October 27 is the 6th anniversary of National Pit Bull Awareness Day. The National Pit Bull Awareness Campaign is a nationwide effort to bring positive awareness and attention to the American Pit Bull Terrier. Created by Jodi Preis of Bless the Bullys, a woman who has dedicated her life to rescue and education of all bully breeds, the day was founded in the hopes of educating the public about Pit Bulls. Unfortunately, responsible Pit Bull owners are often misrepresented by the small percentage of irresponsible owners contributing to the negative stigma attached to the breed.
Bay Area Dog Lovers Responsible About Pit Bulls (BADRAP) has been educating the public with their monster myths. In a recent study of 122 dog breeds, by the American Temperament Society (ATTS), Pit Bulls achieved a passing rate of 83.9. That even passes Golden Retriever and Beagles, according to BADRAP.
I was fortunate to know Primo, an American Pitbull Terrier/American Staffordshire Terrier (02.02.01 – 03.24.10). One of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever encountered, Primo earned 32 titles consisting of rally, obedience, agility and dock diving. He also held many certificates (CGC/TDI) and received oodles of awards. Always so happy to work, he was top-ranked for his breed in both agility and dock diving. His owners, Vita Burggraf and Lucia Corace, are so dedicated to educating people on the capabilities of his breed, and Primo remains a great ambassador of what this breed is all about: intelligent, athletic, highly trainable, hard-working, loyal, stable and very, very people-friendly.
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