Re: B.C. boy needed 100 stitches after pit bull attackMay 7th, 2008
Some dogs are beautifully trained- When I was a kid I had a Sheperd(sandy) while I was at school she stayed in the yard. One day I was being chased by the neighbourhood bullies, after a block of running flat out I got home just ahead of them and flung open the gate "Get em Girl" I said the dog came snarling out of the yard looked at me and I pointed to the ring leader, this kid took off and tried to scale the neihgbours fence in a desperate attempt to escape. too late she ripped the a** out of his pants before I could call her off- You know what, I never had a problem with those kids ever again. I still miss that damn dog.
... The final straw was one night upon hearing me knock on the door invited me in from the couch as he read the paper. The dog a little late on hearing the knock saw me and lunged on my chest. It was face to face with me barking and the Dad calmly said w/o looking up from the paper...
"Knock it off Klink."
The dog stayed on my chest, bareing it's teeth and growling.
"Knock it off Klink"
Still growling. I thought it was going to bite my face. Finally the Dad looks up from the paper...
"Get down off him Klink...c'mere boy...sit..." the dog FINALLY got off my chest and sat down as he pet it's head "Richie! (my buddy's name) Steve is here."........
YARMOUTH — A pair of pit bull-type dogs are in quarantine today after a Yarmouth man was savagely attacked Saturday.
But the dogs’ owner defended them Monday, alleging that the victim was trying to break into his home.
A woman who said a bloodied man came to her door crying out for help said she thought the man would die before help arrived.
RCMP officers responded to a dog bite call just after 2 p.m. at an apartment in the town’s south end.
"The dogs were inside the residence . . . when the officers arrived," said Const. Mark Connell.
Another person had earlier helped pull the dogs off the victim, who staggered away leaving a trail of blood.
Donna Noonan was waitressing in a nearby restaurant when the man banged on the door. She and another waitress thought he’d been beaten up, but he said he’d been mauled by two pit bulls.
"He was completely . . . covered in blood," said Ms. Noonan.
"I don’t think anybody would recognize who he was.
"The poor man, he was bitten from head to toe . . . like somebody took an axe or an ice pick to his whole body.
The owner's actions alone in the above situation diserves a slab of concrete against his skull.
None of my dogs would have ever gotten far enough to pounce on your chest and growl with teeth showing like that, because the next step from that is taking your face into their mouths and shaking.
When the dog is like that all the time, it is of course a dominance thing it enjoys playing with you each time he/she sees you, but the owner of the dog should have addressed this attitude of the dog long ago and not by "Knock it off Klink" This shows that the dog has more slack and leinancy when around his owner or that the owner gives a level of tollerance for this type of behavior in which gives the dog a level of unpredictability.
I don't care who's friggin dog it is, whether they are right there beside their dog or not, but if a dog is going to do that to me continually, their owner's going to soon realize that they better keep the damn dog in check or I'll keep him in check for him... and I won't be using blunt objects to do it either.
An animal can learn to fear a human with a weapon, it's an entirely different situation when they fear a human as a human.
There is a post script to it. I did hurt the dog. It needed stitches. I went over the house and my friend's Dad was all up in arms at how some "punk" hit his dog in the head. When i saw the dog it was all sedated and had it's head wrapped up. But I didn't feel bad. I was tired of being tormented by the dog every day on the way home from school, or when I walked by the house, or went over to meet my buddy. I never told them what happened that night.
.....There is a post script to it. I did hurt the dog. It needed stitches. I went over the house and my friend's Dad was all up in arms at how some "punk" hit his dog in the head. When i saw the dog it was all sedated and had it's head wrapped up. But I didn't feel bad. I was tired of being tormented by the dog every day on the way home from school, or when I walked by the house, or went over to meet my buddy. I never told them what happened that night.
Believe me. I am no animal hater. I had two Sheppards myself. I never went after another animal before or since. I just thought it was my only option.
.....One day when my daughter was about 9 yrs old, we were walking on the side of the road, out came a large doberman, from a yard, and ran right to us, snarling and barking, and very threatening, I tucked my daughter close to me, and covered her face, and faced the dog, which was about 2 feet in front of us. The lady who owned the dog, came out on her porch, and I called to her to 'call her dog off', the dog was very loud and snarly and still threatening us. She said 'IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, WALK ON ANOTHER STREET". The dog turned when he heard her talk, and became a little quieter, and moved a little way away, but did not leave. We slowly backed up, and turned and walked on.
When I got home I phoned the spca, explained exactly what happened, explained to them that I raise dogs, know dogs, and if I had have panicked at all, that dog would have been all over us. I never saw that dog again, and I continued walking that route, although the next few times I did it alone. My daughter could have been alone, in that situation, I'm so glad I was with her.
Yep You're my kind of people. As an old mailman,I've been attacked by every kind of dog imaginable and even a few cats,too & every one that bit me paid for it dearly.
Often people need as much training as dogs do. Some even more.
Never run from a dog. Instinct is a very powerful drive and for most dogs, it's a trigger to chase and catch.
Dogs play with their mouths. I'm sure that if they did have hands with opposable thumbs they would play with their hands. But they don't. Consider this, when you were young, you would rough and tumble, play fight and what not with your buddies. You of course used your hands to do so and eventually learned a few tricks and how things work that way. Dogs are no different really. When people play fight with them, when they are young, play tug of war and what not, they are teaching the dog to play. Problem is, once a dog grows to it's potential it's far too rough to play even a little bit with someone who isn't prepared mentally and physically to under go the rigors of all out play.
Kicking screaming and hitting are play for most dogs. So when some kid thinking they are being attacked, kicks screams and hits the dog, to the dogs perspective, it's just ramping up the game a bit. Like a kid who hits too hard.
All of your advice is good, but this was a child, not an adult, and the dog was not
playing, he was 'attacking', and the dog knows the difference. When they are
playing, even vigorously, they do not draw blood, their teeth do not penetrate the
skin, unless it is an accident, usually caused by the adult playing with them, and
the dog would not continue drawing blood, a dog will only continue playing in a
rough way, if the 'person' is in a good frame of mind, if the person becomes scared,
the dog will back off and be puzzled, if the person becomes angry the dog will back
off and become fearful and worried.
If I was playing with any of my dogs, and I started to scream and become terrified,
the dog would stop and become concerned and puzzled.
If a dog doesn't react in the above manner, and continues to become more agressive,
there is 'real' problem with the dog, and help is needed quickly.
It is too bad that there are certain adults in the world, who, because of their own
lack of ability to blend into society, and their need to be threatening to others, teach their dogs to be agressive, it seems to be signal that "Hey do the wrong thing and I will let this dog free to do what he wants to you", I pity the dog, and I pity the person.
Without their dog, they are not able to deal with people, are afraid, and suspicious.
Manjit Bajwa, the father of the boy who was mauled, wants the owner of the pit bulls punished for allowing the dogs to run loose in a playground.
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I was walking with my beloved chocolate lab 'Joe', the other day, a long 'river walk', which
is walked by many each day, when a young mother, walking with her two children, one,
was about 21/2 yrs old, the other about 4, and the kids became quite excited as they
approached joe and I, and she asked me if her children could touch Joe, I hesitated for
a couple of seconds, then I said, "no I don't feel comfortable letting your kids do that,"
not because there is anything at all about Joe that I don't trust, but the body language
of the children was a little too exuberant, and I didn't trust 'how' they were going to touch
him, so I said no, and she understood. If one of them had rushed to him and grabbed his nose, or pulled his ear, or tried to hug him, I'm not sure how he would react, we are a retired couple, live a very quiet life, he is not used to small kids, as, even when my small grandchildren were at my place several times, I always put Joe somewhere else, cause I'm not sure what they will do, his life is so laid back, he is so quiet and mild, but in a blink of an eye, he can be a very strong energetic athletic dog, doing retrieving and swimming, but he did not grow up with kids, and he has not been grabbed or pinched or punched or hugged hard, as many kids do with their dogs.
Something just popped into my head that got me thinking:
B.C. boy needed 100 stitches after pit bull attack
Was it exactly 100 stiches or was it just rounded up or down for the media?
I always wondered if they round them up when explaining it or do they actually make sure it's an even number for inventory reasons
I haven't a clue, though I know that when stitching a face they will sometimes use a specific suture and close stitching to reduce scarring later on. This could be the reason for the high stitch count. Along with of course the possibility that it took that many stitches to close the wounds. Reporters have made mistakes due to carelessness and milking a story before so mileage may vary.
My dog would probably attack someone breaking into the house if the kids or I were home. I'd fight tooth and nail before I let anyone put my dog down for something that comes naturally to her, defending her family. If those dogs attacked that guy for breaking in then, imo, he had it coming.
Karrie I agree with you, I work in the veterinary field and have been bitten many many times. The breeds that more often show the signs of aggressiveness are the small breeds. The ones that people just think that it is soo cute that only one person can actually touch it! Most of my bites have come from shih tzus, min pins and cats (Karrie I can sympathize with the medical treatment from the cat bite).Quote has been trimmed, See full post:
The thing about large dogs is that the majority are very good dogs, we see very few large aggressive dogs because that sort of behavior is stopped at the first sign, it is simply not allowed because they can cause so much more damage. There are a lot of responsible owners out there.
I actually really like pitbulls, rotties, mastiffs (my fav!) and dobbies!
In this situation though, the dogs should not have been running free in a playground, thats what off leash areas are for. But also the dog started out by licking the boy (not to say that this is at all his fault) but perhaps the boy freaked out and paniced causing a panic response from the dog.
I think a lot of people need to learn not to be afraid and to stay calm.
At the clinic we often see clients come in with their little dogs running at the end of their extendable leashes barking and snapping at calm relaxed big dogs and the small dog client says how unsafe big dogs are! Yeshh!