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.