This was fascinating to read! That Pit Bulls were America’s most lovable breed is really interesting because my apprehension of them is a little more personal. (And I grew up watching the Our Gang shows! I was indifferent to Pete. He was just sorta there.) When we were kids (about 8 or 9) my brother and I were attacked by a Pit Bull, that jumped out at us, as we were walking to the store.
I don’t know how my brother feels about them (he has a dog now, a doberman mix) but I’ve hated them ever since. I can still feel the terror of that moment, wondering if I would be able to stop the dog from mauling my little brother who, in his surprise, had fallen on the sidewalk in front of it. (It wasn't until I was an adult that I realized I probably could not have saved him.) Luckily, the neighbor saw this and called his dog away.