a new rare breed of dog.

It’s Tuesday and guys, we’ve raised almost $3,000 for dogs of Chicago Animal Care & Control! I’m so humbled by each donation and every cent will be directly spent on buying the dog beds. You can read all about my campaign to buy each dog at CACC a bed and if you’d to donate, the direct link to do so is right here. Please be sure to note “CACC Donation” in the comments when making your donation. While we’re on the subject, there’s another aspect to CACC that I wanted to touch on today.

When I visited the city shelter, there was one thing I noticed about almost every dog, they could easily be (mis)labeled as “Pit Bulls.” I saw approximately 40 dogs and each one had a blocky head, short muzzle, muscular body, and was medium-to-large in size. Now, before we go any further, I need to stress one thing. There is NO such breed as a Pit Bull. Did you hear that? NO SUCH BREED. Got it? Great, let’s move along.

Pit Bull is a blanket term given to dogs that look similar in appearance to the dogs I described above. The American Pit Bull Terrier is a breed that’s most commonly confused with the term “Pit Bulls.” Don’t believe me? Try taking this quiz to see if you can find the American Pit Bull Terrier. CACC understands this so they don’t label the dogs “Pit Bulls” in their facility. They want people to get to know these dogs for who they are, not what their perceived reputation is.

I don’t think I need to go into what the general population thinks of Pit Bulls and besides, that’s not what I found at CACC. I found smooshy faces, lots of kisses, and happy dogs wanting to play. There were dogs with scars and poorly cropped ears signaling their tough path to getting here. I found dogs that had come from terrible situations but were so happy to be where they were. When I met these dogs, I didn’t find Pit Bulls, I found Chicago Dogs.

The dogs in our city shelter embody everything I think this city is about; they’re loyal, playful, tough, resilient, and have that Midwestern charm. They’re outgoing and they’re smart, but they don’t take themselves too seriously. These dogs can be underestimated and they’re often overlooked. You can’t find these dogs anywhere else, you can only adopt one right here in Chicago. To me, these dogs and our city are one of the same, pretty freaking awesome.

It’s (been) time to change what we call these lovable mixed-bag of genes. I think we’re ready to let go of trying to pinpoint exactly what they are and love them for who they are. Let’s take pride in the dogs that come from this city. Let’s show some love to our Chicago Dogs.

THE RESCUES:

Chimmi – This baby boy came into the shelter as a stray and been there since March. A little over one-year-old, he’s your typical rambunctious, goofy, happy puppy. Because he’s still learning his manners (and size) he’d do best with children over six. He’d love an active household and someone who wants to play like he will. To see if Chimmi is the one for you, click here.

Persephone – Okay, so I fell in love with this sweet baby girl. She is so lovable and the perfect pocket size pittie. She’s happy-go-lucky so it’s no wonder she found her forever home. Congrats Persephone!!

THE STYLE:

Whenever I wear these leggings, I’m always stopped and asked where they’re from. Use code “CACC” when purchasing and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to our dog bed campaign! I paired it with this tee that I bought from One Tail at a Time because it spoke to me. Threw a jean jacket and some runners and called it my Chicago look.

xoxo,

Christine

All photos: Margaret Rajic

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