October is Pit Bull Awareness Month, which means it’s time for “Pitties In The Pumpkin Patch”! At this time of year, we like to highlight some of the wonderful Rescue Ranch pit bull mixes currently looking for loving homes. Last Friday, we took Capone, Olive, Titan and Ramona for a special fun day at Hunter Orchards out in Grenada, California. They even got to pose for some great pics!
Pit Bulls make great companions
There’s some debate over whether they’re even a separate breed, and the American Kennel Club doesn’t recognize them. Confusingly, there are five different breeds that are commonly associated with the “pit bull” label: the English bull terrier, the American bulldog, the boxer, the American pit bull terrier and the American Staffordshire terrier. Not only that, but dogs are frequently misidentified as pit bulls,” based on visual assessment alone. Genetically, they may not be pit bulls at all.
Breed or not, the pit bull is one of the most misunderstood and unjustly maligned dogs on the planet. It’s true that unscrupulous people have often exploited their physical strength and exuberance. As a result, pit bulls have earned an unfair reputation for being vicious by nature. The truth is that, like any dog, pit bulls need proper socialization, appropriate handling, and good basic training in order to become good citizens. They do tend to be dog selective, and should not be casually thrown together with strange dogs. But, more often than not, they make great family pets and excellent companions.
“Pitties in the Pumpkin Patch”
Our four-legged gang was very excited by the unexpected field trip to beautiful Hunter Orchards. They each got to spend time outside, nosing around and eagerly exploring the unfamiliar smells. They visited the straw bale maze, climbed the tractor, and sniffed at colorful pumpkins along the path.
The pitties weren’t quite sure what was up with all of the “sit” and “stay” commands, and they wondered why we kept squeezing the squeaky hamburger toy (Ramona and Titan’s absolute favorite thing). But they sure knew how to strike a pose! We got some great shots and everyone had a lot of fun.
Keep an eye out for our “Pitties in the Pumpkin Patch” posts on Facebook throughout October. You could win this year’s t-shirt or even the grand prize: a voucher for a free spay/neuter. You can use it for your own dog or cat, or give it away to someone who needs it!
Rescue Ranch Puppies at Hunter Orchards, Saturdays in October
It’s not just pitties in the pumpkin patch this year. Rescue Ranch will have puppies and dogs of different breeds at Hunter Orchards on Saturdays throughout the month, from 11am to 2 pm. So come on down and enjoy a lovely visit at Hunter Orchards, pick some pumpkins, breathe fresh air, and get to know some of the rescue puppies and dogs we have for adoption.