Sharing the Street with Pit Bulls

George and I were cuddled up with our two snuggly pit bulls last week when we saw the news coverage of the jogger that was critically injured in an attack by two pit bulls in south Chicago. My heart sank into the pit of my stomach, and I remember saying “Well, here we go.”

It breaks my heart any time I see that a human is injured in a dog attack (whatever the breed may be), especially since it is generally blamed solely on the ‘vicious animal’ with very little blame placed on the irresponsible owner. I knew what was coming…days/weeks of pit bull bashing, threats of a city-wide breed ban, and a bunch of uninformed people spouting off erroneous information about a breed that they know very little about.

What I wasn’t necessarily expecting was how quickly our walking club, the SociaBulls, would spring into action and start figuring out how to combat the negative press this event would receive, and above all, how we could highlight the importance of responsible pet ownership. I am thrilled with the way everyone came together and secured a visit from the Chicago Tribune this past Sunday for our walk in Hyde Park.

You can read the fantastic story from the Tribune HERE. Super kudos to the Two Pitties in the City folks (who posted a bunch of great pictures from Sunday) and the rest of the SociaBulls club members for pulling it all together. I am continuously impressed by the well-behaved pit bulls and responsible and diverse owners I meet through the SociaBulls club, and I am grateful that the Tribune took the time to show them in such a positive light.

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5 Responses to Sharing the Street with Pit Bulls

  1. Tucker's Mom says:

    We had not seen any news coverage of the attack down here in Florida, but no matter where these incidents occur, it is bad news for pit bulls, and those who love them, basically everywhere. And further, it is bad news for any large, “bully-looking” dog, whether they have an ounce of PB blood in their veins, and also other large breeds that are “known to be” aggressive. So we’re of course very sorry that this has happened, and we are very sorry that someone was seriously injured, but it’s a shame, as you said, that instead of placing the blame where it truly lies (on irresponsible humans), an entire breed/type of dog is being unfairly vilified. Kudos to the Sociabulls for springing into action to combat this negative press!

  2. Hooray! It was so exciting!! Zoe sends her love to Greta and Levi. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Emma says:

    Good Work SociaBulls. Levi is looking very handsome. Where is Greta?

  4. Emily says:

    Levi does look super handsome in that pic – kudos to all of you for showing pit bulls in a positive light! Super proud of you all!

  5. 3legs2ndcity says:

    thanks all!

    Emma – Greta doesn’t go on the SociaBulls walks because she can only walk for about 15-20 minutes before getting really worn out. We take her on her own special walk afterward. ๐Ÿ™‚

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