwright and his dog Isaac. It was amazing to watch the video for both teams to hear them talk about the bond between dog and handler.
Both teams recently deployed to Afghanistan, where their primary job was explosives detection, searching for IED’s and roadside bombs. Dyngo and Isaac (and their well-trained noses) saved hundreds of lives abroad, but they also served an equally important mission: one of being a companion and a reminder of home for both their handlers and the other service members who served next to them.
These days, both dogs and handlers are back home. Tech Sgt. Kitts is currently stationed at Luke Air Force base in Arizona where he works as an instructor in the dog program, while Sgt. Cartwright, who was the only competitor from the Army’s Engineer Canine Company, is based out of Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri. Both men hope to adopt their dogs upon their retirement from the Military Working Dog program.
If you’d like to find out more about the Military Working Dog program, including information about adopting retired dogs from Lackland Air Force Base, check out the program’s website here.
If this article helps improve your thoughts or anticipation of fostering or adopting a rescue dog – great! This may also help your decision. Of course there are terrible abuses in this world and dogs unfortunately are not exempt from these attrocities. There are also other reasons, however, why many dogs end up in the dog pound or rescue sites.
In fact, the most common reasons a dog ends up with a rescue organization, or the pound, include the following:
- The owners don’t have time for the dog.
- The owners find that they can’t afford either basic vet care or the expense involved in treating an illness or injury.
- The owner dies or goes into a nursing home.
- The owners divorce and neither party can keep the dog. (You’d be amazed at how many dogs the pound gets as a result of divorces!)
- A young couple has a child and no longer has time for the dog, or the dog no longer fits into their “lifestyle.”
- The owner is moving to an apartment building that doesn’t allow dogs.
All dogs are loving creatures, but a pup from the pound is even much more so. Don’t think your dog doesn’t recognize the difference between the crowded pound where he or she didn’t get the love that only a doting owner can give and of course your home. Every loving dog needs and wants a home and loving family!