Way OT: My first two encounters with a pit bull.
When I drove into the yard the other day, there was a strange dog wandering around. I thought it was just another stray or lost dog, so I walked toward it, talking to it, and trying to get it to come to me. It walked into the neighbor's yard, and sat down. I knew the neighbor didn't have a dog, so I went and sat on the driveway several feet from the dog.
After several minutes, I was able to coax the dog over to me. I petted it on the head and body, and kept talking to it. It seemed pretty calm, so I fiddled with the collar so I could read the number on the rabies tag.
With the info committed to memory, I got up and walked away to phone the animal hospital to see what they could tell me about the dog.
I gave the lady the tag number. "Oh, my! That's a pit bull. It belongs to (my neighbor's brother)." So I call the neighbor at work, and he asks me to put the dog in his back yard. He tells me Macey's a gentle dog, so off I go.
The dog was still where I left her. I walked slowly toward her, calling her by name, and talking to her like before. She was looking right at me, but she didn't respond at all....
Until she jumped up, snarling viciously with bared teeth, and lunging back and forth toward me. I avoided looking straight at her as I slowly backed away, then turned, and walked away. I watched her over my shoulder. She quieted down, and then climbed over the fence into the neighbor's back yard. Mission accomplished, sorta, I guess.
I grew up with big dogs (mostly German shepherds), and I've always been comfortable around them. My wife had a Doberman when we started dating, and I had a friend with a Rottweiler. For some reason, I'd never been close to a pit bull before, and it never occurred to me that I'd have one loose in my yard.
I guess I was really lucky both times I got close to the dog. I still like big dogs, though. I didn't even flinch when one I didn't know came running up to me last evening while I was out walking.
Last edited by winchman; 11-10-2008 at 04:06 AM.
They are not pit bulls, they are American Terriers, or so the pit bull lovers like to call them.
They should eliminate the lot of them. Or if you want to own one you need to put up a bond with insurance.
"They'll take my pit bull from me when they pull my cold dead fingers from it's mouth."
I"ll never understand the infatuation with those critters but I do accept that some of them are not evil to the core.
I was savaged by a dog at the age of four and still have the scars. Yet I grew up with a dog who I loved. My grandfather and father used to breed and as show collies. Perhaps this is why I regard dogs as a dog regards other dogs.
All dogs regardless of size/breed are a threat until at least they signal clearly they are not: they show submission (e.g. ears back head down tail wagging), or they indicate "I'm not there" i.e. pointedly go about their own business (usually after looking at their owner/leader).
If I'm out walking and I encounter a strange dog who does not signal either of the above and it is clearly asserting its self (ears forward, full height, coming towards you) I take this as the cue to put myself between my companions and the dog and find a large stick and/or a heavy stone and prepare myself.
My wife finds this behaviour sometimes alarming as it appears that on some cue her husband suddenly becomes a caveman ready to do battle with fierce creatures or on others quite happy to let her be surrounded by two strange enormous St Bernards. It because I have read the dogs body language without concious thought.
Unless you can read dog behaviour both good and bad and are prepared to bet high stakes on it (Watch out ! there are dogs who dont signal anything), I would give all dogs off the leash a wide berth as they are all potentially very dangerous animals.
Disclaimer YMMV - I take no liability/responsibility for anyone taking this posting as advice on dog behaviour. Any consequences including but not limited to death/injury/ damage/lawsuits are entirely your own liabilty and risk.
A cop buddy once observed to me "A visious dog doenst extend the owner's penis."
Thats the same thing as "He won't bite", ain't it?
Originally Posted by winchman
I think dog owners are trained to say that.
I was attacked by a bull dog last year.
This dog was allowed to roam loose in it's yard. The house is two doors away from mine and I would walk by it coming and going on my daily walk. The dog would never show any sign of aggression and mostly would just be laying on the lawn.
Then one day as I'm walking past the yard I note the dog being there, and ignoring it, continued on my way. Then out of nowhere came this dog. By the time I realized what happened I was flat on my back in the street, watching the dog walk back to it's yard, and felt a growing pain in my left leg.
I must have walked by this dog at least a hundred times without even a bark coming from it. It did not even bark or growl before it smashed into me.
I have three permanent teeth marks on my leg and a distrust of dogs that I never had before.
About twice a year the local humane society posts pictures of dogs that are up for adoption. The numbers of dogs is disturbing. But what's worse is most, if not all of them, resemble pits.
Based on the high incidence of stupidity among those we encounter every day, I have zero faith in the average morons ability to assess their dog's psychological make up or predict their behaviour. Perhaps if the dog chews some kids face off, suitable punishment (for the owner, the dog's just an animal) would be to have their face chewed off....ok, unlikely to happen, who'd carry out the sentence, but at a minimum, the dog owner should be sentenced as if they did it themselves, which in reality they did.
I do not trust dogs. Theres a big dog that now walks into our yard every day, goes to the same spot and sniffs the ground. Shows no signs of any submissive behavior, walks away from us...