I loved several Dobermans growing up in the 1970's. We fought against the misplaced fear they caused strangers. We knew how smart, loving and wonderful each dog was. Fast forward a few decades, and now it is the Pit Bull who strikes fear. Dogs don't hate, people train them to do hateful acts.
Challenging the darker side are wonderful people like Chris, teaching his dog to share her warmth and affection with children. Gremlin is Pit Bull and was on the cover of Issue 12 of Life+Dog Magazine and her story appeared inside.
Registered therapy dogs refute breed's sterotypes
WESTLAKE, Ohio - "The plight of the pit bull is what I call it."
Chris Hughes calls his therapy dogs loving, loyal and great with kids. But when people see them, they're often afraid.
"I tell them she works with children at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, works with children with autism, and it blows their minds what these dogs can do."
Hughes started Thera-Pits when his pit bull, Gremlin, became a registered therapy dog.
"We started working with schools, reading programs and then Gremlin became the first pit bull accepted into University Hospital's Pet Pals program." Since then, many more dogs have been accepted into Thera-Pits, and the organization has supporters from as far away as Australia and South Africa.