Loved the video, Gix! Yeah, I almost cried.
I shouldn't say this here, in your tribute to Maya and all, but years ago, I had a run-in with a bad APBT that set me in what you may deem an unsatisfactory direction. One day, a Pit attacked Dempsey while I was taking him for a walk. It just went right over the fence when we went by and dove at us, teeth gleaming.
I had both dogs, Zeke and Dempsey, on leashes, but the Pit knew what he wanted: Dempsey. For about five minutes, I danced in circles, alternately kicking at the attacker and maneuvering Zeke to the outside. No dog worth its salt wants a piece of Zeke. He radiates easy-going. It's Dempsey the aggressive ones want. Anyway, the Pit kept managing to dodge my foot or slip past Zeke, diving in and tearing off little pieces of Dempsey, who was howling with rage because I refused to let him go. Had I done so, it would have been a fight to the death, and that wasn't anything I was interesting in watching. Finally, people heard me yelling, and they ran out to drag the bad Pit Bull away. Dempsey's skin was torn in several places, with blood running everywhere, but he was fine. I, however, was pretty angry.
Funny postscript: Animal Control asked me whether Dempsey had done anything to provoke the attack. I had to admit that Dempsey might have been questioning the Pit's ancestry at the top of his lungs about the time the Pit Bull decided to go over the fence. That might be considered provocation, right?
Anyway, long story long, about that time I needed to pick a topic for my research writing/argumentation classes, something I could use to give the students examples of what I need them to do on each task (e.g., lead-ins, thesis statements, outlines). Because I wanted to pick a topic none of them were likely to choose, I chose Breeder Specific Legislation (BSL). Because the best arguments are made when you are arguing from a position of weakness and because I was still seriously annoyed by the APBT incident, I decided to argue in favor of BSL.
Each semester I prepare a new example for some task related to writing a research paper. Last semester, I actually outlined my arguments and counter arguments. This semester, I want to find some statistics regarding breeds of dogs responsible for reported dog attacks upon humans so I can give the students an example of a pie chart. (Students like to know their instructor can do what she asks them to do
) One day, I will write the entire essay.
So, when I started watching your first video link, I gave a mental "whoops." Hey, it's an interesting topic, and you'd be surprised how difficult it is to find credible sources in favor of BSL. I've got my work cut out for me!