❥ American Pit Bull Terrier Books for Worth Reading ❥
I have read dozens of Pit Bull books and have watched so many DVDs since getting involved with the breed. Below you will find a list of books that I enjoyed and recommended to other Pit Bull owners.
❥ I’m a good dog: Pit Bulls, the most beautiful pet in America ❥
Filled with inspiring stories and photographs, this heartfelt tribute to the pit bull celebrates one of America’s most popular and misunderstood dogs. Perhaps more than any other breed, the pit bull has been haunted by negative stereotypes. In truth, pit bulls are innately wonderful pets, just as capable of love and good deeds as any other type of dog. To set the record straight, Ken Foster sings the praises of the pit bulls in I’m a Good Dog, a lovingly written tribute to this misunderstood canine.
Founder of the Sula Foundation, which promotes the head of pit bull ownership in New Orleans and the author of two acclaimed books on abandoned dogs, Foster has set out to bring forgotten canines out into the open. I’m a good dog, trace the fascinating history of this particularly maligned breed. A century ago, the pit bull was considered a family dog, featured in family photos, and was a loving companion to children. More recently, pit bulls have been portrayed by the media as stereotypes of everything they are not. Build reputations through moving profiles of pit bulls serving as therapy dogs, athletic heroes, search and rescue dogs, and educators, not to mention as pet lovers.
Proving that there is much to love and nothing to fear, I am a good dog that returns the pit bull to its rightful place as a friend, family member, athlete, and entertainer.
❥ The power of playing tag with your dog ❥
While this is not specific to Pit Bulls, highly encourage you to watch this DVD on how to train and play pull with your dog. You will learn how to create a dog that wants to listen to signals, as well as a dog that wants to be close to you. Both of these attributes make training your Pit Bull Terrier much easier.
❥ Training memory with Michael Ellis ❥
Pit Bull Nation is the story of a woman who found a pit bull and how that dog changed the course of her life. The chain of events that follow will discourage most people, but Cindy finds a connection with these dogs that gives her the strength to overcome adversity and face her own fears. Find a companion and soul mate in these unwanted dogs whose name and image inspire the media frenzy. This book is a journey through the hills and valleys of rescue work and a look behind the scenes of everyone at the killing fields where most of these dogs are being euthanized simply because they look like pit bulls. Cindy Morabito believes there is a solution for America’s first native breed of dog, the American Pit Bull Terrier.
❥ Pitbull nation ❥
Pit Bull Nation is the story of a woman who found a pit bull and how that dog changed the course of her life. The chain of events that follow will discourage most people, but Cindy finds a connection with these dogs that gives her the strength to overcome adversity and face her fears. Find a companion and soul mate in these unwanted dogs whose name and image inspire the media frenzy. This book is a journey through the hills and valleys of rescue work and a look behind the scenes of everyone at the killing fields where most of these dogs are being euthanized simply because they look like pit bulls. Cindy Morabito believes there is a solution for America’s first native breed of dog, the American Pit Bull Terrier.
❥ Pit stops ❥
A journalist and animal welfare advocate exposes the brutal tragedies and prejudice inflicted on pit bulls in this insightful travel narrative. On her 40th birthday, Michelle Sathe overcame a midlife crisis by embarking on a great road trip in America, accompanied by Loren, a young rescued pit bull. The two set out to explore 29 states in 50 days for a whirlwind of regional cuisine, historical landmarks, and just plain fun, including places like the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, New York City, and the scenic coastline of Savannah. But along the way, they come face to face with the sad reality faced by the Pit Bull prejudices and the sad reality faced by the beleaguered breeds of “bullies” in US shelters and in places like Virginia, where Michael Vick ran a hideous ring of dogfighting, and Pittsburgh, where bullies are routinely kept in a dangerous underworld. Mile by mile, as the duo forge an ever-stronger bond, they also focus on the amazing human workers, volunteers, and advocates across the country who work tirelessly to give bullies a second chance.
❥ The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Story of Rescue and Redemption ❥
Expanding on his Sports Illustrated cover story, Gorant (Fanatic) offers a chilling investigation into Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation and the men and women who brought him to justice and rehabilitated the rescued dogs. Grant describes the emergence of the Bad Newz kennels, describing in painful detail at times the abuse, torture, and execution of animals; Especially disturbing is an episode in which Vick and a friend swing a failed fighting dog over their heads like a jump rope and kill. Repeating it repeatedly on the ground and tracking the rescue of dozens of pit bulls seized from Vick’s property.
Grant describes efforts to save these animals from euthanasia, challenging negative public perceptions of pit bulls and reporting on the status of dogs such as Sox (now a certified therapy dog), Zippy (adopted by a family of five ), and Iggy (still shy but increasingly comfortable with his adopted circle of friends)
❥ Fighting dog breeds ❥
While this book is not specifically about the American Pit Bull Terrier, I recommend that all owners who want to understand the history of the breed obtain a copy of this book. From the time when man used dogs to hunt, to baiting animals, to dogfighting, this book is quite extensive and I love all the old paintings and paintings depicting ancient dogs. Great read, great photos, great information, and you will get insight into the origin of the Pit Bull. Overall a great book.
❥ The history of fighting dogs ❥
This book was written by the same author who wrote the above, fighting dog breeds. Again, not specifically about the American Pit Bull Terrier, but you will get a deeper insight into why the breed is the way it is today.
Once again, Dieter Fleig offers incredible depictions of ancient war dogs and presents a polite and wonderful view of them. What I like about this book is the fact that it doesn’t take sides. Non-biased, informative, it’s an excellent addition to the Pit Bull Lovers library. Great read, great photos, great information, and you will get insight into the origin of the Pit Bull. Overall a great book.
❥ Colby’s Book of the American Pit Bull Terrier ❥
I like this book because it shows the rich history of the American Pit Bull Terrier. Specifically, this particular line of the breed dates back over 100 years. One of the best things about this book is the photos. The book includes some photos and many of them are from the Colby family archives. Showing dogs with children and even a young Louis Colby with one of his dogs. If you don’t already have this book, I recommend that each owner add it to their library. Great read, great pictures, solid information, overall a great book.
❥ The power of playing tag with your dog ❥
While you might disagree with the author on many points (we’ve had some heated debates. Haha) Working Pit Bull offers a different look at the American Pit Bull Terrier. It offers a variety of views that most other books on the breed never mention or briefly cover. I love the photos in this book. Tons of them. It always makes a good read when you have a lot of high-quality photographs in there. Excellent reading, great photographs, solid information, and offers a unique insight into the breed. Overall a great book.
❥ The American Pit Bull Terrier Book ❥
Richard F. Stratton is one of the most knowledgeable people about the American Pit Bull Terrier. He has written several books on the breed and while I disagree with him on the subject of dogfighting, his books contain a lot of information about the breed that is worth knowing. I recommend this particular book for that reason alone. Good book. Great information The author tries to glorify dogfighting. It is worth adding to your library.
❥ Fatal dog attacks ❥
While I haven’t personally read this book yet, the reviews are exceptional and the book comes highly recommended by other Pit Bull owners. Fatal Dog Attacks explores the topic of dog bite statistics and can give those looking to prevent such incidents some good ideas on how to avoid the problem altogether. If you are interested in dog bite statistics, this book will be added to your library.
❥ The Complete History of Fighting Dogs ❥
I found this book very enjoyable to read and the information was presented in a way that kept me interested. I’m easily bored by books like this, but I was pleasantly surprised that it kept me focused throughout the reading. My only problem with the book and I agree with others who have read it, towards the end the author loses a bit of focus and left me hanging wanting more information. The outstanding illustrations make this book a fun visual read too.