While Squishy was sleeping today I caught up on news.
The story was about pitbulls, the most hated breed in America...right now. Breeds come and go, the hated ones that is. The news story was about 2 boys that were attacked in 2007 (I think). Their families started a lawsuit that led to pitbull owners who rent being forced to chose between the roof over their head and their dogs. Landlords, as a result of this lawsuit, are being held accountable for their renters dogs resulting in those landlords saying they won't rent to people who own pits.
I don't like this.
I don't like that pitbulls are being targeted. I am fearful of huskies. I have a reason (short story: as a child I was attacked by a husky. Totally unprovoked, I knew the dog and was familiar with her. I was at the wrong place and wrong time) to be afraid of them. I accept that not every husky will attack me and I was almost over my fear last year. My best friends have a husky and he is a giant LOVE of a dog. I really do adore him, he's so gentle around me. I was even brushing him without issue...until I hit a burr or a snarl and he snapped at me. I freaked the FUCK out and I could not be near him without almost shaking.
What I didn't do was start shouting from the rooftops how horrible huskies are and that they should be banned. I realize my fear of them is my own issue. One dog does not represent the entire breed.
Pitbulls are only perceived as evil and harmful because people have ruined them. They are no different from dobermans, rottweilers and even german shephards. Each of these breeds have been seen as violent and feared. Which is ironic because german shephards are now viewed as hero dogs.
Blaming an entire breed because assholes abuse dogs is a dumbass lame shitty thing to do. I don't blame every husky I meet for what happened to me. I do keep my distance, because my head is pretty resistant about getting "over" this, not because I believe every husky wants to try to chew my face off.