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The hugely illuminating story of how a popular breed of dog became the most demonized and supposedly the most dangerous of dogs-and what role humans have played in the transformation. a When Bronwen Dickey brought her new dog home, she saw no traces of the infamous viciousness in her affectionate, timid pit bull. Which made her wonder- How had the breed-beloved by Teddy Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and Hollywood's oLittle Rascalso-come to be known as a brutal fighter? Her search for answers takes her from nineteenth-century New York City dogfighting pits-the cruelty of which drew the attention of the recently formed ASPCA-to early twentieth-century movie sets, where pit bulls cavorted with Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton; from the battlefields of Gettysburg and the Marne, where pit bulls earned presidential recognition, to desolate urban neighborhoods where the dogs were loved, prized-and sometimes brutalized. Whether through love or fear, hatred or devotion, humans are bound to the history of the pit bull. With unfailing thoughtfulness, compassion, and a firm grasp of scientific fact, Dickey offers us a clear-eyed portrait of this extraordinary breed, and an insightful view of Americans' relationship with their dogs. From the Hardcover edition.

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Genre: Pets
Author: Bronwen Dickey
Publisher: Vintage
Release: 2017
File: 400 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780345803115

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First it was the Bloodhound, sensationalized in the dramatizations of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Then it was the Doberman, symbol of the Nazi menace. Today, it is the Pit bull that is vilified for the depravity of his masters. Today, police chase down fleeing Pit bulls in the street, firing dozens of wild shots in response to media-fed rumors of supernatural Pit bull abilities. Politicians coach and nurture this fear with their own brand of rhetoric used to assist in the passing of quick and ineffective legislation created to pacify communities ignorant of the real cause for dog attacks. Hundreds of animal shelters throughout the country kill all unclaimed Pit bull-looking dogs, as they are deemed "unadoptable" solely on their physical appearance. This has occurred because the human/dog bond, the most complex and profound inter-species relationship in the history of mankind, has been reduced to a simple axiom: Breed of dog = degree of dangerousness. We have come to accept that hanging entire breeds of dogs in effigy for the sins of their owners is an acceptable solution to canine aggression because we have been placated by a Pit Bull Placebo. Like the pharmacologically inactive sugar pill dispensed to pacify a patient who supposes it to be medicine, eradication of the Pit bull is the placebo administered to ease the public's anxiety about dog attacks. The book, The Pit Bull Placebo: The Media, Myths and Politics of Canine Aggression, explores how our views and beliefs about canine aggression have changed over the last 150 years and how our perceptions about the nature and behavior of dogs has been influenced by persons and organizations who often times disseminate information about dog attacks which is tailored to further an agenda unrelated to the improvement of the human/dog bond. We are in the midst of a social hysteria about Pit bulls because we have abandoned centuries-old common-sense and have been duped by inaccurate reporting from the "Pit Bull Paparazzi" and by politicians who traffic in rumors, myths and pseudoscience in their efforts to pass legislation that demonizes dogs while exonerating criminal and abusive owners. If we truly believe that the extremely rare cases of fatal dog attacks merit extreme measures in the management of dogs, if our concern and shock is genuine, then we must be equally genuine and sincere in seeking out and addressing the real causes for these incidents. Only by stepping back from the swirl of present-day hysteria surrounding isolated cases of severe canine aggression and examining the problem from a broader and more objective perspective can we hope to understand and address the human and canine behaviors which contribute to these incidents.

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Genre: Pets
Author: Karen Delise
Publisher: Anubis Pub
Release: 2007
File: 210 Pages
ISBN-13: 0972191410

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This is a true story about a woman who found a pit bull puppy abandoned at three weeks old and their experiences together.

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Author: Berni Seever
Publisher: Lulu.com
Release: 2011-07
File: 28 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781257907793

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Readers will be interested in this book because it is written from a Pit Bull's point of view. The book gives insights to daily occurences in a humorous, but truthful manner. The book also sheds light on the numerous negative stereotypes and generalizations that people have about Pit Bulls.

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Author: Renee Washington
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Release: 2011-10
File: 16 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781467070249

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Introduces the history of the pit bull, its distinctive behaviors, and the best way to train this breed.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Julie Fiedler
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group
Release: 2006
File: 24 Pages
ISBN-13: 140423117X

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Welcome to the world of Martin "Buzzy" Schwartz, Champion Trader--the man whose nerves of steel and killer instinct in the canyons of Wall Street earned him the well-deserved name "Pit Bull." This is the true story of how Schwartz became the best of the best, of the people and places he discovered along the way and of the trader’s tricks and techniques he used to make his millions.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Martin Schwartz
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release: 2009-10-13
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780061844638

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These stories are true. They are for dog lovers of all breeds. Some are reconstructed from conversations with the actual participants, others from my own experience. I do not promote or condone dog fi ghting but neither do I tolerate the continual stream of deliberate misinformation and blatant lies from the news media and government agencies. I love these remarkable dogs and will continue to own them as long as I am able.

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Genre: Pets
Author: Michael Francis
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release: 2013-08-22
File: 92 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781483684321

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Dogs categorized as pit bulls are entangled with American sociocultural and psychological dynamics, and alternately imagined as noble, vicious, and sweet. Depth psychology holds that untended unconscious dynamics overwhelm situations and manifest in undesired ways such as violence and oppression. This research explored the unconscious dynamics in pit bull phenomena and asked whether archetypal understandings of these phenomena can promote compassion, social justice, and well-being for dogs and humans. Employing a hermeneutic methodology with a depth psychological lens, this research sought an archetypal understanding of pit bull fighting, breed-specific legislation (BSL), negative breed-based stereotypes, and pit bull rescue and advocacy through hermeneutic dialogues with texts representing these phenomena. Findings showed that the worlds of White dogfighters and game dog breeders contain a complex array of archetypal elements, including archetypes of Warrior, Hero, Wise Old Man, and Magician, and themes of initiation and alchemy. These worlds are also sites for productions of White American heteromasculine personae. Other findings showed that BSL, negative breed stereotypes, and pit bull rescue and advocacy represent transformations of the pit bull image through alchemical stages of destructive nigredo and purifying albedo. These stages showed how the pit bull image emerges from White social anxieties and is employed to reestablish White comfort. An integrated rubedo stage of the pit bull image, in which all of these dynamics are made conscious, is promoted to support social justice and well-being for dogs and humans.

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Genre: Archetype (Psychology)
Author: Elizabeth Selena Zinda
Publisher:
Release: 2017
File: 471 Pages
ISBN-13: 0355118343

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“Pit Bull 101” traces the loveable Pitbull from its historic ancestry to today. The dog’s pedigree, genealogy, and temperament are illustrated. Pitbulls have been the subject of adverse legislation illegal operations, and public disquiet. By learning about the Pitbull, you will find that they are not dangerous, vicious, or difficult to train. Pitbulls have a varied history. They are not fighting dogs but rescue dogs, police dogs, dogs used for care, and support dogs. They will love you, unconditionally and be your most loyal friend. At one time in America’s history, Pitbulls were known as America’s dog. They were on war posters for WWI and WWII, the face of Buster Brown shoes, and known as nanny dogs. You have seen the Pitbull running with the Little Rascals and as a part of Rachael Ray’s dog food commercial. The Pitbulls reputation was horribly damaged by magazine articles, media prejudice, and the story of Michael Vick and his dogfighting project. Yet, these dogs that were horribly abused and tortured became happy and loving family pets and mascots. The Michael Vick tragedy changed the face of dog rescue. Fighting dogs are no longer indiscriminately “put down.” The care and feeding of a Pitbull are outlined in the book. These same training techniques, feeding, and scheduling tips can be used for any dog, and if you are diligent and consistent, these tips will provide you with a Pitbull who will outlive any other breed. Now there are rescue societies and groups who understand what a Pitbull is, and they are working diligently to repair this breed’s reputation. Own a Pitbull, and you will find that they are awesome dogs. About the Expert Catherine Thompson holds a Masters' Degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on grant writing. She has written thousands of articles that include natural health, drug rehab, dog training, investing and the metals industry, recipes, and how to cook organically. I do love to research, and if she does not know a subject, she will research, read, and summarize. Fun items include gardening, dog training, education, childcare, sports interests. Catherine loves to review books! Catherine holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and 20+ years of experience in editing, teaching English, office management, collections, and customer service. Willing to do research on any topic and write about these topics. Catherine prides herself on meeting deadlines and giving the best work. Currently, Catherine is writing blogs and dog books on Pitbulls and malamutes. Her free time is spent gardening, hiking and camping, and cheering on baseball, soccer, and basketball games for little people. Catherine lives in Utah with her husband and Pitbull, Penny. HowExpert publishes quick ‘how to’ guides on all topics from A to Z by everyday experts.

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Genre: Pets
Author: HowExpert
Publisher: HowExpert
Release: 2020-01-25
File: 93 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781647581879

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With a wag and a "woof," this book invites readers to meet the devoted American pit bull terrier. Readers will examine the history, physical attributes, development, and behavior of the American pit bull terrier breed. Coat, color, size, and care instructions are also discussed. Full-color photos allow readers to see these strong, confident dogs in a variety of situations. An index and glossary are also included. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Joanne Mattern
Publisher: ABDO
Release: 2011-08-01
File: 24 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781617877285

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