Today being the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday, I thought I would paws and reflect on Dr. King’s momentous “I Have A Dream” speech. I have a dream, too, for my canine brethren. If I imagine what Dr. King would say about Pitbulls, he might say something like this:
“My brothers and sisters, even as we face the injustice of Breed Selective Legislation, and penalties for responsible dog ownership, and violence against dogs of all types, I have a dream.
I have a dream that one day the world will stop labeling Pitbulls and Pitbull mixes solely upon their appearance, and hold these truths to be self-evident, that all dogs are created equal.
I have a dream that one day, the Legislators who propose BSL will realize that education and training is the answer to dog bite problems; and that those Legislators might sit down together to propose ordinances that will be fair for dogs and owners, not discriminatory and random.
I have a dream that dogs will not be bred in puppy mills, trained to fight, then penalized for their owners’ actions.
I have a dream that dogs used as bait animals will no longer be subject to suffering and terrible death, but set free, and placed in good homes.
I have a dream that the media will stop hysterical, biased reporting of dog bites, and instead, report factual information calmly, allowing the People to choose a dog not based solely upon appearance, but upon the contents of its character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, dogfighting will be recognized the world over as vicious and a crime. I have a dream that law enforcement and government officials will take the profit out of this heinous blood sport.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that the shelters will be emptied, and dogs will be dogs; family pets who are loved and cared for, not distrusted and discriminated against.
I have a dream that one day, the Pitbulls, the Shepherds, the Dobermans, the Rottweilers, and the Chow Chows, will be able to sit in their forever homes and not worry that they will be shot on sight if they get outside of their backyards.
Yes, I have a dream for all dogs….today.”
Woof! Love, Maggie