People who know our breed, the English Bull Terrier, understand how wonderful these dogs are and what extraordinary pets they make. Not every one who owns a bully, or who has a special connection with the breed realizes why membership in a regional club is important, aside from the social aspect.
There are people who fear Bull Terriers, who know nothing about them, but who want to classify them with other â€œBully Breedsâ€ and outlaw or restrict them from communities, cities and even states with breed specific laws. There are people who feel that breeding or owning a pure bred dog is morally equivalent to murder as long as there are any dogs available in shelters. There are people who still engage in the crime of dog fighting and who steal Bull Terriers as â€œbait dogs.â€ There are people who breed Bull Terriers only for money, and do not consider whether their dogs harm the breed with inherited defects, or whether their dogs go to homes that are appropriate. There are also people who cannot, for whatever reason, provide care for their dogs, and these animals desperately need help.
The Bull Terrier Club of Tampa Bay is not a political club, and never will be, but its members, by banding together provides education to the public, and demonstrates that there is a community of dog lovers (and voters) that are active and responsible and working to make a positive contribution to the breed we love. Benjamin Franklin said, â€œWe must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.â€ We are in dangerous times and joining the BTCTB is important if you love bullies.