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Pitbulls have been used in advertising since the turn of the century. They have been the poster pooch for the sale of firetrucks, oranges (!), shoes (guess who is pulling Buster Brown's socks-- non other than "Tigre."), and RCA's Listening to His Master's Voice, "Little Nipper." I have a fridge magnet of a stafford bull terrier dressed in an Irish Fishermen's Sweater for Tanquaray Gin.
And in more recent times, who could not help but cheer Wallace, a rescue from a kill shelter, who stunned the world with his athletic abilities to win numerous regional and national freesbie competitions. His story is available in, "Wall the Rise of An Underdog."
Yes! I saw that story this week too! I tried to send myself the link but was unable to A similar event occured during the early summer in Dade County, Florida. In this instance a woman, with her toddler, was about to get into her car in a mall parkinglot when she was confronted with an attacker. A pitbull charged the attacker and he ran off. (I don't know recall if he was captured or not).
It turned out that the pit was a stray, and taken in by Animal Control. No one came forward to claim him, and the family he protected adopted him, naming him "Angel." Good stuff.
Weela was named Ken-L-Rations Dog Hero of the Year in 1993. She plowed the eleven year old son of her "Mom" over and in turn was bitten by a snake that was about to strike the boy. She also, in that same year, during horrific flooding of the Tijuana River, led other animals, including 30 stranded horses ,away from swift currents in the river, to safer crossing areas; and she did the same with stranded people. A sixty-five pound heroine!
Teddy Roosevelt (who else would have a dog like a pittie) had a pitbull while serving as President; and of course, Helen Keller was photographed with her pit (well, I think it's a Boston Terrier, but same genetic pool).
Well, I had a good one from just last week in Indianapolis - but I'm not finding the dog's name. He saved the family's 3 month old daughter from kidnappers. A man and woman broke into the home and demanded money or they would take the baby. When they grabbed the baby, the pit bull mix would not let them leave out the back door with her. He was watching out for his family! So the robbers left the baby & ran. I've seen others a lot more publicized because of injury to the poor dog, but this one, protecting one so little and innocent, I thought was really special too.
Friday is on its way. Let's celebrate our pooches! Do you know a famous pittie-bully dog? Let's see how many we can name. Don't forget your local heros, inspiring stories of pits who protect their families and friends.
I will start with the easiest-- Petey, the lovable pit of Our Gang. We all recognize the round patch over the eye,which, if you view the old movies in sequence changes from one eye to the other!
But did you know that in 1903 the first dog to cross America in an auto was a pitbull named, "Bud?"
Or that the American Pitbull Terrier was the icon of neutrality of the United States during WW1
whose motto was : "I'd rather not fight, but if I have to, I will!"
Let's have some fun!