Happy tears, astonished tears, proud tears...please read on...
This year, for the first time ever, The Positive Pit Bull participated in the Raleigh Christmas Parade.
Dozens of Pit bulls wooed the crowd with their festive holiday wear.
The dogs, all ambassadors of their breed, captivated the crowd with their adorable costumes and charmed them with their endearing personalities.
Much to the surprise and delight of The Positive Pit Bull founder, Paige Burris, the participating Pit bulls won perhaps the most coveted award of the parade - The People's Choice Award.
Yes, the throngs of people voted and their number one pick was The Positive Pit Bull group.
Their choice left Burris in tears. Happy tears, of course.
Winning the award is much more than just an honorable prize - the dancing, prancing, charming dogs showed everyone at the parade that they were not to be feared - not to be misunderstood.
What did The Positive Pit Bull really win with this award?
According to Burris,
"Awareness for Pit bulls. A chance to educate! Attention for the breed who deserves it most."
She has high hopes for the award - she hopes that it will help to change their negative perception of this highly misunderstood breed.
Burris hopes that people will take the time to question their current way of thinking - to open their mind to the possibility that Pit bulls are just dogs - with the same needs as any other breed.
She also hopes that people will come to understand this special breed's capacity to love, and to realize what an incredibly big heart they have.
Burris knows that Pit bulls aren't the right breed for everyone, but for those owners who take the time to own responsibly - providing socialization, training and loving care - Pit bulls can rank among the most perfect breeds available.
Congratulations to The Positive Pit Bull participants - may you continue to spread your special joy to the world!
Please take a moment to share this positive story - perceptions will begin to change when people open their mind - when they allow themselves to see the good.
Article by Penny Eims, Dog News Examiner
Photo credit, The Positive Pit Bull