Gator, a Boxer/Pit mix and Zeus, a Pit, are anxious awaiting a treat for sitting still long enough to take a photo.
“Aren’t you scared they are going to turn on you?”
“They are so violent!”
“They are just bad. You can’t fix them.”
“Aren’t you scared for your family?”
Those are all statements that I have heard in regards to when people learn I’m a Pitbull Mama and work with people with co-occurring disorders. The fear and ignorance surrounding both pitbulls and people with co-occurring disorders is astounding. However, I do see how pitbulls and people with co-occurring disorders are alike.
Both are perceived as dangerous and violent but typically have big hearts and treat you with the same amount of respect that you treat them with.
Both are misunderstood and often times are given up on because of this reason alone.
Both are extremely resilient and can live happy, healthy lives after experiencing heartbreaking conditions.
Both possess incredible amounts of strength. Pits have massive amounts of physical strength while people with a co-occurring disorder have immense strength for daily working towards recovery.
Both have been victims of the media painting less than accurate portraits of them.
Both need advocates to help dispel some of the inaccurate stereotypes and discrimination against them.
Both don’t need to be fixed. They need to be loved, appreciated, supported, and respected.
So, yea. Pitbulls and people with a co-occurring disorder ARE alike….and I’m lucky enough to be able to be in their lives daily.