This poem caught my eye...and I had to share it. It deals with something that is important to any dog lover: how to deal with the topic of dog attacks and the bad blood caused by the media...Food for thought!
" Punish the Deed, Not the Breed "
The driver should be punished for human error and for breaking the law,
So why cannot people see , the same applies to dogs and maybe even more?
A well-socialized and happy dog; well trained...shown kindness and love,
Will be man's best friend, companion and gentle as a dove.
Attacks of all kinds happen , a teenager high on drugs takes a life,
He was 5ft 10 black hair around 17 , stocky and carried a large knife.
Would we round up all teens matching that description; give them all strife,
Place restraining orders on them all , tag them or lock them up for life?
There would be public outcry; we would not stand for that would we ?
Lumping them all together, would be so very wrong...so sadly why can't you see,
Just because one dog attacks does not mean the whole breed is bad...
We need to look further rationally; not hysterically that's just mad!
A few irresponsible owners that cannot train or control their dog,
Gives a select group of people the power to play God ?
Murders, stabbing, accidents happen every single day,
Through misuse of weapons and who is asked to pay ?
A gun that shot someone on trial , a car that killed a passer-by,
You maybe think that's irrational but then ask yourself why?
Dog owners are by law supposed to be in control of their pet,
But when accidents happen and someone is hurt , who is taken to the vet?
WE do not need mass hysteria , surrounding ANY specific breed.
It is time to take a good hard look and just punish the deed.
The owners must be made to pay for the mistakes that they make,
A whole breed should not have to pay that price for goodness' sake!
There's far too much talk of vicious killer dogs of a certain type
One is labelled bad so the whole breed is prone to media hype ?
What about all the lovely happy dogs that live among us all
Not a bad bone in their body , but perhaps they are just too tall?