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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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KerriAnn Hofer April 19, 2012 at 12:01 PM
love it! great pics :)
Abby W April 19, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Awesome! I love to see Delilah making new friends and opening eyes :)
Stella Cartaino April 19, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Amen!
Danielle D'Angelo April 19, 2012 at 03:34 PM
A perfect idea! Thanks for sharing how sweet and loving a pit can be. Great photos Leslie!
Tina Aronson April 19, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Amen! is right. I am sure Lily will be as wonderful as Delilah (Lily is Delilah's only black brindle pup!)
Alissa Landberg April 19, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Hi im friends Delainey, Tina's daughter. Deliah i such a cute and sweet dog!
Reiko April 19, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Love the article and all these pics!! I admire what you do with not just Delilah but all the dogs you help!!
Tina Aronson April 19, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Thank you Reiko, I wouldn't do anything else, it's all about the dogs!
Lisa Funston April 19, 2012 at 09:43 PM
So sweet, and shes getting so big - Did Deliah do any shopping on the Ave??
Melissa Kuian April 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I swear, the best dogs come from the Bridgeport Animal Shelter. :) I am very proud to have been involved in Delilah finding such a perfect home and now being involved in a such an important "Pitbull Awareness Movement"! Each person that you reach will make such an impact! Thank you on behalf of all of the other pitbulls waiting for their forever homes sitting in pounds right now confused as to why they are so feared...
Tina Aronson April 19, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Hear that folks. Many more like Delilah up at Bridgeport Animal Shelter. They so desperately need homes! Please go visit them!
Leslie Yager April 19, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Melissa, I'll never forget meeting you and how you helped connect Delilah to Tina! Thank you for having such a big heart for all the abandoned dogs in Bridgeport!
Delainey Sheehan April 20, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Wonderful article mom. That day was a great experience to see how people react when they see Delilah or any other pit bull. :)
Birgitta April 20, 2012 at 12:13 AM
I am sad to say I happened to fall into the category of people who were affected by misinformation in the media and always had a slight fear of the Pit Bulls until I met a few at Stamford Animal Control and Delilah. Boy did she change my mind. Every time I meet someone with a Pit Bull, it's the same words of devotion and adoration that you hear over and over...what wonderful creatures they are, really !
Jane Thayer April 20, 2012 at 04:43 AM
I think Delilah, Tea and DD are the new ambassadors!! You go get 'em, dollies!!! If anyone can make others see the love and commitment of which THIS breed is capable, it's you!!! <3 Delilah - kickin' a little G'wich bootie and takin names (to invite to a rescue party, of course!!!!) :)
Taryn Armstrong April 20, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Delainey, you and your mom are BEAUTIFUL -- and very photogenic! Oh, and Delilah is too... :) Love from "Auntie" Taryn in Alaska -- great article, Tina!
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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