As October comes to a close, so too, comes the close of National Pit Bull Awareness Month (officially, that is). Really and truly, we should strive daily to put forth our greatest efforts for the breed, and I know so many of you do. With the help of advocates across the country doing more and more for the dogs, we continue to see an upswing in positive stories about pit bulls…ordinary people making an extraordinary difference in their communities and across the country. We all can and should play a part in changing the perception of pit bulls. No effort is too great or too small where our dogs are concerned. We are their voice, and they are depending on us to educate the public (not only about the breed in general, but with respect to responsible ownership practices), to dispel the false information out there, and to restore their reputation as a great American icon. Leading by example is a great place to start!
Its so important to keep the meaning of National Pit Bull Awareness Day close to your heart every day, and I hope that the inspiring stories of the many individuals presented during the month of October encourage you to do just that. As you have read, one person can make a difference, and some of those differences are monumental in their communities! Despite our many differences, our love for the breed is our one common thread…its what unites us in our goal to make a real and lasting change. Remember the personal stories and reflect back on them when the fight seems too big to tackle. We are creating change, one day at a time, one person at a time.
National Pit Bull Awareness Day 2012 was the most successful to date because of YOU. I believe NPBAD has become a tradition for so many people because as pit bull owners and advocates, we are so thirsty for our voice and our side of the story to be heard. I hope that thirst remains unquenchable – that we never stop being thirsty until breed bias and discrimination are a thing of the past. You can be a voice for the breed. You can ensure that good dogs and good owners are not victims of fear and prejudice. You CAN make a difference!
NPBAD has become something wonderful to look forward to every October! A day we can all share in knowing thousands of people are united on one day, at the same time, for one very important common goal – to changes minds and perceptions about the dogs – our family companions – we cherish so very much.
I want to sincerely thank all those who have supported and participated in National Pit Bull Awareness Day over the last six years. From the very bottom of my heart, thank you for taking my vision and making it OUR reality.