Earlier this week, I heard this story and I couldn't get it out of my head. Before you hear the rest of the story, there are 2 facts you should know.
1. He is the only dog to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant through combat
2. He was a pit bull.
For those that are dog lovers, you probably focus on the first fact. For those that aren't dog lovers, you probably focus on the second. Before you start thinking too hard about #2 and start imagining things, watch the video. (It is only 2:27)
This dog saved wounded soldiers, captured enemy spies, and warned of mustard gas attacks and incoming artillery shells. He was hit with shrapnel in one of the SEVENTEEN battles in which he took part. There are some breed specific traits that allowed him to become a war hero. His exact breed is in question, but it is one of the breeds that is generally termed a Pit Bull. Pits are a loyal and protective dog. They love people and working. Those all sound like good things because they are good things. Those are also traits that could be misused by bad owners. Thankfully, Sergeant Stubby had a good owner who was training as a soldier. That gave Sgt. Stubby the time and opportunity to be well trained. Since he was well trained, he saved many lives many times. It is all about the training they get and the owner they have. Breed specific legislation and companies who refuse to provide insurance based on the breed is just plain stupid!
In case you don't believe me, check out Pit Boss, The Dog Whisperer, or Dogtown. They are all way more expert than me and they all say the same thing. It is bad owners, not bad dogs. Obviously, they aren't bad dogs because this one saved so many lives because he loved the people around him and knew that was his job. If you can't be a good owner to that dog because of temperament, energy requirements, training abilities, etc., don't get that dog! Get one to whom you can be a good owner. If you are a good dog owner, let the world see it and stand up for the good owners! Don't let the bad ones give us or more importantly, the good dogs, a bad rap.