If you’re one of our observant Facebook followers, you’ve noticed a new photo and a tease of an “exciting project” that our little Foster Family is involved in. I’m ready to spill the beans, but first I’d like to introduce you all to Nashville PITTIE.
Nashville PITTIE stand for “Pit Bull Initiative to Transform Image and Educate.” Says founder Jana Mendes, “The goal of Nashville PITTIE is to restore the Pit bull’s positive image by: dispelling myths surrounding the breeds called ‘Pit bulls’ through education, promoting responsible ownership, and promoting spay/neuter programs and the importance thereof. Nashville PITTIE strives to bring to light the true character of the Pit Bull and the invaluable contributions they make as family pets and service companions, as they have for generations.”
Jana and her team of dedicated volunteers take part in various local events throughout the year, to get pit bulls into the public eye in a positive way. They put on a Pit Bull Awareness Day each fall, and organize walks through town during established high-profile events and festivals. They set up information booths at local events such as the Nashville Earth Day Festival, Nashville Pride Fest, and the Celebrate Healthy Pets fair. They’ve even marched in the annual Nashville Christmas Parade.
Foster Dad and I, along with the pups of course, have the tremendous honor of being part of their latest endeavor, a super-duper-awesome project called Impression-a-Bull. Nashville PITTIE has partnered with local photographer extraordinaire Amiee Stubbs, to photograph Nashville pit bull owners for a project to help to change the negative stigma attached to “pit bulls,” and at the same time raise funds for spay/neuter programs in Nashville.
On Saturday, August 4th, the Impression-a-Bull project will be on display at the UltraViolet Gallery, during downtown Nashville’s monthly First Saturday Art Crawl. Oh, did I mention that admission is free? If you’re in town that night, you’re not going to want to miss it. If you need some more convincing, here’s a sneak preview…and there’s bound to be even more beautiful brindle furs on display!
The Impression-a-Bull display will be featured during Nashville’s First Saturday Art Crawl on Saturday, August 4th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at the UltraViolet Gallery in the Arcade.