An insightful observation from a friend of mine:
“I had dogmen in my family, well known throughout the South. I wasn’t proud of it. I also had family that raised for field and show. But I want to tell you what it is like walking into a fighting dog ‘kennel’. First of all the ‘kennel’ is outside, usually located in a remote part of a forest, the woods as we call it.
The pits are chained, heavily chained. Car axles are driven into the ground and the chains are attached to these axles with padlocks. Heavy tow chains I might add. From the air, you can spot these kennels, the pits have made circles around, dirt, and you can easily see them. When you walked in and the pits started jumping and running around, the dust is stifling. That’s the life of these pits, put on chains when they are about 4 months old.
When you go into the ‘kennel’, the pits are so happy to see you, just like your own dog greeting you. They aren’t vicious, they aren’t aggressive, they act like any other dog, excited to see you. But stay at chain’s length, is the advice from the dogman. You can pet them, they will roll over for a belly rub too. A layman can be easily deceived by their reactions.
As a course of some undercover work, I had to watch two of the pits that I had petted and rubbed their bellies, fight. To this day, it haunts me. Those two pits that I had so enjoyed were fighting to the death. I am not a drinker, but I did stay drunk for 3 days after this. The only thing that saved me was that it was for the good, my work helped to bust these dogmen, my family members included. I was barely 21. Because of my family, I was called upon a few more times to help gather info on dogmen around my area.
When busts are made of the dogmen, these ‘rescuers’ go in and they see the friendly pits that I saw. They form an opinion that these dogs are ‘forced’ to fight, that they are just normal canines. They aren’t. What these rescuers need to see is what I had to see and be haunted with. What these pits are capable of is beyond your imagination. And once you see the instant aggression, how they fight to the death, you will never see the breed in the same light again.
I didn’t want to tell this tale, But I continue to see how these pits, bred for fighting, are thought of in a light that leads to darkness. Pits are indeed liars.”