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Pit Bulls & Pit Bull Type Dogs photo book by Melissa McDaniel

by Therese on March 14, 2012

in Book Reviews, Dogs

Pit Bulls & Pit Bull Type Dogs: 82 Dogs the Media Doesn't Want You to MeetPhotographer Melissa McDaniel has a series of photo books featuring particular groups of dogs. Her latest is Pit Bulls & Pit Bull Type Dogs: 82 Dogs the Media Doesn’t Want You to Meet.  Like her other photo books, the dogs and the photography are stunning. And considering so many of the dogs in this book are smiling, it’s hard not to smile back at them. The book has a serious message though. It is dedicated to a group of dogs that are discriminated against because of their breed and/or the way they look.

Here’s what Melissa says about this book,

The main idea with the book is that these dogs need to be treated as individuals. The general public applies the name “pit bull” to any dog with a certain look, and along with the name comes breed-specific stereotypes. But these myths about pit bulls (which a rescue would label as one of 3 different breeds: Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier) are not true. The tragedy of the public believing all of these myths is that these dogs are languishing in shelters across the U.S. because people are too afraid to adopt them. They are banned from certain towns, dog facilities, apartment buildings, and are among the first to be euthanized in shelters.

There are 82 stars in this book, including 10 Vick dogs, Oogy (from the New York Times best-selling book by the same name), Wallace the Pit Bull (the king of canine disc), Sarge the Elderbull, and plenty of other dogs that may not be famous but are seriously loved by their people. These dogs all live pretty good lives now, but many of them have been through a lot. In addition to being abused at the hand of Vick and his cohorts, the stories you’ll read include abuse, spending time on euthanasia lists, dog fighting, being bounced from person to person, and other things no dog should have to live through. For every dog in this book though, there are many others who are still in very bad situations. These are the lucky ones because they’ve either been adopted or are in the hands of someone who is dedicated to finding them a loving, forever home. And if you were to ask any one of the owners of these dogs, you’d hear stories of how absolutely wonderful they are – just like you’d hear from any other dog lover.

If you’d like to buy a copy of Pit Bulls & Pit Bull Type Dogs: 82 Dogs the Media Doesn’t Want You to Meet you can do so here. A portion of the book proceeds are donated to animal rescue groups, with an emphasis on pit bull rescue & advocacy groups.

Collage of dogs rescued from Michael Vick

Melissa also has a collage of 4 of the dogs saved by BADRAP. 25% from the sale of any of the Vick collage prints to one of 3 rescues (the purchaser gets to choose from a drop-down menu which of the 3 rescues when they buy).  The rescues are BADRAP, Best Friends and Dogs Deserve Better (which took over the Vick property). Click here to buy the collage.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

lori nanan March 15, 2012 at 9:42 am

I love Melissa McDaniel! Her dedication to dogs and highlighting them is amazing! I particularly love that this book is dedicated to pit bulls…anything we can do to overcome the myths and misinformation is fantastic. Plus, who doesn’t love a great photography book….of dogs?? 🙂


Janice Serilla March 20, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I grew up with a pit bull in the family. He was the sweetest thing. It saddens me how they have such a bad reputation. That’s all due to some irresponsible owners.


Sandra@all natural dog treats March 20, 2012 at 1:24 am

Pit bulls are really one of the most molested animals on earth. Melissa is doing a great job. Can’t wait to grab a copy of this photo book.


RPC Press March 28, 2012 at 10:01 am

It truly is a shame what has happened to the Pitbull over the years. Unfortunately, they tend to be owned by a certain type of person that either; owns because the dog looks “cool or tough,” or for protection. I am a Boxer owner and would never expect or want for my dog to act aggressive or try to “protect” me. It is my responsibility to protect him. Most people are not knowledgeable about dog breeds and their differences to begin with. At least once a week I have someone come up to me and ask me if my Boxer is a Pitbull. A couple of days ago a guy looked at my dog, then looked at me and said, “Doberman?” I couldn’t believe it! I was joking with my wife later pretending to be that guy. I looked at Roland, then looked at her and said, Giraffe? There are many good people doing many good things for the Pitbull, but until others stop using the breed as a fighter or an accessory, attitudes toward the Pitbull will not change. I am sorry to say, but where I live most Pitbull owners tend to be white trash.


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