Have you ever just felt like a situation that you don't like is just in your face no matter where you turn? Lately for me, there has been all of this negative pit bull attention both in my local community, and on various social media that I use. My boyfriend and I adopted a pit bull mix, Breelan, last year. We had been fostering for our local shelter for about a year, and had really learned a lot about pit bull types, stereotypes, and advocating for pit bulls. We love Breelan to pieces, and we knew that she was part of our little makeshift family. The problem is... we were so much better at advocating pit bulls before we met Breelan. Now when we hear somebody say something negative about pit bulls, it is just so so SO personal to us. We have become too emotionally involved to always keep a level head and to educate with pure logic, and and a factual approach. We love her so much, and things that used to be disappointing to hear are now just plain hurtful. Instead of defending pit bulls when we see or hear a conversation where they are getting negative attention, we avoid it because it just gets so heartbreaking. Which is why I am here typing this now... everywhere I am turning pit bulls are being critiqued, judged, talked about like they are a weapon rather than a pet, or just completely and totally bashed. My heart just aches right now because I know these things are going on, and instead of taking a step up for Breelan and saying something I feel like I just can not do it anymore. Even when I try to do what I always did, I am constantly thinking about Breelan, constantly thinking that if I don't find the right words... words that can convince people that they don't have to fight against these dogs that someday the consequences could affect Breelan. I just can't find the part of me that was passionate, but not so passionate that my points were lost in my emotion. We are actually having discussions about never adopting a pit bull mix after Breelan because of how hard it is to hear people say that wonderful dogs like Breelan shouldn't exist, and who refuse to believe that she really is wonderful. Top it all off with the fact that some people just won't seem to ever change their stance on this no matter what you say, what you do, or how many times your own dog proves them wrong.