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National Pit Bull Awareness Day

October 27th

Today is National Pitbull Awareness Day!  You may be aware of the bad (and undeserved) reuptation that pitbulls have gotten stuck with in the past decade or so.  I have covered this topic, and defended pitbulls, in several previous blog posts.  Sadly, pitbulls are the number one euthanzied dog in America.  But today is about celebrating this fun loving and loyal breed and changing sterotypes with postive facts.  Did you know that inthe 1800s, when women were at home with the children, pitbulls commonly acted as "nanny dogs" for the family.  Without phones and internet to contact babysitters, mothers could run to the general store and out to tend farm animals and know that they're childrenw ould be protected and watched over by the loyal family dog.  Here is a list published by Petfinder.com of the Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a Pitbull.

10.  Pit Bulls are relatively healthy. Genetic issues most commonly seen in Pit Bulls (demodectic mange, hip dysplasia, and patellar luxation) are not usually fatal and are somewhat rare to this breed.

9.   Pit Bulls don't require much grooming. Their short coat is very low maintenance and they can be bathed in very little time. They do not need to be brushed (though most enjoy it) or get doggie haircuts, and their fur is not naturally odiferous.

8.   Pit Bulls are very eager to please people. A Pit Bull will do almost anything his favorite people ask of him, just to hear their praise. These dogs crave our attention and approval, and are very social with humans. This devotion to people has contributed heavily to the bad reputation of Pit Bulls, because a bad person can use a Pit Bull's eagerness to please to train the dog for nefarious or criminal purposes.

7.   Pit Bulls are often very athletic. A Pit Bull will motivate you to get daily exercise, this breed tends to excel at dog sports like agility. Just have a look at Wallace, the frisbee champion!

6.   Pit Bulls are super loyal. When you adopt a Pit Bull, you have a friend for life, through thick and thin. While Pit Bulls are not good guard dogs because they just love people so much, they may intercede if someone threatens "their" humans.  Lilly the Pit Bull Hero saved her human's life by pulling her away from an oncoming train!

5.   Pit Bulls are usually not as reactive to pain as other breeds. As a breed they have a much higher tolerance for pain and rough handling. This characteristic is one reason why Pit Bulls are often so good with children, because they are able to patiently endure the pain that children may unintentionally inflict without reacting negatively.

4.   Pit Bulls are hilarious. Just like people, all dogs are distinct individuals, but Pit Bulls are usually bursting with personality and they love to make us laugh by clowning around. They are fun and playful, even as they get older.

3.   Pit Bulls love, love, love people. And Pit Bulls do not discriminate against humans for any reason. Even if a Pit Bull does not like other dogs, they typically love humans and are happiest when they are with us. For this reason, pit bulls make excellent therapy dogs and are licensed to visit hospitals, senior homes and other public places.

2.   Pit Bulls love to cuddle. Even the most athletic Pit Bull will also have a sedentary side and crave being hugged and petted. Adopt a Pit Bull and you will have a constant companion keeping you warm in bed, on the couch, on your lap in your favorite chair.

AND THE #1 REASON TO OWN A PIT BULL
The Pit Bull smile.  If you are having a bad day, one look at your Pit Bull’s huge smile and lolling tongue will surely make you smile and their zest for life is infectious :D

(Photo Credit: Anna Heejin Kim, Kari Egan)