By Tori Shaw, WCTI
Twenty-four pit bulls gather with their owners for one purpose. "Socialization is really good for the breed. They love getting out together. We like meeting other pitbull owners. It's fun for everybody really." says pit bull owner, Bianca Killgo.
The Guardians Pitbull Club meets once a week but one meeting is dedicated to the club's "Pet-a-Pit Event". The owners take the dogs to strangers in public places and ask them questions such as, have you ever petted a pit before?. "A lot of people will say 'No'. We also ask them, 'What do you think about a pit bull?'. A lot of them will have mixed emotions because here they are touching a dog, a pit bull. They're confused, but we change a lot of people's minds by doing what we do." says Lee Nollan, founder and president of the club.Some people shy away from the dog while others welcome them with open arms. Interactions between strangers and pit bulls is what the club is all about. Nollan says, "I sit back, and I watch the club members interact with all these other people, these strangers. People say 'Oh, I don't want to touch a pit bull.' The owners fight, and they don't give up. Seeing that touches my heart, and it's hard to fight back tears."
The club meets every Sunday at 2PM in front of the PetSmart on Western Blvd. in Jacksonville. If you would like more information, you may go to Guardians Pitbull Club on Facebook.
TORI TIDBIT: The Pit Bull was so popular in the early 1900's they were the U.S mascot not only in World War One, but World War Two as well. They were featured on recruiting and propoganda posters during this time period.