This in from Sidewalk Dog-In early 2007, Bless the Bullys: Pit Bull Rescue & Education in Tennessee introduced the idea of an annualNational Pit Bull Awareness Day,encouraging pit bull advocates everywhere to host celebratory events in an effort to garner positive media attention, promote responsible ownership and combat existing stereotypes.
In honor of this year’s National Pit Bull Awareness Day (officially October 24),MN Bully Lovers is hosting its first annual “All-American Dog Fest“to “celebrate all breeds of dogs while highlighting positive traits of the American Pit Bull Terrier.” The free event is this Sunday, October 25, from 12-5 p.m atWest St. Paul Armory Training and Community Center, andwell-behaved dogs of all breeds* are welcome to attend with their owners.
Here’s a taste of what you can look forward to on Sunday:
- Indoor activity/demonstration area:contests, an animal communication demo with Janet Roper of Talk2theAnimals,a demo by the Minnesota Disc Dog Club and afood drive to benefit The Pet Project
- Outdoor activity/demonstration area:aNADSR sanctioned weight pull and Canine Good Citizen testing
- Appearances by celebrity pitties Ruby (nationally recognized therapy and service dog),Wallace (2007 Purina Incredible Dog Challenge National Champion and World Finalist) andHector (certified therapy dog rescued from the Michael Vick fighting operation)
- Guest speakers galore, including Maureen Haggerty of The Canine Coach (dog aggression), Sage Lewis of Dancing Porcupine (animal communication and Tellington TTouch) and Kellie Dillner of A Rotta Love Plus (dogs and kids)
- Screening of the new documentary Wallace – The Rise of an Underdog
- Representatives from pit-loving rescuesA Rotta Love Plus, Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue andGemini Rottweiler and Pitbull Rescue
- Fabulous exhibitors, including yours truly, Sidewalk Dog(we’ll be sharing a booth with K9-Connection)
- Silent auction
- And more!
Hope to see you and your pooch—pit bull or not—there.
*That’s right! All breeds are welcome to attend this event. In fact, according to the “All-American Dog Fest” Web site, theirgoal for this year is equal representation of all breeds. “Often, many pit bull and other ‘bully breed’ owners leave their dogs at home because of the negative stigma attached to the breed. ‘All-American Dog Fest’ provides responsible owners of any breed the opportunity to show off their well-behaved dog at a non-judgemental public event. Whether you have a chihuahua, a golden retriever, or a pit bull, we hope we’ll see you and your dog at the event!”