Producing, pit bulls and preconceptions
by Jack Leslie
Since a lot of my rescue efforts tend to focus on Pit Bulls, I often get calls from strangers, who need help finding a home for a Pit Bull. Sadly, all I can often do is offer advice since I usually have a full plate and most of the rescues are already over capacity. Quite often, the people who call me have trepidation because of their preconceived notions about the Pit Bull breed.
I think the most important thing I’ve learned from my years working with Pits is to have empathy for groups that are marginalized based on bias and prejudice perpetuated by society and the media. I have to admit that I used to roll my eyes if a particular group complained about its stereotypical treatment at the hands of the media. However, after encountering so much irrational fear and hatred for the breed by people who have never even met a Pit Bull, I better understand the basis for this frustration.
Bear and Jenn
A year or so ago, I was put in contact with Jenn Noble Bauman, a TV producer. Her husband, producer Beau Bauman, was working with a friend of mine, who has also adopted a couple of Pit Bulls, and she told them to call me for some advice about a Pit Bull that they had rescued but could not keep. Jenn is one of those people, who has had a profound connection with the dog in her life. “Our sweet lab, Bear died on February 5th, 2011 at 16 years old. I had him since he was 5 weeks and it broke my heart losing him. After he was gone, I didn’t want to come home ever. Bear was gone, my reason for coming home was gone. I just hated being in an empty house with no wagging tail, no best friend.”