Because today is National Pit Bull Awareness Day, I thought I’d give a shout out to my breed and some of the more notable ‘bullies’ who’ve made headlines thorohg the years. As many of you know (and as we pointed out in our our last post), ‘pitties’ were and still are known for their agreeable and loyal temperaments. It’s what lead to us being labeled ‘nanny dogs’, because we are so gentle with and protective of the human young in our packs. Helen Keller had this to say about her beloved Sir Thomas: “Whenever it is possible, my dog accompanies me on a walk or a ride or sail. I have had many dog friends – huge mastiffs, soft-eyed spaniels, wood-wise setters and honest, homely bull terriers. At present, the lord of my affection if one of these bull terriers. he has a long pedigree, a crooked tail and the drollest ‘phiz’ in dogdom. My dog friends seem to understand my limitations and always keep close beside me when I am alone. I love their affectionate ways and the wag of their tails.”

Helen Keller and Sir Thomas

 Buster Brown, a popular cartoon character and the mascot of  the eponymous shoe company, had a pit bull named Tige. During WWI, a pit bull named Sergeant Stubby distinguished himself in combat and became America’s mot honored and beloved war dog. (read our post on Sgt. StubbyAnd, or course, their was Petey, the black-eyed canine star of the Our Gang Comedies


Sgt. Stubby

On a more contemporary note, a certain, strikingly handsome pit bull plays a pivotal role in GIMME SHELTER, the story of an angry man who finds salvation when he rescues an abused, homeless pit bull. So what’s the takeaway here? Whether he’s a pit bull or some other fabulous dog, be sure to spoil your pooch tomorrow, and every day. Our dog lives are short, and all we want from our human partners is affection, exercise, and lots and lots of treats and toys! A small price to pay for all the love we send your way.

with Tanner @ Calamigos Ranch

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