We call them "Man's Best Friend," but if any other friend pissed and crapped in the house, yelled loudly early in the morning, stole our food, humped our leg, ate poop, and then tried to kiss us, we would brick them in the head in short order.
Of course, it's worse than that.
Not only are a lot of people very unhappy with their dogs, but a lot of dogs are unhappy with their people.
Every year, millions of dogs are acquired by folks who say they "love" them, but these same people turn around four, six, or nine months later and then abandon them.
These abandonments are not an accident -- they are the product of a generalized lie and a specific lie.
The generalized lie is that everyone (and certainly every family) needs a dog. Not true. The harsh truth is that in this jam-packed world, increasing numbers of people do not have the yard, schedule, time, finances, or temperament to live well with a dog.
The specific lie is that all breeds are the same. This is the lie that flows like water off of the lips of the Pit Bull community which chants "deed not breed" as if indoctrinated into a cult. The simple truth is that why NO dog is the right choice for a lot of people, a Pit Bull is the wrong choice for MOST people. It is not an accident or random chance that half of all the dogs abandoned to their death in this country are Pit Bulls. To put a number on it, that's nearly one million Pit Bulls a year; over 40 million pounds of dead dogs tossed into landfills and incinerators every year.
For the record, this video was made by the ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi for the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in the U.K.
I am not sure this video does exactly what they want, but maybe it does.
You see, at the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, about 1/3 of the dogs are put to sleep, and most of the healthy dogs that are put to sleep are Pit Bulls -- i.e. "Staffordshire Bull Terrier types."
So yes, maybe this ad does exactly what the Battersea Dog & Cats Home intended -- it makes people think about getting an over-large, prey-driven, guarding or herding dog that will make their life -- and their dog's life -- a living hell for the next 10 to 15 years. Not bad then!
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