Posted By Dawn Kairns, Author of MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life
Pitbulls are one of the most misunderstood and mistreated breed of dogs. Sadly, many cities ban them, resulting in countless and senseless pitbull euthanasias. But 100 years ago pitbulls were used as nannies for American children, as the following photos from YW Grossmman's wonderful blog post show. How did we come to turn on this breed? Here is an excerpt from Grossman's post and a few of the photos.
FOR OVER ONE HUNDRED YEARS AMERICANS KNEW PIT BULLS FOR WHAT THEY DID BEST. BABYSITTING.
"Astoundingly, for most of our history America’s nickname for Pit Bulls was “The Nanny Dog”. For generations if you had children and wanted to keep them safe you wanted a pit bull, the dog that was the most reliable of any breed with children or adults..."
Please visit http://www.ywgrossman.com/photoblog/?p=780 to read the full post and see the rest of Yanah Grossman's amazing photo blog of pitbull's with children 100 years ago.