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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...
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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.
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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:
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JustACosplayer Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't touch this.
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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.
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ColorfulRevenge Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Thats the same derpy face my pitbull makes! :D
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nikipixie Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Gorgeous picture! I adore Pitbulls so much! ^_^ xxx
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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.
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Brijaymetal Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
DDDAAAAAAAAAWWWWW!!!!!
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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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fetherhd Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
OH hehehe sorry....got on my soap box and forgot....LOVELY work. You caught this breeds happy go lucky attitude perfectly!
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fetherhd Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
As a groomer for 22 years I can honestly say that I have NEVER been bitten, growled at or even looked at funny by a pit bull. Even fostered a few and re-homed them.On the other hand...I have been bitten COUNTLESS times by poodles, cocker spaniels, schnauzers, scotties, llhasa apsos, rotweillers and the worst offender....chows. Killing dogs is not the problem....getting people TRAINED to that they are good responsible owners....that is the problem!
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dnlko0 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
very nice ^^
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AyakaHagane01 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Artist
beautiful!!!!!! i love pit bulls too!!! i had one myself, but i had to give her away..
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Sadie-pitbull3 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree. Pit bulls arn't bad dogs and people shouldn't judge the breed just because there are too many ignorant owners that abuse them and make them mean. BAN BAD OWNERS!
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Agreed. :P
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Social-Misfit Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Agreed! It's ridiculous to "ban" a living thing. Ban bad owners who don't know how to raise a dog properly.
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Way too many people have dogs who have no business owning them... they just get by by chaining them out back, or having teeny tiny ones.
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Social-Misfit Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
yup. They should regulate pet ownership rather than banning a breed.
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Nightwarrier Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Student Photographer
Love it and also agree with what your saying, actually I drew a pit bull yesterday and was saying similar stuff :) nice to see that someone has the same view, people are even iffy with my dog who is a bull terrier but it's not their fault, we even got band from a dog club thing because we used to bring him when he was a puppy.
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Then they go get bitten by their family heeler, or golden, or minpin. It's crazy.
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NarakuLover6661 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I think this is one of my favorite paintings :aww:
My next painting is gonna be inspired by this one.

I have a red nose, she thinks she's a lap dog <.<
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much. That's very sweet. I think I'll go make some pitbull chibis now.
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stick-dragon Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my god.... amazing...
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow. Thanks.
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stick-dragon Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are very welcome. This painting is just... incredible. Really.
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Noahluv Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful painting...

I can't believe the dogs are illegal. I have my pit, I think he's mixed with a lab though, and he's just the sweetest dog... the owners apparently were going to kill it so some people I know took it and tried to find a home for it. Homer ended up with me:D

I hate that what they were originally bred for which obviously fuels the stigma, but they're such beautiful and lovable dogs... the next pup I get will definitely be a pit bull.
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I saw a show on Animal Planet yesterday that actually said some really nice things about them. So that's new. :)
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Noahluv Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
YYAAAAYY!!!!:D
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Ryuco-The-Dog-Demon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous work!

I love pits so much they are such great animals! Its a shame that they have a bad rep that isnt even true, these stupid owners are the ones who cause this.

I rescued my American Akita at a crappy shelter, she was due to be euthanized that day and she just caught my eye, her spine and ribs were visable through her fur, she want groomed and she had NO food OR water in her kennel.

I brought her home after reading up on the breed a little more before bringing our Borzoi up to meet her, she is the most loveable dog ever! the books say she would not do well with other dogs either way or with small animals (we have 3 cats) and after a week she was carrying my kitten around like her own pup and groomed her, the most cutest thing Ive seen. and she LOVES dogs (unless males sniff her butt too long, then she gives a little growl, never snaps or anything)

it upsets me greatly that people mistreat these breeds because they dont read up on them or they are just abusers, Tsume (my Akita) still has that trait in her where they will grab you by the wrist and hand to get attention and to drag you somewhere much like pits do (i find it funny and cute) and her previous owner took a file to her canines and filed them down to a flat tip as "punishment" thinking she was attacking. she is still terrified of men but is extreamly terrified of black men, females she fine with.

Now Akitas in the UK are going through the banning issues like pits here in the US because idiots buy these dogs for looks and dont take the time to read up on their temperments and how to stimulate their minds since they are working dogs! so now this breed is getting the same issues as Pits have been dealing with for years.

My friend and I, since she has a Tiger Brindel female Pit, we walk our girls at the parks and the dog welcome outside malls to prove to people these breeds are not the monsters they made them out to be, we know our girls to know when they are annoyed with something, we get them out of that situation because we treat them like amily, not property, we know what they are feeling and everyone who is a dog owner should be that way.
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
When I was little I lived with an Akita named Mushy, and he made a great couch. ;)
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Ryuco-The-Dog-Demon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
XD My Tsume girl is the same way, she will shove me out of my spot on the end of the couch, curl up and nom my wrist to pull me towards her to lay on her like a pillow XD she is such a sweetheart.
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NannaDoodles Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
the reason most purebreeds turn is becouse they are "inbred" and they are basicaly messed up and cant be fixed with anything after doing somthing so horrid, and theya re lovely dogs, my father raises, trains, and takes in pits taht would untherwise be put down becouse of their breed once they get into the shelter
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I saw this show that said in extreme cases you can surgically remove their canine teeth and they suddenly lose all aggression. It just takes all the will to bite out, since they can't grip. I wonder if that really works.
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NannaDoodles Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
sometimes, it depends on the way they were bred, some breeds have slightly different skull structures, like a "galiath" breed has a larger jawset and they tend to have strong blunt jaws and snouts kinda like an aligator, but the "saten" bred dogs have smaller, more narrow snouts and very sharp teeth compared to the "galiath's" blunter teeth, if you de-fang a galiath it will not matter at all to it, but the "saten" breed is very prideful and get to the point that if you de-fang them they loose all their fight intirly almost, but there other teeth are still sharp and tehy get quite edgy but will be more tame then before (my dad rescued a galiath and a saten breed and they were de-fanged, it was my job to feed all the dogs other then the ones that my dad had not gotten to work with, so after he decided they were ok for me to get by i got bitten by both dogs, the galiaths blunt bight did not bite becouse my dad tought me how to defend myself with my arm and after he sat there biteing me for a bit he calmed down, whined, and licked my arm and i had a nasty bruis but he never did anything bad again unless my dad yelled at me and then he would go crazy, but the saten would get agrrivated if i ever just strutted right up to him, id haev to walk slow and call to him to let him no i was in my cage, if not i would get bitten on the hand like the first time i fed him, but he let go right away and just went back in his dog house, he had just got mad i got near his food withought him knowing) and thats my exspiriance with that
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Tibb-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
( Late comment D: )

This is simply beautiful in an almost heartbreaking way.. Pit Bulls are probably one of the most beautiful dogs out there, especially in personality. I came from a household where my mother was afraid of pits. She had the "They are evil!" mentality. It took many years but finally she was able to see how wonderful the breed is and now owns two.

In all my twenty years I've never once met a mean pit bull. And I've met quite a few of these amazing dogs. But I have met a lot of 'ankle biters' that would try to attack for literally no reason. Yet they pass laws banning a dog that has done nothing wrong; a breed that has fought with us in wars. (Actually the most decorated war dog in American history at the moment is a pit bull named Stubby).

I don't know what I would do if I were forced to give up my babies because of some bull shit law (after all... that's what BSL really means). But that's starting to become something I worry daily about since the IL state representative wants to pass a BSL law.

If only there were more people in the world like you, people that can see how wonderful this breed is.
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It helps that there are people like you who talk about it.
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PitbullWolf Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
This is a BEAUTIFUL piece of art. It makes my heart melt looking at it. Well done :)
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I want it to be warm.
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DeeMelino Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
Cewl work : )

Here is my Presa x Pitbull mix

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RavensLore Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
omg, so soulful!
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DeeMelino Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Thenks ^^
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SomethingLeftToLose Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Student Writer
beautiful picture and very touching story. no dog breed deserves BSL, but it still happens. thanks for sharing this story and for the correct info about GOOD breeders as opposed to irresponsible breeders, who are really the ones who should be punished instead of the dogs.
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for being a critical thinker. We need as many of those as we can get in the world.
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piratekit Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
I would first like to say that this photo mixed in with the story is very touching and beautiful.

I'm planning on making a video that shows Pit bulls are loving and caring dogs, and that they are not born vicious. I am trying to gather as much pictures I can of pit bulls showing their natural loving behavior. So I was wondering if I could use this picture in the video?
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh definitely. And I'm sure there's no shortage of pitbull cuteness to put in that video.
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mystickirby Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
I actually read somewhere that Pits are more likely to have better temperaments then Labs at times. I think it was something about the constant inbreeding of Labradors causing behavioral problems

From personal experience, i believe that. Most of the Pit Bulls ive met were sweethearts :heart:

the labs ive met were rather aggressive

Sad what happened to your dog :( Laws like that are rather idiotic to me
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I read that they are less likely than other breeds to be aggressive towards humans because they were bred to be safe for handlers to break up the sport fighting, even when it was really heated.
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Dragonia2000 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
pitbulls are affectionate loving animals. i had 6 pitbulls over the course of my life, and as i grew up with them i bonded with them quickly and gained their trust. no animal should be banned because of their misdemeanor as a savage animal
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I miss having one. I actually live in Texas now, where I can have one. . . but I have a Jack Russell. She's like a miniature pitbull, but not as sweet. . . so it'll be a while before I can get another pittie.
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