Watch this Film: Beyond the Myth

Yesterday, as I was filling old pickle jars with the cookie ingredients to make cute DIY holiday gifts, Zach yelled to me from the other room.

“This movie is for you!”

Boy, was he right.

Beyond the Myth is a documentary for all pit bull advocates dog lovers.

Through research, statistical analysis and real life stories, the film takes an honest look at breed specific legislation, and how it can cause more pain than it heals – for families, innocent dogs and even dog bite victims.

For example, did you know that in some communities with BSL if someone is bitten by a “pit bull dog,” that animal may be destroyed. However, if the biter is some other breed of dog, the animal may only be confined to a few days of confinement? That’s not fair to the dogs or anyone unfortunate enough to get bitten.

My eyes misted over several times during this movie, and at the end of it, we hugged all the dogs who live with us, and especially mystery mutt Charlie “Chetty” Machete.

Although Beyond the Myth was preaching to the choir in our living room, I do believe this film is compelling enough to change hearts and minds through its presentation of the truth about pit bulls.

If you haven’t seen Beyond the Myth, I urge you to check it out. It is now available on Netflix, but you can also purchase your own copy or even sign up to host a screening through


About crystalwayward

I live with two formerly wayward dogs. I care deeply about the environment, and I think gardening is a revolutionary act.

Posted on December 27, 2012, in Dogs, Pit Bulls and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch it yet, because I am afraid I’ll cry. 😦 I hope to watch it on Netflix soon though.

    • I thought the filmmakers did a good job of not getting overly emotional with the subject. The hardest thing for me was hearing stories of people whose innocent dogs were taken away from them because of the way they look.

  2. I think I would have a hard time watching this – a dog lover and every DOG should have a chance if something happens (i.e. biting). Most times it is a reaction to the situation. For instance, if someone sucker punched you would you not come back fighting, especially if it comes out of the blue. Have a Great One:)

    • I completely agree with you that dogs who bite almost always deserve a second (and in many cases third and fourth and fifth) chance. Two out of three dogs in my house would not be with me if I didn’t believe that. 🙂

  3. I’m watching that this weekend!

  4. I hadn’t heard about this movie… I’m not sure I can watch it without getting upset though… maybe one of these days I’ll be brave enough! Thanks for mentioning it.

  5. I gotta find a way to watch it.

  6. We watched this on Netflix recently and it was a well made documentary. Unfortunately we’ve realized after watching this that we would not be willing to go to Denver to visit if a family member moves there as planned in a couple years since their BSL is so severe.

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