Cute as it may seem, the video above could have ended in tragedy – or so a lot of people think.
So it came as no surprise that when Nina Wahl posted the video of her 4-year-old daughter feeding the pet dogs, the Internet went haywire.
The girl in the video seems totally in command - she politely orders each of the dogs to sit and they comply. Pleased, she goes on to tell them to stay while she pours out buckets of dog food on the floor in front of them. The girl then counts to three, claps and tells them "OK," after which they eat the food pile quietly.
"Six male pit bulls. People say it can never be done. They live and eat together. They're a family," a female's voice, likely to be her mother’s, can be heard in the background. "That was a 4-year-old that was able to tell those dogs what to do and when to do it. Thank you. Have a great day. And love your pit bull."
The video went viral and left people in awe of the little girl:
It’s feeding time and this 4-year-old little girl feeds 6 grown pit bulls like a tiny boss!: http://t.co/aYkAZ6X71T— Joan Churchill (@joaniechurchill) January 13, 2015
Mom put her daughter in charge of feeding the dogs. How she handles them is unbelievable. http://t.co/mODdWBzssa— kathy malaspina (@kathymalaspina) January 14, 2015
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But not everyone felt the same:
Gordon Shell, a retired MMA fighter and a pet advocate who works at rescuing pits feels similarly:
According to ASPCA, “Today’s pit bull is a descendant of the original English bull-baiting dog—a dog that was bred to bite and hold bulls, bears and other large animals around the face and head. When baiting large animals was outlawed in the 1800s, people turned instead to fighting their dogs against each other. These larger, slower bull-baiting dogs were crossed with smaller, quicker terriers to produce a more agile and athletic dog for fighting other dogs.”
Not all pit bulls are bred for aggressive purposes. However, their instincts remain the same – carried through generations of genetic makeup and conditioning.
Of course, their training and habitat plays a major part in conditioning their behavior and having them as pets is usually OK. Some of them, in fact, are pretty charming and docile.
But animals are animals and their instincts can be triggered by anything from an illness to a wrong move by another being. So it pays to be careful.