|Sgt. Stubby (photo from Wikipedia)|
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
PIT BULL AWARENESS MONTH
October is Pit Bull Awareness Month - I LOVE PITTIES!
They generally get a bad rap but the Pits I know are sweet and oh so lovable. Many years ago I was terrified of this breed mainly because of what I saw in the press and on the news. Then my Police Officer cousin rescued a Pit Bull.
He would never tell me the circumstances by which he and his dog became a 'family'. I'm sure the details were terrible and most likely had to do with dog fighting. With a coat reminiscent of a light brown/deep chocolate marble cake and a goofy personality Troubles won my heart and I have never looked at Pit Bulls the same way.
Two famous Pit Bulls come to mind, Pete the Pup and Sgt. Stubby. Petey was a genuine Hollywood star of both silent films and talkies as well as an integral part of Hal Roach's Our Gang comedies. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_the_Pup
This is a great video of Petey with his owner/trainer on YouTube:
Stubby was a World War I hero who was given the rank of sergeant and mustered out of the service along with his unit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergeant_Stubby
It's October, time to celebrate and raise awareness of Pit Bulls as the extraordinary dogs they are.