No, Montreal. Non, Denis Coderre! Must we fall to our fear, prejudice–and dare I say–ignorance?
Montreal Mayor, Denis Coderre, vows to push the ban on pit bulls through despite stay from judge. We all know that perception is not reality. Consider this:
I recently watched a Bondi Vet (Season 7, Episode 4 originally aired in 2015) in which Dr. Chris Brown visited Beijing. There he was consulted by a distraught owner of a handsome, friendly mastiff who frightened all the passersby on the road. People crossed the road, ducked into their shops–anything to avoid interacting with this delightful, well-mannered dog who just scared them because of his looks.
Dr. Chris’ brilliant solution was to change the skin of the dog and costume him up in a kids’ panda suit. A few cute ears and a black and white wrap on his body was enough to soften his look long enough for people to see and meet the dog beneath. It was enough to slow people down, entice them to say ‘hi’, offer a pat and even ask if they could pose for some pictures with His Cuteness. Simply brilliant. Watch it for yourself, if you don’t believe me!
So ….what if…every Pit Bill (or pit bull type) dog owner in Montreal dressed their dogs in a cute, kids animal hat with some floppy ears (or some other sweet guise…nothing Gangsta) and took to the streets on a Pit Bull Charm Offensive?
If you need some visual inspiration check this out: 10 Most Charismatic Pit Bulls on Instagram
Seriously now…would our streets become less safe or would people finally discover the kind hearts within these dogs? Would folks learn that we can’t judge a dog by his/her breed anymore than we can judge a book by it’s cover? Let’s hope. If we can change, they can change.
What do you think fellow terrier owners?
And, please, Mayor, do the right thing.