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Dogs In The Media: Family Vs Resident Dog

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Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin is the founder, president, and soul behind Pinups for Pitbulls. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Drexel University, where she specialized in breed-specific legislation.

The difference between a family dog and resident dog:

So, a family dog is a dog like this guy right here, who gets to come inside live in a place where he’s comfortable, fed and well taken care of and loved. However, a dog that is a resident dog is a dog that lives outside usually on a chain in extremely difficult temperatures. Usually, they don’t have a dog house or a place to go and get away from the sounds of nature, the sounds of people and that dog has never had a break. And so one day if a toddler walks into the yard, of course, that dog is going to say, “I am really not comfortable right now because I have never interacted with another person.”

When you read that article, and it says, a family dog turned on somebody, regardless of the type of dog, please look into that and make sure that you know that dog was not a family dog, but it was indeed a resident dog living in a squalor, and no dog should live like that.

The truth behind dogs in the media

Unfortunately, the media is meant to entertain us, to scare us. If they reported “A child walks into a yard of an abused dog and gets bit” they won’t get as much of a reaction if they say “A family Pit Bull attacked a child unprovoked”. It is the same story but one is going to stir people’s emotions and make them mad. Mad enough to start suggesting legislatures to ban some dogs. The media has a motive to what they do and they do it for gains.

We need to focus on the truth behind a story. Why this happened and how we can prevent it from happening again. Banning dogs is not going to solve the problem because there is no one breed that is doing all the damage. There is one breed that keeps getting reported! But as we talked in Problem With Bite Statistics there is no easy way to identify a breed, people are not reporting all the bites, and statistics are an unreliable way to measure what is really going on.

The reporter never investigates what really happened. They need to be able to sell the story and usually at the dog’s expense.

PFPB is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate people about the history, temperament, and plight of the pit bull-type dog; raising awareness to rally against Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and Breed Discriminatory Laws (BDL). PFPB’s goal is to restore the image of the pit bull-type dog to its former reputation of America’s companion animal, war hero, and family member.