October 25th was National Pit Bull Awareness Day. It was founded in 2007 by a lady here in Tennessee as “… a day to educate and foster positive communications and experiences in the communities in which we and our dogs live.” I have two rescued bullies of my own (Harley, the American Staffordshire/Boxer mix, and Bella, the American Bulldog/Belgian Malinois mix–according to their Wisdom Panel DNA tests!), so it’s an important day for us. Around here we celebrate birthdays, gotcha days, and National Pit Bull Awareness Day!
I tried to take Harley’s picture to commemorate the occasion, and when I told him to smile, I got this. haha He’s such a smartass. (Truth be told, I caught him a split second before a yawn, but it’s funnier to think it’s a cheesy grin.)
Since there were no events held locally, the pups and I drove up to Nashville for Nashville Pittie’s NPBAD Pit Bull Revolution. It was such a good day! So awesome to be surrounded by so many ambassadors for this wonderful breed with their families. I only snapped a few quick photos while we were lining up for the March of the Pitties parade because I saw Nashville Pittie volunteers taking pictures all over the place. I assumed they would be sharing them, but they haven’t posted them yet.
There were tons of vendors there giving away samples and just volunteering their time and services. We took advantage of two awesome ones. The first one you may think I’m a little crazy for, but I don’t care. I’ve heard of people having this done but had never done it myself, and it was an AMAZING experience. We had a session with an animal communicator. Within the first minute of our session, she made me a firm believer that she was legit, and I most definitely will be using her again in the future. The second one was a photographer. Amiee Stubbs was there taking photos which would be free for us to download. She posted them a few days ago, and I kind of love ours.
As the day went on, it got louder and more crowded as more people showed up and the live band started playing. Bella has the world by the balls, but Harley doesn’t have her confidence (one thing the communicator and I talked about), and he was getting a little anxious. We made our exit, but instead of coming home we stopped in Clarksville at their dog park. They both loooooove the dog park As shy as Harley can be at times, and as much as he depends on Bella, all of that completely disappears when you put him in a dog park. It’s amazing to watch. He’s a little social butterfly! He plays with every dog and greets every person there. It makes me a proud pittie momma, especially when other people there comment on him.
When everyone was finally exhausted from the day’s fun, we packed it in and left. Once we were headed home, I felt like it was FINALLY safe for me to drink something. haha I brought water and bowls for the dogs, but I had kind of intentionally dehydrated myself because when you’re traveling by yourself with dogs it’s hard to make a pit stop. You can’t leave them in the car and you can’t take them into a rest stop, so unless you find a Petsmart or Tractor Supply or some other animal friendly place, it just ain’t happening. It was like 4:00 and I hadn’t eaten since breakfast or drunk anything all day, so I was starved and parched. We pulled into a Sonic where I got what felt like the coldest, wettest cherry lmeade ever and an order of tots to tide me over till dinner… and I couldn’t stand to eat in front of my babies, who I was sure had worked up an appetite too, so I got them a plain burger to share. haha!
Once all the bellies were full, it was lights out.
I absolutely loved spending the entire day spoiling my little furry family. Screw baby showers and soccer tournaments. This is my thing!