Before a pit bull came into my life, I, too, believed some of the myths. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I was afraid of pit bulls—I am a dachshund, after all. But I certainly didn’t feel comfortable around them. To be honest, they made me a little nervous. Then I met Gucci, and I can honestly say I’ve never had a single bad experience with the breed. Despite the hype, they are nothing more (and nothing less) than dogs.
Davi: Tell me something about you that most people don’t know.
Gucci: I was adopted as a young pup from Jersey. I’m an inner city dog, but now I’m living it up in the Sunshine State!
What is a common misconception about pit bull terriers?
People think pit bulls are inherently vicious. A pit bull isn’t inherently anything other than a beautiful, block-headed dog with a muscular disposition and, of course, the shape of a dog’s head tells you nothing about a dog’s personality.
How can we smash breed stereotypes?
Speak out. If we’re going to flip the script about breeds, we’ve got to spit facts and stories about our true, loving nature.
What small change can make a
Paw forward, reach out and help others better understand our breed. The best
way to counteract fear is education. It rules the nation!
What was the best thing that happened to you today?
Tasted peanut butter for the first time. That schmear is dope! Even if I did snap up some serious cottonmouth after gorging on a jar. Next time, more water!
Do you have a favorite food?
Big woofs for bananas and bully sticks! Shout out for wet food, too!
What do you think you’re much better at than you really are?
Freestyling. It makes the neighbors complain, but they can’t bark a rap, either.
How did you get your name?
My chocolate-brown locks are fresh like a Gucci-clad street dog. Guess that’s why I keep my nose in the air.
Who’s better: Snoop Dogg or Nate Dogg?
Snoop Dogg. That video transformation earned him enough street cred to be a
If you could bust a rhyme about your breed, what would you say?
Stop ill-willin’ my breed, please. There’s no need, geez. Educate! Don’t discriminate! Peep my demo tape. Doggie Bag dropping soon!
Pit bulls get a bad rap. Truth is, when well-bred and properly socialized, pit bulls are friendly, people-oriented pets. Unfortunately, what many folks know about pit bulls comes from stories about dog fighting and attacks. Dogs and their owners must be held accountable for their actions–for their deeds, not their breeds. A well-trained pit bull can be an ambassador and show the world that, with a loving home and training, pit bulls are great pets. Remember, the smallest change in perspective can transform a life.
Davi the dachshund believes that a good breed is born; bad breeds are badly trained.