his new dog

his new dog

A Poem by Joyce S. Greene
"

a dreaded pit bull . . .

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his new dog
a dreaded pit bull
pats my arm
begging for attention
I find I love her, too


© 2013 Joyce S. Greene



Author's Note

Joyce S. Greene
Graphic Credit: Google Images

Cesar Millan is a renowned dog psychologist/trainer

Publication Credit: Gusts 2013

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This is a subject I hold close to my heart and argue tooth and nail (no pun intended). This breed takes so much flack from the public eye and media, it's ridiculous. They have been bred for aggression since the late 1700' s. Their common name "pit bull" is proof of that. After the use of dogs became less and less necessary, due to industrialization, they became a popular fighting dog. A trend that still exists today. They were called, "bullies of the pit," a term used in British territories. "Pit," was a common term for the makeshift arenas they would be made to fight in, also used for human fighters before boxing became a sanctioned sport; hence, pit fighters. If we are to point any fingers, it can not be on the animal. They are the direct result of our own brutality, and anyone who still practices such use of them cultivates that very ugly piece of our humanity. All animals have a level of unpredictability when domesticated, they should not be considered dangerous for doing what comes natural... all dogs bite! Pit bulls in my life, have proven to be the most loyal breed I've ever encountered. Please, don't condemn such a regal, beautiful creature for our misuse, mistreatment, and lack of understanding. Your piece was one I admire and applaud! Thank you.

Posted 3 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

icelandicblue

3 Years Ago

Yes, and my hissy fit earlier was about perceiving that I was not being heard. You taught me a lot i.. read more
Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thanks to both of you - you've done very well vindicating that poor dog. I appreciate it and I'm s.. read more
Travis Gibson (poetic heroics)

3 Years Ago

@ice... our treatment of animals is beyond disgusting. I agree with you, anyone who commits such cri.. read more



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I love the fact the you expressed this pressing issue quite fluently. The issue of blaming the "beast" when humans are in fact that monsters is something that irritates beyond words. Thank you for sharing and keep up the good work. Please return the favor by reviewing one of my pieces.

Posted 3 Years Ago


I love dogs. I love the message of the poem, too. Sweet and amusing.

Posted 3 Years Ago


I think that there is no such thing is a 'bad, feral' dog, for all dogs were created to be loyal to man. All dogs are adorable, loyal, tenacious and beautiful creatures, and I echo the love for them through this poem.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thanks for your supportive review, Gleb. I haven't been around too many dogs, but the one I describ.. read more
Dogs are such loyal creatures. I want to get a border collie.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Yes, they certainly are. Thanks for reading my poem and leaving your thoughts behind, Michael.
Humans are the worst!

Love this adorable picture and poem, Joyce. Dogs are such wonderful, loving creatures and we are responsible for their temperament - no matter what the breed!

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thanks, Lola. I appreciate your supportive review.
My daughter was 8 years old, walking to school and a pit bull on a leash bit her in the leg - unprovoked. The woman walking the dog ran home and locked her doors, closed her blinds, hid the dog - refusing to answer the door. I know the owner had not taken the time to train her dog, but still I have been afraid of pit bulls ever since. - It is the human - not the dog.

:) Julie

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thanks for you informative review, Julie. I am so sorry that happened to your daughter and can unde.. read more
MsJewel

3 Years Ago

I think it was the owners fault - not the dog. Lack of training, lack of caring..it is a shame becau.. read more
I know several very sweet pit bulls...it's not the breed, it is the way they are raised.

I agree, when will they blame humans?

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thank you, Jacob, for your supportive review.
Hot button,
an easy one,
people like dogs,
behave differently in packs,
Predisposed to react
to the dirt in life.
Genetic adrenaline
Will surprise the complacency in you.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thanks for reviewing my work, lee.
This is a subject I hold close to my heart and argue tooth and nail (no pun intended). This breed takes so much flack from the public eye and media, it's ridiculous. They have been bred for aggression since the late 1700' s. Their common name "pit bull" is proof of that. After the use of dogs became less and less necessary, due to industrialization, they became a popular fighting dog. A trend that still exists today. They were called, "bullies of the pit," a term used in British territories. "Pit," was a common term for the makeshift arenas they would be made to fight in, also used for human fighters before boxing became a sanctioned sport; hence, pit fighters. If we are to point any fingers, it can not be on the animal. They are the direct result of our own brutality, and anyone who still practices such use of them cultivates that very ugly piece of our humanity. All animals have a level of unpredictability when domesticated, they should not be considered dangerous for doing what comes natural... all dogs bite! Pit bulls in my life, have proven to be the most loyal breed I've ever encountered. Please, don't condemn such a regal, beautiful creature for our misuse, mistreatment, and lack of understanding. Your piece was one I admire and applaud! Thank you.

Posted 3 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

icelandicblue

3 Years Ago

Yes, and my hissy fit earlier was about perceiving that I was not being heard. You taught me a lot i.. read more
Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thanks to both of you - you've done very well vindicating that poor dog. I appreciate it and I'm s.. read more
Travis Gibson (poetic heroics)

3 Years Ago

@ice... our treatment of animals is beyond disgusting. I agree with you, anyone who commits such cri.. read more
Very nice Joyce. Dogs are very important parts of our lives and a rat terrier will bite just as quickly as a pit bull.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thank you, Jack. Your words always leave me with a smile. I hope your Christmas was a very good on.. read more

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