Lone Star State Pit Bull Club Dog Show and Weight Pull -- Champions Meet in Contests of Brawn, Beauty
The annual American Pit Bull Terrier show returns to Weatherford, Texas, (outside of Fort Worth) on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005. This annual event presents two conformation shows and a weight-pulling competition and draws competitors from throughout the USA -- over 300 people and 150 to 175 dogs.
Bedford, TX (PRWEB) November 7, 2005
The Texas Legends dog show returns to Parker County Sheriff's Posse Arena in Weatherford, Texas, on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005. Hosted by the Lone Star State Pit Bull Club this annual event presents two conformation shows and a weight-pulling competition for registered American Dog Breeders Association (ADBA) American Pit Bull Terriers. The conformation events judge the dogs against ADBA standards for physical appearance and build, while in the weight-pulling competition, canine athletes pull thousands of pounds along a track. The annual event attracts competitors from throughout the USA -- over 300 people and 150 to 175 dogs.
The public is welcome to enjoy the show, concessions, vendors and raffles. However, only ADBA-registered dogs entered in the day’s events are permitted on show grounds.
“This year, our hearts are with our friends in other parts of the country,” says Laura Dapkus, show secretary. “First, in cities throughout North America, such as Denver, Colorado, hundreds of healthy so-called ‘pit bulls’ are being seized and put to death due to breed-specific legislation.
“Then, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita left a number of APBTs and their owners homeless. Many rescuers who had little familiarity with the breed were shocked by the large numbers of pit bull-type dogs in the shelters. They commented on how stoic and easy to handle the dogs were. We are so thankful to them for overlooking the negative media hype and giving the dogs a second chance. The needs are still enormous, so we will be taking more donations for Spindletop Refuge, a group in Houston who have helped hundreds of APBTs in these storms.”
Registration begins at 7:00 a. m., with the first conformation show beginning at 10:00 a. m. Visit www. lsspbc. com or contact (817) 999-8176 for further details.
Since 1981, the Lone Star State Pit Bull Club has served as the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s sanctioned ADBA club. The ADBA is the largest registry of American Pit Bull Terriers in the world; the breed is also registered by the United Kennel Club (UKC), and by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as the American Staffordshire Terrier. Lone Star State Pit Bull Club officers are available to speak to community groups about the APBT and responsible dog ownership. Further information is available at: http://www. lsspbc. com (http://www. lsspbc. com).
Directions to the show site:
Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Arena in Weatherford, Texas.
Weatherford is 20 miles West of Fort Worth. Take I-20 to Hwy. 180 (Mineral Wells Highway). Follow 180 through the town square, past
The courthouse. The arena is on your left a few miles out of town.
American Pit Bull Terrier Questions and Answers:
What is a Pit Bull? There is no such breed as "pit bull". The American Pit Bull Terrier is a distinct breed of registered dog, just like the German Shepherd or the Beagle. APBT pedigrees can be traced back for many generations.
Do they make good guard dogs? The APBT is not and was not bred to be a guard dog. The APBT should be friendly, outgoing and playful – the picture of physical and metal fitness. Aggression toward other dogs is common, but aggression toward people is not acceptable.
What is a weight pulling competition? Dogs wearing padded vests pull a wheeled cart that is loaded with weight down a track. The dogs are baited only with the owners’ praise and encouragement. They are rewarded with trophies and titles. Weight pulls were devised to measure the heart, drive, soundness and athletic ability of the dog.
How do I know if the APBT is the dog for me? As with any popular purebred dog breed, healthy APBTs are awaiting adoption in shelters and rescue organizations. Only exceptional owners need apply. Having a strong dog that will be under an unusual amount of public scrutiny requires a great deal of socialization, training, and proper confinement --- for the entire 13-16 year lifespan of the dog. We encourage the public to visit our website at www. lsspbc. com or, even better, visit one of our events to find out more about the breed.
What is “breed specific legislation”? Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) regulates dogs based solely on breed or “type.” BSL fails to address the root causes of dog bites including: abuse, stray or loose dogs, failure to spay and neuter, and lack of training and socialization. Communities with BSL must divert resources from these prevention efforts in order to track or identify dogs based on breed, which can be extremely difficult. For these reasons, The American Kennel Club, Humane Society of the United States, and the American Veterinary Medical Association are just a few of the groups that oppose BSL.
Lone Star State Pit Bull Club
Www. lsspbc. com
P. O. Box 278 Bedford, TX 76095-0278
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