Pookie was put to sleep on February 17. With Harrison by his side. He was 10 years old.
"He put holes in everything the media says about this breed," Harrison said. "He defied the stereotype. He had beaten every odd that life threw at him - dogfighting, neglect - but everybody loved that dog. I want people to remember him for everything he had overcome.
"He showed people that it's not the breed," she said. "It has everything to do with the people who get these dogs, fight these dogs and abuse these dogs. The backyard breeders are passing the undesired traits such as human aggression. Attacks come from dogs who are severely abused, badly bred and neglected."
A lover, not a fighter
Through education, Pookie was able to reach a lot of people. "They love people. They love to please, and one of the downfalls of the breed is with dogfights. No matter if it hurts them, they will do anything they can to please you," she said. "We had an immediate bond, unbreakable to the day I had to let him go."
Harrison believes law enforcement is blind to dogfighting or they don't see it as a problem and do not care.
"I don't think there is a city in America where there isn't something unsavory happening with this breed," Sterling said.