By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
It is impossible to simply put a cute kitten video up on VT without cheap politics coming up one way or another. However, there is a point here. Paddington is a “rescue” pit bull, or more appropriately a pure bred American Staffordshire Terrier (mix).
Until two years ago, here in Lucas County, Ohio, all dogs that had any Staffordshire bloodline, no matter how much, were put to death automatically as “vicious.”
Of course, many were owned by “evil Negroes” who lived on the “poor side of town” and their dogs had to be killed. Dog fighting is a Southern experience, feeding dogs gun powder, docking their tails and ear, torturing them and then heading off with Billy Bob to that barn in the woods or the ghetto, whichever, and watching abused and tortured dogs kill each other.
In our neighboring counties, Fulton and Henry, Staffordshire Terriers are still killed out of ignorance. Frankly, ignorance is the major product of these two counties anyway, let’s face it.
Today, the pit bull or American Staffordshire Terrier is the most popular dog for house pets. They are great with kids, reasonably intelligent, stubborn as hell and extremely affectionate.
As dogs go, they are now being used as companion dogs and police dogs except they are much harder to train to bite than other breeds.
Actually, companion dogs that bite have never really caught on except, of course, in Fulton and Henry Counties.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.
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