Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Vintage's Top Pit Bull Aviation Moments in History

The latest tactic in the Great Pit Spinster Movement (you know the ones, childless females who are on a Mission from God to ensure the United States has as many pit bull maulings as possible) seems to be decrying Civil Rights violations at every possible venue where a fighting dog should not be. The latest cause célèbre is petitioning oppressive airline companies for sensible restrictions on the transport of pit bulls. Below are the top pit bull aviation moments in history….

After sinking your teeth into them; does anyone have a sane reason why a Pit Bull should be allowed within 1000 feet of an aircraft?!?

Vintage's Top Pit Bull Aviation Moments in History:

1. Fort Wayne International Airport, Indiana, October 21, 2001. A real life episode of “The Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” occurs when a pit bull being trafficked aboard a Kitty Hawk transport flight escaped its cage. The animal cornered members of the crew forcing an emergency landing and aircraft evacuation. Emergency crews and Animal Control respond.

News-Sentinel October 29, 2001

2. American Airlines 757 flight July 22, 2002; “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet “ remake occured when a pit bull being trafficked from San Diego to New York chewed out of its cage in cargo hold of airliner, then attacked the aircraft communication components and chewed an 8 inch hole in the aircraft bulkhead.

pit bulls on planes: part 2

3. Dulles International Airport, December 11, 2009; Two pit bulls being trafficked to South Korea shut down Dulles Airport…. One of the Pitties chewed his way out of his kennel, then chewed his way into the kennel of the other one…. All hell then broke loose when they tried to kill each other on the tarmac. The airport was shutdown while Law Enforcement responded and pumped lead to terminate the “scuffle”.

4. Atlantic City, New Jersey, July 6, 1911; A “Canine Idiot” bull terrier ran into the propeller of famous aviation pioneer Harry N. Attwood’s airplane as he attempted to take off to complete the last leg of an aviation contest sponsored by the New York Times. Attwood’s damaged aircraft took off, then plummeted into the surf in front of a crowd of thousands. Remember, aircraft aggression is not the same as human aggression….

New York Times, July 8, 1911

5. Fort Still, Okalahoma, February 15, 1919, Another Canine Idiot Bulldog attacked the propeller of a Squadron’s aircraft that was preparing to move back to their home base. The aircraft movement was delayed until the aircraft was repaired. And they wonder why pit bulls are banned from Military bases…

Idiot Dog vs Airplane

6. Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1931;…. Canine Idiot- “Tige” the bulldog mascot, latched on to a cast of rope of departing US Navy blimp. Tige subsequently soared to 400 feet, then plummeted to his death in a forest. Perhaps this is why military airfields approach paths are routed away from neighborhoods……

The Calgary Daily Herald. May 6, 1931

7. Stockton Airport, CA, November 27, 1990. 8 dog fighters were arrested getting off a chartered flight returning from a dog fight in Memphis. California and Tennessee have had nearly 50 pit bulldog bite related fatalities between them but dog fighters have nothing to do with it….

The Union Democrat November 27, 1990

8. Calgary International Airport, Canada, 2009; Police were summoned to assist with a pit bull being trafficked to an unknown destination. The animal had chewed it’s way out of it’s kennel. Odd, usually Pit Bulls are trafficked into Calgary…..

Saturday, March 17, 2012

"Breeding, Training, Management, Diseases Of Dogs", by Francis Butler


Sullen, morose, unsociable and grim ; Show me the man, who'd dream of trusting him ; With short snub nose, lull, treach'rous glaring eye.

Projecting teeth, small ear and forehead high ; Capacious chest, with muscle, well displayed. The Boxer's bully, and the Tinker's jade ; For them he fights, the scars alone his prize, True to the last, for them, unpitied dies. Exposed his vices, now his merits scan ; The latter real, the former due to man. By nature true, courageous, serious, stern ; Excited oft, his latent passions burn ; Rude urchins, educated in the street, Rowdies genteel, who on the corners meet ; Some men of sense and title too, in fine, Make cruel pastime of this brave Canine. Concealed to view, and worried, day by day, Trained to the Bait, the Battle and the Fray, Inured to hardship, 'reft of every friend, His life's a torment, and a boon his end. Tho' few his social virtues dare to boast, Yet those who know him best, will prize him most ;

While others yap, and yelp and yell, and fly, Carve o'er his grave ; " I conquer or I die.

Honest Abe on Bulldogs

Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible.
Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Dacshunds: the grippers' first recorded bait dogs

Quincy Daily Journal, Monday July 29, 1918, p. 6

Exit the Boch daschund from the society of Cincinnati dogdom.
No longer will the lengthy canines which tradition has associated with link sausages find company with decent fidoes. A U.S. marine corps poster was responsible for the German doggie's social demise here.
The poster depicts an American bulldog chasing a German daschund with the words, "Teufel Hunden (Devil Dogs), German nickname for U.S. marines."
Since the appearance of the marine poster, the local daschunds, of which there are a great number, have led a miserable existence as small boys have "sicced" bulldogs, terriers, hounds and every other breed of canine on the poor "Fritzies." Until at last they have been practically driven off the streets of Cincinnati.