Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pitty Scenes from the Silver Screen

One of the favorite bragging rights of pit bull enthusiasts world wide, is the claim that pit bulls make great pets because they are long time stars of the silver screen.  Of course, there are all kinds of animals used in film....Lions and Tigers and Bears!  Oh my!  and nobody with a brain would make the same claim about them, although it may give the same pit nutter lion tamer mindset some inspiration that leads to the same kind of  lethal fatal attraction. 

Regarding pit bulls on the silver screen, a *foreign born scholar (there was an appeal for someone who is an English speaker to fix some of the errors.  He writes better than most American pit bull enthusiasts.) expressed the essence of what all pit bull enthusiasts claim:

"At the beginning of 1900, the breed dog American Pit Bull Terrier was an icon very appreciated by the American town. It was sight like a familiar dog, and of confidence around the children. Brave and protective of all the family, he was considered like a symbol for the American town, because it is a strong, powerful, balance and extremely intelligent animal, and never like a threat for the society."

Maybe pit bulls are not roaming the streets across the pond as they are here across the fruited plains, but he is like so many numb-sculls who look for any little scrap of acknowledgement that they are part of some great American legacy so they can feel better about their choice of a dog fighting dog for a pet.  This great legacy, if it can be found at all, exists only  in the movies.

Nonetheless, what follows is a good survey of some of the early films,  which do indeed employ talented plucky pit bulls, if you call jumping and gripping "talent".  Suppose too,  the reason for the overwhelming representation of pit bulls in early film, may have to do to the fact of the close connections of these early pioneers in film.

  This early example, featuring the earliest known pit bull star, Mannie.  *"The director of cinema and husband of Laura Comstock, Norman H. Mosher, was his trainer and Mannie learned all type of tricks because its intelligence was outside the normal thing. In those times it was difficult to train a dog for such aim and was amazing the amount of time and patience necessary to teach such tricks."

Mannie & Laura Comstocks Bag Punching Dog (1901) Is it training, or is it breeding, and is this a display of normal dog behavior or  intelligence....gripping dog goes after ball and then does the pit bull shake.  It's really amazing when you see a dog that hasn't been trained to do this with YOUR dog in it's gaping maw, and it's real, not the movies.

Another star of the silent screen was "Fatty" or Roscoe Arbuckle, whose dog Luke was the perfect choice of canine side-kick for the the hayseed character he portrayed.  In real life, Arbuckle was a known drug addict, and was the center of a rape and murder scandal.  Despite an acquittal, the Hollywood censor board, cited Arbuckle as an example of the poor morals in Hollywood.  His movies were banned.

   Here is a montage of scenes featuring Luke the dog. He's especially good at gripping and hanging from the power of his jaws, and climbing ladders, a charming skill for a game bred gripper to have in its arsenal.

The Buster Brown Series is often brought up as a glowing example of American childhood by the pit bull apologia, especially Cesar Millan.   He is a brat and his dog Tige is a demon.  *Here is a sample of just one of many similar scenarios which should drive the point home.

March 9, 1904- Buster and Tige. Put a Baloon Vender Out of Business
*The mother of Buster tries to buy a globe for her son, but but Buster gets upset, he pushes the salesman and he orders to Tige to bites the trousers of him. The seller loosen all the globes and Tige and three Pit Bull more explode globes. (spelling and grammar of our scholar left intact.) 

Read more descriptions........Tige bites.  Tige bites. Tige bites.

The TRUTH About Pit Bulls, also has an excellent article about Buster Brown and Tige.

Tige attacks another dog in Buster Brown and the Dude (1904)

Of all the most beloved and oft mentioned,  most nutters gush at the canine pal of The Little Rascals (Our Gang) (1922-1941) with out seeming to notice that the adorable little crumb munchers were, well, little rascals. They were NOT the picture of the ideals of American family, rather humorous antics of children from the wrong side of the tracks, often behaving badly.  This is not polite society, this is what generates the humor.  I don't know how the pit bull apologists seem to miss the stereotypical humor, revolutionary as it was at the time to have such an integrated cast in the time of segregation and Jim Crow laws. Even when these shorts were released for T.V. print in 1971, there was controversy over some of the racial humor, as well as other content deemed to be in bad taste, King World made significant edits to its Little Rascals TV prints.  Petey the pit bull, pet to these hooligans was a taboo choice, as pit bulls at the time had a solidly bad reputation.

In nearly every episode where Petey makes an appearance, you can witness gripping dog behavior.  Even the second incarnation's first appearance in Pups is Pups (1930), look for the scene of the litter engaged in a head shaking gripping (around 7:55). 

The Pooch (1932) is a humorous yet shameful commentary on American values from which we have still not evolved, the sad truth that strangers were more willing to find something for the dog to eat than for two hungry children.  Later in the film we see Petey attacking the dog catcher. 

                    DOG CATCHER: Who let my dogs out?
                    SPANKY: Stymie
                    DOG CATCHER: Where's Stymie?
                    SPANKY: Right over there.
                    PETEY: Grrrrrr

                    Petey attacks Dog Catcher.
                     STYMIE: Somebody's got Petey caught!
                     Dog Catcher puts Petey in the dog catcher wagon.
                     STYMIE:  Please don't take my dog mister!
                     DOG CATCHER: Well, where's his license?
                     STYMIE: He ain't got no license, he's got fleas!

Nutters never change!

The creator of the show had some unsavory connections. The dog that originally played both Tige and Pete was "Pal the Wonder dog" sired by Earl Tudor's Black Jack.  Earl Tudor was a famous dog fighter, and he considered Black Jack his best game dog.  Pal was poisoned, and replaced with one of his offspring, Pete, who's grandma and ma were one and the same.  Yes, like so many pit bulls, he could sing "I'm my own Grampa" and be absolutely correct.

Charlie Chaplain was a comic genius, no doubt, even if he was kicked out of America.  His pit bull mix, named Mutt, was one of 21 dogs he had originally collected, a number reduced to 12 after neighbor complaints.  Mutt stars as the canine companion of the Little Tramp in the movie Dog's Life (1918).  Check out the counter around the 6:50 minute mark for a delightful scene of a gripper on the seat of pants slapstick humor. What other kind of dog can grip and hold on?

 Thus, the pit bull was from the very early dawn in cinema, the victim of type casting.  Very few and far between, save some recent horrible Disney films and some Anti-BSL propaganda documentaries, will you see pibbles portraying little else but the scary dog or the mascot of a thug.  
Of the Disney crop of pit bull stars, none of them upstage the popularity of the animated Cocker Spaniel in Lady and the Tramp, or 101 Dalmations,  two very dangerous breeds of dogs, according to every vet tech that loves pit bulls. 

Three lost pets search for home through the Canadian wilderness in The Incredible Journey, a book published in 1961.  Disney's early adaption of the book in 1963 stayed true to story, by employing an English Bull Terrier to play the part of Bodger.  The remake, renamed Homeward Bound (1993)  and a sequel released in 1996 featured an American Bulldog named  Sure-Grip Rattler to portray Chance, no doubt there's some game bred D.N.A. in the mix.  The dog was not only a film star, but was also used for the wholesome American sport of Hog Catching.   Real life nutter Michael J. Fox supplied the voice.

Despite all their popularity, pit bull fans didn't flock to Disney's The Pooch and the Pauper (2000), it was a box office flop.  The story of bulldog Liberty, first dog of the U.S. who SOMEHOW gets mixed up with his exact stray dog doppelganger.  I thought that pit bulls were supposed to be the most loyal dog, how can this happen! 

The Good Son (1993)  Remember when Macauley Culkin was still cute and not scary and Elijah Wood was simply shorter? And I didn't even know this was a pit bull (recall that 1993 was in the decade of the Rottweiler, or was it the German Shepherd?)   because I had never heard of them.  The trailer captures us... "Behind his smile, lies a secret"......"Behind his his eyes, lays a plan"....and "Behind the image of a good son, lies the terrifying truth".   ....sounds like what the pit bull advocacy doesn't want you to know about their dogs. 

Evil child portrayed by  Macaulay Culkin.  Evil dog portrayed by Dread, Diane Jessup's own pooch.

In Goodfellas (1990), the pit bull makes an appearance as the subject matter of a painting.  
The oil of the two dogs was painted by Nicholas Pileggi’s mother, and is based on a photograph from the November 1978 issue of National Geographic. Pileggi was the author of Wise Guy, a treatment of the life of gangster Henry Hill, on which Good Fellas is based.  Ironically, National Geographic, which used to be about more lofty things, has since become devotedly focused on thugs and pit bulls.
 Here is some of the dialog from this scene.:
TOMMY: I like this one. One dog goes one way and the other goes the other.
MOTHER: One’s going east, the other’s going west. So what?
TOMMY: And this guy’s saying, “Whaddya want from me?" The guy’s got a nice head of white hair. Beautiful. The dog it looks the same.

A nice video discussion about this painting.

 Maybe she knows her sons are pit bulls, maybe she's in denial. She serves them up a nice meal nonetheless. 

Forrest Gump (1994)  Jenny's Grandma has what looks to be an American Bulldog Dumptruck by the  trailer. 

 Wild Bill (1995) opens with a scene from a dog fight.  "You can take the dog out of the fight, but you can't take the fight out of the dog." 

Snatch (2003) could not have cast another type of dog, only a pit bull would have the gaping maw capable of engulfing an entire toy. This movie also features real life nutter Brad Pitt, whose gripping dogs made a cameo in the psychothriller Seven (1995).
In a movie about such deep symbolism, there must be a deeper meaning to the choice of pit bulls into this household. Could it be that the pit bulls, so casually given a nice tummy rub were a symbol of the sixth deadly sin, envy, or maybe the seventh, wrath?   In any case,   it could have either been the serial killer or the serial killer dogs that ended up killing his wife.
Gansta being attacked from behind by gansta dog.

 Pibble serves up some gangsta stereotypes in the David Spade movie Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003), this despite the knowledge that Chihuahuas and Dachshunds are far more aggressive.  People comment all the time on media reports all the time...."my pit bull is a sweetheart but my Chihuahua will kill you!" This film also features a Bull Mastiff portraying the family dog.  Would have a Beagle worked as well in this role?   Popeye, Bad dog!
Of course we can't have a proper Pibble film festival at our Pit Nutter Circus without including a foreign film or an artistic venture by a cable company.

Amores Perros (2000) is a Mexican movie, roughly translating to "Love is a bitch", much in the way Charlie Chaplain's Dog's Life was telling us "Life is a bitch".  It was nominated for an Academy Award, and won Best Picture by the Mexican film academy.  A tryptich of stories of betrayal, with the dog symbolizing loyalty, all characters  linked by the scene of an automobile crash.  It brings to mind the mind the movies Pulp Fiction and Crash.  It contains many horribly graphic depictions of dog fighting. It's very likely the dogs used in this scene are related to the dog that portrayed Tige and Petey. We export those American Values south of the border.

Dogfighting scene from the film Amores Perros.

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

An HBO movie which tells of the stormy romance of legendary piano virtuoso Liberace and his young lover Scott Thorson.  Scott had worked as a dog handler in Hollywood, and it was a mutual interest in dogs that lured young Scott into the lair of dirty old dog Liberace.   The opening scene shows him, portrayed by Matt Damon, hubba hubba,  on the set with three dogs.....H.B.O. may have wanted to consult Cesar Milan, because it does hint that even in the late 70's, the pit bull had a bad rap....along with the German Shepherd, and the Doberman Pincer.  It portrays Liberace as an insatiable horn-dog, the producers certainly had some guts showing some romantic gay doggie style. 

Here is the Real Scott Thorson today,  
such a brave man to tell his story, and even braver to deal with a dangerous Daschund and a deadly Dalmation. 

My all time favorite pit bull scene is from Jurrassic Park III (2001).  It seems that along with the Godfather Saga, Shawshank Redemption, and one of the Jaws movies, one can turn on the cable at anytime, and one of the Jurassic Park movies will be on. As much as I loathe them, I will prepare the popcorn for this one scene: T-Rex verses Pibble.   Pibble loses.  It's a good thing T-Rex is extinct, because pit bull owners would just have to have one!

Pibbles (on a chain, the outrage!)  sees T-Rex and bravely defends his household.  He tenaciously pulls his dog house to the edge of the pool, even though his owners are clearly cruel to make him live outside, tied to a dog house in San Diego.
Pibbles barks and shows his teeth.  T-Rexie roars and shows her teeth.  Pibbles currs out and cowardly backs into his house.  
T-Rexie gets a little nibble of pibble.

I myself have always wanted a pet lion, just like the one that roars on the prelude of every MGM film.  Story goes that the very lion that was filmed with the mighty roar, killed its handler.  Turns out, just like the rumor that because pit bulls have a long history in the movies, they make great pets, it's just another urba

n myth.  Darn, it would have made a good example too.  Alas, the pit bull apologist never really gets it anyway that it's just Ars gratia artis.
A nutter history of the pit bull in cinema.  Great collection of clips and photographs.
By Mar Bartolome.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Crazy Pit bull Tricks

BOSTON —West Bridgewater animal control officers are scouring the area for a loose dog described as a young, small, black pit bull named Lulu was last seen around Stonehill College campus, in Easton. Jeni Mathers, who serves as an animal control officer for West Bridgewater, said herself and several volunteers had the dog cornered at the baseball field on campus when it slipped under the fence and was last seen running down Belmont Street on the Easton/Brockton line. Brockton animal control has also been contacted, Mathers said. Anyone with information is asked to call her at 508-294-3952, or contact West Bridgewater police at 508-586-2525.
State police say the dog is responsible for a morning crash in which a car rolled over and burst into flames, closing down Route 24 northbound for about an hour Monday morning, backing up traffic for approximately five miles.
The crash occurred at about 6:10 a.m. when a man lost control of his Saturn sedan, which flipped and “ignited as it turned,” said West Bridgewater Fire Capt. Kenney May.
“He got out of the car just in time and sustained no injuries,” said May. “Lucky guy.”
State police said the dog jumped on the owner inside the car, causing the accident. The dog was still missing as of about 1:30 p.m.
Authorities closed the entire northbound side of Route 24 until the car fire was extinguished, May said.
The crash occurred near exit 17 in West Bridgewater, and was backed up about five miles, state police estimated.
The scene was clear by 7:15 a.m.

Read more:

Animal Control braves briars to capture the elusive Lulu!

Lulu reunited with owner!

Lulu's story has become a heart warming fundraising effort.   That has to be the best pit bull trick of all!   I wonder if it will help to pay for the cost of her adorable meyhem.....police, fire fighters and  Lulu owes somebody a new Saturn Sedan.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pit Bull Art Show

A detail of a Pit Bull Terrier collage, just lovely.   It reminds me of what a survivor of pit bull "artwork" looks like, sans the stitches and the drains.

Oh, had I a dollar for every time I wish I had a chainsaw ready to go the day one bulldozed into my life.  Pit Bulls don't need chainsaws to destroy trees, by the way.  You can purchase this beauty for less than a hundred, put it by the bed to inspire some serious ZZZzzzzzzs.

Or Nightmares, like this one.
Tuff Love by Jesse Hernandez

Monday, July 15, 2013

Caption Contest

The official contest is closed, results unknown.  Why don't we have fun!  Submit your captions!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Crazy Pit Bull Tricks!

WARNING:  This video has contains very disturbing, vulgar, and crass language, and risque scenes of a very ugly  pit bull getting amorously frisky with a pillow, and general urban decay.  Not for the faint of heart.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Freedom of Speech Follies!

One of the things that strikes me most about pit bull advocates, is how they fight to end BSL, a freedom to own any breed of dog without any regulations or policy, but will throw my favorite concept...the freedom of speech baby....out of the window on any one or entity that dares to express their observation that pit bulls are dangerous.  I call HYPOCRITE!

Here's their angle: They may use the scenario of appealing to your right to freedom, and how dare you dis the "American Dog", the symbol of freedom itself.  "If they ban pit bulls, your breed will be next"....

Let's look at a list things that are banned:

Haggis, how RACIST!

Large Soda Pops in New York City. Now if you are thirsty in the Big Apple, you will need to purchase two medium sodas. 

Lawn Darts,  due to 4 deaths.  I sure miss them. They would sure come in handy with pit bulls running amok.....

Cat and Dog fur products, even though this is blatant specisism, even the skins of goats, sheep, and beef,  had fur or hair on them before it was removed and ordained into leather.  In any case, in the U.S.A. we render cat and dog fur into lip stick and crayons. The raw materials for these products brought to you by the backyard breeders of America. Into the mix, a good million pit bulls.

Today, I heard of communities hinting of banning their sports programs because they are too dangerous.  And a hot topic right now,  after the horrible shootings by mentally unstable people, again we explore whether or not our rights to bear arms should be an American tradition that continues.  People elect to participate in sports, and guns don't somehow and go off and shoot on their own, and they are REGULATED!

Yet municipalities in the most free country on the face of this beautiful spinning planet have elected to have restrictions, added policy, and all out bans on that certain strain of gripping dog, and there are countries who have decided that they should be banned entirely for the greater good of protecting the public from what these dogs can do...what they do on a near daily basis. 

If that patriotic appeal fails to hit the desired target, they draw out their guns and shoot another one of their usual scripted arguments, well "All dogs bite, any dog could have done that". So therefore, if we follow the syllogism they have set up.....

Pit Bulls are dogs.
All dogs are dangerous.
Therefore, pit bulls are dangerous.


If you think this is only a volatile American issue, think again.  Here is an article from New Zealand, which expresses the anger of pit bull owners incited over comments made by an  SPCA official that the breed is "bad to the bone."

SPCA Executive Director Bob Kerridge last week said pit bulls are the exception to the rule that dogs are not born bad. 

"The pit bull is the exception to the way we talk about dogs. No dogs are born bad, except pit bulls - owners make them bad," he said.

The pit bull advocates and owners were outraged.

Karen Batchelor of the American Pit Bull Terrier Association says Australian and American SPCAs run pit bull adoption programmes and believes Kerridge's comments would find little support from veterinarian associations.

That's because pit bulls are good for business. They have a high susceptibility of contracting  Parvo and Mange, they attack other family and neighborhood pets, and that brings in a good grand per case, and then of course, there are the euthanizations and cremations that follow..  CaCHING! ~MOW

"I don't understand how the SPCA can allow him to speak like this about the breed, simply based on his own views," whined some pit bull advocate. 

FREEDOM OF SPEECH? Should dogs be  protected from slander and libel, do they care?
 ~ MOW

The messages have prompted SPCA Auckland to issue a statement.

"The Auckland SPCA considers the risks associated with adopting pit bulls or pit bull crosses too high given the Dog Control Act declares them to be dangerous and we believe we have a duty of care to the community."

But the advocate protested that, Kerridge's comments are misleading.

But so were her responses, in fact, blatant lies.  One of the freedoms enjoyed by this particular advocate, is the ability to regurgitate lies and half truths. ~MOW

"No breed of dog ever deserved this wrap  and over the years it's been rottweilers, dobermans, German shepherds, and before then, believe it or not, newfoundlands and even bloodhounds have been the 'demon dogs' of the day."

Was this her written statement?  She needs to be educated! ~MOW

Be sure to take a peek at the results of the in the now closed poll...looks like Bad to the Bone won readily over the Big Softies and I don't know(53/38/8).  HIP HIP HOORAY!

Yes, the pit bull advocacy works harder at silencing any attempts of using their mascot in any marketing, unless it is "positive", than they do of educating owners to be responsible.  Their memes are failing them. 

Recall the outrage over the McDonald's Chicken McNugget Campaign.

Chicken McNuggets or Petting a Stray Pit Bull?

The ad discussed risks, among them "petting a STRAY pit bull". Some more logical pit bull advocates retorted, well petting ANY stray dog is risky.  So therefore, let's follow the logic...

Pit bulls are dogs.
Petting a stray dog is risky.
Therefore, petting a stray pit bull is risky.

I don't know, is petting a stray pit bull more risky than eating a Chicken McNugget?  It would be nice to be given the freedom of the option with pit bulls running amok and a lone chicken McNugget sitting on the table...which one may maul you, which one may give you the trots? Ironically, the theme explored by the ad campaign was RISK....and the concept was that we are free to choose it.

The result was, the ad campaign was silenced, and Pink Slime was banned.

Oh, and Happy Meals are banned in San Francisco as well as any trips to Arizona by city workers.  No Grand Canyon for you lovely people with the flowers in your hair, who live in the lovely city by the bay. 

Recently a photo of a product called "Pit Bull Defence Maximum Spray" that was sold to a limited market at Walgreen's outraged pit bull advocates and owners enough to deluge the Walgreen's facebook page (I'm sure their other contacts as well) with their outrage. It inspired the creation of a  page just for destroying Walgreen's reputation for destroying the pit bull's reputation, for which, let me say again...

THEY ARE DOGS AND THEY DO NOT GIVE A FLYING F^@K WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF THEM!  This is the ONLY case, where pit bulls are just dogs, with due respect to pit bulls which kill a human every 14 days in the U.S.A.. 

The page persists, despite the fact that the official Walgreen's facebook page made an apology, and said they have since pulled the product and sent it back to the manufacture. 

We apologize to everyone about the pit bull spray that was sold at a few isolated locations. We can assure you that this was not a corporately purchased item. It was never our company’s intent to condone the inappropriate singling out of any one breed of dog. Instead, a very small number of our stores obtained it for sale on their own. As a result of us becoming aware of the product, we have told those few stores who are carrying the item to stop selling it immediately. We also will ensure other locations don't carry it, too. Thank you and be well."

DAMN, I want some of that!

Here are some of their comments, copied and pasted.

Boycott Walgreens. Save the pit bulls its the message behind the product... a spray designated for protecting your self from pitbulls... it should be a spray protecting you from a vicious stray dog... its discriminating to the breed and walgreens has supported this

Boycott Walgreens. Save the pit bulls hope your 8.99$ was worth a destroyed reputation and ALOT of angry dog lovers

Boycott Walgreens. Save the pit bulls

This is a copied statement, original spelling intact.  Notice that they are unable to spell the words apologize and pit bull(s) correctly, but they seek to "educate".   
It would be wonderful to have this product available, in fact, just two days ago I had another close call and was saved by a nice lady who cut it off with her van, WHEW!!! 
Alas! The pit bull advocacy has hindered my consumer choice of a product I would purchase wanting to protect myself from their consumer choice in dog breed. My curiosity piqued searching for the product on line, I ran into several discussions on to whether or not pepper spray or mace is actually effective on pit bulls.  I got mixed results.  

Now note, this is a testimonial that says that "Pepper Spray works on most dogs, EVEN pit bulls.  So that little word EVEN, suggests that pit bulls are a separate class.  They didn't write, EVEN Cocker Spaniels, Daschunds, or Chihuahuas, even though they are the scourge according to Animal Control, causing the majority of the problems about the town. 

There are cases, where it appears that pepper spray or mace is not strong enough, and you have to go for something designed to repel GRIZZLY BEARS.  That's right, GRIZZLY BEARS!

I found this testimonial and accompanied video.  I watched it with delight a good dozen times.  Turn on the Calliope Music and watch!
So I searched for this product on line, and guess what I found......

"A Charging Grizzly Bear is NOT the same thing as a mugger on a street corner, or EVEN a charging pit bull"

 Even with the negation in the use of the word "NOT" , the images and associations are made. For instance, RenĂ© Magritte explored this concept of the mind, with a series of paintings, this being one of the most iconic.  

This is not a pipe.

That's right, in effort to keep visitors to a National Park safe one of our government agencies has dared to muddy the reputation of America's Dog by having it share a sentence with a charging grizzly bear and a mugger on a street corner.  These days, muggers on street corners may come with a pit bull, just sayin'.  They didn't write a charging DOG, a charging Cocker Spaniel, a charging Daschund, a charging Chihuhua, no they wrote CHARGING PIT BULL.  Why did they make this particular choice? 
This is  a little experiment to see how long it takes before the pit bull advocacy catches wind of this horrible libel to the pit bull. Let's see how long before it takes that there is a "Boycott Yellowstone, save the image of the pit bull" page on facebook, and this PSA is pulled or the language changed so they can spare their employees the constant dealings with this group of people who consistently show their egos are too fragile to possibly contain the gritty mindset that cares more about safety than they do about the reputation of a dog. They whine, they complain, they demand reparations to the damage of the image of a DOG. The dog doesn't care.  They do.

And remember..... A pit bull is a dog.  All dogs are dangerous.  Pit Bulls are dangerous.   

Some dogs are more dangerous than others.  Viva la freedom of speech, Baby!