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. "
This is part 2 in a series on pit bull awareness