Saturday, January 28, 2012

Idiot Dog vs Airplane

The Appeal, St Paul, Minnesota, February 15, 1919

Idiot Dog vs Wooden Dog

A Wooden Dog Attacked By A Ferocious Bulldog

Wooden dog loses an ear and his tail.

Ugly AND dumb.

The Idiot Dog and his quarry.

The San Francisco Call, August 14, 1910

America's Dog's scrap book consists of blood, guts and tragedy

If that unknown happens to be discovered he will be furnished with one of the choicest cells in the jail, and when released he will be allowed to give burial to the worthless carcass of the pet brute.

Officer Coleman again seized the brute by the throat and this time choked him until his eyes bulged out and his frothy tongue hung between his ugly teeth.
"Kill him, kill him!" cried the crowd that gathered. "The dog's mad!"

The San Francisco Call, April 15, 1897

Friday, January 27, 2012

Smartest psychopathic pit nutter EVER!

Bert, a Bull terrier belonging to JOHN W CAMERON Jr of 3369 Colonial Avenue in Schenectady was stolen from his prison cell after the judge ordered his execution after biting two kids. This was one of the most diabolically calculated pit nutter moves that I have witnessed in all of my years of tracking nutters and their crimes.

If you fail to convince the judge that the victims for provoked your dog to attack, don't panic, don't threaten - politely COOPERATE with the authorities. After midnight, get your buddy and a pair of bolt cutters, sneak in and spring your little man biter out of prison. THEN make a public plea for the dog's safe return to the shelter.

Schenectady Gazette, September, 19, 1984

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Vintage Sarcasm

Furious Fiend defeated my Hell's Demon, is a putrid, mangy, flea bitten liar and thief who steals chickens for a living.

The San Francisco Call, June 15, 1913

The Utah Solution

Before Denver, before Miami, before Ohio, there was Utah.

The Salt Lake Herald, Salt Lake City, UT, August 5, 1906

The lesson of all this is that a bulldog is a dangerous brute and that not one of the animals should allowed to go unmuzzled.

The Evening Standard, Ogden, UT, May 19, 1911

Why so much attention given to the Beehive State?

Could it be a member of the PBTB Assoc lived in Ogden?

Could it be that pit breeder F.W. Matthews' curs made their way from the pit to the pram? Could it be they did not integrate well outside the of the box.

(notice the spelling of pit with two TTs)

See also
Hmmm...I thought pit bulls were the CURRENT bugaboo breed?

The Bulldog Menace

Early Equine Grippers

The Poor Boob!

The Day Book, Chicago, IL, June 15, 1912

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Crazed Pit nutters

Cellar Full of Bulldogs

Barricaded behind crates and garbage on her roof, Mrs Emily Miller today defied capture by the police for several hours. The police had been summoned by terror stricken neighbors after Mrs Miller, a widow, had fired a number of shots from a six shooter.

When the first shots were heard, every window in the neighborhood went up, every door opened and a score of excited people ran into the street to ascertain the cause of fusillade. The lady on the roof in the meantime had refilled her revolver and another rattle of shots sent the inquisitive scurrying indoors as fast as they emerged.

The shooting brought Patrolman Matheson to the scene. He approached the house and yelled to the woman to descend. Mrs Miller, whose gunnery practice was taken as evidence of insanity, replied to the summons with a volley which caused Matheson to flee precipitously.

The policeman then tried strategy. He eluded the watchful Mrs Miller and leaped hastily over the back yard fence. Then he leaped out more hastily with several ferocious bulldogs belonging to Mrs Miller, fighting for places of honor at his coat tails.

Undaunted, Matheson drew his club, reversed his revolver, scaled the fence and after strenuous battle, killed three of the dogs and sent the others howling. The patrolman opened the door and the second division of Miller bulldogs sprang at him. One was brained by the policeman's club and the others fled. Anticipating a strenuous battle when he reached the roof where Mrs Miller was bombarding the air and bringing in the police from outlying districts, Matheson cautiously advanced.

When he stepped out on the roof he was greeted by Mrs Miller with a pleasant smile. "How do you do officer. It was so good of you to take so much trouble to come here," said the woman with the revolver. "Certainly I will accompany you, but really this notoriety is most disagreeable. I wish you would call a cab."

Matheson called a municipal "taxi" and Mrs Miller is now in the detention hospital, while Matheson is preparing a requisition for a new uniform to replace the one destroyed in the performance of duty.

Daily Capital Journal, Salem, OR, May, 25, 1910

Edgefield Advertiser, Edgefield, SC, November 6, 1912

Dog fighting thugs scattered like cock roaches 99 years ago

The remaining neanderthals fighting amongst themselves at the end is a nice touch.

vintage found this gem of a dog fight bust. I happened to notice this story about a LOYAL SKYE TERRIER right above it. The Skye Terrier was mentioned on the truth blog. He is the current holder of the worst ATTS scores.


The Sun, New York, NY, August 7, 1893

Sunday, January 22, 2012

America's dog, vintage ads & pop culture

"This was the all american dog, for a long time, um, our world war two, one of our world war two dog heroes was Stubby, an old pit bull. Was his name Stubby Tim, do I have that right? I think it was Stubby, yeah. And it was just kind of everyone's dog that they had. You know, laying on the front porch, hanging out. They'd show up in a lot of advertisements, um, Buster Brown's dog, the shoe advertisement of the dog was supposed to be a pit bull. So they used to be just you know, commonplace."
Donna Reynolds, Badrap

(Stubby was in WW1)

Pit nutters love to point to old war posters of pit bulls and Buster Brown as proof that they were once cherished normal family dogs, then blame the 1987 Sports Illustrated magazine for ruining their "good" reputation. But I'd say their reputation was tarnished right from the start. Here are a few uses of the pit bulls' image that capitalize on his gripper talents in ads, comics etc. in the 1880's.

Yep, Buster Brown's dog is a pit bull!

Victim "What does your confounded dog see in me that he is always attacking me?"
Nutter: "Well, I suppose... bones."

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Emerson, essays and bulldogs

We can help ourselves to the modus of mental processes only by coarse material experiences. A knife with a good spring, a forceps whose lips accurately meet and match, a steel-trap, a loom, a watch, the teeth or jaws of which fit and play perfectly, as compared with the same tools when badly put together, describe to us the difference between a person of quick and strong perception, like Franklin or Swift or Webster or Richard Owen, and a heavy man who witnesses the same facts or shares experiences like theirs. 'T is like the impression made by the same stamp in sand or in wax. The way in which Burke or Sheridan or Webster or any orator surprises us is by his always having a sharp tool that fits the present use. He has an old story, an odd circumstance, that illustrates the point he is now proving, and is better than an argument. The more he is heated, the wider he sees ; he seems to remember all he ever knew ; thus certifying us that he is in the habit of seeing better than other people ; that what his mind grasps it does not let go. 'T is the bull-dog bite; you must cut off the head to loosen the teeth.

MEMORY. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, vol. 12 (Natural History of Intellect and Other Papers) [1909]

Dr Peeble's Stunt Pit show goes haywire

Grippers have some serious boundary issues.

The Courier, October 16, 1897

Friday, January 20, 2012

Nanny Dog Attacks

Handful of grapes + lacerated scalp = dirt napping gripper

The Times, August, 25, 1897

Redirected Enthusiasm

America's most enthusiastic dog gets caught up in the moment, grabs a hold of a boy's ear and won't let go until two men choke him off.

Perrysburg Journal, July 14, 1911

Lancaster Daily Intelligencer, July 22, 1885

The National Tribune, July 30, 1885

New York Tribune, August 11, 1888


St Francis Terrier is really not an appropriate alias for America's Dog, it just doesn't capture the true essence of the pit bull.

I propose a new nick name for America's Dog: Quietus

quietus |ˈkwīətəs|
noun ( pl. quietuses )
death or something that causes death, regarded as a release from life.

Ah, the good ole days.
When people were held accountable for their dog's behavior and the dog was shot.

The Kansas City Journal, April 7, 1899

America's dog doesn't like muzzles, duck trousers or hobble skirts

Pit nutter doesn't want to subject his gripper to the indignities of the mandatory muzzle, so he paints a muzzle on the dog in hopes of convincing others he is in compliance. Only one problem. A painted muzzle doesn't actually prevent America's dog from biting. But hey, it is all about appearances for the owners of America's dog.

Breed specific legislation is NOT a new idea.

The Washington Herald, July 15, 1911

ps The ATTS should include split skirts and dock trousers in their walk in the park temperament test.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The average man has no more use for a vicious bulldog than he has for a tiger

Breed specific problems require breed specific solutions.

Los Angeles Herald, December 30, 1909

Early equine grippers

Dirt napping chain buster.

Arizona Silver Belt, July 9, 1896


A vicious bulldog is a dangerous animal. here is an account of a dog attack on a horse, taken from a San Francisco paper:

Charlie a large bulldog sprang at the nose of a horse attached to a Renown bakery wagon standing at Eddy street, near Market, yesterday morning and, fastening his teeth in the nostrils of the terrified animal, slung for several minutes. Superintendent A J Kopf and Special Officer C F Kidder of the Pacific Humane society finally succeeded in making the dog release the hold. Dr Edward Creely of 1818 Market street attended the horse, and said that it will probably have to be shot.

George O'Leary of 20th street and Potrero avenue, a dog trainer, held the animal in a leash at the time, and was arrested for cruelty to animals. The dog was also locked up in the cellar of the City Prison, and was subsequently sent to the pound.

According to the police Joe Pine of 22nd and Hampshire streets, is the owner of the dog and the animal is said to be on of the most vicious fighters on the coast.

The driver of the bakery wagon, whose name was not ascertained by the police, was so startled when the horse reared that he fell back and smashed a score of pies. A big crowd gathered while the dog swung from the horse's neck. The horse kicked with it's forefeet and neighed, a bartender cam out with a siphon bottle and squirted nearly a quart of seltzer down the dog's throat, another man held a lighted cigar to the animal's mouth. Nothing would induce the brute to let go his murderous hold until Kopf and Kidder hammered him with their clubs.

The Ogden city administration acted wisely when it passed an ordinance requiring bulldogs to be muzzled. The animals are instinctively a fighting machine and the most vicious of dogs and will set upon man or beast and persist in their mad fury until weakened or killed by clubbing. Running at large without muzzles, they are more dangerous than hungry wolves on a prairie.

Charging pit bull owners with animal cruelty when they attack other animals? What a novel idea!

The Evening Standard (Ogden Utah) August 4, 1911


The Washington Times, September 14, 1908


Singleton and others did all they could to keep the maddened dog from the horse and Mr Dickson knocked him down and out with a club, bu the dog came back again and again, until the excited horse in struggles to defend itself kicked the brute a thumping lick in the side and the dog was finally gotten away.

Daily Public Ledger, March 31, 1910

Oh vintage, you have really outdone yourself!

Woman Fights Bulldog to Save Kitten

The Appeal (St Paul, MN) August 10, 1912

1995 Florida home invasion

August 5, 1995

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pete "Roosevelt" the disgraced White House bandog

Roosevelt with two of his many, many dogs. Neither of these dogs are the famous White House Bandog. There is probably not a photo of Pete given the nature of his job: to keep reporters away and the fact that Pete seemed to be in a perpetual state of time out for his bad behavior before his ultimate banishment.

Pete's breed has been listed as boston bull terrier, bull terrier and bulldog. Given the confusion around fighting dog breeds and the flexible usage of these terms over the years, it is impossible to say with absolute certainty what breed Pete was without a photo. Boston Bulldog seems the most likely choice given the mention of the stubby tail in the Telegraph-Herald but pit dogs on occasion had docked tails. One thing is for certain, Pete was a gripping dog and he lived up to the reputation. It appears that Pete had a taste of at least 5 different people (french ambassador, government clerk, 2 police officers, a utility worker) and menaced many more.

Pete also had a chance encounter with a stray bull terrier that brought humiliation on the president. Pete launched an attack on a stray bull terrier who grabbed a hold of Pete and "shook him like a rat". Pete was rescued by the white house policemen, once freed from the bulldog's grip, he ran for the white house yelping with tail tucked. While Roosevelt was humiliated, the interior department had a party.

Mark Derr identifies Pete in A DOG'S HISTORY OF AMERICA (p 244) as "a bulldog or a bull terrier-who terrorized the White House between 1905 and 1908".

And according to Stanley Coren in THE PAWPRINTS OF HISTORY (p 279) Pete is identified as a bull terrier. Coren described the president's attitude towards Pete's increasing aggression, "Roosevelt waved the incidents off as "the nature of the breed".

Roosevelt loved dogs and had many over the years. There are many photos of Roosevelt's dogs but I find none of the famous Pete. It could be that Pete was always squirreled away for the safety of others.

New York Times, May 11, 1907

New York Times, May 10, 1907
(bull terrier)

New York Times, May 1, 1907

The Telegraph Herald, July 25, 1907 (bulldog)

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