May 3, 2014 SoCal Pitbull TEAM was proud and honored to attend and co-sponsor the One Million Pibble March on Washington. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon in DC, and excitement was in the air as the crowds descended to 5 separate starting points to begin the march. Organizations, entire families, and citizens from across the country paraded signs, donned shirts and carried banners showing off pictures of their beloved dogs and adages that read, “My Pitbull is Family”, “End BSL now”, and “Discrimination is the Pits”. The chanting to end BSL only grew louder as the masses approached our Nation’s Capital. Upon arrival to the west lawn, Rebecca Correy and her pibble Angel kicked off the festivities with a heartfelt, riveting speech centered on ending breed discrimination and demanding stiffer penalties for dog fighting and abuse.
The voluminous crowd cheered the rest of the speakers on as they spoke of paying it forward, ignoring the “haters”, encouraging positive advocacy, and revealing heartfelt stories of their rescued dogs. Lea Brewer, one of the keynote speakers, was there with her pit bull Elle, who won the American Humane Association's 2013 American Hero Dog Award. Lea told the story of how in 2010 Elle became a therapy dog in her hometown of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and has been working to change the stereotypes about pit bull type dogs ever since! Now 5 years old, Elle participate in a therapy dog reading program called, "Tail Wagging Tales," and helps teach dog safety to children.
Bonds were formed, information was shared, voices were heard and history was made. This positive movement was the perfect kicking off point for continued and more effective advocacy. In our inaugural year, SCPBT has concentrated on the E, A & M in our TEAM acronym. We Educated through several of our outreach programs, and we Advocated through writing legislators and speaking out at local proposed ordinances. In addition, we Made a difference by sponsoring the Million Pibble March, to help abolish BSL. This summer our focus is on the T, Training. We encourage positive reinforcement training and promote Canine Good Citizen certification. We will be providing that opportunity to our community as a kick off to National Pitbull Awareness Day, 2014! We will be working with local trainers to offer the CGC testing to pitbull type dogs.
Together we can enrich the lives of our dogs, create safer communities, and afford equality for all.