Famous Pit Bulls
APBTs in History
Pit bulls were once a sign of dignity and strength to the United States and for the people therein. The never-quit attitude that they held was a statement towards the United States. They were once posted in advertisements, on magazines, and in movies.
Today, people fear the breed. They fear the myths surrounding the breed. They fear the bad reputation surrounding the breed.
They were once, highly dignified and loved.
Helen Keller and her pit bull- Sir Thomas
Other Famous Pit Bulls
Popsicle is the number one US customs dog. She was found in a freezer during a drug raid by Buffalo police in 1997. They found Popsicle as a 5 month old puppy, who quickly became a favorite. He graduated his training at the Canine Enforcement Training Center in Front Royal, Virginia, and went to work with his handler, J.J., in Texas.
RCA is a certified hearing dog in Alaska
Tahoe, Cheyenne, and Dakota are all search and rescue dogs in Sacramento, California. The three pit bulls worked none stop at the World Trade Center and Pentagon after 9/11.
Bud was the first dog to travel cross country in 1903.
Sergeant Stubby died on March 16, 1926, as a hero, yet today, many people do not know who he is. Sergeant Stubby is the most decorated dog in military history, and the only dog to have been promoted during battle. He fought for 18 months in the trenches for France during WW1 for 17 battles. Stubby warned his fellow soldiers of gas attacks, located wounded soldiers in No Man's Land, and listened for oncoming artillery rounds. He was also responsible for the capture of a German spy at Argonne. After his time in the war, Stubby met Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Warren G. Harding. He was, also, made a life member of the American Legion, the Red Cross, and the YMCA.
Jack Brutus was another famous military dog. Although, he did not get nearly the publicity as Stubby, Jack Brutus was the the official mascot of Company K, First Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. He was much larger than Stubby and was never smuggled anywhere with his troops (as Stubby had been). Jack Brutus died in 1898 of spinal troubles and constipation. He was much larger than the famous Sergeant Stubby but was definitely a pit bull type dog.
Celebrity Owned Pit Bulls
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Woodrow Wilson
- General George Patton
- Helen Keller
- Jamie Foxx
- Rachael Ray
- Jon Stewart
- Ken Howard
- Jessica Biel
- Jessica Alba
- Kevin Federline
- And a few other celebrities
In Movies, Advertisements, and TV
Pit bulls have come across the big screen as well as printed material with a BAM...
- Petey from The Little Rascals
- Tige- Buster Brown Shoe advertisements
- Life magazine- Many people don't realize the the American pit bull terrier is the only breed that has been on the cover of Times for three issues.
- Poster image for the U.S. during the 1900s. The American pit bull was the image people saw on various war posters, representing the country's strength and dignity
I just hope that the future of the great American pit bull terrier is as good as that before it. I hope that one day, we will again see the pit bull in advertisments not promoting BSL. I would like to see the pit bull in advertisments of strength, dignity, and loyalty, versus fury, terror, and rage.
Why can't we remember being kids and watching the "Little Rascals" and thinking how cute Petey is, and wanting a dog just like him? Versus run at the sight of a child playing with a pit bull...
Jimmy Nelms on September 16, 2014:
I have a smart dog that's very shy to say the least. Love the breed
Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on November 07, 2012:
I actually found your hub via Pinterest and I see that you too care about the pit bull and want to dispel the bad reputation they have acquired. This is a very good hub and I would like to link to it in my hub on the Pit Bull dog. The Pit Bull dog is actually the second MOST tolerant dog as rated by the AKC. People need to realize that it is the owners that should have the bad reputation, not the dogs. Voting this up, awesome and sharing! Thanks for caring! :)
jena on April 25, 2012:
Pits are a very smart, strong, loyal,and lovable breed. I believe that people now and days see and read the news and t.v about fighting pitbulls and how savage the attack pitbulls do. But what they don't read is what the dogs owners were putting these Dogs through. The owners trained them to be that way. If irresponsible people would just found some other way to entertain them self other than dragging down a living animals that can't speak for themselves. The public blames the breed inside of the owns lack of feeling for another living being. Here's an idea foe those jerk of people, fight each other to the death and stop putting animals to for your bid. It is those horriable people fault for making the breed look bad. I wish there was more ways to put out information out there yo people about how great the breed is and what people are turning this breed into a monster when in fact the people who train them to be aggressive are the really monsters.
Chris DeJoseph on April 20, 2012:
I have 2 pit mixes,one Jack Russell and Pit(Sid), the other Bull Mastiff and Pit(Bruce). Without a doubt they are a gift everyday. Sid is fearless and outgoing nd sure to lick your face off, while ironically, Bruce the bigger of the 2 is shy and sweet by comparison. They can be stubborn at times, but with proper training they are just as loving, loyal, and well-behaved as any other breed, if not more so. Neither of them would ever be aggressive to people or other dogs unless defending our pack and they both have limitless love to give. Sometimes when they play it sounds like a full on dog fight in my house, but they truly love each other as much as they love us. In time, I'd like to register them both as therapy dogs so they can help bring as much joy to others as they do to me. Pit bulls rule, but unfortunately their glorious past is now stained by irresponsible owners and the medias quest for ratings and not truth. If we all work together, in time we can restore the nanny dog to it's rightful title of America's first (and best) breed.
Jeffrey Lumanog on April 13, 2012:
I recently wrote an article about the true character of a pitbull on lifetickler.com titled "Why punish the breed for man's deed"...my objective is to create awareness how wonderful this breed is and not to believe on the negative statements people say who haven't had any experience owning one. As of the moment we have two pitbulls namely Sasha and Halo. pitbulls are really great dogs. We love them like our kids.
LoyaltyOfDogs from Gettysburg, PA on February 11, 2012:
Enjoyed your article, especially the story of Sgt. Stubby and the photo of Helen Keller with her dog. I didn't know she had a pit bull. Sallie, the mascot of the 11th PA Volunteer Infantry, who is on the regiment's monument at Gettysburg (and was mentioned by one of the commenters below) is my favorite bulldog from history. The dogs who accompanied soldiers in the Civil War did much to help them withstand the hardships and horrors of war, much as military working dogs and even stray dogs help to raise the spirits of American soldiers today.
Lover of all dogs on January 21, 2012:
I do not get all the hype about pits being dangerous just recently I found a pit or should I say he found me he was just wandering around in the street this dog just ran up to me and started to lick me and I completely feel in love with him we tried to find his owners and nobody claimed him so he is now our dog! If the breed of pit bull was such a monster this stray would have attacked me on top of that I have 4 kids one that is under a year old and every time she cries he runs to her and licks her to calm her down. Yeah what a monster! P.S. for people who may come to this site who do not like pits he is a pure red nose pit so yeah what do you have to say about that?
derekburchfield from Eugene, OR on December 30, 2011:
I have 2 male pits and they both are my babies. I believe pits have a bad rap because irresponsible people tend to get them for the image. Generally the people who go for the image do not use the proper training associated with the breed. The breed is powerful, and at times very stubborn as you all know. One of my pits is not small animal friendly. Knowing this, I don't take him to a dog park unmuzzled and unleashed. It is the duty of the owner to protect their pit because you know they would do the same for you. I love to have people come up to my dogs and love on them then ask what breed they are, and i say pitbull. It is so refreshing to read all these pro-pit comments. Happy New Years.
daved on December 22, 2011:
I am retired military and my family has owned three pitbulls in the last 28 years they are the most loving loyal and very protective of there owners. Like its been stated its all how you raise them. We always loved our pb like our family never yelled at them or abused them ever and what we got in return was a 95 pound loving part of our family that no money could buy our last pb teqiulla died after 13 human years it was extremely difficult after our friend died I felt our house was not the same so I bought another white female pb for my father now a year later we have a 75pound loving part of our family her name is friday I hope that people who are thinking about adding a pb to there family that it is a big responsibility it requires love affection spending time with your pb and regular visits to the vet. At least twice a year I will always own a pb and he or she will always be my friend best of luck remember TO ALWAYS TAKE THE TIME TO SPEND WITH YOUR PB SO THEY KNOW YOU LOVE THEM AND YOU KNOW THEY LOVE YOU ALL MY BEST DRILL
brittany, stewart,MS on October 08, 2011:
I'm 22 and all I've ever owned were Pits. I've had every kind of pet imanginable from a chinchilla to a bee but when it comes to dogs Pits are the best kind. They have a bad reputation because people give 'em one. I've NEVER had a Pit that hurt any person or animal. It's all in how you raise them. They are just like a child; just because the parents are a certain way doesn't mean the child will be. For instance I was raised on country music, but I'm a metal head. So same thing with Pits; just because Micheal Vick fought his Pit doesn't mean everyone that has a Pit fights them. DUH!!! I have a 11 year old sister, 10 year old nephew & 8 year old niece and when they come to visit I'll let him (Boss is his name) off of his chain (because we don't have a fenced in yard) and he will chase those kids & play fetch & roll over & play dead from sunup to sundown. The way I look at it is: a pitbull is a breed of dog, just like being white is a race of human. So isn't that just like being discriminatory or 'racist'.....? Just sayin.
Jessica Cash on September 04, 2011:
Thank you! We need more people spreading the truth about this amazing breed! My male actually just died of complicaions due to epilepsy but, I have a pit/rottie mix and a pit/cane corso mix puppy (both females) All three of them are the best dogs I've ever had and I will never own another breed!
John and Vitania Gonzales on August 18, 2011:
Thank you for the info!! We have a gorgeous, male, white pit. He is the most wonderful dog we have ever owned. He has all those wonderful qualities, we have heard about and more. It is so good to hear that our feelings about pits have been acknowledged with proof and given to so many millions through the internet. Please keep up the great work in educating the world with facts. Please keep bringing knowledge to others about the misconceptions of stereotyping this breed as a cruel and unfeeling.
ashley on July 29, 2011:
we have two apbt and we also have two young kids. my whole family always fights with me about having my dogs and having my kids around them. I think they are wonderful dogs and they are very well behaved when it comes to my kids. I really hope one day that ppl will come to see just how great they are. Most ppl that judge them haven't ever accually had one and that makes me so upset. You don't write a review on a product you've never used so why judge a dog you've never owned?
teo on July 28, 2011:
pitbulls were once the symbol of the the usa for strengh and the will to never give up if people would educate the newer generation about pitbulls of the past maybe the pitbulls of now would have a chance
DuchessDuCaffeine from United States of America on July 02, 2011:
Our two pit bulls and two rottweiler-doberman mix dogs were not raised together from the beginning. We got each of the dogs singly at different times over a period of about five years. One of the pit bulls is a female, the other is a male, as are the two rotten-dobies (as my husband likes to call them!).
The thing they all have in common is that we raised them within a set of standards that they could rely on as "the pack's little list of rules" which all them have to abide by and none get a pass. They were also raised in an environment of love and respect which we get back from them ten-fold. Great article, Whitney05, keep 'em coming :)
Uman on April 07, 2011:
Pitbulls are good dogs and this website helps people understand them more. Making people aware of what Pitbulls are like and what they did in the past helps a lot.
peppydivabell on March 07, 2011:
What a sweet story and another amazing testament to a dog so awesome that honestly there are no words to do them justice. And they certainly aren't just dogs by any means. Rest in Peace Buddy and I know you will all be reunited one day.
yabbie on February 22, 2011:
O.K. I didn't know enough to like or dislike the breed. I was just at the pound looking for a dog to replace the one my kids lost. Buddy was a 3 year old mix and seemed so well behaved with my 4 kids hanging on him. Little did I know how important he would become. He became my teenage sons for 3 years staying close by him as he navigated the ups and downs of Jr High and freshman year. As he moved on Buddy became my 8 year old sons companion as he struggled with Manic Depression. At times Buddy was the only one of us that he would go to and sit with for hours. As finally my son was diag and he became more social Buddy moved on once more. My husband became disabled at the age of 50. Going from the bread winner of our family to completely dependent on everyone around him Buddy kept him going. He felt that Buddy needed him. He struggled each day to take him for a walk even on his worst days. Buddy was struggling with old age at this point and they both would both sit on our patio watching the world go by. In our small complex of 90 homes everyone knew Bud. When it was finally time to let him go I believe he had changed the mind of many of our neighbors, friends and family of what a valuable asset he was to our family. What a loving dog. As 4 of my kids were raised and teen agers came and went through our doors Buddy never knew an enemy. He was always available to listen to whatever struggles you were going through. He was our family!!
angela on December 31, 2010:
i had a brindle pit she was the most incredable dog i have ever owned well behaved and good natured....i think that people just don't take the time to realise that pits are the most amazing family dogs ever owned...they are like humans if you mistreat them they will turn on you....they are smart,strong and well behaved...if all these idiots out here would stop breeding them to fight maybe they would become the greatest again...they need to have a home with lots of fun...if people would realise our history of great pitbulls maybe they would see that they can be the best of all breeds....all dogs will attack but the pitbull breed gets the most grusome word from this world...
James05 on September 15, 2010:
This is a very informative webpage that I was able to learn something from. I can always appriciate good solid information. I was wondering, can anyone hit me with some solid facts about where a pit measures up (statistically) as far as "people friendly" goes. I need a viable source, so if you happen to know of a credible organization that have that sort of information, I would be very grateful.
You see, I happen to have an APBT myself, as well as a Boxer. Both are crazy obeidient, and even more loving. But my family (I have a rather large family) always wants to argue with me about my dog (APBT) being outside when their kids are playing. We've debated several times about how pits are the spawn of satan's child-mudering demons, or the sweetest greatest child protectors known to man-kind. I want to lay down some facts so they can relax and scuff at the news...Can anyone help me?
rollins on September 11, 2010:
I have owned pits for seven years and they do demand a certain kind of owner they are strong mentaly phy and strong willed not to mention they are loving loyal and protective this means they need the same qualities in their owners sadly 90 per of the time they don't get that imagine the all american dog the one that we once put are trust in to watch are children while we fond this country the one who we trusted to save hundreds of are soldiers in ww1 are mascot we turned are back on them we owe it at the very least to set that right and those of you that disagree do your home work and spend some time with these horrible monsters and then tell me that you what them killed
alyssa on July 25, 2010:
to georgiareb that dogs name was bud. he made history as the first dog to travel across the U.S. in an automobile. His goggles are at the Smithsonian museum. Bud was an APBT.
Desiree Guerra on June 11, 2010:
There trying to ban APBT here in washington and i dont think its right becuz its are right to own ANY breed we want my nab theres sooooo meany pits its not even funny and they NEVER bit any kids tht live there and theres alot of lil kids. and i know so many pplz tht owns them. you no wht i think i think we should have a march in all the states and bring all the dogs tht arnt agressive tords other dogs male or female and show them tht PIT BULLS ARE NOT AGRESSIVE TORDS PEOPLE AND THERE SOOOO LOVING AND CARING!!! When i first got my cat my too females started produceing milk to fed it and they were ALWAYS soo protected aginst him tht now he thinks hes a cat.now is that mean?
-desiree guerra age 15
Whitney (author) from Georgia on April 27, 2010:
Thank you for your comment. All of my sources have said Pit Bull, in addition to the many other breeds. I have also seen the picture posted in many different places all listed as Helen Keller and her Pit Bull.
CKingArt on April 27, 2010:
Helen Keller owned a lot of dogs including hunting dogs, mastiffs (both put down for biting), Akitas, Boston terriers, Bull terriers, a Great Dane, Scottish terriers, GSDs, and some little mixed breeds. She never once mentions a pit bull breed in her memoires. "Sir Thomas" is the Boston terrier given to her by her fellow Radcliffe students. She called it Phiz she said it had a long pedigree. Photo you have posted is certainly not that of her Boston terrier. It looks most like her Great Dane as a puppy.
Whitney (author) from Georgia on March 25, 2010:
That is definitely a great book. Thanks for adding another famous American Pit Bull
jen on March 25, 2010:
There's also Sallie, the regimental mascot for the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. She followed the men into battle numerous times, showing her bravery, loyalty and love for her men. During a battle in 1865 she was struck in the head by a bullet and killed instantly. The men buried her there, on the battlefield under heavy fire. In 1890 a monument was dedicated to her on the Gettysburg battleground. This monument is pictured on the cover of the book "The Pit Bull Placebo: The Media, Myths and Politics of Canine Aggression" by Karen Delise. (A book I HIGHLY recommend.)
Whitney (author) from Georgia on January 02, 2010:
Mandy, I agree with you, but they can ban the breed. There are many cities that have banned the breed. I have a BSL article if you'd like to check that out. It explains how it just won't work.
Most bans include Rottweilers, Dobermans, APBTs, Malamutes, and many other breeds including mixes of those breeds.
MANDY MONROE on December 31, 2009:
Pitbulldogs can never be banned heres why......
IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST CITIZENS WHO OWN PARTICULER BREEDS OF DOGS ..IF THERE IS A BAN AGAINST ONE BREED THE LAW MUST APPLY TO ALL BREEDS BECAUSE IT AFFECTS THE CITIZENS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT NOT TO BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST FOR OWNING A PARTICULER BREED (IE OREGON STATE )..THEY HAD TO MAKE THEIR BITE LAWS ALL INCLUSIVE FOR ALL BREEDS BECAUSE OF THE UNCONSTITUTIONALITY OF BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION THAT AFFECTED CITIZENS RIGHT TO NOT BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST FOR OWNING A PARTICULER BREED...THE BREEDS , DOGS THEMSELVES HAVE NO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IT IS THE CITIZEN THAT DOES... AND ALL BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION CAN BE FOUGHT AND WON BECAUSE OF THE INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT NOT TO BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST...AS A PITBULL OWNER OR OWNER OF ANY BREED "DON'T FORGET THIS" AND THE ACLU WILL HELP BASED ON THIS.....IT WAS DONE IN OREGON AND CAN BE DONE EVERYWHERE SO LONG AS YOU FIGHT FOR (YOUR RIGHT ) NOT TO BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, NOT THE (BREEDS RIGHT) THE BREEDS HAVE NO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS...UNDERSTAND? I HOPE SO.~INDEPENDENT DOG BREEDERS ASSOCIATION~AMERICAN DOG BREEDERS ASSOCIATION~ PEACE MANDY
ElGringoSalsero from Palm City, Florida on December 25, 2009:
I am so glad to have found another person who is willing to spend the time and energy to help counter the misinformation that most people have embraced about this breed. It's amazing how the media has so successfully misinformed the public about pit bulls. I am always saddened when I speak to people about my dog and they are so dogmatic about their beliefs that they reject the factual information I provide. Thank you for such a wonderful fact-based article.
HARRYMAN on November 06, 2009:
i have owned many dogs over the years and i havent ever met a dog so reliable, loyal, loving, and family oriented like a pit. my pit now walks up to my 1 1/2 year old nephew and stays next to his side the whole time. no other dog can ever replace a pit.
Carol on September 10, 2009:
love pitts ,they are a very loving dog would never own another breed
Sarah Jackson from Southern United States on September 01, 2009:
BRAVO!!! WHat an incredible hub! We had a pit for years, and miss her still. Then we got a pit-lab; smartest dog on earth. Now, we continue the tradition with a full pitt and a pitt-boxer. We LOVE them! Thanks for contributing to the endearments of this wonderfully intelligent breed. - Sarah
Sally P. on April 22, 2009:
I must say that I also did not like pits. I was always afraid of them and complained becaused my son had a kennel and raised them he passed away suddenly and I was left to care for the dogs. One was pregnant and had 12 pups she died from a bacterial infection and passed it to the pups which all were dead within 5 days except 1 so I had to bottle feed him. Although he is blind and has a kink tail he is blue and we love him he is part of the family and I have a lot of company but they all come to see (forrest).
Eternal Evolution from kentucky on April 17, 2009:
As you said i too hope for a brighter future for such a wonderful breed. Perhaps if people like you and me keep promoting the good side and speaking out on their behalf the myths and lies will retreat into the shadows and the truth about APBT will shine again.
Whitney (author) from Georgia on March 16, 2009:
The article states that Bud was the first dog to go cross country. Did you read the above article?
georgiareb on March 15, 2009:
there's one nobody remembers,I cant remember his name,but road along with the man, that was the first one to drive a automobile, cross country, from california to new york. there were photes of a pit bull wearing goggles sitting on the seat of a old model T , mabe someone knows about this dog,after all that was history being made,
annonymous on March 10, 2009:
it is nice to see such nice things said about an apbt. i myself have owned over 3000 apbt's in my lifetime through breeding, raising and rescuing. i love to hear positiveness in talks about the pit bull and not the everyday nonsense about it n=being the most dangerous dog in history and they should be euthanized. it is the people who talk that crap that should be euthanized.
Boston on February 25, 2009:
Helen Keller did own a Boston Terrier, and a Pit bull and many other dog breeds. Her Boston was named Phiz.
He is not the dog shown in the picture on this page, that is her pit bull.
For the folks commenting on the Boston's size - when the breed was originally developed the dogs came in several sizes - ranging from 15 lbs to 40 lbs.
Brendan H. on December 10, 2008:
There are barely any stories of "Pit Bulls" biting people without reason at the moment Jeremy Becker. Behind most Pit Bull bites reported in the papers are other breeds of dogs. And behind all dog bites is a "reason". People like you just need to look a little closer into the circumstances leading up to the dog attack and maybe spend more time finding out the finer details not written in your oh so reliable newspapers. Nobody is forgetting how strong the dogs are, especially the people that keep them. You forget physical ability isn't unique to Pit Bulls alone. There are other larger breeds that are not only stronger but will have a stronger bite. The difference is these dogs usually have not found their way into the wrong hands the way in which the Pit Bull has, and for that you can blame your precious media, for if they had not put so much effort into creating an image of a monster out of the Pit Bull, these owners may have picked another dog breed to wreak in the first place. As for there being no more horror stories if people didn't breed for aggressive traits, tell that to the French woman who lost her face after being attacked by her Labrador and had a face transplant. Or did her horror story not count? The only way there would be no more "horror" stories would be to get rid of dogs completely. Do you want a world with no dogs?
TRACY BACON on December 01, 2008:
I TO LIKE MANY OTHER PEOPLE BELIVED IN THE RUMORS ABOUT THE APBT AND DID NOT WANT ONE IN MY YARD OR AROUND MY KIDS. THEN MY NEPHEW TOLD ME HE HAD A PUPPY FOR ME TO MY SURPRISE IT WAS A APBT HE DROPPED THE PUP OFF AT MY HOUSE AND WHEN I GOT HOME I THOUGHT O MY GOD HE HAS TO COME BACK AND GET THIS DOG HE COULD NOT BE IN LA FOR ABOUT 2 WEEKS AND I WAS STUCK WITH THIS DOG MY THE TIME HE RETURNED TO PICK UP THE DOG I WAS IN LOVE HAD CHANGED HER NAME AND DIDNT GO ANYWHERE WITH OUT HER AND SHE WAS NEVER FAR AWAY FROM ME I HAVE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THE APBT AND WOULD NOT GIVE UP MY 6 APBT FOR NOTHING THIS IS MY FAVORITE BREED APBT 4 ME 4 LIFE
Jeremy Becker on November 21, 2008:
Don't forget that they were used to stand up to bulls and then used for fighting and bull baiting. Those are activities require an agressive nature in order to be successfull and that's what the Pitbulls have in there genetics and those are the traits that people want to bring out in that dog!!!!!! If they didn't then there would be no more horror stories of Pits killing a kid or killing another dog, or biting without any reason!!!
firstname.lastname@example.org on November 20, 2008:
I had never wanted a pit bull on my property, until my granddaughter came to stay with me for a while with her PIT named Twitch. He was about 8 manths old and weighed around 50 pounds. At the age of 1 year, he weighed all most 100 pounds. They only stayed with me a month or two, but when he heard or saw me later on he just wiggled all over and was so happy to see me. So, to make a long story short. She got my grand son to give me a pup from the next litter that was like Twitch, and his name is Fred. And he is WONDERFUL!
Whitney (author) from Georgia on September 16, 2008:
I would LOVE to see the picture if you can get a picture of the glass. You may be able to go to a print company to get the picture scanned at super high resolution and put to paper. I'm not sure if it is of value, but I would definitely hold on to it. The value would probably depend on if it is a copy or an original piece, because many print companies will replicate things like that. I work for one who does.
Donnie Ott on September 16, 2008:
I have an original Glass Negitive of Hellen Keller and her pit Bull. This is a photo that is not shown here on this web site. I have never seen this particular photo posted anywhewre before. I purchased this photo at an ADBA dog show in Indianapolis, IN this summer. I am curious if there are any other copies of this photo any place. Does it hold any particular value? I dunno. I paid 35 bucks for it!
anyone have any idea how I can get this photo from the glass to photo paper?
Whitney (author) from Georgia on August 25, 2008:
Boston terriers are consider bulls. There is an indirect line between the boston terrier and the APBT.
trish on August 25, 2008:
i have a puppy that is half boston terrier and half american pitbull. i know this because i knew the father and the mother very well; the father was an 60 lb pit bull and the mother was 15 lb boston terrier. my pup is about 11 months old and is 45 lbs.
the pictures of helen keller with her supposed boston seem odd to me. the boston seems to big. i don't know though. the real reason i am posing this message is to find out if anyone knows of a cross of breeds similar to my dog or if anyone knows how the pitbull is exactly related to the boston terrier.
jason parde on August 15, 2008:
Thanks for the great info I wish alot of people would see this
Whitney (author) from Georgia on July 19, 2008:
I'm so sorry to hear about your legal battle, but I do commend you for fighting for your dogs. That's definitely somethign that I would have done. I hope you can help the movement in the UK to turn around people's mind. Let me tell you if my county every suffers bsl, I'm moving. I know that it has been brought up in the state, but the motion was closed after it was petitioned.
charles on July 19, 2008:
i just read your pages and thought they were very interesting i am from scotland in the uk wer the breed is banned i own an apbt he was seized just over one year ago along with my bitch and her ten seven week old pups they wer gorgeous sadly the pups contracted hepatitis while in the care of the authoraties. i went through a lenthly one yaer court battle to try and retreive my two remaining dogs back.thankfully i won my case and my dogs are back with me n once again very happy allthough my bitch hasnt been the same since the loss of her pups.i dont suppose being locked up in kenels for over a year wouldnt help either they have been tattood with serial numbers n r insured with a public liability policy.I completly agree with your views on bsl and only wish ther was somthing i could do to help in the campaign against it once again thanks for caring and trying to open peoples eyes to the true nature of the breed that we love so much
sahara on May 01, 2008:
Hi, does anyone remember an old ad from American Express (their 100 anniversary, I think), featuring a pit bull? I saw a poster awhile back, but can't seem to locate it now.
Whitney (author) from Georgia on April 27, 2008:
It seems that you are correct. I don't remember where I got the information, but I was able to look up more about Blue Water's White Lightning, and found that he was an American Bulldog. I don't think the this was the main dog in the first film as the supposide breeder claims, but I can see him as the stunt dog. The only picture the supposide breeder had that may have been the dog from the 1st film was played with by a photoshop program. The only natural picture they had of the dog didn't appear anything like the dog in the 1st film, as he didn't have the brown ear but had black spots instead.
I went ahead and removed him from the list and added a few others though.
Lori Haaker on April 27, 2008:
Blue Water's White Lightning of DBR call name "Blitz" AKA "Gunner"
Is a registered American Bulldog
Ayme on March 20, 2008:
Helen Keller's dog Sir Thomas was a pit bull.
pitlover on February 01, 2008:
i think Helen Keller really had a Boston Terrier/Boxer mix not a pit bull
carson on January 15, 2008:
Helen Keller's dog was a Pit Bull Terrier, NOT a boston terrier!!!!!
Whitney (author) from Georgia on December 15, 2007:
Bryan: the Boston Terrier originated from Hooper's Judge, who was a mix breed between an Old English Bulldog and an English White Terrier, following adding the French Bulldog bloodlines to help bring the size down more. The "pit bull" was then breed into the dog to help bring the dog even further down in size.
It has been recorded that Helen Keller did have an American Pit Bull Terrier, and not the Boston Terrier. There are records that she owned an Akika.
Bryan Dale on December 14, 2007:
Hi, I'm a pit bull lover with a really sweet femaie that I adopted a few years back. Your picture of Helen Keller's dog Sir Thomas caught my eye. I have been trying to verify from original sources that her dog was a pit bull, yet all I can find refers to it as a "Boston Terrier". Boston Terriers were bred by cross-breeding pit bulls with smaller terriers so that they could be hidden under coats to bring them into fights.
You can look up Boston Terrier and compare the modern picture and see right away that Sir Thomas was no Boston Terrier. Yet, I was wondering if you have any expert opinions or contemporary accounts that describe Sir Thomas as a pit bull?
Here is the New York Times article: <http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=2...
lizzy on November 20, 2007:
Thanks for the info. I love my Pitty and would love to purchase a poster of some of the art you have listed above. If youhave any links or advice, I'd be so grateful. Thanks!
Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 02, 2007:
Thanks for the information about Popsicle and Sargeant Stubby. The generations will forget is people don't remind them and share the stories.