"Rumors are vicious, dogs are not!" These simple words found on Jeff Brandt's business card sum up what so many people hoped to prove this past Saturday at the second annual "Show Us Your Pitties" Pit Bull Awareness Walk in Carver, Massachusetts.
The day was sunny and warm, and as the dogs and their humans arrived the air was soon full of happy squealing and barks of joy as old and new friends met. Among the crowd were Pitties of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. Some came in costume, like the very sweet Callie who sat so politely next to her mom. Sky and her mom decided on a tutu and Sky was more than thrilled to have her picture taken to show it off. Little did she know that right around the corner were Belle and her mom, and Belle also had chosen a tutu for the occasion. Zyla Sky and her mom chose a simple purple flower garland that gave just the perfect pop of color against her beautiful coat.
Bina, Scooby and Mercy came with their humans, each obviously happy to be part of the family. Kobe, a nice white boy, was adopted by his owner one year ago because he was going to be killed due to being deaf. Now Kobe and his friend Prada spend their days enjoying life and attending events such as this one. Kane, a big boy with a tail that goes a mile a minute, arrived with his human and daughter. When asked what he wanted people to know about Pit Bulls, he said: "Well, Kane is a terrible guard dog. He is just too friendly and wags his tail too much!" This sentiment was not only repeated as you spoke to people about their dogs, but as you walked among the dogs and were repeatedly stopped by happy tails and kisses.
When not being sidetracked by all the love, there was time to visit the vendors and rescues. Of course, you had to wait behind Goober who sat so patiently staring at the booths, waiting for what he hoped was a treat. There was a chance to see some of the wonderful Pitties in need of homes at Survivor Tails Animal Rescue and Ruff Road Rescue, and there was also opportunities to learn about Match 25 and participate in The Whiteboard Project. Annie, a gentle and happy girl wore a yellow Adopt Me sign and sat with her foster dad at his booth, along with her dog friends who came to support her. Not to be forgotten was the sweet three-legged girl most commonly known as Lilly The Hero Pit Bull, who sat with her dad and greeted visitors at their booth.
And to make the day complete, Jeff Brandt, the Pit Bull Poet who wrote the tribute to Puppy Doe, stopped everyone in their tracks by reading aloud some of his poems.The words rang out into the crowd and seemed to be verbal proof of what everyone already knew: that every living soul, animal or human, should be treated with love and kindness and that stereotyping is a sad thing for all. Hopefully, with great Pittie parents, and the many advocates across the country, events such as this will soon be obsolete. Because "Discrimination Bites."
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