Yes, it’s that time of year!
Pitbull Awareness Day,
or… Hera Day!
A day to think about those misunderstood beings who are so loyal that would put themselves in harm’s way just to protect or obey us. Hence they are the chosen breed for the horrible ‘sport’ of dogfight. A dog which was ‘created’ as a ‘Nanny Dog’!
Copying from The National Pitbull Awareness Day for some history on how and why this day was created:
In 2007, National Pit Bull Awareness Day was created to help raise awareness on the truth about Pit Bulls. For nearly 100 years, these four-legged friends were considered “Nanny Dogs,” because they were so loyal, docile, and loving that parents would often leave their babies or toddlers with their pit bulls while they ran to the store. Over the decades, pitties have unfortunately garnered a reputation as being ferocious, malicious, and dangerous beasts. An image far from the truth and based on the actions of maligned humans, not the animals themselves. Pit bulls were born out of a mixture of a bulldog and a terrier in England in the 18th century, partly to help with much-needed rodent and vermin regulation from the Industrial Revolution, but also because dog fighting was, unfortunately, popular at the time. That being said, as the now-extinct Bull and Terrier breed evolved into the American Staffordshire Pit Bull we now know and love, these pups were always considered affectionate, loyal, and great family dogs by breeders and owners alike.