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Delilah Gives Greenwich a Second Chance - (Part 2 in a Series)

During my second venture to Greenwich Avenue with my pit bull, I tried a new strategy—I asked everyone if they'd like to meet a friendly pit bull. Everyone said yes!

It was a warm Sunday and Greenwich Avenue was teeming with people when I took my pit bull Delilah for her second walk. The first time I had walked her down the Avenue, the sidewalks parted to make way for her. It seemed the sight of my dark brindle pit bull rescue was unusual. 

After writing my blog about the injustice involved with pit bulls I thought I'd give my town a second chance. This time my approach was less subtle.

With an open mind, Delilah on her leash, and my daughter Delainey by my side, we started down the Avenue. I walked right up to people and asked them how they felt about my dog. 

Everybody was surprisingly open-minded
Just as I thought, children, always inquisitive, with unspoiled minds, approached Delilah without hesitation. It didn't take long before adults followed their lead. With a little coaxing and information, everyone I spoke with was happy to hear the truth about pit bulls.  

At the end of the day I was so proud of Delilah. This experience only confirmed what I already knew, that pit bulls are incredibly devoted, loving creatures and when given the chance they can change a lot of minds and maybe the world one day.

In the words of local resident and dog rescuer, Martina Steed, "The next time you see a pit bull, ask the person for the dog's story and thank them for saving a life. "

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This is part 2 in a series on pit bull awareness

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Taryn Armstrong April 20, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Tina, I love your approach to introducing people to Pit Bull propaganda and helping them understand the breed better -- excellent work!
Abby W April 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM
I think Delilah is due for a visit to Choice Pet! I miss her smelly butt :)
Mercedes Ambroise April 23, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Hi Tina: Your story is very refreshing to me. I have a blue-nose Pit Bull, Smokey, and I completely understand what you mean by people parting ways when you walk down the street. This breed has such a bad rap, and it feels good to know that you are fighting to reverse what many people think about this loving, affectionate and very loyal dog. Please continue to educate others on your end and I will do the same on my end. Perhaps, one day we shall meet in the middle when the world will finally understand that all a Pit Bull needs is to be loved and understood, just like we do. Hugs and kisses to you, Delainey, and DELILAH. Thanks for sharing your story.
Chase Gerbig April 23, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Delilah was a wonderful example of what a dog of any breed can be like when they are well socialized and cared for. Thanks for taking the time to let baby Claire get to know her.
Susie Valentine Collins April 28, 2012 at 05:59 PM
This has been a very rewarding experience for so many of us - I met Tina last fall when she was considering adopting a Pit Bull from a local shelter. That combo was not great, her dog Mac didn't enjoy the visitor so he went back to the shelter (and has since been adopted). I'd left Tina my business card...she called me one day, she was considering adopting a Pit puppy... I told her about the Mama Pit with 7 pups who needed a foster and Tina offered to take them in. It's been a joy all the way, watching the pups grow since they were one week old. All 7 have found fantastic homes. Just the way it should be! Thank you Tina and Delaney! Susie Valentine Collins Certified Obedience Trainer, Professional Behavior Counselor SITTING PRETTY 203.855.0866 Working with dogs of all ages and temperaments...

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