I need to tell you that i absolutely love dogs. I do not have one now, but that is because of ‘veterinarian expense’ fear while on a pension.
Forty years ago. I am waiting to be served at a Sullivan County, New York junkyard-I take a seat on a couch.
What appears to be a dog, with a massive chest and gigantic jaw jumps up on the couch and positions his face an inch away from my face. He stares at me, unblinking.
I feel a terror that I have never experienced before . I leak urine. I start shaking.
I get the attention of the desk clerk.
” Gett this fucking beast away from me.”
The clerk laughs.
“I said get this fucking dog away from me!”
“Killer. Killer! Get down.”
The dog departs, and so do I.
I head straight for a veterinarian’s office and describe the beast to the front desk girl.
NOT “Great with kids. Safe to be with…”
As the years pass, I see other pit bulls. I read horror stories. (Remember the recent hoax where a woman and her horribly pit bull attack disfigured grand daughter were ‘refused’ service at KFC?).
And I always moved to the other side of the street.
Several years ago, I split up with my wife, and I moved into a neighborhood with a heavy minority population. Not a problem, I genuinely like everyone.
But most of them owned pit bulls. That, my friends, was a problem. It got to the point where I never walked the neighborhood. I went from car to apartment only.
Fast forward to today. Facebook posts daily features on adoptable pets. While many breeds are featured, most are pitbulls.
Why? Hardly see any black labs or cockers up for adoption. Why pit bulls?
What to do? No idea. There has to be millions of them. Just don’t surprise visit me with one.