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Topic: Bullies (08/09/04)

TITLE: My Favorite Bullies
By Jennifer Harrison


If there were ever a person to know about bullies, then I am surely that person! In fact, I have devoted much of my spare time and resources to saving all kinds of bullies from all over this great country and beyond, from the “British Bully” to the “American Bully” to the “I don’t know where I’m from Bully.” I have helped unwanted bullies everywhere by giving money, helping with walk-a-thons, why, I even dressed up like a clown and made balloon animals to help bullies! Everywhere I go, I petition for bullies, I have a sticker that says “I brake for bullies,” and most important, I pray for my very own bullies everyday.
Now, before anyone reports me to a nuthouse, let me explain about my bullies, and I why I think of myself as being similar to a bully. About three years ago, I met my first Bully, and right away, he gave me a big, fat, lick right in the face! Then he moved into my house, took over my bed, convinced my small son to act just like him, put his poopy in my floor, and ate all my food! And currently, not only do we have one bully living in our house, we have three! You see, these bullies are the best kind of bullies, pit-bullies!
Technically, there are no “pit bullies,” this is a common name, and actually what my husband and I own are two American Pit Bull Terriers, and one Staffordshire Bull Terrier, but there are others who are part of the “Bully Breeds,” such as Bull Terriers and American Staffordshire Terriers. All of these “Bully Breeds” I have committed to help save, because I love my bullies! All three of my dogs were adopted through Pit Bull Rescue, and while life with three dogs in one house is not always easy, it is definitely never boring! Now whenever my husband and I walk our dogs, especially with our baby, Jack, we get all kinds of glances, and comments. Things like, “Are those pit bulls? Eww. Why would you ever want one of those? Do they fight? Are they mean? Aren’t you afraid it will eat your baby?” Now, there are times where I want to respond with a nice little quip, something like, “Well this one here, he did eat our last baby and that’s why we had another,” but I know better. You see, as crazy as this may sound, owning and loving bullies has taught me a lesson in what it really takes to be a Christian.
The lesson is simple: no matter what my dogs do to better the image of pit bulls, they will always be pit bulls in the eyes of the world. At the end of the day, if they have saved an old woman from a burning building, pulled a soldier from the battlefield, or rescued a drowning child, they will still be feared and loathed. The media will always choose the bad stories about them, and never the good stories about them. There will always be legislation to try and make them illegal. There will always be the fact, that despite them being the best dogs ever to myself, my husband, and my son, people will always detest their presence and hate them for what they aren’t really.
And isn’t this what the world does to Christians? No matter what we do try and reverse it, we will always be persecuted. No matter how many good stories, you will only hear the bad. The world will always have laws enacted to work against us. If we have one million acts of faith, the one act of deceit will be all that is remembered. Let us face it-we are the pit bullies of religion! But, I can take that. My dogs are not vicious; they are well behaved and loved members of our family. The world will never understand that, but just like my dogs, they will never understand me either. So, the next time I get a question about my dogs such as, “You have a pit bull, so do you sell drugs?” or a question for myself like, “You are a Christian, right? So you, like, think you are better than me or something?” I will just smile. And then, I will try to answer that question to the best of my ability, and know in my heart, that like my dogs, I’m proud to be a Bully.

Member Comments
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darlene hight08/16/04
Loved it! An excellent take on the theme.
Patricia Sheets08/16/04
Jennifer, Welcome to FaithWriters! What a great spin on "Bullies". I loved this! It help my attention all the way through. By the way, do you sell drugs? (Just kidding).
Lucian Thompson08/16/04
Well…well…well, you entered the fray with a real winner. I am proud of you! Great job with your analogy of this ole world and being a Christian in these times. Humm…I feel a sermon coming from this. Gotta go for now…let’s see…dog eats child…misunderstood…THAT SMILE, sounds familiar… always be persecuted…think I got it now. Wooo…look out Sunday, here I come!
Trish Thompson08/16/04
What a great story! You have made your point with humor, and an awful lot of us will see ourselves in it, and think twice the next time we see a 'bullie!' I loved it!
Dori Knight08/16/04
excellent first effort!
Dian Moore08/16/04
BRAVO! A touch of humor, and a great analogy. Only thing - next time, make sure you put in spaces between the paragraphs to make it easier on the yes. Great writing!
Kenny Paul Clarkson08/16/04
Very creative angle. Keep up the good work.
L.M. Lee08/19/04
well this was great and you certainly caught me off guard with the direction of your story. And yes, we are aliens...it just feels so unnatural when we "alienate" others. :-)
Lynne Gaunt08/19/04
Interesting angle. I enjoyed your story and thought you did an excellent job relating your experience with your dog to your Christian experience. God will use anything to teach us won't he?
Linda Miller08/19/04
Hi Jennifer - I enjoyed reading your article and understood where you were coming from - we had Sam as part of our family until he died in 1995. He was very loving and a continual joy to be around. He was also a Rottweiler - another misunderstood breed.
Mary Elder-Criss08/19/04
Great. I thought your comment about the dog eating your child hilarious, but you were probably right that it wouldn't be a great thing to respond with. Excellent analogy. Enjoyed this very much.
Deborah Anderson08/22/04
Very cute story about your precious bullies! Thank you and God bless.