If you've ever been to BR's facebook page, you've probably given over part of your day to the amazing photos that people have been submitting of their pit bulls. I can spend hours in there Oooing and Ahhing.
We've been brainstorming ways to help more people see these gorgeous images. Lightbulb moment! Why not create a calendar that highlights the best of our online friends' pit bull photos? Online photo contests have been floating around the Net for awhile and they look like fun, so we signed up and are giddy with excitement about launching it out to the wide world of pit bull owners...
The theme - "My Dog is Family" - makes an important statement. People who are confused about pit bulls fail to understand that dogs (of any breed) that are kept indoors and treated as family companions are typically quite different from dogs used to guard or protect. The National Canine Research Council voices this distinction beautifully in their viewpoint piece on the difference between residents dogs and family dogs.
To help further this point, we'd love to use this contest to help circulate as many photos as possible of the dogs pit bull owners share their lives with. This contest allows the public to vote for their favorites ($1 a vote) which raises money for BAD RAP. The top twelve photos will earn a pet of the month placement in our 2010 My Dog is Family BR Calendar, and the photo with the most votes will grace the cover. We expect we'll be publishing some of the entries in other places, including our blog and website to help show others why pit bull owners are so deeply committed to their four-legged family members.
Thank you for showing off your best. The contest is now officially live and ready for your digital masterpieces...Let the fun begin!