A semi-celebrity pit bull that barely made it out of a high-kill shelter in Los Angeles will be stopping in Baltimore today as she tours across the country promoting both a book and the bully breed in general.
Kara is a three year old pit mix who was chosen to be a breed ambassador for a national tour for the book "Pit Stops: Crossing the Country with Loren the Rescue Bull."
The tour that started on May 9 hits Baltimore today -- Kara and author Michelle Sathe will be holding court from 6 to 9 pm at Miguel's Cocina & Cantina in Silo Point.
"Kara is such a sweet, affectionate dog, I just know she's going to charm everyone she meets," Sathe said in a statement. "Having a positive, hands-on interaction with a bully breed is instrumental in turning around the bad rap these dogs have. Like Loren, my canine companion in the book, Kara's the perfect girl to show the world how great bullies can be."
Here's how the book is described: "Pit Stops" chronicles Sathe's cross-country journey in 2009 with Loren, a homeless pit bull from The Brittany Foundation dog rescue in Agua Dulce, where Sathe is a volunteer and board member. Sathe, a features writer with The Santa Clarita Valley Signal, had turned 40 and decided to combine her dream of the great American road trip with a mission to promote pit bull awareness and homeless pet adoption.
Together, Sathe and Loren crossed 29 states in 50 days, shining a light on animal welfare advocates and volunteers along the way, as well as exposing the brutal reality facing pit bulls and dogs who look like them.
"Bully breeds are the dogs most likely to be neglected, chained, abused or trained to fight, through no fault of their own," Sathe said in the statement. "As many of the experts I've interviewed in 'Pit Stops' have expressed, there's also a dangerously inaccurate media bias on pit bulls. They're sensationalized and misrepresented, and because of this, often miss out on the chance of becoming a family pet. Instead, they become a sad statistic in our shelter system."
Read more about Kara and Sathe's trip at her website/blog. She plans on turning this current adventure into another book.
One dollar of every "Pit Stops" sale benefits The Brittany Foundation.