dakin celebrates national pit bull awareness day!
When asked to think of a dog that is good with children, many people think of a Labrador or Golden Retriever. Neither of these breeds, however, was ever known as a “nanny dog”. The pit bull is the only breed that held such an honor. For generations, pit bulls were referred to as nanny dogs because they were the most trusted breed of dog to be caretakers for young children.
Saturday, October 27 is National Pit Bull Awareness Day, and Dakin Humane Society is planning a special event to celebrate all that is Love-a-Bull about this American icon. Pit Bulls, once a family dog of choice, have fallen upon some hard times due in part to sensational media stories about dog attacks, discriminatory insurance regulations, and legislation restricting their ownership. No type of dog is more misunderstood, mistreated, or maligned. These loyal, loving, intelligent dogs bear the burden of bad publicity.
Visit Dakin in Springfield from 12-4 p.m. to join in the fun and learn more about these wonderful companions. Local author Jolene Mercadante will be on hand signing her book The Angel on My Shoulder – My Life with an American Pit Bull Terrier which recounts the life lessons she and her family learned after adopting a pit bull puppy named Rumer. Ms. Mercadante is an animal lover and advocate who is passionate about helping pit bulls overcome their tarnished image.
Returning special guest, Cherry Garcia, one of 22 Vicktory Dogs taken from the home of NFL quarterback Michael Vick, has come a long way in his journey to overcome abuse. At the time of his rescue, Cherry, used as bait dog was so emotionally shut that down that he would not walk. Now a happy and charismatic family member, Cherry makes public appearances to raise awareness about his breed. Cherry will be joined by his devoted family.
Jim Helems, certified dog trick instructor, will offer a special Tricks-for-Pits class at 1 p.m., free of charge. Pit Bulls and their human companions will be able to learn basic tricks. Jill Haley Rose, CPDT-KA, Dakin’s Training Programs Coordinator, believes that teaching pit bulls even simple tricks can be a powerful tool for breaking the ice with people who may be unsure of the breed. “When a pit bull is able to perform a trick, a skeptic will stop looking at him as a pit bull and recognize that he is just like any other fun-loving dog.” The class will be held outdoors, weather permitting. To participate, dogs must be friendly around other dogs and people. Handlers should bring lots of tasty treats.
A Pit Bull Parenting workshop will be offered by Jill Haley Rose, CPDT-KA, to educate families on training, exercise, and home management for this highly intelligent and athletic canine so they may be good ambassadors for their breed. The workshop will be held 2-4 p.m., is free of charge and is for humans only; no dogs please. To register, email email@example.com or call 413-781-4000 x129.
Also joining the festivities, PittieLove Rescue with adoptable dogs in need of good homes and Kane’s Krusade, a local nonprofit whose dual mission is to promote the positive attributes of pit bulls and to keep loved dogs in their homes and out of shelters.
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