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National Pit Bull Awareness Day

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National Pit Bull Awareness Day

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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Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is Co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new Canine Noise Phobia series is a breakthrough treatment and prevention program for canine noise sensitivities. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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2:39PM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

I have to admit to having been afraid of pit bulls in the late 80s, when there were so many stories in the news about horrific attacks. Then my brother got one. She was the smartest, most loving, obedient, loyal, playful dog I have ever known, despite the fact that she was an only dog in a big family and therefore spoiled rotten. Would she have hurt someone who tried to hurt one of us? You betcha, but so would most dogs. Of course, she's have been a lot more effective at it than a Golden Retriever! They are not for irresponsible owners who won't bother to train them perfectly, though, because they are just too strong and aggressive to be safe unless the owner can reliably stop them with a word or a signal. Lazy owners have given the breed a bad name, even more than the idiots who buy them to bolster their own manhood.

10:55AM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Thanks.

2:46PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

Stunning Dogs. we used to have a black & white pitbull. She was a wild un but we loved her.

10:35AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

great video thanks for sharing :)

5:09PM PST on Nov 10, 2012

every day is pit bull appreciation day at my house too! we appreciate our 3 rescued fighting dogs, Saint, Sasha and Boxa Rocks, and the other 73 pits we have rescued, rehabilitated and homed over the last 7 years.
right now we are appreciating all those who have helped us with raising funds for Legion, a pit we rescued last July, and are in process of sending to sanctuary at Best Friends. you can find out more about him at http://www.firststarontheright.com/legion.htm.
pits are awesome dogs, with courage to heal from things that would damage a human forever.

9:45AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

Everyday is pit bull appreciation around our place. Among our 10 dogs, are 4 pitbulls -- the biggest babies of the bunch and the most affectionate!

8:35AM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

"In the 70's they blamed the dobermans; in the 80's they blamed the german shepherds; in the 90's they blamed the rottweilers. Now they blame the pit bulls. When will they blame the humans?"

8:26AM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Ban the deed not the breed. I'm happy that this misunderstood breed has their own day. Everyday should be "misunderstood and wrongly accused day".

BSL = Bull Shit Legislation

5:58PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Any animal can be aggressive if not trained & treated properly.

5:57PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Thanks.

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