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.
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Pit Bull history with humans:
Pit bull type dogs were used in dog fighting and pit bull type dogs found themselves having to handled by multiple kinds of people in late 1800’s when they were put into these violence situations and fights. What that means is, any person who was going to handle a dog and the pit would look at another dog and they would have to bathe it in milk to make sure that the other person wasn’t poisoning that dog or poisoning the fur to make sure the other dog wasn’t going to die or be killed that way in a fight and then unscrupulous manner. But what that means for these dogs is that they had to be handled by all kinds of different people in very tense situations and these dogs were not to ever react and turn on a person in that situation and then what meant was, these dogs become really wonderful people dogs right out of the gate.
Handling during a dog fight:
The dogs have to be handled by many people before and during the dogfight. Before the dog becomes a “fighting” dog, he has to be raised by a human, fed by a human and be shown off by a human. There is a lot of prep before a fight like weighing the dog, showing the dog off to other people.
The handlers actually wash each other’s dogs to make sure they are not covered in a substance that will poison their own dog. This means that a dog fighting dog has to be handled by a complete stranger!!
Guess how the dogs are taken out of a rink after a fight. By a human! They have to be good with people because they are handled non-stop by people.
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.