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Pit Bulls In History: The All American Dog

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Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin is the founder, president, and soul behind Pinups for Pitbulls. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Drexel University, where she specialized in breed-specific legislation.

Pit Bulls In History: The All American Dog

Many people might remember a show called Our Gang: The Little Rascals. That show had featured multiple pit-bull types of dogs throughout times and all of those dogs named Petey were representatives of how great these dogs are with people that love them and people who treat them just like family.

Some people might remember Buster Brown shoes, as somebody born in late 70’s, I remember Buster Brown and their theme dog was a dog named was ‘Tige’ and that dog was pit bull type dog.

Did you know that the pit bull type dog was on the cover of four Live magazines in the early 1900’s?

Many people don’t know that the very first dog to take it Trans-continental road trip was a dog named Bud. And he was a pit bull type dog.

Other memorable Pit Bulls:

  • Helen Keller owned a Pit Bull type dog called Stubby
  • Harvey was the mascot for the 104th Ohio Infantry. He was beloved for the companionship and humor he provided the troops.
  • Jack, the brown and white Bullie breed, who understood bugle calls, was the mascot for the 102nd Pennsylvania Infantry.
  • Jack Brutus another fine soldier, became the official mascot for Company K, First Connecticut Volunteer Infantry.
  • President Theodore Roosevelt owned a Pit Bull named “Pete” who nearly caused an international scandal when he pulled off the pants of the French ambassador during a White House function.
  • Nipper the Pit Bull Terrier mix that served as the RCA trademark dog.
  • RCA was chosen to be Alaska’s 1st hearing assistance dog.

PFPB is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate people about the history, temperament, and plight of the pit bull-type dog; raising awareness to rally against Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and Breed Discriminatory Laws (BDL). PFPB’s goal is to restore the image of the pit bull-type dog to its former reputation of America’s companion animal, war hero, and family member.