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McDonald’s Pit Bull radio snafu takes on life of its own

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Hell hath no fury like 12,277 Pit Bull owners on Facebook scorned. Despite McDonald’s apologies for running a radio advertisement calling petting a stray Pit Bull “risky,” pro-Pit Bull activists are still pushing for further amends. They’ve even got a demonstration in the works.

Here’s the petition being circulated by the Pit Bulls Against McDonald’s Facebook group:

The undersigned are requesting that McDonald’s use it’s worldwide reach to make a difference for all the Pit Bulls that have been victims of a bad reputation that they neither earned, nor deserve. We want McDonald’s, a family company that many of us have loved and grown up with, to take a stand for family values – because those of us that love our Pit Bulls consider them family. We’d like McDonald’s to right this wrong by airing a commercial that shows the American Pit Bull Terrier in a positive light. If you need any actors, the shelters and rescues are chock of full of lovable characters that would love to ham it up for the camera.

The radio spot crime against Pit Bulls in question aired on February 3. “Trying a brand new menu item at McDonald’s isn’t risky,” it began. “You know what’s risky? Petting a stray Pit Bull. Or shaving your head just to see how it would look. That’s risky.”

The puppy poop hit the fan shortly after this ad made the rounds. McDonald’s, as already noted, has said it is sorry. “We apologize for running a local ad insensitive in its mention of pit bulls,” the company Tweeted on February 3. “We didn’t mean to offend anyone and the ad is being pulled.”

This was followed by a recorded apology: “In our effort to spread the word about our new Chicken McBites, a local radio ad has inadvertently offended some of our customers. The ad was insensitive in its mention of Pit Bulls. We apologize. We are pulling the ad, and will do a better job next time.”

None of this seems to have assuaged a critical mass of Pit Bull lovers.

“That makes me happy on some level,” one Facebook group member responded. “Now lets see if we can get them to donate to pitbull rescue groups.”

“McDonalds write the check to help save pitties everywhere,” another dittoed. “This sorry ass apology AND your pink slime just isnt up to snuff.”

“@ ASPCA I was thinking McDonald’s should do something for animal cruelty prevention month for their pit bull faux pas to help out shelters… ” Tweeted group member Jessica Mariella.

So now it’s a Pit Bull positive ad and some money for rescue efforts that are being demanded. Obviously McDonald’s hit a raw nerve with Pit Bull lovers—they tired of the negative assumptions that their dogs, and they, constantly face.

The Rally for Positive Change will take place on February 24, from noon until 12:30 PM:


We’re taking it to the streets!!!!

Load your doggies in the car (all breeds welcome, we don’t discriminate) and drive to your nearest McDonald’s. Walking is good too!

Go through the drive through and tell the cashier that you are boycotting until you see a POSITIVE CHANGE – a Pit Bull in a McDonald’s commercial. If you really want to make a point, tell them how much you would normally have spent on their food that day.

Don’t argue with them, don’t get loud, don’t get angry. Simply make your statement and drive off or walk away.

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32 Responses to McDonald’s Pit Bull radio snafu takes on life of its own

  1. good grief February 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Ok, pit bull promoters. Take some responsibility yourselves. By promoting pits you are succeeding is killing many 100,000’s a year in US pounds. Folks read your pit promos and go buy pit puppies! Many don’t last in those homes so more homeless pits result and more dead pits happen next.

    But pit breeders and promoters are just like dog fighters. They only think about themselves and their ability to breed and own pits. Suffering dying dogs is fine with them. They will refuse to consider any possible solutions that reduce the suffering and doggy deaths caused by the pit bull crisis. Again, they only care about themselves.

    BTW, it is GOOD ADVICE to not pet any stray dog. Quietly snapping a leash onto its collar may be ok, but petting or hugging a stray dog may result in the death of a frightened, exhausted dog that snaps.

  2. nathan February 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    statistics don’t lie. there are dangerous dogs and there are not so dangerous dogs.

    educate yourself. arm your mind with knowledge.

  3. Layla February 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    If you think pitbulls are naturally human are very ignorant. They should have just left the word pitbull out of it, then they wouldnt have had to deal with this. They are idiots. oh and is NOT a correct dog statistic site…it is very anti pitbull,so obviously it will say that “pitbulls” are any dog (pit in its blood or not) that LOOK like a “pitbull”…so further show peoples ignorance and mis identification, a woman almost lost her akc lab due to someone claiming it “looked” like a pitbull….idiots.

  4. Uh.. February 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    Most breed promotors for pitbulls ADOPT. They do not advocate back yard breeding. Every single pitbull owner that I have ever met has adopted from a shelter, to help save lives, not make new ones.

  5. patti February 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    I have a rescued “pitbull” as my one and only dog in the past 25 years.He has never as much as opened his mouth to touch me in any way. On the other hand…. my parents have a miniature datsund(SP?) that is terrible non socialized and has bitten me no less that 3 times. Why do we blame the breed? It makes no sense and the OWNERS should be held accountable for not raising their dogs in proper pack fashion.

  6. Uh.. February 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    I agree with Layla. That website is very anti-pitbull and you can obviously tell by not only the statistics, but also the explanations behind them.

    Pitbulls are no where near human aggressive. Neither were they dog aggressive until men started to tie them to poles and starve them so that they would fight because they are hungry, weak and defending themselves.

    Ban the stupid idiots that ruined the breed. Not the breed itself.

  7. jacob declaire February 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    If u don’t like pit bulls, then go about your life and worry about what’s important to you. Your input truely isn’t nessessary. We love our dogs and we stick up for them. Sorry if you don’t agree with it

  8. Charles February 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Nathan, Statistics do lie when they are false statistics created by searching mass media instead of reliable official reports. The CDC had statistics which are still quoted as “proof” of dangerous breeds even though the CDC themselves have said their stats are flawed by mixed breeds, misidentification and lack of reliable census of the number of animals which make up the breed. There are no reliable statistics out there. Any dog which is improperly trained and/or unsocialized and belongs to an irresponsible owner is a potential dangerous dog capable of doing major damage to other animals and humans. Try looking at the American Temperament Testing Societies statistics of the pass:fail ratios. You will find the bull breeds run simmillar to or exceed many of the “family” breeds.

  9. Mary February 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm # is the most biased, inaccurate, and prejudiced site. No one in the animal welfare field, or in the veterinary profession, believes anything that Merritt Clifton puts out. His data comes from newspaper reports. In sixth grade you learn that newspapers are one of the most unreliable sources of information. If you want real science, talk to the CDC who said that there was no way to tell from reports, even those made to public health authorities, because not all attacks are reported. Secondly, focusing on the dog is focusing on the wrong end of the leash. If you want factual information, garnered from legitimate research skills, go to the Dog Legislation Council of Canada You will be hard pressed to find any fault with their work.

  10. michelle February 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    What statistics don’t tell you is that thugs and macho morons love to get y these dogs because they look tough and bad ass. Go to any ghetto, these dogs are ghetto you’ll find tons of pits. Because these piece of crap ghetto people are obsessed with these dog, pitbulls get a bad rap. it has nothing to do with them. it is not their fault that losers like them, and these ignorant owners NEVER neuter and spay them. They breed them all the time, its is like a status symbol to have these dogs for some ridiculus ignorant reason. So yeah the statistics are going to show that, it has nothing to do with the dogs. These people rough them up and want them to be all tough and bad ass. This is not how these dogs are born, just like children they are born with a clean slate and then its up to the hands they are born into. The people offended by Mcdonalds (myself included) are the people who work hard to change things. I rescued two pit bulls that were born into the hands of ghetto ignorant people, now they are the most loving, gentle creatures you will ever meet. Believe me, I worked in animal control facilities its the same thing over and over and over again. Freaked out pit bull comes in, oh huge suprise the owner is a dumb piece of shit. It never fails. we need to protect this breed from shitty trashy people that always get them and get them into the hands of the people that recue them and give them a new life

  11. amanda February 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    Educate yourself Nathan. If a dog has any physical characteristic that someone thinks might look like a pit bull and it bites them they report it even if it barely breaks skin. If a dog that has no physical characteristics of a pitbull bites someone they rarely report it unless they require medical attention. Don’t be an automaton doling out statistics the government gives you. Fact is the government lies. About Everything.

  12. PittieMom February 9, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    Re: good grief

    While I agree with your statements regarding breeders, one thing needs to be noted. Those of us advocating for our pit bulls are groups of advocates who have rescued our dogs and in no way, shape or form condone the ridiculous breeders out there looking to make a buck. We offer low cost of even free spaying and neutering clinics in attempt to reduce the number of pit bulls in our local shelters and educate the public on how to appropriately train and socialize the dog. We cross-post and share pit bulls and other dogs in shelters, working with rescues and groups that specialize in appropriate training of such dogs, which then go through a very lengthy process in order to ensure the safety and security of the dog once it has been placed in an approved home. I guarantee that those advocating for the dogs are likely those individuals who have rescued their pit from a local shelter or the street. Those who breed the dogs to make a quick buck could give two cents about the reputation of the dog.

    Now, I do not necessarily agree or disagree with the demand made by many advocates for McDonald’s to portray pit bulls in a positive manner, but it is disheartening and frustrating when such breeds are portrayed negatively for no good reason. They already endure enough negative press thanks to the backyard breeders, who chain their dog up outside with no interaction, food, or quality of life, turning a once kind-hearted pup into something different if not rescued in time. Unfortunately, there are too many backyard breeders and irresponsible pittie owners out there that make life difficult for responsible owners and our pups.

  13. Susan February 9, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    To Nathan… the site you posted is ridiculous and should be deleted… it is OBVIOUSLY fabricated… the numbers dont even add up… not to mention they could NEVER get actual numbers for dog attacks… they occur SO often and MOST of them are by small dogs… I personally know a handful of people that were bitten by golden retrievers and labs… And CONSEQUENTLY I dont know any that were bitten by pit bulls… But yet americas “favorite dog” is a lab… I currently do not own a pit bull but we have had one and she was great with our children…we now have a BULL TERRIER which is what was used to originate the pit bulls breed and she is EXCELLENT will all children… however…we did have a lab a few years ago… we had to re home him…can you why?…. HE SNAPPED AT THE FACE OF OUR 8 MONTH OLD… I trust a pit bull with my kids over other breeds ANYDAY… They were used as babysitters in the early 1800’s… read up on the REAL facts before you post stupid crap!

  14. February 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    @Nathan – if its on the internet, it must be true. i have seen that same report rebranded, reprinted and remixed so many times that it can only be counted as a complete work of fiction.

    however, to prove my point, i am going to put up a website with a fake study dedicated to how much you suck then publish it as real science.

    correlation is not causation.

  15. Lisa Stacey February 9, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Not only am I a Pit Bull Advocate, I’m also a PROUD Pit Bull owner!! I have to say that McDonald’s did clearly not use the best judgement when ok’ing that ad. I am 1 of the 1000s that called & complained, signed the petitions, & ever since 2-3 has boycotted McDonalds. For the uneducated people (ANY, ESPECIALLY the MEDIA) that always have something negative to say about us & our dogs, read statistics. There are more bites from Chihuauas than Pit Bulls!!

  16. Lisa Stacey February 9, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    Unfortunately, with all the bad publicity this gentle & loving breed always receives, they are the prime candidates for public ridicule. Why doesn’t the media spotlight good stories about Pits? Like the story out of TX? A 3 y.o. went missing & was found later, SAFE, with her PIT BULL by her side! Or the lady in the park with her baby, who was being robbed @ knife point when a stray PIT BULL came to her rescue & the robber took off!! McDonads should use a Pit in a POSITIVE way!!! They are wonderful dogs!!!!

  17. dave February 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    What statistics don’t tell you is that thugs and macho morons love to get y these dogs because they look tough . Go to any ghetto, you’ll find tons of pits. Because these ignorant people are obsessed with these dog, pitbulls get a bad rap. it has nothing to do with them. it is not their fault that losers like them, and these ignorant owners NEVER neuter and spay them. They breed them all the time, its is like a status symbol to have these dogs for some ridiculus ignorant reason. So yeah the statistics are going to show that, it has nothing to do with the dogs. These people rough them up and want them to be all tough This is not how these dogs are born, just like children they are born with a clean slate and then its up to the hands they are born into. The people offended by Mcdonalds (myself included) are the people who work hard to change things. I rescued two pit bulls that were born into the hands of trashy,ignorant people, now they are the most loving, gentle creatures you will ever meet. Believe me, I worked in animal control facilities its the same thing over and over and over again. Freaked out pit bull comes in, oh huge suprise the owner is a dumb piece of crap. It never fails. we need to protect this breed from trashy people that always get them and get them into the hands of the people that recue them and give them a new life

  18. Joe Friday February 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Really? The only mistake McDonald’s made was stating stray “pit” as far as I can see. It’s is a “risky” idea to just approach a stray dog and pet it. McDonald’s didn’t say “pits are human aggressive” they clearly stated the fact that the dog was a stray. Some strays are friendly, some are scared, some are aggressive, some have rabies, some have babies.. point is unless you are a trained professional and are actually going to do something to help a stray dog, it is indeed “risky” to pet it, regardless of it being a pit, hound, lab, poodle. If people are willing to go so far to make a difference about absolutely nothing then why don’t you dedicate all your energy into fixing something worthwhile like our economy, furthering an alternate fuel source, help enforce a law that makes news organizations report only factual news and not what they consider entertainment to further their own agendas, stop the government view of corporations being people, or keeping church and state separate.

  19. PittieMom February 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    Joe Friday:

    Yes, the error that McDonald’s made was including “pit bull” in their comment – that’s what everyone is mad about.

    Regarding your encouragement to do something about “real” issues, let me tell you something. While I am a definite advocate for pit bulls, I am also a counselor working for poverty level pay, helping individuals with mental illness. On top of that, I am putting myself through a Master’s program to be a special education teacher. In addition to that, I volunteer tutor kids, donate blood regularly, and participate in monthly 5k’s benefiting various charities. And ALL of these, INCLUDING my advocacy for my dog, are REAL ISSUES.

    I am a 29-year old female with a very loving pit bull who cannot find housing outside of the “hood” because of pit bulls bans. And you don’t think this is a real issue for me?

  20. Love My rescues February 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    @ Good Grief. The Facebook page associated with this movement has thousands of pictures of rescued dogs with their doting families. Nobody on the site has advocated “buying” a pit bull in any post I have seen. The opposite is true, there is an album full of adoptable pit bull pictures. Likewise, nobody is arguing that there isn’t some risk to petting a stray dog. It is the repeated vilification of pit bulls that I object to, and I think many others agree. McDonald’s also turned away a therapy dog at a Ronald McDonald house because it was a pit bull. They also turned away a girl with a therapy Labradoodle from one of their restaurants. The point is to educate about the true nature of pit bulls which is loyal, loving, and honestly extremely goofy. It isn’t okay for stereotypes to be perpetuated against a breed of dog just because people have abused their best quality: that they want to please their human family member.

    McDonald’s isn’t going to do the right thing out of a sense of morality. They only attempt to amend their errors when they are caught and public backlash is strong- deforestation, animal cruelty, etc.. They should be held responsible for what they say and what they do. Saying “we didn’t mean to offend anyone” isn’t sufficient because it wasn’t followed even by a “we understand that tens of thousands of rescued formerly stray pit bulls are much loved members of families around the world.” That sentence was all it would have taken for me.

  21. Katlin February 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Nathan, that site is the worst possible source of information on bully breeds that you could possibly have found. Check your facts and check other sources before supporting such incredibly uninformed and biased site.

    You may want to check out these sites for starters. I can give you many more if needed.

  22. Joe Friday February 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    Good for you pittiemom, but my main point is they never stated pitbull’s to be a violent man aggressive dog. That’s why I insinuated that people are making a big deal over absolutely nothing. I view all dogs on about two levels, there’s annoying ankle biters and then there are dog worth owning. Unless you consider pitbulls to be ankle biters you should be able to infer I see pits as a dog worth owning. That being said when people go out of their way to make a big deal out of nothing by twisting words and adding meanings that weren’t there you start to hurt your own cause. Promoting education is always a good thing, but activism usually turns serious matters into a laughing stock. Again, the quote was “It’s risky to pet a stray pit bull” not “it’s risky to pet a pit bull” not “risky to own a pit bull” not “risky to let pit bulls live”. Apparently McDonald’s should make a commercial saying “It’s risky to say the words pit bull because a minority of activists will make a big deal over a benign and somewhat truthful message”. Why somewhat truthful? Because a stray (any breed) dog may be a risky thing to approach.

    You want to make a real change with dogs? Then target dog breeders, they are the source of the problem, not McDonald’s, not people in the ghetto, not facebook, its the irresponsible dog breeders. You want dogs to have a home, then convince millions of people who don’t want a pet of any kind to rescue a dog from a pound and dedicate time and money that they probably don’t have for a cause they don’t care about. You probably think I’m some jerk who doesn’t care about animals, and that would make you wrong. I love animals in fact, but i see dogs as just that, an animal, I don’t hold them over other animals. Pit bulls are just another dog breed to me. When i see people fighting to get pit bulls taken off of vicious breed lists, I say good job, when i see stuff like this, I can’t help but wonder “Why did these people add so much extra meaning and extra words into a sentence?”. McDonald’s shouldn’t have to apologize any further about this matter, because they didn’t say anything wrong, their apology was more than concise. If their apology wasn’t good enough for you, get your high calorie high fat low quality food somewhere else. Did you all forget they are JUST a fast food burger joint? Attacking McDonald’s for their influence of deforestation in South America to make room for more cattle may make just a tiny bit more sense, or for providing low income jobs and affordable food, or anything that they actually do for that matter.

  23. PittieMom February 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    Thanks for your clarification, Joe Friday.

    I will agree that it has become somewhat of a joke, especially with the publicity it has received. I do not think McDonald’s advertising a happy pit bull will exactly fix the situation either. It would, however be nice if perhaps another cooperation would do just that.

    I think the uproar mainly stems from so many people fighting just to keep their family pets, and the constant headaches of any unnecessary negative portrayal of the breed. Even though McDonald’s did not outright state that pit bulls are vicious dogs, the public perception (or misconception) is that they are. I’ve been attacked by two dogs: one lab and one coon hound. I can stick my face in my pits mouth, and all he does is try to make out with me.

    Really though, I do agree in picking the right battles or fighting the battles in the right way. I did find the pics of pits and their families with homemade signs pretty entertaining, but there is a point when enough is enough.

  24. Joe Friday February 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    Also, wanna know why people fear pits and not tiny dogs that always nip? Yes society has given them a bad name due to a poor education, but there’s a bigger piece of the puzzle many pit activists overlook, humans tend to fear ANY animal with a mouth full of big teeth. Chihuahua’s are tiny, they can bite you 100 times and never once draw blood which is annoying but nothing to fear, not to mention any human over the age of 5 should be able to defend themselves in some crazy unlikely situation that they had to fend for their life. A pit bull with its undeserved bad reputation can do lots of damage. People fear the teeth and size just as they would fear a wolf, coyote, crocodile, bear, etc. We can educate they have an undeserved bad reputation, but we can’t change people’s inherit fears of what appears as a predatory animal. Point blank, easiest way to fix the pit’s image is a few well made movies, it worked for almost every other “vicious” breed.. people tend to be sheeple, so make the movie really cutesy.

  25. Joe Friday February 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    @ PittieMom

    glad we can agree on somethings at least lol.

  26. PittieMom February 9, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    Lol @ Joe Friday. Yes, let’s make lots of cutesy movies so the sheeples will follow. :o)

  27. dave February 10, 2012 at 12:34 am #

    stray dogs don’t have rabies, do you realize how rare rabies is. just be careful about reporting bite wounds. everytime you report a bite wound of any animal thats not rabies vaccinated a vet tech has to spend the day sawing the animals head off and submitting for rabies specimen. i have had to do this to several pit bulls. So trust me, you dont have rabies. all the wild life, dogs, cats, bats never have rabies. there is like one positive rabies case every 3 years or something like that, don’t worry about rabies. its just the law because its zoonotic

  28. proud mom of my pittie boy February 10, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    Okay first of all I am a very strong advocate of the pitbull… Secondly i do not promote breeding or breeders. My boy is a.rescue from a kill shelter…. I do have a 4 year old boy….. This dog has done nothing at all to my son…. Then again I am responsible… I do not leave them unattended for anything…… I dont leave my son unattended with any dog period….. Children are unpredictable which then leads to unfortunate bites…. It’s not the dog that’s unpredictable its the situations of children put the dogs inthats unpredictable….. So I blame parents who take for granted the temperment of any dog and to assume their children who again are unpredictable and will be children will be one hundred percent safe with the dog. Dobi trust my dog a hundred percent? Yes. do I trust my child a hundred percent yes. Do I trust them together yes do I trust them together alone no! I have seen what children do when they don’t think we are watching! I also blame media news reports they report on a pitbull attack and then when they find out it was a mistake in identity they do not retract the news.story why? Because pit bulls make news stories more sensational…. Breeders are bad they contribute to over population not over population of the breed but over population to the shelters. It would not be so bad if people were reasonable with their attitudes towards this type of dog and Gage them half a chance and adopted them… But because people believe the negative hype then.its the dog that suffers because people pass them in the shelter. Because they believe these dogs to be unpredictable… Guess what people any dog in the shelter is unpredictable you dont know the history on any of them at all but you are willing to take a.risk.on adopting any othe dog but not the pit…..guess what labs are more likely to bite and turn on you than a.pit……..

  29. Belinda Nickles February 10, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    I have two dogs–a lab/pit mix and a full blooded pit. Coco (lab/pit mix) is a dog that I fostered and fell in love with. Katana (full blood) came from a friend who was dying and worried about what would happen to his pit.

    I also run a non-profit pet food bank that helps low income people feed their pets. I live in a small town with only 3,000 people, yet when I have my fundraisers, I always run into people who have negative opinions of pits. I’ve even had people back away from me when I’ve mentioned that I own pits. When I ask them where they got their information on pits, I always hear that someone told them pit bulls are bad or they read an article about someone who got bit by a pit.

    This is what I tell them. From the 1920s through the 1940s, pits were considered the “nanny” dog because they are so good with children. Helen Keller’s service dog was a pit bull. Petey, from the Little Rascals, was a pit and so was the dog used in RCA advertising. It wasn’t until the 1960s when drug dealers and other criminal elements started using pit bulls as guard dogs and fighting dogs that pits got a bad reputation. It is not the breed that is bad–no breed of dog is bad. It is the way they are raised and trained that can sometimes, but not always, make them aggressive. The owner is to blame, not the dog.

    I helped rescue a pit bull from a local pound that had been used as a bait dog. She had lost one eye and was covered with scars. She now lives with a family with four children and is the love of their life. Her favorite past time, when not playing with the kids, is to give baths to any kittens that are around. Here is a dog that has every reason not to trust people or other dogs, yet she is loving to both.

    Oh, as to the comment that chihuahuas can bite you hundreds of times and not break the skin, I have a friend in animal rescue who had a finger broken when a chi bit her.

    There are enough negative stories out about pit bulls–some factual, most not. What we need to see, and McDonalds has a chance to do, are postive stories–like the one where a family pit kept a lost little girl safe and warm until rescueres found her or the pit bull that recently saved his family when their house burned down.

  30. Justice For The Pibbles! February 10, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Proud owner of a rescued pit bull here! My girl has a story to share. She was a two year old 19.5lb scared, dehydrated, starving girl when I got to her. Locked in a crate inside a shed, and left to die, a friend of mine alerted me to a defenseless, but beautiful pit bull. She had been starved, forced to stand/lay in her own urine and feces, had cigarettes put out on her back, bruised ribs, and other unidentified gashed and cuts; yet she was still so happy to see any human. Two years of nothing but torture, and this animal still loved everyone she came in contact with. Two months later, she was 45lbs, healthy and happy. Wounds healed, and her spirit mended. Her best friends include a chihuahua, jack russell terrier, german shepherd, 2 month old baby boy, and 16 month old baby girl. She is gentle, kind, caring, loving, loyal, everything you could ever ask for in a dog, and even more. So how many of you could say, “yes, lock me in a cage, burn me, beat me, leave me for dead, but do not worry I will not loose faith in the human race!”???? I could not even say that myself. Every one of my dogs are rescues, they all have stories, and backgrounds that we will never understand fully, but every one of them have been taught how to properly socialize with both animals and humans. DON’T PUNISH THE BREED! PUNISH THE DEED! Its not their fault some humans are irresponsible, ignorant, and idiots.

  31. Smooth Friday February 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Yet another case of David & Goliath. The poor, poor people that were offended by corporate giant McDonalds….wait, oops I mean the thousands upon thouands of blood thirsty drones whining about a misunderstanding. McDonald’s mades a good point; petting stray animals, including Pitbulls, is probably a little risky.. Any mention of not petting pitbulls at all? any mention of petting other strays, but not pitbulls? any mention of not adopting, they are dangerous, they are deadly, hazardous….NO, its a reach, its ignorant and it looks foolish ESPECIALLY with the idiotic demands while scoffing their appology. The commercial that was aired was pulled, an apppology was issued…thats not good enough, no, you guys want “pro” pit bull commercials and money too? I could see buying a 30 second air segment for places it was aired…thats it. An ounce more effort would just be McDonalds being nice, a demand more than that displays the greediness of the golddiggers that this group seems to attract. Ever see the lady suing Chuck E Cheese, demanding 3 mil because of the games…. “$” signs, you guys saw an opportunity and tried to run with it….it shows, and its a silly look. Suck it up and face it…did McDonalds detract or hurt any particular program for pitbull advocacy or did they say something that is darn good advice for pretty much anyone? Get over it and realize what this is……a slim opportunity to gain 3 days of facebook fame, popularity, and possibly try to drag money out of a giant because they would rather pay than to drag out negative publicity…and thats all this is, enough negative publicity and McDs might pay, not because its the right thing to do, just to get silence…it would be the same a parent saying…heres a damn cookie, now SHUT UP! But it takes people, and a lot…which is why this is a David v Goliath, this is the Goliath of the oh so infinate wisdom of FB friends sharpening their teeth using a finite icon, name, or company.

  32. Pitlover February 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    Ihave 3 rescued pitbulls and have fostered countless more, many of which have become service dogs and are their adopters lifelines to the outside world. I have 2 kids both of which have been around pitbulls from all walks of life, from bait dogs to aduse and neglect cases. Neither has ever been bitten by a pitbull, however both of them have been bitten by small dogs in public places where the owners encouraged my kids to pet them. As a result both of my kids are terrified of small dogs, but have no fear of any pitbull they have ever met. I do not advocate the back yard breeding of any breed especially the bullies. Responsible pitbull owners need to work together to help bring the pitbulls and other bully breeds back into a positive light.

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