Filtered By - Pit Bulls

  • National Post Why do smart people cry crocodile tears for vicious pit bulls? Tuesday July 22nd, 2014
    Until a few decades ago, North America’s pit bull population was minuscule — mere hundreds of thousands, owned mostly by security-minded junkyard-dealer types who knew exactly what sort of ferocious jaws-with-legs they had on chain. But in the years since, pit bulls gradually have been recast as gentle, lovable pets. When cities have (sensibly) banned pit bulls, us...
  • National Post Attack of the pit bull advocates Tuesday May 13th, 2014
    A four-year old Calgary boy is in hospital today with “some serious lacerations to the upper torso” following an attack by a “dog” as the Calgary Herald had it in their headline. It’s only in the fifth paragraph we find out the dog was in fact a pit bull. Pit bull lovers will now spring to their Twitter posts, denouncing the alleged media conspira...
  • National Post Ottawa’s laissez-faire position on the pit bull ban must be reversed Wednesday April 30th, 2014
    The pit bull that mauled 14-month old Ottawa baby Cali Leclair on the weekend, causing severe damage to her face, was put down on Monday. The dog had bitten another baby previously and should have been euthanized then as a matter of course. Decades ago it would have been. But we live in more sentimental times where animals are concerned. Soft-hearted advocates want to treat aggress...
  • National Post Ottawa's laissez-faire position on the pit bull ban must be reversed Wednesday April 30th, 2014
    The pit bull that mauled 14-month old Ottawa baby Cali Leclair on the weekend, causing severe damage to her face, was put down on Monday. The dog had bitten another baby previously and should have been euthanized then as a matter of course. Decades ago it would have been. Cali Leclair, 1, recovering in hospital after pit bull tore her nose off in vicious Ottawa attack ...
  • National Post If you can only love a pit bull, you don’t really love dogs Monday April 28th, 2014
    On Sunday, “Cali,”an Ottawa toddler, was rushed to hospital after being mauled by a dog. The Ottawa Paramedic Service described the wounds as “multiple, severe lacerations to the face,” with reports suggesting the dog bit her nose off and savaged other parts of her face down to the bone. The culprit was a pit bull. Of course.. Such drastic damage to a child is rar...
  • National Post It Should be Pit Bull BEWARE-ness Day Tuesday October 29th, 2013
    On October 26, the Montreal SPCA and Pit Stop Montreal are celebrating "National Pit Bull Awareness Day."  Pit bulls may seem like an odd topic for a conservative journal, but as the (now) old saying goes, "the personal is political," and nothing that affects our emotional lives in this heavily politicized world is exempt from the rule. Anyone who owns a do...
  • National Post Dog bites man — again and again Thursday August 22nd, 2013
    Thanks to (literally) thick skin, a Calgary-resident beagle named Arlo will recover from a recentunprovoked attack by two neighbouring pit bulls. The vet bill for stitching up Arlo’s neck and shoulder — $3600 — tells us that what will be officially recorded as “bites” were in fact the mauling typically associated with pit-bull-type dogs. If Arlo had bee...
  • National Post The Dog (Bite) Days of Summer Thursday August 1st, 2013
    Earlier this month my esteemed colleague at the National Post, George Jonas, wrote a reminiscent column about irascible dogs. Dogs are a suitable topic for the dog days of summer, and – considering the additional time spent out of doors by children with exposed limbs – dog bites an even more timely theme. But, little did Jonas know, not being immersed as I am in the biz...
  • National Post A bubby in the Twittergarden Wednesday June 26th, 2013
    The other day my five-year old granddaughter’s friend asked her why she plays so much soccer. I expected to hear, “Because it’s fun!” Instead, my granddaughter said, “I have to. It’s on the list on the fridge.” Cute, eh? In the very old days, I would have ‘phoned my husband to share a laugh over it. In the mere old days, I would have ...
  • National Post The attraction of killer dogs as retail pitchmen Thursday March 21st, 2013
    There’s a reason corporations spend a fortune on their logos. “Branding” that captivates the public with instant, sympathetic recognition is the holy grail of merchandising. Animal mascots have proven very successful props in marketing all kinds of products, from insurance (the Geiko lizard) to cereal (Kelloggs’s Tony the Tiger) to web browsers (Firefox) to mattre...
  • National Post Twisted minds and the heinous crimes draw fan clubs for mass killers Thursday January 10th, 2013
    The trial trial of accused Colorado mass killer James Holmes is in session. The courtroom is packed with media, victims’ family and friends and curious members of the public. Prosecutors are bringing to light the grisly details of the rampage in which 12 people and 58 others were wounded at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. Everyone in the courtroom struggles to cope wit...
  • National Post Delusional pitbull owners and their predictable denials Wednesday January 2nd, 2013
    It’s happened again. In southeast Calgary on New Year’s Eve afternoon, three dogs savagely attacked two other dogs. Can you guess the breed of all three attacking dogs? Pit bulls, of course. Tip: anytime you read a story in which animals end up dead or needing to be euthanized after being attacked by a dog, or children being wounded seriously enough to need hospital attention...
  • National Post Cesar the dog whisperer should whisper the truth Wednesday November 28th, 2012
    I see that famous dog whisperer Cesar Millan will appear at Toronto’s Bell Centre Sunday as part of the 19-city Canadian tour of his show, “Trust Your Instincts.” Tickets to hear him pontificate on the nature of dogs run from $37.50 to $113.50. Perhaps the higher-priced tickets entitle you to share a bowl of kibble with him after the show. According to the Montreal Gaze...
  • National Post Barbara Kay on pit bull bans: The myths of multicaninism Wednesday October 24th, 2012
    This Saturday in Tucson, Arizona, Pit Bull Awareness Day will commemorate the victims of dangerous dog attacks. It will be a heartfelt, but modest affair. Those sympathetic to the (mostly) children and elderly who have been mauled, maimed and killed by fighting dogs are not as well-funded or obsessive as those infatuated with the breed responsible for these tragedies. The pit bull advoca...
  • National Post Chihuahuas aren’t dangerous, just small, yappy and annoying Thursday October 18th, 2012
    A Windsor, Ontario licensing commission has unanimously voted to have a 3-pound Chihuahua declared a “dangerous dog.” Molly, the canine mite in question, is accused of nipping a postal worker after escaping from the yard of its owners, Jason and Mitzie Scott. According to Mr. Scott, the bite was not serious enough to prevent the worker (who allegedly refused Mr Scott’s offe...
  • National Post Beauty queen becomes target of the pit bully lobby Thursday September 6th, 2012
    There used to be a time when beauty contests were only about beauty. Fortunately that all changed, and beauty queens today hold and express confidently strong opinions on how to make the world a better place. Indeed, the motto of the Miss World competition is “beauty with a purpose.” Canada’s Nazanin Afshin-Jam is a Canadian treasure in that respect, because she has use...
  • National Post Barbara Kay on dogs: Man’s best friend – and Man’s clearest mirror Monday August 20th, 2012
    With dogs lately in my thoughts, I recently reread some beloved childhood stories: Lad: A Dog, by Albert Payson Terhune, then Jack London’s Call of the Wild and White Fang. London’s work is celebrated, but few contemporary readers will recognize Terhune’s name. Yet in his day — he died in 1941— Terhune was hailed as “the most famed writer of dog storie...
  • National Post Barbara Kay on Ontario’s Pit Bull ban: Pit Bulls are bred to maul — UPDATED Wednesday August 1st, 2012
    AJuly 29 article in the Toronto Star, entitled “Ontario’s pit bull ban: The pit bull underground railroad,” compels my brisk re-entry into the debate over dangerous-dog legislation. The offensive Star title alone cries out for condemnation, implying as it does that rescuing dogs is morally comparable to rescuing human slaves. The article reports on a litter of seven ill...
  • National Post Psychopaths — and the women (and men) who love them Wednesday July 11th, 2012
    The head of Jun Lin, the dismembered and defiled victim of alleged killer Luka Magnotta, was discovered a few days ago in a Montreal park. This exceptional case — it is unusual for killers to advertise their murders in a YouTube video — has naturally sparked keen interest in those who study psychopathy, a phenomenon that does more damage than all other psychiatric disorders p...
  • National Post Study proves pitbull ban is justified Friday July 6th, 2012
      There’s nothing more humiliating for a journalist than pontificating on a subject with ardent conviction, and then being proved wrong. But there’s nothing more gratifying for a journalist than pontificating on a subject with ardent conviction and being proved right. At the moment I am doing a modest little victory dance as I type. One of the first columns I ev...
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