I would like to thank the city council of Monroe in Washington State in for being forward thinking and not reactionary. They averted what could have been a tragedy in the making. A man was trying to testify to the brutal assault of his mother by two pit bulls in the Seattle-Tacoma area . Does the man have every reason to be angry and upset? Yes. His mother is disfigured, injured and traumatized. In the end, the city council leaned toward NOT creating a BSL, but instead creating laws that targeted bad owners and not the dogs. The council will revisit the situation in six months.
A tragedy has occurred. We have a family that will never look at dogs in a confident light again. If they see a pit bull in the street, they will be terrified. Do I blame the man for his anger and his desire to try and control his fear the only way he knows how by asking for some sort of legislation? No. Can I blame them for having fear? No.
You see, fear is a powerful motivator. Fear is what closes doors in our hearts and our minds. Fear is what causes rocks to be thrown. Fear is what causes people to run from the unknown.
The two pit bulls who attacked the woman are as much victims as the man and his mother. They were in an environment where there was no discipline, no boundaries and no responsibility on the part of the dog owner.
As dog owners, of ANY breed, it is our responsibility to raise and create well-mannered dogs. As pit bull owners, we have a responsibility to show the world that our dogs are not symbols of machismo or fear, but are the family pet they have historically been. We know how loving and wonderful the pit bull can be, and every time we read about irresponsible owners, we get ever so angry.
But we must also let compassion temper our advocacy. Our best weapon are well trained, well behaved dogs who are ambassadors to the breed, owned by people from all walks of life. People will always say ignorant and stupid things. As human beings, that’s what we do. But it is our actions and deeds that define us. And so it is with the animals in our care.
As for the family of the woman attacked, we can only hope and pray that their souls will heal and their fears will lessen as time passes. Let us hope that the pit bull advocates in the SeaTac area are praying for the healing of their souls as well.