Just a Dog

Genocide, Holocaust, Ethnic Cleansing. These are ugly words, with ugly thoughts behind them, which describe ugly acts.

Here’s another: BSL.

Some people reading this will be angry. They will ask “How can you compare the extermination of dogs with the extermination of people?”

Jailed at Baldwin Park ***HIGH KILL*** Shelter, CA. $1,000 in pledges if someone will save her.

Jailed at Baldwin Park ***HIGH KILL*** Shelter, CA. $1,000 in pledges if someone will save her.

They will be outraged, saying that humans, as a species, are superior.
That a dog, is “just a dog.”

And that, my friends, underscores my point today.

The pit bulls incarcerated in pounds across the US who will be killed today because their city has BSL are not crocodiles with locking jaws, vicious killing machines, baby eaters or bloodthirsty monsters.

They are just dogs.

Like your Labrador, they want to play in a puddle.
Like your Border Collie, they want to chase a yellow ball.
Like your mutt, they want to run around the back yard at top speed, doing figure 8’s.
Like your Great Dane, they want dinner tonight.
Like your Chihuahua, they want to sit beside you on the couch while you watch TV.
Like your Cocker Spaniel, they want you to rub them behind the ears.
Like your Boxer, they want you to kiss their silly faces.
Like your Shih-tzu, they want to curl up with you while you sleep, safe and warm.
Like your Golden, they want to wake you with wet kisses in the morning.
Like your German Shepherd, they want to go for a walk.
Like your Poodle, they want you to sneak them a treat under the table.
Like your Pointer, your Greyhound, your Bichon and your Dachshund;
Like  your Labradoodle, and Poo-Pom and Schnoodle; they want you to love them.

They are, after all, just dogs.

sooper scaryBut across the nation, they will be persecuted, hated, feared and killed.
Because of their name.

They won’t get a chance to be a family’s pet.
Because of the way they look.

They won’t know a gentle hand, or a soft word, or the sweetness of a kiss.
Because of ugly, ridiculous, idiotic, illogical legislation.

But they are just dogs.

They will be hung out to dry in the media, by hysterical ranters. They will be vilified by those who want to exterminate them. And yes, they will be killed.

Because they have big heads. (Like Scotty dogs)
Because they have big mouths. (Like Saint Bernards)
Because they are strong. (Like Huskies)

Because they are called pit bulls.

But, they are just dogs.

How stupid is that?


[ For more information about Nala, pictured at the top of this post, click here]

About yelodoggie

Ariel C. Wulff is an author, artist and animal advocate. They have been involved in pet rescue for over twenty-five years. They have written two books about their true-life adventures living with an ever-changing house full of pets: Born Without a Tail, and Circling the Waggins, and a guide to animal advocacy using the Internet as a tool: How to Change the World in 30 Seconds". Wulff also wrote a pet column and book review column for the Examiner, and was a contributing editor for AnimalsVote.org. They attribute their love of animals to having been raised by Wulffs.
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7 Responses to Just a Dog

  1. bamabrie says:

    I could not agree more. Unless we view them as individuals, just like we do with all other breeds, they will continue to be targeted, vilified and killed as a result of our ignorance and complacency. We are better than this.


  2. Patti says:

    This is SO true. It’s that simple.


  3. Lin Bauer says:

    If you look at the origin of these dogs, they were bread to be “nanny dogs”. It is man that made them into fighting dogs and gave them a bad name because of greed and now by no fault of theirs they are being persocuted! Statistc shows that more people are bitten by small dogs but the “pincher” does not get persocuted!


  4. nancy5vic says:

    Oh boy, I’m guilty of fearing this breed. My fear leads me to avoidance, though, I never, ever, wish them harm or think they should not be allowed to exist! Having now owned two small dogs arguably with “Napoleonic” complexes, I see that little dogs can be just as vicious. Once again, we are reminded that “size doesn’t matter”. My fear of this breed stems from my little dogs…what if they charge a pit bull? I’m afraid the pit would defend himself and that could be ugle. Prob not a justified fear…


    • yelodoggie says:

      I was horrified when your sister recounted the story she told us during your visit here, and what was said. I noted that you were similarly appalled…as it was, after all, that woman’s pet. Even though you have been conditioned by the media to be fearful, you are without judgement, and again, I am proud to call you cousin.


      • nancy5vic says:

        Sorry that I just read your reply. Yes, my sis’s story was horrifying! I’m sure that woman wishes she never brought her dog to visit her friend as it cost him his life. My wicked cavapoo bit the great dane pup across the street. The dane had kept biting Cooper’s tail and I asked the owner’s son, please to get her. He was busy chatting and next thing I knew, Cooper sought his own revenge. Tore her ear. I was so upset! But the dane is fine. So is my neighbor. I have a cavapoo, so I wasn’t asked to put my dog down! I hope I am without judgement…about so many things that people judge! But, that’s an emotion to always work at keeping in check!
        Happy to have you as a cousin as well!


  5. Wonderful wake up call …Just a Dog


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