On Sunday, the Little Rhodie Bully Breed Club met at City Park for a pit bull memorial and blessing of the dogs. Those who attended also participated in a dog show to demonstrate how pit bulls could socialize with other dogs and humans.
Sue Parker, who founded the club, led Sunday’s gathering. The memorial was for Parker’s own dog, Callie, who died last month. Callie was adopted and trained by Parker, and became a pet therapy dog.
All of the dogs at Sunday’s events were current or former shelter dogs; some were previously considered dangerous and are now “good canine certified.”
Parker started the club in 2007, and has since been working with shelter dogs, ensuring they receive the proper obedience training to get them good homes. Parker also runs Dynamic Dog Training.
Parker said the biggest misconceptions about pit bulls are that their jaws lock and they are naturally aggressive. Neither, she said, are true.
“They make fantastic family pets,” she said.
Twelve pit bulls and their handlers attended Sunday’s event.
For more information on the Little Rhodie Bully Breed Club, find them on Facebook.