Friday, June 15, 2007

monster pit

Mike and my babies out for a late night walk. Rounding the corner a few blocks away from the house, they're confronted with a growling, advancing monster of a pit bull. I know this dog; it killed a cat a month or so ago on this same street. It's constantly out in the front yard while its owner dicks around in his garage. He is a monstrous animal, muscular beyond any pit I've seen, and obviously aggressive.

My sweet Betty immediately cowered behind Mike. Even Bill, who just this week backed off a huge and surprisingly aggressive St. Bernard, tucked behind Mike without so much as a snarl. Bill, the wee short-legged Jack Russell, is pretty certain he's a Doberman or Rottweiler, but the viciousness of this pit bull scared even my stout-hearted boy.

Mike was not afraid, likely because he was rising to the defense of his kids. He had a piece of Bill's very heavy and very long leash with which he kept striking the pit in the face. The dog kept trying to get around him. Mike said he came within about a foot of Betty who, being deaf, could not hear this beast's threatening growl.

I am so grateful it wasn't one of those fast dog attacks, else my dogs would be dead and my husband surely injured. Two neighbors heard Mike yelling at the dog to get back, came out into the street to join in backing this monster back to his yard. Finally, his owner strolled out onto the porch to ask what was going on. My ex-hippie, live and let live husband said "get your dog or I'll call the law."

"The law," just like in those westerns he loves so well. Mike is not a law-calling kind of person. That's me. But he loves his puppies and can see the danger for everyone in an immense, threatening dog like this one roaming the streets.

I'm not opposed to pits as a breed, but I'm opposed to the current pit culture which indoctrinates irresponsible kids with the idea that they're big men if they have a vicious dog. Viciousness is created in all sorts of inhumane ways, and the result is a serious threat to life.

My family escaped. Hope the next one does. Mike hasn't called "the law" but I'm going to. Don't know what kind of action I'll get, but the neighbors say this dog's out all the time, it has killed other animals in the neighborhood (that sweet kitty!), and now my people ~ all three of them ~ have been endangered.

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32 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have leash laws where we live. It is not legal for a dog to be running loose. You may have them, too. Call the authorities. Running loose is a danger to the dog as well as the rest of the neighborhood.

Deirdre

June 15, 2007 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Tater said...

Sorry Belle. I know how frightening this was for you. I am a dog lover, but I can't stand or defend Pit Bulls, their owners or breeders. They are the fully automatic AK47's of the aggressive dog breeds, and I believe there should be stricter laws on the books pertaining to them. I am prepared to take the flaming, but I think they should all be behind bars or put down. I have seen too many instances where RESPONSIBLE owners take great care of these dogs, train them well, do not teach or reward aggressive behavior, and these dogs still freak out and attack toddlers,or their owners, or another dog or cat. They are an unstable breed, period. How many more helpless animals and children have to be killed or mauled before we wake up? Please call the authorities on this clown and his pet monster, or start carrying a firearm with you when you walk your babies. If that monster tried to go after my baby, I wouldn't hesitate to put it down. The owner should be fined, and told in no uncertain terms, that he has to keep that thing restrained.

June 15, 2007 12:51 PM  
Blogger more cowbell said...

Scared the shit out of me just reading that. Yeah, I'd call. In a heartbeat. Any chance of getting digital camera shots of the dog out of his yard?

June 15, 2007 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Richard said...

Call 'em, girl. You had me scared just reading the story, so I know you were terrified.

June 15, 2007 1:49 PM  
Blogger Willym said...

Lynette, you have to call - I know it can mean trouble in the neighbourhood and may have consequences for the animal but you have your own to protect. It may not work out the next time.

My own feeling is that the bloody owner should be locked up.

June 15, 2007 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Joe / Kusala said...

Good lord, has this risen to epidemic proportions?

Reading this, I could help but immediately think of the following horribly sad story from just last week:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-pitbull8jun08,1,4781917.story

I can't even imagine dealing with a dog attack. I love dogs, but sometimes the sight of a big, mean one too close for comfort can make my blood go cold.

June 15, 2007 4:40 PM  
Blogger more cowbell said...

I must admit, I do have a fear of Pit Bulls. When I see them in the dog park, loose, it always makes me nervous. Even the nice ones that don't actually cause trouble seem to have a very dominating way about them. They almost always cause anxiety in most recent adopté -- he was abused, and is still fearful in certain situations. The pits make him very anxious, and I can see he doesn't know how to act around them. Which is not a good situation for a fearful dog to be in.

You've been tagged. You're it. Cooties no fair. Out of bounds by the tree.

June 15, 2007 6:54 PM  
Blogger Cherry Dolphin said...

OMGosh, that's horrible! I can't believe they let their dog loose like that! I am glad to hear your husband and babies are o.k. - I bet those poor things were scared of such a vicious meanie!! I hope you call them and that the owners get BUSTED.

June 15, 2007 8:32 PM  
Blogger evilganome said...

Call. I am a serious dog lover, but as much as I hate to say it, Pits are a bad situation waiting to happen. The real blame lies with the breeders. Other breeds have had problems with behavior. Cockers and Scotties and Dachshunds all come to mind. They don't sound like a threat, but they were nasty little monsters and were a byword for vicious behavior. Responsible breeders began working to breed for disposition.

That's the long term solution. Short term, make the call. No dog should be allowed to run loose. It is dangerous for people and it's dangerous for the dog. If this idiot cared about his animal, he would realize that the dog was in danger of being hit by a car. You will be doing both your neighborhood and the dog a favor.

June 16, 2007 5:06 AM  
Blogger Ms. Place said...

It is so sad. It is not the breed that is vicious per se, because I have met plenty of pitbulls that are filled with love, loyalty, and bright personality. Vicious pitbulls are a result of owner neglect and irresponsibility.

Having said that, I too have been scared out of my wits by a growling monster. Other breeds that I've found to be scary are Ikitas and Chows. These dogs must be raised with care, and never allowed to roam free outside.

June 16, 2007 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Lou said...

Please call - my friend's poodle was killed by a freely wandering neighbor's pit bull - they can be mean and vicious when away from their owner. There are no excuses for them - you are protecting yourself, husband and pets - and doing something good for the safety of your neighborhood.

June 16, 2007 10:56 AM  
Blogger Red7Eric said...

Good for you -- as someone who makes his living preaching against bias and teaching others to value difference, I have to admit to a pretty severe prejudice against pit bulls as a breed. Ever since my cousin Reggie's beloved pit bull snapped and went for his throat one morning, they just freak me the hell out.

June 16, 2007 11:58 AM  
Anonymous lynette said...

well we've called. whether it will do any good or not, no way to tell. the neighbors have also called. mike walks the dogs armed with one of his antique sword cains. when i walk them, i'll have my pepper spray and a pistol. now the idiot has two of them, chained in his front yard. ugh. beyond the fact of the danger is the southeastern oklahoma hills trashiness of it: dogs chained in the yard. how hideous a thing to do to animals and how utterly, classically redneck. thanks for your concern, folks.

June 17, 2007 10:59 AM  
Blogger more cowbell said...

I'm so glad you called!

June 17, 2007 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Tater said...

Your neighbor sounds like a real gem. I am glad you called, and am glad you are packing. Is this guy cooking meth? Why in the hell would he want or need two vicious dogs? Makes me wonder just what he is protecting himself from...

I'm sure there are people who have had positive experiences with this breed, I just am not one of them. I was cornered by a pit and some other stray at the entrance to the studio three years ago. I had the key in the lock to the ghetto gates, when they came up behind me snarling. I had prescence of mind enough to throw my breakfast bar past them on the sidewalk and say a few "good boys". I was able to get inside before they turned their attention back to me. I dialed the police immediately. scared the crap out of me. Eric drove my point home, in that you never know when the most gentle of this breed will snap and go nuts. It's not just how they are raised, it's how they are made. Keep them locked down or put them down. Period.

June 18, 2007 4:59 AM  
Anonymous lynette said...

ugh. tater. how awful! i was doing a little looking around on the internet, and it seems the CDC succumbed to the dog lobby a year or so ago and quit putting out a top 10 dangerous dogs list.

Pit bulls
Rottweilers
German Shepherds
Huskies
Alaskan Malamutes
Doberman Pinschers
Chow Chows
Great Danes
St. Bernards
Akitas

you were very fortunate to fend off a pack led by a pit with only a breakfast bar. a pack of dogs together can be so dangerous and with a vicious one at the helm, you might have been killed, honey.

see that st. bernard there in the #8 slot? i always thought SBs were friendly dogs, then that one got vicious with bill last week. it was a surprise. now here they are on the top 10 list. the secret, politically incorrect top 10 list :-)

June 18, 2007 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Dallascracker said...

Thanks for your postings and the dangerous dog list, It is a real eye opener.

June 18, 2007 9:09 AM  
Blogger BigAssBelle said...

okay tater, i do have to say, too, that fending off a pack of snarling, slavering beasts with a breakfast bar is a very sweet, very gay thing to do. i adore you, pumpkin.

June 18, 2007 9:43 AM  
Blogger Willym said...

I must admit the chow chow surprised me but the St Bernard did not. Apparantly inbreeding has caused a reversal in the nature of what was a once fairly amiable breed. I recall about 20 years ago a friend having to put their Great Dane down because a St. B had torn a chunk out of its flank.

I know that daschies (my preferred breed) were on that list at one time but have been now bred for a gentler nature. Mind, you still wouldn't want to see a pack of them in full hunting frenzy - they are terrifying. But then that goes for any of the hound group.

Tater: Quick thinking.

When we lived in the suburbs (read countryside) of Warsaw we saw chained dogs behind almost every fence. They were the guard dogs, then there would always be the pet dog - normally something small, fluffy and yappie. Each had obviously been trained for its roll in the household. Always made me a bit uneasy when I was walking home, even in broad daylight.

June 18, 2007 10:03 AM  
Anonymous lynette said...

willym, i came across something else on the net yesterday that said chained dogs are far more likely to bite than fenced dogs. maybe the intense frustration of having a chain around the neck?

we had a cocker who was insane from inbreeding. very vicious animal. i am glad that breeders are paying attention to this now. i remember when it used to be a point of pride to breed every daughter in a line to the champion father, thus ensuring all sorts of problems down the road.

June 18, 2007 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Tater said...

Honey,
Are you sure you aren't mistaken? I believe that article you are referencing was, in fact, in regards to Arkansas beauty queens, not canines. :)

Toodles.

June 18, 2007 12:22 PM  
Anonymous lynette said...

well that might be true, except for the champion father. i haven't noticed those fathers impregnating their daughters as being champions of anything much. :-)

i remember my pet sitter telling me something i hadn't thought of re being attacked when out with the puppies on their leashes. she said DROP their leashes, don't snatch them up and hold them in your arms where they'll invariably struggle and whine and make all sorts of excitement-inducing noises. she says that holding the dogs encumbers you and setting them free allows them to run like crazy while you intervene with the attacking hound.

so now i know two things: when walking the dogs, be prepared to drop their leashes, and always carry a food item with which to distract the vicious ones. both good tips to remember.

June 18, 2007 1:26 PM  
Anonymous me again said...

of course my dogs would run and never be found again. they'd be unharmed, but gone forever :(

June 18, 2007 1:27 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I am a lover of amimals, however after reading and hearing about the morbid and brutal killings of numerous people, children, babies and other animals by pit bulls in the later years, I decided to do some research.

To put it simply, pit bulls have a split personality, inbred, rooted and ingrained in them. They WILL attack even those who love them, without reason.

Yesterday, my sweet lovable, fat black kitty, sitting in my front yard was attacked and killed by two pit bulls within seconds of going into my house to get a glass of milk. I live in a secluded area and have for 30 years, and my animals have never been in danger.

Two weeks ago the same pit bulls walked right into my house and into my living room toward one of my absolutely adorable Himalayan cats Boo Boo, (I also have her brother Yogi) who was sitting on
the sofa. I turned around from what I was doing and Yelled "NO" and they ran, but later they tried to return. I told them to "GET", (I have a very strong voice) and they left. I Didn't see them again till yesterday July 22, 2007. A week ago they killed a dog a couple of blocks away.

They are smart though, because the animal control cannot seem to find them, which means, they WILL
be back.

Pit bulls should be either banned or licenced in every city and state. They are VERY dangerous and
those who choose to let them live among themselves and their children, are in GRAVE DANGER.

I pray for everyone who owns these demon inbred animals, that their children and themselves are not malled to death and eaten alive like so many others who also loved and adored their sweet and
loveable doggy.

If you love yourself and your children, you would NOT own one, nor let them come near you. They
should be banned, and breeders of pitbulls should be fined and imprisoned for every life their creation destroys.

Click on the links below. I'm sure you will find it interesting the statistics on pit bull killings, verses all other dog killings. Half of the killings are done by pit bulls, mostly children, and half were attacks on the owners.

http://www.dogbitelaw.com/Dog%20Attacks%201982%20to%202006%20Clifton.pdf
http://www.dogbitelaw.com/PAGES/statistics.html

Please visit my website http://christianfunfair.org/lifesavers.htm. It has been active for 7 years. You will see I am for animals, not against them. I take in stray animals and find homes for them. They are one of God's greatest creations. But God did not create the pit bull, man did.

There are many good, good people who own pit bulls that have been attacked and yes, killed. Can one honestly say that out of 2,000 pit bull killings that these good people abused their dogs? That would be absurd.

June 24, 2007 7:34 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Please click on the link below and send this link to eveyone you know.
This is the latest pit bull attack encounters recorded to date:

June 28, 2007 7:05 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I'm sorry, the link didn't show up. Here it is again.
http://pit-bulls.christianfunfair.org/attacks.htm

June 28, 2007 7:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have absolutely zero tolerance for agressive dogs and I'm a dog lover. If some people want them as pets, they can keep them in their houses or yards. If one was roaming free in the neighborhood and the owner refused to do anything about it, I'd poison it.

September 06, 2007 4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Call the Law! And go to this site to learn more!
http://www.dogsbite.org

November 30, 2007 1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think all of you people are so stupid for labeling the pitt bull as such monsters. I own 5 dogs 2 Rotties 1 Doberman and as you can tell I own 2 Pitt Bulls. All of these dogs 1 time or another have been labeled as vicious and untrainable. Its not any perticular breed it is the people around these dogs that are the problem. All of my dogs are 100lbs+
I have two children both under 7 years old and they never show anyone any sign of aggression unless you are a complete idiot and decide to aproach either of my kids. And as far as anyone who beleives that the crap that they are spreeding about these dogs are true. It is 100% clear that none of you have the BALLS to own and actually love these types of dogs. Say what you want but remember you are not doing anything to help these types of dogs No insteed you cower behind your little crapy computer and have no clue what real companionship is. So on that note Fuck You And Have A Nice Day.

January 31, 2008 4:18 PM  
Blogger Aida Dimir said...

Well I understand your fear, but its all media based, and I understand the dog was vicious, I feel bad because that poor dog could have had a better life instead of being forced to be mean, did you know that real pits dont even make good guard dogs because theyre so people friendly, trust me, ive been around them since i was a baby myself and have been researching the breed since i could read ... if you call the "law" the only thing they'll do is kil lthe dog and fine the owner, and make matters worse for pit bulls around the world, the media is going to get wind of this and have a frenzy, but when a golden retriever bites a girl in the face, no one hears about it unless the look in the back of the paper where it is enlisted in tiny print ... but when pits attack, which a true pit bull attack is more rare then you would think, there are 27 pit-bull type dogs that arent even real pit bulls, I heard a story of a boy in london bit by a pit bull, which in later it turned out to be a cane corso, but the paper wouldnt print the recall, so the public was stuck thinking another pit attacked someone, when it comes down to it, the media loves a good horror story, expecially if it involves a bully, even when its not a bully, just like the story of the baby who had its toes chewed of by the families pit pup, only when the owner later told the truth that the families ferret did it, the media wouldn't hear of it ... its shit like that that is the reason these poor dogs are the victims, not the perpetrators ...

August 03, 2009 6:16 PM  
Blogger Aida Dimir said...

Het tater, your an asshole. Open your eyes and shut your mouth for a change? ay? ... your one of those close-minded idiots arent you? So what, this time they came for the pit bulls, before this they came for the akitas and dobermans, now that theyre here for the pits and you wont close your mouth and stand up, whos going to stand up for you when they come for your dog, what kind of dog do you own by the way? better make sure its not on the bsl list along with 75 other dogs not including pits ... pits ar ethe victims, ive been raised around them for 25 years ... they are the most loyal dog you'll ever find, thats the reason assholes take them and fight them, because even after you beat them down for years and force them to fight and starve them, at the end of the day they'll still wag for you and give you kisses b/c theyre so damn eager to please, more golden retrievers attack people a year then pits but you dont read about that in your precious newspaper or on your local news do you? NO! Get a life and stop victimizing poor defensless animals that you call monsters, no wonder all of the countries around the world hate americans ... because of ignorant dicks like you.

August 03, 2009 6:31 PM  
Blogger Aida Dimir said...

Well I understand your fear, but its all media based, and I understand the dog was vicious, I feel bad because that poor dog could have had a better life instead of being forced to be mean, did you know that real pits don't even make good guard dogs because they're so people friendly, trust me, Ive been around them since i was a baby myself and have been researching the breed since i could read ... if you call the "law" the only thing they'll do is kill the dog and fine the owner, and make matters worse for pit bulls around the world, the media is going to get wind of this and have a frenzy, but when a golden retriever bites a girl in the face, no one hears about it unless the look in the back of the paper where it is enlisted in tiny print ... but when pits attack, which a true pit bull attack is more rare then you would think, there are 27 pit-bull type dogs that aren't even real pit bulls, I heard a story of a boy in London bit by a pit bull, which in later it turned out to be a cane corso, but the paper wouldn't print the recall, so the public was stuck thinking another pit attacked someone, when it comes down to it, the media loves a good horror story, especially if it involves a bully, even when its not a bully, just like the story of the baby who had its toes chewed of by the families pit pup, only when the owner later told the truth that the families ferret did it, the media wouldn't hear of it ... its shit like that that is the reason these poor dogs are the victims, not the perpetrators ...

August 04, 2009 7:26 AM  

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