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Banned Pit Bull by RavensLore Banned Pit Bull by RavensLore
It's oil on watercolor paper. 12"x18"

The title is: "Banned Pit Bull #1,000,023 Enters Heaven"

I get a lot of questions about this artwork, so here's what i had to say to one person doing a paper about BSL:

I only had my pit bull for about 3 years. I had never met any other purebred pit bulls, but i thought they were beautiful dogs, and I had spent a lot of time with "aggressive" breeds as a child, and they were always sweet dogs. I had a Doberman, a Mastiff, an Akita, and a Rottweiler around when i was growing up and all of them were dependable dogs. Also, I had adopted several of a litter of 8 abandoned pitbull/St.Bernard mixes as puppies and had placed them all in homes that they still live in, with no aggression problems.

I got my pit bull in Houston. I traded 2 artworks to a breeder in Minneapolis who flew her out to me. I socialized her really well. She absolutely loved any person, and any dog (not to mention she was very trustworthy will small animals and birds). I can honestly say she was the friendliest dog I've ever had. Maybe because I socialized her so much as a puppy, I don't know. My family owns a lot of Jack Russells and they are way, way more prone to aggression than pit bulls.

Then I moved back to Colorado, and I had her there when Denver passed a ban against possession of pit bulls. Every shelter within a hundred miles filled up with pit bulls, and they were euthanizing hundreds of people's family pets. It was disgusting.

I didn't know what to do with my dog, Genesis, so i took her way up in the mountains where I knew of this no-kill-shelter. When i brought her in they said "no way, no more pit bulls. We have too many, and wont be able to place the ones we have." But I was really persistent, talking to them about how well trained my dog was.

She was crate trained, obedience trained. She would stand still on the edge of a table to have her nails trimmed and ears cleaned out, and she would jump in the bathtub to vomit, instead of doing it on the carpet whenever she got sick.

So the woman who owned and managed that shelter offered to give her a "temperament test". And she took her back and came out with her 20 minutes later and said, "This is a good dog, I'll take her home." And that was it. As far as I know, that woman still has Genesis as her own pet. I heard that the lady has 2 St.Bernards that Genesis lives with, and the only problem they have is that Genesis licks their ears so much that the skin gets dry.

I never had any negative reactions from people in public. I think people don't really know what a pit bull looks like. They don't think they can be cute. They only recognize one if their ears are cut. My dog had her ears and she was really beautiful. and she had very happy, submissive body language. and I would tell people that she was a Lab/Boxer mix, which people believe because if she was a pit bull she would be mean and ugly, right?

I don't think people will ever really understand them. They want to be afraid of things. The only thing that will help is very stiff legislation and enforcement against people who abuse dogs. And also against the breeders who sell dogs to those people. A good breeder wont sell a dog to a person that will abuse it, or fight it. They can tell. They ask lots of questions. If people who abuse dogs had to pay large fines, and the breeders were regulated in some way there wouldn't be this problem.

It wouldn't be difficult to do either. You can go on the website of any breeder and see which kind of dog they're trying to breed. Good breeders select for good temperament. They show their dogs in regular dog shows and events like agility. They get certifications for their studs, like "Canine Good Citizen" and they keep their dogs in their houses, not tied individually in kennels or staked behind their houses. Also, they charge a lot of money per puppy, and ask a lot of questions about the new owner. All of these things are very important.

So that is what is needed to solve the problem, not legislation against the dogs, but regulation of the breeding and selling of the dogs. . . There are ways to do this.

So that's my 2 cents. Hope it's helpful.
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spookielilone Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous portrait and you are so very right.  Educate don't ban...
daisy-kraft Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well said friend.  The masses need the temperament tests and the education.  You can give any animal a decent life with the proper discipline and rewards and in return their love for you is endless and reward enough.  This painting is fabulous, thanks so much for sharing.
BlueGoldWarrior12 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love baby pitbulls :'( and when they become adult dogs they're still sweet :(
I blame irresponsible owners for that stupid ban :roll:
JustACosplayer Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't touch this.
Very-Stormy-Skies Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, this is adorable. I've only ever met two pitbulls and they were adorable and sweet.

I honestly think it's silly to ban a dog breed, or any living creature, for that matter. There's no such thing as a bad dog, but there is such thing as a bad owner. It's ridiculous to brand a whole breed as 'bad' due to a few people taking poor care of their dogs, abusing them, and leading them to be bad dogs. It's the owner, not the dog.
ColorfulRevenge Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Thats the same derpy face my pitbull makes! :D
nikipixie Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Gorgeous picture! I adore Pitbulls so much! ^_^ xxx
JessicaRHerrera Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a really touching picture. My pit got out because she was scared of fireworks and she got hit by a car. The shelter never called us even though she was microchiped. I had to find her on my own. I don't know why they microchip if they aren't going to use them. :( She would have probably been put down if I hadn't put in the effort to find her.
Brijaymetal Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
RS-Kyra Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student Photographer
The banning and extensive euthanasia of harmless pets is truly disgusting. It's exactly like a Holocaust of pitbulls. They don't deserve it. If we have to punish anyone, it's the damn dogfighters.

I'm glad Genesis found a good home. So many others just aren't lucky.
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