In case you didn’t know, October is Pit Bull Awareness month. Facebook showed me a post from 2013 that I had shared from the Chicago Pit Stop Rescue page. Here is what it said:
Once again I said to myself, “You have got to be kidding me. There can’t actually be people that think this.” While I have not yet met a person that has shared this particular “fact” with me, I’m sure there are some out there.
In terms of conning people, I can see why dog fighters would say this. It’s much easier to force dogs to fight each other if you firmly believe they don’t feel pain. However, you need to consider the source here. This myth was started by the very people that exploit these wonderful and amazing dogs. They tell people this so that they look better. That’s the thing. People that do unethical and terrible things will say anything to make themselves look better.
I don’t need a background in veterinary science to be able to tell you that pit bull type dogs do indeed feel pain. When Bella had her surgery, she cried and whimpered for 3 days. She was in incredible pain. Yes, it is possible they have a higher pain tolerance. Bella has also ran into a wall, and it really didn’t faze her.
There are people that have higher pain tolerances than others. Some people can’t stand the pain from something as simple as getting their blood drawn. Others barely feel it. Even if pit bulls do have higher than average pain tolerance, I have a hard time believing that they don’t feel when another dog’s teeth are ripping into them.
Again, these are just things that people tell themselves to justify abusing these dogs. It’s also things that people use to “prove a point” when it comes to BSL (more on that topic later). Logic and reasoning don’t really apply to people like that.
Full disclaimer, I could barely bring myself to do a Google search on this subject. I couldn’t have been happier that the top results were debunking that myth along with many others.
We are fighting an uphill battle when it comes to defending these wonderful dogs, but it’s a battle worth fighting. These myths will continue to set us back as long as people continue to believe them. But that’s where the pit bull advocates come in. Continue to set the record straight and defend the dogs that we love.
Comment below with any “fun facts” you have been told about your dog lately.