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Advocates for pit bulls say the breed is unfairly stigmatized.
Kaley Cuoco, Justin Theroux, and Lake Bell are trying to show what great pets pit bulls can be.
These celebrity dog owners love their pit bulls.
Jon Bernthal told Insider he wants to "change people's ideas of pit bulls."
The "Punisher" star brings his pit bulls, Boss and Venice, with him to every set he's on. "They're great dogs. They've kind of grown up going from set to set," he told Insider in 2017.
"I know that there's a certain stigma that's attached to these dogs and what I really try to do with them is to change that, reverse that," he continued. "My dogs are enormously respectful. You know, they're very well trained. I really want to change people's idea of these dogs and of the people that have them."
At the time, he had recently gotten a new pit bull pup, Bam Bam.
"When he's ready he will definitely be there [on set], but it's a good thing he's got great dogs to learn from," Bernthal said.
Justin Theroux takes his pit bull, Kuma, with him everywhere.
Theroux is a well-known proponent of rescue dogs. He even voiced the role of Tramp in "Lady and the Tramp," one of the most famous rescue dogs of all time — and, of course, all of the animals on set were played by rescue dogs.
But Theroux's truest love is his rescue pit bull-mix, Kuma. In 2021, he told People that he loved to wake up with her.
"It's my favorite thing, cause she'll lay there like this," he said. "She fully puts her head [on] the pillows, I mean she sleeps like people. And it's really nice to wake up in the morning and have her right there with you."
He adopted Kuma in 2018 after Hurricane Harvey, and they've been inseparable since.
Lake Bell's pit bull acted as one of her "Dogs of Honor" at her 2013 wedding.
Bell's pit bull, Margaret, was there for every step of Bell's June 2013 wedding — her then-husband Scott Campbell's dog, Texas (a pit bull/Labrador mix), was part of the nuptials as well. Margaret sadly died in 2017, according to The New York Times.
In August 2020, Bell shared on social media that she was fostering a pit bull mom Sugar and her puppies who were left abandoned and malnourished.
By November, she had adopted one of the puppies herself.
"Pit bull cuddle training in progress. Curriculum update: Need full weight of pit bull on my body like a K9 gravity blanket obviously but he's only 5 months so I'll let it slide. More updates incoming," she wrote on Instagram.
Kaley Cuoco has so many dogs that she won't confirm how many she actually has, for fear it's illegal.
"I'm not allowed to say how many I have, because I am afraid they will come knocking, saying that it's an illegal amount," Cuoco told Variety in 2021.
Back in 2017, Cuoco defended her new rescue puppy Blue on Instagram after she was denied entry to a building because Blue is a pit bull.
"This is what we deal with every day ... I don't understand it, I really don't ... This is just another effing annoying thing that this breed comes against every single day," Cuoco said during an Instagram video.
Jessica Biel showed her pit bull, Tina, off on social media every week during #TuesdayswithTina.
Rachael Ray's beloved pit bull, Isaboo, died in 2020. She used her post sharing the news as an opportunity to advocate for animal adoption.
"Our beloved Isaboo passed today in her backyard in the sun in the Adirondack Mountains in New York. In our arms. Peacefully," Ray wrote on Instagram.
"[Today], I mourn the loss of a dog; a pit bull who taught us more about unconditional love, empathy, and understanding of one another than we could have ever imagined. If you have room in your heart, your home, and your budget, I say from experience that bringing an animal in need into your home can help you become a better human being," Ray concluded.
Katherine Heigl has a pit bull of her own named Apollo.
Heigl is passionate about animal rights in general, and she even founded the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation with her mother, which came from a "desire to end animal cruelty and abuse," which "inspired them to create an organization dedicated to animal welfare."
But pit bulls hold a special place in Heigl's heart. In October 2020, she tweeted about the children's book "Dippy's Great Adventure," which is all about pit bulls.
"October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month, so when I discovered author Melanie Cane's delightful children's storybook 'Dippy's Great Adventure' which aims to change public misconceptions about these much maligned dogs, I just had to share," the "Firefly Lane" actress wrote.
Channing Tatum's new movie and directorial debut, "Dog," was inspired by his relationship with his beloved pit bull mix, Lulu, who died in 2018.
"Dog," which Tatum co-directed and stars in, is focused on a veteran traveling across the country with a retired K9 soldier. He said the film was, in part, inspired by a road trip he took with his dog, Lulu, at the end of her life.
"Developing it and really talking about what dogs mean and what dogs mean to specifically me, or to soldiers, or to anyone really, and primarily we landed on this word 'surrender.' And that was to me really what I had to learn," Tatum said in 2022.
"When I went on my last road trip with my puppy, [I experienced] that feeling of, 'There's nothing I can do. There's nothing left to do.' You just have to accept it and be thankful for the time that you did get and know that they're not supposed to be here forever. I'm supposed to go on and she has to go someplace else," he continued.
Marc Jacobs' bull terrier, Neville Jacobs, is a social media celebrity.
Neville the bull terrier — a breed that falls under the pit bull umbrella — has a truly impressive 189,000 followers on Instagram and is probably living a fancier life than most humans.
Neville's bio has a link to The Sato Project, which is a foundation focused on rescuing dogs in Puerto Rico.
Tom Brady loves doing activities with his pit bull, Lua.
Brady and his wife, Gisele Bündchen, have multiple dogs together, including pit bull Lua. In 2014, Brady called her "a great family dog" who doesn't have "an aggressive bone in her body," the Boston Herald reported. He added that his rescue pup "would definitely lick someone to death, whoever came in the house."
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