Pit Bulls on Parade Fun Show

By: Danielle Sommerfeld Email
By: Danielle Sommerfeld Email

Tallahassee, Florida - March 26, 2011 10:42 p.m--

A star NFL player spends the day (3/26) encouraging responsible dog ownership, all for a good cause.

Former FSU linebacker and Philadelphia Eagles Star Ernie Sims hosted his 2nd annual pit bull fun show along with his 4th annual car and truck show.

Training demos, agility contests and other fun motivational activities helped show a side of the Pit Bull breed that Sims says is usually misunderstood.

Sims also says,"Over the years pit bulls have gotten a bad rep because of the society we live in. I just wanted to start this to give the community a pit bull awareness. And let them know that pit bulls are not as fierce and mean as people think they are."

Both events benefit Sims Charity, BIG HITS, which helps to instill tools for Success to help at risk youth and promote animal humanity.

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  • by Donna Location: Tallahassee on Apr 9, 2011 at 09:52 AM
    We adopted a pit bull from the Leon County Animal Shelter last year. At first we were worried by the stories of pit bulls seriously huring people and didn't want to risk the safety of our 7-year-old granddaughter. Our pit bull may be unusual for the breed, but she's the sweetest, gentlest dog we've ever had. She adores children and is affectionate with our cats and other dog. I can't imagine her ever hurting anyone, and we are so glad that she's a part of our family!
  • by Cheryl Location: Portland Oregon on Apr 3, 2011 at 08:45 AM
    Dog lover did you know that according to statistics kept by the Center for Disease Control in the U.S., which they stopped keeping over ten years ago because information about dog bites was so inaccurate, in the years they did keep statistics only 38% of reported dog bites were by pit bull type dogs? You might also want to check on those municipalities and countries that are today repealing their BSL because they have found that they do not work...the public is no safer from dog bites/attacks with BSL than they were without! Also statistically today's top biters are Golden Retrievers!!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    Hey, Dog Lover: that's cute and all, but the actual data that you're talking about DOES NOT REALLY EXIST, at least relative to how you are presenting it. It is the fault of our system and society that people are so ignorant that they would outlaw these dogs. As many people on this forum have said, it has a lot to do with breeding and how the dog is raised. Some dogs are bad dogs - but that list is FAR from being exclusively pit bulls, and it's people like you that cause people to be misinformed..if you're actually a "dog lover," you should read up on this subject a little more.. and I'm not talking about just reading the sensationalized stories that align with your perceived view on the matter.
  • by Michael Location: Tallahassee on Mar 28, 2011 at 08:11 AM
    What a great event! It was a great day for the breed! Thanks again to the Sims family.
  • by Dog Lover Location: Florida on Mar 28, 2011 at 08:11 AM
    I'm just astounded by the number of folks who think that pit bulls are just misunderstood and are not, statistically speaking, any more dangerous than other breeds. People who think that the significant number of municipalities--and, in some cases--entire nations--that have outlawed them just don't have their facts straight. Or who think that their anecdotal evidence outweighs actual data. Amazing.
  • by d Location: Tally on Mar 28, 2011 at 05:35 AM
    only thing some pits should have a problem with is other dogs. This is a very people friendly breed pits get stolen all the time. I own american bulldogs now. They are a bit calmer, larger, and make better protection dogs. Still great with family and kids though. We have 95 lb female that will let 2 and 3 year olds drag her around pull her tail and whatever else they want to do. They take treats and bones right out of here mouth. Im sure there are many non bull breeds labs, goldens, etc that would not allow this type of behavior. Out on walks everybody is a friend. She gets along with most dogs all the time. except females that act aggressively towards her. What i like about the american bulldogs is they will protect the house. If someone comes in i have to let her see them so she can calm down and then everything is fine again. She knows the visitors that come by every once and a while and who comes by often. Had a litter of 10 all sold and are looking wonderful. They are truly guardian angels.
  • by D Location: Tally on Mar 28, 2011 at 05:30 AM
    I had about 6 pits in my lifetime. Never bit by any of them except when playing. Your bites may have come from bad breedings. I bet you dont know a lot about the parents and their ancestors. They are too many pitbull crosses and too many people trying to breed them. The only dog i have ever been bitten by and a rottweiler that was food aggressive when i was a boy. Slso you say dont leave a pitbull alone around a child well DUH dont leave any big dog around a child alone. Any dog can bite. Like someone else said german shepherds and labs bite more than pits. You hear more about pits though because they is usually more damage done and they have the reputation. This is a good event ernie is doing. Also i read how you all never did anything to the dogs you babied them since they were 8 weeks. You can only baby a dog so much. They need discipline and a pack mentality. This probably was a part of the problem.
  • by luv my pit on Mar 28, 2011 at 05:11 AM
    To mannie: you are such an idiot. Pits are very loving dogs. They don't just haul off and bite people. They will if they are bread to fight. That's the DIFFERENCE!! And yes, owners can prevent the pits instinct to attack...don't raise/breed fighting dogs. There are plenty of other breeds that are just as mean or meaner than pits but for some odd reason they never make the news!!! It angers me when people like michael vick are glorifing dog fighting. I still think we should have let one of his own fighting dogs loose on him. Now that's justice!!!!
  • by Pit Owner on Mar 28, 2011 at 05:04 AM
    I have a pit and she is the most lovable lap dog anyone could as for. I also have young children and she is GREAT with them. Pits are not mean/bad dogs; its how you raise them...just like raising children. Its no different. I LOVE MY PIT!!!!!!!!!! :)
  • by mannie Location: tally on Mar 28, 2011 at 04:28 AM
    any animal that has the ability to kill my child is not allowed in my house or near my child. I'm not saying they're all bad dogs, I know lots of people who love their pits. But don't close your eyes that those animals are capable of killing. Owners of those dogs can not prevent the pit's instinct to attack, not just bite anymore than I can prevent my breed from digging holes to get to moles. It was what they were bred for long ago.
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