You know, I remember now. At the beginning when my pit was old enough, I tried a test on her. I had my dad come over to me and pretend he was violently attacking me. I started screaming and went into a fetal position. Just to see how my dog would react.
So Deenie came running into the kitchen area to see what all the fuss was about and saw my dad “attacking” me and me screaming. The dog jumped on my dad and started licking him because she wanted to be in on the play too.
The experiment failed miserably, which was a wonderful thing. About the only time anyone really thought she was attacking was when a mailman had gotten out of his truck and went into my front yard and I had let her out to the bathroom with my two chihuahuas in the back yard. She saw he was coming and ran as fast as she could to greet him. I knew she wouldn’t hurt him, and he knew her since she was about a 1lb pup. Yet, he flew into his truck and if looks could kill I think I’d be dead by now.
She was playing, and a pit bull running towards something to play is often indistinguishable from a pit bull running towards something to attack. I don’t blame that mailman at all. I think I would have done exactly the same with a pit bull I didn’t know anything about. After that I’d kept a closer watch on her when I took her out. Just because she was a friendly pit doesn’t mean that people wouldn’t think she wasn’t attacking. I myself didn’t trust her around anyone… not because she was mean, but I didn’t trust the person that may have deduced she was a “loaded gun”. That person would have been unpredictable, much more than my dog.
That said. Yes, around any pit bull I’m very cautious. I’d been attacked by a husky and an akita in the past, and got a real nasty bite by a lhasa apso. So knowing that people deliberately breed nasty pits and then train them to fight I could only surmise that whatever pit I’d see was one of the bad ones. But no, not all pits are bad and as an ex-dog trainer, dog groomer and vet tech, I can say that with relative certainty. However, I suppose regionally that may be a different story. It is concievable that in certain areas of the country pits in general are not the best breed in the world to get simply because of the people in that particular area that breed and/or train those dogs. Thankfully I have not yet run into that.