Stereotypes aren't just hurtful to people. They can also negatively affect animals, and no one knows that better than pit bulls. On Instagram, a pit named Angel and her brother, Elias, are breaking down stereotypes in the most adorable way possible.
Pit bulls weren't always considered dangerous. In fact, Victorians considered them "nanny dogs" and often relied on them to babysit or protect children. Over time, overblown reports by the media changed that. Today, pit bulls are abused, neglected, and euthanized more than any other breed.
This dog foster mom has always featured Angel and lots of other pits on her Instagram, but now that her newborn son has arrived, he's joined the pack! As you'll see, all that fuss about pit bulls being dangerous to children is total hogwash.
Before Mom and Dad brought newborn Elias home from the hospital, they let their pack of dogs take turns smelling his blanket.
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And when I say pack, I mean it! As dog foster parents, there's often a variety of so-called "bully dogs" hanging around.
All of the dogs responded well to Elias, but it was immediately clear that he and Angel had a special bond. Just look at that tail go!
Soon, she was standing guard over newborn Elias, just like the "nanny dogs" of the past!
One of the duo's favorite pastimes is napping with Mom.
But they also enjoy cuddling when they're awake! That sure looks like comfy seat.
While the dogs are the real stars of the account, viewers love the adorable interactions between Angel and Elias. How else do you explain a simple video like this getting over 650,000 views?
No matter how old you are, there's nothing quite like good morning kisses from your pup!
Mom said, "For those who've asked, all the dogs have met and are allowed around Elias; however, Angel is the only one who follows him around and loves to be near him. That's why it's always Angel in the videos and pictures with him. The others are always off in their own little doggy world."
These two are definitely going to be best friends for a long time. It doesn't get any cuter than this!
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If you'd like to learn more about pit bull advocacy, click here. And don't forget to share the story of Elias and Angel with your friends and family. Hopefully, stories like these will help repair the damage that's been done to the reputation of pit bulls.