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Are pit bulls cuddly, misunderstood family pets or monstrous killing machines that should be barred from city parks?

Assuming you subscribe to one of the

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Pit Bull Love and Hate Scheduled for Dueling Rallies

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Are pit bulls cuddly, misunderstood family pets or monstrous killing machines that should be barred from city parks?

Assuming you subscribe to one of the above philosophies, there's an event specially tailored to your needs.

First, the pro-pit rally:

Back by popular demand, BullsEye Dog Rescue is hosting its third annual Pit Bulls on Parade event on Saturday, August 20 at Riverdog Canine Coaching in Issaquah.

. . . the day's festivities will include demonstrations in weight pull, agility and fly ball, and a chance for the public to try these activities with their own dogs. The event will culminate with a parade of adoptable Pit Bulls from shelters and rescues throughout the Puget Sound region.

Pit Bulls on Parade is essentially a chance for a bunch of pit-bull owners to show their dogs doing all the things that "normal" dogs do: Playing fetch, walking on a leash, not biting people--things they do quite often, though one might not know it from the news coverage that abounds any time one snaps.

As organizer Amanda Hoffman points out, pit bulls are "smart, athletic and downright goofy - a far cry from the image ingrained in many people's minds. . ."

Another rally, meanwhile, is scheduled for a week-and-a-half later on Sept. 1 and will involve a completely different take on the breed.

The group Families and Dogs against Fighting Breeds, led by infamous leash-law enforcer Ellen Taft will hold the "Protect Pets in Parks Rally" at Westlake Park.

Taft's rally is specifically to show support for creating new restrictions against bringing "fighting breeds" of dogs (see: pit bulls) into public parks.

She says that Seattle Councilmember Tom Rasmussen has told her that he's interested in the idea and that if she can "show public support," then he'll get behind her effort.

There will be a number of speakers at this event, human victims of attacks by fighting breeds, as well as the owners of dogs and other pets who have been mauled by fighting breeds of dogs.

So whether you think pit bulls are sweet dogs with a bad rap or vicious beasts that have no place in public, there's a place for you at either of these rallies.

The only folks not invited, it would seem, are those that really don't give a crap.

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