Changing Hearts and Minds is Pit-acular!

October 9, 2012  

By Laura Petrolino, VP of Operations

Dogs, wine, good friends (old and new), beautiful fall scenery … we can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday! Our event this past weekend at Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, Va., was not only a fun way for StubbyDog supporters to meet, greet and share stories, it was an amazing opportunity for us to do what we do best … change public perception about pit bulls.

This beautiful, dog-friendly winery was swarming on Sunday, not only with StubbyDog-ers, but with many others. Some who had heard of us, some who hadn’t; some who already loved pit bull type dogs, some who weren’t quite so sure. The mixing and melding of dogs of all types, breeds and sizes, along with their people was a wonderful way to give those who were not already familiar with our block-headed dogs a chance to have some amazing positive real-life experiences. I think it will come as no surprise that one of the best ways to change public perception of pit bulls is for people to come face to face with a wiggle butt, a smiley face, a well behaved dog.

Not only did people get to see our dogs and interact with other people, they also got to see them interact with a variety of other dogs. MYTH BUSTED!

They were able to talk to all of the responsible pit bull guardians in attendance and see, “Hey, these people are just like me … I guess it isn’t just gang members that own pit bulls.” MYTH BUSTED!

Here at StubbyDog, we are constantly emphasizing that the best advocacy is implicit, and this event was a perfect example of that. Sure we had resources for them to take if they were interested, and sure we were there to discuss and answer questions and help bust other myths (once they saw clearly that some of their previously held ideas didn’t quite add up with the experiences they were having), but what did we not do? We didn’t go around throwing info in their faces like possessed zealots. We didn’t even talk about pit bulls or our organization unless specifically asked. Instead, we let our dogs do the talking.

It is human nature to not like to be told that we are wrong, nor to be challenged. The harder you try to change someone’s mind, the stronger the barriers they will put up to your argument. But when you give people the “brain food” to change their own mind, you open up a portal for great change that wouldn’t exist otherwise.

See this guy, StubbyDog Superhero in Training, Frankie?

See this girl, Lola – dog who has bullet wounds and other scars from her previous abuse, but her beautiful spirit shines through so much that it brightens up a room?

They are the ones who will, do and did change pubic perception. Not any flyer or post card or fact sheet. Sure those things help back them up, but they are the secret to making a difference long term.

We look forward to many more events to do the same. Special thanks to The Pretty Chic with Pits, who hosted the event. The three amazing photographers in attendance: Jeanne Taylor Pet Portraits, Kate Juliet Photography and We Love Our Pets. Barkley Square Gourmet Dog Bakery, who provided the cake and homemade doggy treats. Barrel Oak Winery, for their hospitality (a truly beautiful place – we will be going back here again for sure!). StubbyDog Superhero Frankie, who all will agree was clearly the celebrity of the event. And all of the wonderful fans and supporters that came out for the event. It was so wonderful to be able to meet with you and all of your dogs, and we look forward to doing it again and again and again.

Make sure you check out our photo album from the event:

Stay tuned for our next wine tasting event in Tampa, Fla., Nov. 8. More details to come shortly!

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6 Responses to “Changing Hearts and Minds is Pit-acular!”
  1. skreidle says:

    Augh!  Y’all were less than two hours away and I had no idea!

    • StubbyDog says:

      @skreidle Ah, you must glue yourself to StubbyDog Project on Facebook, then you won’t miss any of our events. Next time…

      • skreidle says:

        @StubbyDog Oh, Facebook.. I can’t keep up with *anything* there regularly, unless I specifically visit individual pages.  I follow StubbyDog by RSS, but that means I don’t see any of the FB goings-on until they’re written up as an article after the fact!

        • @skreidle  @StubbyDog Make sure you are signed up for our email list as well 🙂 We will always send important announcements through there too! 🙂

        • skreidle says:

          @LauraPetrolino  @StubbyDog Good call!  I don’t think I’m actually signed up for that. Off to sign up! 🙂

  2. Pupperiffic says:

    What a great event!!  The dog with the white left side of his/her face is *stunning!*