Every Dog Has Its Day.
Dear Anonymous Pleasant Grove Pit Bull,
How are you doing today? We hope you're doing swell. Nah, strike that, we hope you're doing incredibly.
After the week you've had, you deserve any plaudits, pig ears or rawhide bones that might get thrown your way. And we hope there are many.
Because, dammit, there should be.
Hey, it can't be easy living the life that you do, being a big, athletic dog that's all cooped up in a Pleasant Grove apartment. But that didn't stop you from being so phenomenally awesome this week. Nope. No way.
When your owner was reportedly attacked by jealous male acquaintance for receiving text messages from other men, you stepped up and sprang into action.
Your owner told the police that, after she was chased to the kitchen while being punched and kicked repeatedly, the suspect told her that “you better pray because you are going to die tonight.” And, at that point, you took matters into your own hands — er, paws, excuse us — and attempted to bite the suspect.
According to the police report, the suspect then “stopped abruptly” and your owner was able to escape, finding shelter in a nearby McDonald's.
We really can't put into words how awesome we think your actions are. You defended your owner when she was at her most vulnerable and provided the best kind of proof of the bond between man and canine.
And, to think, you and your fellow pit bulls remain subject to maybe the most uninformed bad rap of any group of dogs. You guys aren't any more violent as a group than any other breed, according to the American Temperment Test Society. We know that. You just, unsurprisingly, react negatively to horrific environments.
People who train and breed pit bulls to do awful stuff are the problem, not you.
Seriously: Y'all are some of the most heroic dogs we've ever heard of.
Anyway, we hope you get to rest up this final weekend before Christmas. If anyone's stocking should be overflowing with treats, it's should be yours, buddy.
Now, who's a good dog? You are! Yes, you are!
Stephen Young and the rest of the Central Track staff.
Cover photo by Matthew Roth, via WikiCommons.