Here is Scott and Axle. Axle is owned by my friend Julie, who I know through flyball. Axle was one of the largest dogs at yesterday's event. He is an American Bulldog. He's aged 2 and weighs 108lbs. He is still full of puppy energy, as you can see by him chewing on his leash still, but he is also quite the lover boy! Scott has met Axle before so Axle knew that he wasn't about to get away with any puppy antics around Uncle Scott. Axle is just as striking in looks as Scott, so at the event, people would either be drawn to Scotty and his beautiful eyes, or to Axle and his beautiful coat and size! Axle also got his Canine Good Citizen certificate at this event. Good Job Axle!!!!
Here is a shot of a bunch of people and their dogs hanging out at the raffle tent. The whole event was sponsored by Bullseye Rescue. The gal who organizes that rescue, Lorrie, is also the SPDR breed rep for many bully breeds. She is a wonderful person who has done a lot for the breed and the community. Overall, I would have estimated there were 150 pitbulls at this event at any given time. There were other breeds there too, including some Rotties, a few little white fluffy dogs, Shih Tzus, a couple Labradoodles and of course, Scott! In addition to a good raffle, the day offered other events like agility demonstrations, schutzhund, weight pulling, carting, and even a kissing contest! I do love the pitbull breed; they are very versatile, smart, affectionate and brave. Similar to Border Collies, they will give their owners everything they can and won't give up. They're hearts are as big as their blocky, bully heads!
I found this pit to be extremely cool looking. It had a face with half black, half white. On its neck though, it was white striped on the black face side, and black striped on the white faced side. Very strking dog! It's brindle side-kick was also very cute.
My favorite pitbull color is fawn though. During my volunteer work at the Seattle Animal Shelter (2001-2008) I worked with many pitbulls from all walks of life. Of the hundreds I handled there, I fell especially hard for the long-term / court case dogs who were there because of abuse / neglect reasons. Some of those dogs had been through hell and yet they were so forgiving and loving. My very first court-case dogs were Libby and Jesse.
Overall, I would guess I worked with 30 or so court case / long term dogs while volunteering with SAS. All were unique, sweet and not all were able to be adopted out, and some even went back to their owners after the judge of that case ruled in favor of the defendent. Not all were pitbulls either; I worked with an Akita, a group of husky-mixes, a Lab/Beagle mix and an Aussie (those I can vividly remember). You do learn a lot about people (the public as well as other volunteers), the justice system and of course, dogs when being involved in these types of stories.