Pit Bull walk is Saturday

2012-10-25T21:00:00Z 2012-12-03T15:05:48Z Pit Bull walk is SaturdayBy JEFF REINITZ, jeff.reinitz@wcfcourier.com Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

WATERLOO, Iowa --- Pit bull owners will take to the streets this weekend to fight the bad image the breed often receives.

"There are a lot of good owners out there who take care of their dogs," said Donna Penny of Cedar Valley Pit Bull Advocates, organizer for the second annual National Pit Bull Awareness Day walk on Saturday.

Penny said the dogs often get a bad rap because of irresponsible owners, but pit bulls can be found helping mankind throughout history.

She pointed to one famous example, pit bull Sergeant Stubby. Stubby accompanied United States soldiers on the Western Front during World War II and is credited with saving lives by warning of mustard gas attacks.

Another famous pit bull was Petey from the "Our Gang/Little Rascals" films of the 1920s and '30s, she said.

"Helen Keller even had one, too," Penny said.

Saturday's walk starts at 1 p.m. at Washington Park. Owners will lead their dogs through downtown to the courthouse. Other breeds also are welcome, she said.

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  1. Nemo7
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    Nemo7 - October 27, 2012 9:26 pm
    I'm assuming you weren't there, so I just wanted to inform you that the Pitbull walk went well. No fighting, no biting. The dogs were all very well behaved.
  2. IowaHawk1969
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    IowaHawk1969 - October 27, 2012 8:54 am
    Wait til the dogs start fighting or someone gets bit then we will see how great of an idea this is.
  3. Get Real
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    Get Real - October 26, 2012 8:24 pm
    Great idea and I hope it is a huge success. Such ignorance when it comes to so many dog breeds. Also like the rules that your dogs have to be spayed and neutered to attend. Way to many animals running a round not fixed with very irresponsible owners. And people take them to the dog parks not fixed a NoNo!
    We don't need anymore Pitbull Craigslist dogs or any other pets on that site, too many tragedies have occured because of Craigslist. Want a pet? Take good care of them for life and get them fixed, and making them live in a kennel or on a chain is nothing but cruelty.
    There's nothing less cool then a Pitbull or any dog living on a chain!
    Waterloo would be smart to ban dog chaining as a way for a dog to live (other cities have) and also should mandate spaying and neutering unless you want to pay a huge fee to have an unaltered dog as you are probably a part of the overpopulation of pets be it if you have a male or female.
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