Rescue Corner: Problem?? Solution!!

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Every morning my day starts the same 4 am up and the rotation of the pit bulls begins…….
I won’t go into the boring details of the life of a pit bull rescuer and advocate this is about what we do and whether or not it makes a difference in the grand scheme of things.
My phone is full of notifications from text messages to twitter to Facebook when I wake up… seems to never stop. There are always an abundant amount of dogs to be saved, there are an abundant amount of crossposters and shelter volunteers and rescue friends all begging for the one spot that you can squeeze just one more into….

I am a pit bull rescuer it is what I was destined to do the moment God placed me in my mother’s womb. The “problem” with the pit bull isn’t the pit bull….the problem with the pit bull is the people. You have people that think their dog is awesome, and the breeding starts without any clue as to what they are doing. Bad breeding makes for all sorts of problems hip dysplasia, demodex mange, ill temperament to name a few which results in dumped dogs whose only fault was being born thanks to selfish humans and then being bought by someone that decided they weren’t worth the work needed to teach them how to be a model for the breed. See people problem…not pit bull problem.

Jennifer Buck-Aikman
Jennifer Buck-Aikman

Those same people are the reason the pit bull is sensationalized in horrific media reports. The same people that say things like “he just snapped” WRONG!
There were signs….there are ALWAYS signs! Know the breed before you decide to bring one into your family. Breed traits can’t be trained out they are part of who these dogs are. They are terriers which means they are hunters, depending on the prey drive of the dog and the amount of socialization they received as a puppy, some don’t do well in a home with smaller animals. Dog aggressive tendency is there it is stronger in some than in others. Always expect a bulldog to fight, they may never get into a fight but always be prepared for it! If you allow your dog to be placed in the position to have to defend itself he will and he will win the fight but could lose his life because he is the pit bull. Once again, people problem.
I just love seeing this one…
“It’s all in how you raise them”….
Well then I guess that means we are in trouble! We pull dogs from death row in shelters that are horrid, they are abused, unwanted, beaten, scared, but rarely are they broken.
How they are raised means nothing if you don’t manage them properly….
One moment in your yard alone and playing and a kid with a dog walks down the street the dog is a yappy little guy and peaks your happy pit bulls curiosity (remember he’s a terrier) and he jumps the fence his prey drive kicks in and the little dog has no chance. So then there is a media frenzy about the vicious pit bull mauling a child and killing his pet puppy Spot and how the pit bull is the Devil. Had there been better management of that situation it never would have happened. I make an unspoken promise to each dog I help ” I won’t place you in a position to fail.” Sadly because the dog has become the scapegoat for the owners irresponsible actions, that promise encompasses more than anyone can imagine.  See, a people problem….

INSANITY… doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.
This is what this rescue is truly about. We killed 11,000 shelter animals today, and more than half, were “pit bull type” dogs. Not because they are vicious, not for any reason, except you have to kill ten for ten to come in there is no space and the rescues that can and do handle the pit bulls are full. This is also a human problem. For the love of all that is holy please to all of you back yard breeders STOP unless your dog has super powers there is NO reason to breed them get them FIXED!!
Tomorrow will be a different day but the same again. More will die senselessly in the shelters and several will we be selfishly brought into this world with a very slim chance of happily ever after.

Insanity- Rescue….. The problem isn’t the pit bull, the problem is the management of the pit bull, as well as a need for spay/neuter laws and regulation across the country for breeders. Otherwise it won’t work. So please do some research and educate yourselves. Stop the insanity and become part of the solution because nothing will change unless WE fight for it by making our plea be heard and getting laws changed that directly affect the shelter crisis and properly managing our pit bulls. If you aren’t part of the solution then YOU are the problem!

I know I am horrible with proper sentences and structure! If words work better one way then please fix it lol! I trust you on this! I am just the crazy pitbull lady!

Jennifer Buck-Aikman is the Founder and President of Angels & Outlaws Second Chance Bully Ranch here in Erath County. She is a member of the SHS Class of 1996 and a lifelong member of the community. She believes that to truly Rescue means to work together no boundaries, no drama, just saving lives! To further discuss Rescue Corner, email her at

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