My Dog was Attacked by a Pitbull

My Dog Recovering after being Attacked by a PitBull

You can see Joey's owie on the upper part of his leg. This was him after getting home from the vet. He was Very groggy after being sedated.
You can see Joey's owie on the upper part of his leg. This was him after getting home from the vet. He was Very groggy after being sedated. | Source

My Dog Joey is one of my Best Friends

My dog Joey and I have a deep connection that started the day we met. My sister and her daughter adopted him at the Humane Society. I was having a garage sale the day they picked out him out, but once we met, it was a friendship made in heaven. I was sick at the time, which meant Joey and I spent hours together. I can honestly say that Joey is one of my best friends and the thought of not having him around is too painful to think about.

The Daily Walk with my Dog Turned Scary

I feel that as a responsible dog owner, bringing my dog for a daily walk is very important and much deserved. This past Thursday as Joey and I headed back towards the house, I heard some dogs barking which is nothing out of the ordinary in my neighborhood. By the time we got to my driveway, I could see my neighbor coming out her front door. She had her two pit bulls on a double leash as she headed for her car. I went to the mailbox with Joey in tow and heard a loud scream from my neighbor across the street. I turned around to see what was going on. In my horror, the two pit bulls had gotten away from Nicki and were running towards us. I was hoping the dogs would heed the calls of their owner and go back home. I wasn't sure what I should do, but figured running wasn't the answer as that could just escalate the situation. If Joey wasn't fifty plus pounds, I would've picked him up. The next thing I recall in my state of panic, was the female pit bull attacking Joey. I was screaming at the top of my lungs as was my neighbor. I tried pushing the pit bull off Joey while Nicki was putting all her body weight into pulling her off. The screams and cries of my dog were heart wrenching and I sobbed as I tried to save him. At one point of the attack, the pit bull pulled Joey down on his back in the middle of the road. Joey was pinned down by a dog that was built like a brick house. The strength of this act caused his collar to come off and I went flying in the air and came down like I was sliding into home plate. My shoes were thrown in opposite directions in the road. I remember my other next door neighbor running out of her house to help. At this point my dog was no longer screaming or crying and I was so scared he was dead or just giving up. By the time my neighbor Nina got there, Nicki was somehow able to get the dog off Joey and pull him back to her car. Those first seconds after Bella was taken off, were the scariest, wondering what I would see. I scooted on my butt over to reach Joey, and to my great joy and relief, he was alive. I sat there sobbing and holding my boy in my arms. Nina sat with me as we tried to calm Joey down. His heart was pounding out of his chest and he was whining. We looked for cuts and wounds and reassured him he was alright and a very brave boy. Amazingly, we only found one open wound on Joey

Off to the Animal Hospital

We brought Joey to our local animal hospital to get checked out. They had to sedate him due to his high anxiety following the attack and his fear of being at the vet. They looked for cuts and wounds and found the one we saw on his upper left leg. They gave him stitches to close the wound. My dog is on two medications: a anti-inflammatory drug used to decrease pain and inflammation, and a anti-biotic to keep him from getting an infection. We were grateful that our neighbor's who own the dog, paid for the vet bill. It was the right thing to do and we appreciate it.

Joey Exhausted after Receiving Sedative

When we got Joey home, we got him all cozy and set him up on a soft flannel blanky. He was limping and his leg hurt too much to lay on his favorite couch. He slept most of the night because of the sedative, but that didn't stop us from giving him lots of love. He's getting stronger and limping less every day. Were both still pretty sore but that will resolve itself soon enough. I am so grateful my best friend wasn't killed. From now on, I will always walk with something to protect us from a dog attack. If you have any suggestions, let me know. I've been using a spray bottle with water in it since the attack.

Sad Situation all Around

Nicki came by to see how Joey and I were doing soon after the attack. She brought some first-aid products she thought we may need. She looked pretty worried and upset. I gave her a big hug and told her It must have been as traumatic for her as it was for me and my dog. I'm a dog lover and I'm sure the fact that she and her husband's dog is capable of such an aggressive attack, is hard to swallow. They got Bella when she was just a puppy and it wasn't until a year ago that they started seeing aggressive behavior in her. They'll be bringing her into the vet this week and realize they may have to put her to sleep. It's just a sad situation all around. Nicki and her family are very special to us and I'm sure they feel really bad for what happened. I wont let this dog attack affect our relationship and hope they know that.

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Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

VOTED UP! I am so sorry to hear about you and your dog. Which is why I do not walk my dogs. Even if I have bear gas strapped to me. We've been attacked 4x, and the "masters" who were there could only offer, "Well, my dog wouldn't attack you." Yeah? Any dog can bite. I'm not going to single out pitbulls because having dogs all my life, I cannot judge. Months ago, a friend of mine was helping her daughter off the school bus, and the neighbor's pit bit her through her lower leg! Like I said. Any dog can bite, but there are those that are prone to bite and have been raised to protect. Or were used as fight or as bait. We have a leash law in my hometown, but I can tell you right. Look the other way, and these so-called dog owners set their dogs free in the name of exercise. Then they cry and set up frivolous lawsuits because the dog is shot dead for trespassing on someone's property. These people can't read the warning signs because they suffer from entitlement issues. And their babies can do no wrong. I can't tell you how horrified I was to have a dog come after me. I mean, I was on the other side of the street with my dog. I was forced to call animal control because its owner left the gate open, and there were three of his dogs loose in the neighborhood. No tags, no nothing. If that dog had bit me or anyone else, we would be forced to follow the program of painful rabies shots. I'm told nothing has changed for that process.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Oh that must have been so awful for everyone. I fear that Bella will need to be put down. She obviously is unstable. Had this been a child, she could have killed him/her. I am just glad Joey is okay after this ordeal. I do not trust pit bulls. I have seen too many of these incidents. As an animal lover, it makes me sad to see an animal destroyed, but safety is paramount.

I think you need to carry pepper spray. A water bottle will not drive off an enraged animal. Next time it you could be the target or you may have to save another person. My heart aches for all of you.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I am so sorry that this happened! And you are right it is a sad situation all the way around!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I am so sorry for you and your dog and that must have been a horrible experience. By the way, pepper spray will stop a human or dog in their tracks. It is most definitely painful but so is being attacked.

I love dogs every bit as much as you do and it tears at my heart to read about something like this.

Best wishes,

bill


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I am so sorry for you and your dog and that must have been a horrible experience. By the way, pepper spray will stop a human or dog in their tracks. It is most definitely painful but so is being attacked.

I love dogs every bit as much as you do and it tears at my heart to read about something like this.

Best wishes,

bill


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Some pits brains continue to grow until their skull put pressure on their brain. This causes instability in the animal. My son's pit had this happen to him. It is heartbreaking and I wish there was a way to altar their genes so this did not happen. I am thankful that your baby is going to be all right. Mine did not make it through the attack.

Pepper spray is what you need, a water bottle will do no good. I even tried a hose and it did not work.


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

Oh, no, billybuc! Let me give you a hint. Never, EVER feel "safe" when you are carrying a weapon such as pepper spray or even bear spray. I worked at prisons, and can you believe, that in a riot situation, pepper spray will not work on some people because they are too "pumped up," and they can just go on and keep fighting? Yes, sireee. I don't even have it on me because at 5'2", it would be so easy for anyone bigger than me to take that pepper spray away and use it on me.

Let me set you straight. When that pitbull (one of them) came after me and my dog, he followed us all the way home. I screamed for my husband because that dog followed us into the garage.

You know what my husband did? He took my PRISON container of crowd control gas and sprayed the dog in the face. Less than 12" from its face. It is the same stuff used on humans at the UCD campus incident.

The dog stopped for about two minutes, shook its head and was on its way.

NEVER get comfortable with any kind of weapon offered to you. And forget what you see on television. Unless you are trained to use weapons, forget about it. You can do much more damage and heartache than you know.

That dog was down the street, looking for something else to prey on. The pepper spray did nothing to "stop it in its tracks." That's a myth.

Any type of weapon is not guaranteed to do the job. And you have to make room for error. Even guns are known to backfire or get jammed when needed. I've seen it happen, and I don't ever feel that I will be immune to a gun or gas jamming on me.


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peterelmhirst 4 years ago from Toronto

I'm incredibly sorry to hear about your poor puppy. I couldn't imagine how I'd feel if that happened to my own dog. I know this may seem insensitive, but the type of pit bull that attacked your dog was photoshopped to be black and white with yellow tinted eyes? I've never seen one like that...


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

Yeah, I agree. That was insensitive. We're talking about what happened to her and her dog and how traumatic it must have been for her dog to be attacked and suffer. Not to mention what she went through. As dog owners, it can happen to any of us here.

And all you care about is an illustration? Who cares if it was photoshopped? You are being rude. She almost lost her best friend.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA

We've had dogs come after us while we were walking, but the owners always called them and stopped them. The incident you had scares me. I'm waiting for other comments if pepper spray doesn't work. Thanks for a hub that warns us to beware.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I am glad to hear your dog came out well from what could have been a tragic situation. You are certainly a most forgiving and loving person to not harbor ill will towards your neighbor. I was bitten by my own cat once, by mistake, and it was quite painful. Take care of yourself and Joey. I would agree with others, pepper spay may save some anguish next time.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I am sorry You had to put-up with that experience. It is the fault of the owner of the pitbulls in this situation. If someone cannot keep a handle on their dogs then, that often becomes a problem.

I have owened dogs, trained dogs and worked with dogs (K-9 Unit). Dogs are as good as they are trained to be. The responsibility rests with the owner, in my opinion.

I would not say that it is the pitbull's fault. Not all pitbulls are aggressive just like not all owners are responsible ... I had an Airdale Terrier who would go after any other female dog if she had the chance, no fear. So, I knew to always have my eye on her - I had a hunting dog and I had to act accordingly.

Lawsuits can always land the owner of a dog in trouble, I know that from working with dogs. I am not sure how some owners can be so careless ...

I wish your buddy gets well soon and that your neighbour learns a thing or two about dog ownership and training. All the best!

P.S. Bad dog owners are an upsetting topic for me ...


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Arlene-Sorry to hear you've had this experience too. I would be so annoyed with an owner who denied their dog attacked. Why would anyone make up such a thing. Owners need to be responsible and that means dealing with it when their dog does something bad. I am so thankful my Joey boy is on the mend and doing well. Thx for stopping Arlene :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hyphenbird-Thanks for the idea of pepper spray. I heard from a friend that you have to be careful about it or you could get some pepper spray in your lungs if there is a wind or you don't aim right. I wonder if there is something to carry that wouldn't be bad for me should it accidentally get me. I'm a lung cancer survivor and I'm weird about breathing in toxic things. I too am sad that Bella will probably have to be put down. It's all so sad.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Now I know they darn pitbulls can't be trusted and he should put to sleep a pet or not because he'll did it again. One here was walking past an apartment door when a lady was coming out and he ripped her face.

Voted up and awesome, Hugs to you and Joey, Joyce


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Audrey-Thankfully my Joey boy and I are on the mend. I'm just really sore and Joey will be on meds for a while. We are so lucky it wasn't worse. Thanks for coming by and reading about it.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Great to see you Billy. It is so darn sad that this dog has become aggressive. Her owners are good people and didn't train it to be mean. It saddens me to think of Bella being put down but it's probably the best thing to do. She has run at us before but Nicki's husband has called her back and she listened to him. The dog is more Ben's dog and he ignored Nicki's pleas to stop. I'm still shakin up but Joey and I are happy it wasn't worse. I'm glad I didn't have my little puppy with because she probably would've died. I still hate thinking about it but it's probably good to get it off my chest.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Becky-My heart sank as I read your dog didn't make it. I am so sorry!! Did you write about it here? If you did I'll go check it out but not without some tissue. It is sad that Pit Bulls brains keep growing. I wasn't aware of that. Thanks for reading about this scary event.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Thank God your dog survived the attack. I hear more bad things than good things about pit bulls. God Bless You precious heart.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Arlene-Thanks for sharing your knowledge and educating us on weapon use for protection. I appreciate it.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi peterelmhirst-thanks so much for checking out my scary story. The picture I found of the dog was just meant to show the strong build and white color. Bella is white and built similarly as she is really muscular. I hope it NEVER happens to you and your dog because it's really frightening. I am just glad my dog is still here with me.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dear Barbara-I too have had times when dogs ran at me until the owner called for them. The dog that attacked us has actually run at us until Nicki's husband called her back. I guess since the dog is really his, he didn't listen to Nicki the same way. Too bad I had to learn that the hard way. It was a terrorizing experience for all involved. Thanks so much for coming by and checking out this hub. Maybe it can help someone out there to be more prepared and safe and good for owners to make sure they do the right thing with their animals.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi teaches-My dog is so lucky as it really could have been so much worse. His owie is healing well and his sore body is feeling better since he started his medication that helps pain and inflammation. Thanks for coming by and giving such kind comments.


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

Be prepared for anything. I am just asking that if you decide on carrying pepper spray while walking your dog, learn everything about your chosen weapon. I know every dog in my neighborhood, and I am always watching for breaks in the fences or garage doors that are not able to completely shut. When I do walk my dogs, I will always be watching what is going on around us. I refuse to take my dogs to a dog park because I don't want to deal with aggressive dogs in an enclosed area and their masters who look the other way. In other words, I am always aware of my surroundings. But at the same time, I will let dog owners in my neighborhood know if their dog is running loose. That is, if the dog is approachable enough for me to look at its tags. But that's the flip side of me. I've had neighbors who called me whenever my beagle did one of his escape acts. Of course, I will return the favor if I can.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Mr.Happy-I think for someone with your knowledge and experience with dogs, you have a right to be tee'd off about this topic. My dog is lucky to be alive and I'm sure this attack has been a learning experience for them, at least I hope so. I havn't seen Bella since the attack so I don't know where she is or if she's been put down.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Joyce-What a terrible thing that happened to that poor woman. Pit Bulls can have aggressive behavior-I had heard stories but gave this dog the benefit of the doubt when I met her. She seemed fine when I was with her and her owners without my dogs around. I saw the dog turn into a rage monster last week when she saw my Joey. It was so scary. The longer the attack went on, the angrier and meaner she got with Joey.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dear Stars-Thanks so much for the well wishes. It was one of the scariest things I've been through. I thought Joey was dead for sure, especially when he wasn't crying anymore. I love him so much and am spoiling him rotten these days. LOL


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dear Arlene-I really appreciate your feedback on this hub, including responding to the person who had a problem with my google pic of the dog. You are obviously very educated about these safety issues when walking your dog and I'm glad you've shared them with me. I really like your spunk!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I'm glad you and your dog are ok.

I once had my friend's German Shepherd run after me I got in the car and closed the door just in time. He hit his nose on the door. I know how awful that felt.

The judge here ordered a pit bull to be put down a few weeks ago. People are trying to save him. He never bite anyone but he scares them and has an owner that won't take care of him the way he should and there has been many complaints about this dog.

It seems lots of young people get these dogs for some reason. They seem to think it's cool to own a pit bull.

I hate to see any dog put down but it sounds like that may be what will have to happen to your dog's attacker.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

It is a fad for young people to own pit bulls now that you say it. I fear that when all these young people have children, they could be in big danger. Your encounter with the German Shepard sounds really scary. Thank goodness you made it to your car. Did you ever tell the owner what happened? Sounds like that dog needed better training or something. Thx for stopping by moonlake.


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Spirit Whisperer 4 years ago from Isle of Man

That sounds like a pretty horrific experience for both you and your dog and I am glad you are both fine now. I must say that I am particularly impressed by your forgiving attitude and regardless of what others say about your neighbour and their dogs it does not serve any purpose for you to think negatively and punish yourself for what was not your fault. We are not privy to all the reasons why things happen because as humans we are limited by perception. In the long run it is always best to suspend judgment and through a forgiving heart love heals all. Thank you for sharing.


SAR2811 4 years ago

Sad story and I'm glad your dog is going to be okay but it could have been told without adding that it was a pitt. You could have easily told the story that your dog was attacked by another dog. You are proliferating this idea that pitts are some how more prone to attack, which they are not. I've worked years with dogs in kennels, to date I have yet to be bitten or attacked by a pitt, though I have had chunks taken out of my by yorkies, corgis, labs and have had to deal with some very aggressive dalmations. I know there are aggressive dangerous pitts out there, but the fact is the reason why pitts are on the top of the bite list is because they are one of the most popular breeds. The high number of pitts means the chances of someone running into one and then getting bit are much higher. Also most animal control can't tell the difference between boxers, pitts, cane corsos etc, so a lot of time a dog is misrepresented as a pitt when it is in fact another breed entirely. For all of you who stated something along the lines of pitts being horrible dogs, I challenge you to go to your local shelter and actually meet a pitt. They will woo you. All dogs have the potential to be aggressive and dangerous, be it a pitt or pom. The key to avoiding bad and dangerous behavior is early socialization, training, and responsible dog ownership.


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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Sorry, MinnetonkaTwin, I am not a blanket dog lover, but I "have" met a few dogs that I've came to like. As for that spray bottle you carry, I would immediately fill it with pepper spray. As for walking your dog in the city, one never knows when and where another dog will come from, and could be a completely whacko stray. If I lived in the city and had to walk a dog I would soon apply for a "carry" license. You and your dog have a right to protect yourselves.

The number of dog attacks that happen around the country remind me of the series of the original "Planet of the Apes." Dogs and cats had disappeared for whatever reason I don't remember, but people had turned to apes for pets.

What I'm leading up to, if people insist on keeping certain breeds of dogs that are vicious or can become vicious (and then refuse to give them appropriate care) laws will start appearing that could affect "all" dogs.

I'm glad you and your "Joey" are all right, and I can imagine your experience with those Pitbulls. As for even owning a Pitbull that has to stay in a house (penting up its energy) I think it is a major ego trip for the owner. "Nicki" was sorry it happened, sure, but why own such an animal and then keep it penned up? My one experience that stands out. I was building a fence for a place that had two Irish Setters. They got loose one day, I was in the middle of a big open area, and all I had for protection was a hammer. Think of the "gang" mentality: Even two are a gang. They got one on each side of me but the hammer was enough. They didn't attack and eventually left. Had they been Pitbulls I doubt the presense of the hammer would have stopped them. Here's one more thing for you to consider when you're out walking: One loose dog "might" be OK, but even "two" can become a threatening gang, just like people.


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

My lovely Linda, sorry to hear about your dog, hope he gets better .i have my own dogs and i know how you feel. Please be careful. All the time.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is tragic. I believe anyone who has a pitbull should read a story about a baby who was mauled to death near me. I know that people have them for protection, but what about the innocent? I am so sorry this happened to Joey. I hope something is done, living next door to a vicious animal like that is scary. Hugs..


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend,so sorry to hear that your dog was attacked by a pit bull and you both we traumatized by it all. Hope you and your beautiful dog will be back to normal soon and his wounds will heal quickly . Wishing you and your beautiful dog all the best .


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dear Xavier-Thanks for reading about my experience last week and for featuring it on your daily chronicles. I appreciate you sharing my work so much. I agree with you that there is no reason to make the neighbors feel bad as they probably already do feel bad it happened and why rub it in. I am all about forgiveness because life is too short to waste energy on things we have no control over. Thanks again Xavier for being so supportive here on Hubpages and my writing. I have learned much from you here.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

SAR-I appreciate your comments about the pit bull not being all bad. It sounds like you are educated about it and I thank you. I also feel it is not necessary to hide the fact that a Pit Bull attacked my dog. I write from fact and not adding the kind of dog is not what I chose to do and had little to do with the breed when I sat down to write my scary experience. We all have different experiences and beliefs and there is nothing you can do to change that in others. I understand that the high reporting may be due to increased pets being Pit Bulls but is still doesn't change the fact that many have had terrorizing experiences with them. Every one of us that owns pets needs to be responsible and train them and make sure they do not hurt others. People that read my story are subject to believing what they may about dogs in general which include Pit Bulls. I do appreciate your candor and hope you can appreciate mine.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

SubRon-I really appreciate your comments and it sounds like you had a scary experience too with Irish Setters. I do know that any dog has the capacity to get angry when in a certain situation that causes anxiety. Even my Joey has been known to growl and run at people but I've had him on a leash and got him in the house. He has never bitten anyone but he will nip the air when he's ticked or doesn't want someone taking something of his. Nicki obviously tried holding her dog but it was too strong and got away. I also agree with you that even animals can have that gang mentality. I was lucky the second dog (male) didn't attack me or Joey. He ran at us with his sister but stopped when he got to us and just watched his sister attack my dog. Glad you came out of your situation unscathed. I know Joey and I are really lucky. It could've been so much worse.


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Cherrietgee 4 years ago from Illinois

I am truly sorry that you and your pooch had to go through such a horrible ordeal. A similar thing happened to a dog owner near where I live only the pit bull owner refused to take any responsibility or apologize and the other doge died.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Oh they knew about their dog. They were friends of ours and they have had three German Shepherds and everyone of them were mean. My husband was their mailman and he wouldn't get out of the car until they put the dog away. I never saw them do anything unusual with the dogs. They loved those dogs. Who knows why a dog is the way he is.

My daughter has a friend with a German Shepherd and she said every time she goes there that dog circles her growling. She told her friend she's not coming over again. I know they can be good family dogs it's that we haven't ran into any that like strangers.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

So glad to hear that your dog will be OK. Such a scary incident for you to be involved in. One time when my husband and I were walking our dogs on leashes, a dog came out of nowhere and started attacking our dogs. It was so scary and we were yelling and doing all we could to break it up. Fortunately our dogs were not obvoously hurt...but we were afraid to walk them in the same area of the neighborhood for many weeks. We never did find out where that attacking dog lived. Of course ours were on leashes and the other dog was not.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Sucha horrific occurrence but sadly all too common. I am just glad your dog was ok;take care;

Eddy.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

Hi Linda, I am so pleased that Joey is OK now and that you are both getting over your ordeal. Zac our dog is a rescue dog we had only had him a week or so when a German Shepherd came out of nowhere and grabbed him round the throat.

Zac was on the lease and we were walking down to the sea with him the other dog jumped over a hedge from a neighbouring field.

My husband had hold of Zac's leash (it was one of those retractable leashes) and he tried to pull the other dog off Zac. However the other dog was too big and powerful even for him.

My husband ended up having to hit the dog on his nose with the hard plastic end of the retractable lead. By this time the other owner appeared full of apologies but he couldn't get his dog to stop the attack either. In the end it was my husband's attack on the dogs nose that finally made the dog let go of Zac.

Unfortunately it left Zac quite traumatised and for a few years after we had a problem with Zac when he was on a leash and other dogs came near him.

After the attack we had all become cautious of other dogs especially those that were not on a leash. Our nervousness transmitted itself to Zac and so when other dogs tried to approach he would turn into a snarling growling hell dog.

Fortunately we started watching the Dog Whisper on TV and when we followed what he said we found all Zac's problems around other dogs vanished and we got our sweet natured puppy back.

We are very fortunate Zac has never bitten anyone or managed to attack another dog but then he is never out without supervision and he is seldom off the lead.

I hope you both continue to heal well and that your relationship with your neighbours remains sweet.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

cherrietg-Thanks for the kind words. How sad to hear of your neighbor's doggie that died. That is so sad. I am so grateful my Joey is healing and wasn't killed or hurt worse.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Michael and great to see you. The dog attack was one scary experience and I will now think more about safety when I walk. Hope your week is starting out great my friend.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Ruby-It's so nice to get a visit from you. That is so sad to hear about a baby getting mauled. Being attacked is terrorizing and I'm just glad it wasn't worse, like what happened in your neighborhood. I find myself pretty nervous since it happened as I walk my dogs. Every bark I hear makes me jumpy.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Kashmir for your comforting words. Joey and I are doing much better but are still jumpy when hearing barking on our walks. Thx for taking time out to read my scary experience.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Moonlake-I wouldn't want to go to the friend's house either if a dog was circling me and growling. You just never know what will make a dog angry and that goes for all types. I feel bad that your husband had to deal with that dog issue everyday on his route. I wouldn't be very happy about that if I was a postal carrier.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Peggy and what a scary thing you went through too. There is nothing worse than a dog coming out of nowhere and coming at your dogs. It happened to me two weeks ago, before this latest incident. Another Pit Bull came running at my dogs. I shortened my dogs leashes and yelled at the dog. It followed us all the way home and tried attacking about five times but I kept walking and moving my dogs out of the way. I feel like a Pit Bull magnet these days. :-0 Before this, I had never experienced a dog attack.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Eddy and thanks for coming by. It was really scary and I'm still pretty tweaked when I walk the block. A barking dog makes me pretty jumpy but hopefully that will soon pass. Have a great day my friend :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Wow Maggs-What a scary experience you had with Zac. I thought you were gonna tell me he died for sure and am so glad he didn't. What a wonderful thing that the dog whisperer show helped ease Zac's anxiety and aggression from the attack. I noticed my dog was growling at our puppy when I walked in the house because she was scared and jumping on Joey and kissing him. I think Joey was so traumatized that even his little sister freaked him out. I am not seeing any aggressive behavior since and I think he and I are getting over it more and more every day. Always great to see my friend :-)


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I know this is going to sound harsh but I would quicker put-down the owner than the dog. The dog can be rehabilitated, I am not sure about the owner. I certainly do wish they will smarten-up.

I feel for Joey but I feel for Bella too ... beautiful Spirits who got injured due to human ignorance and negligence ...

I Wish You All the best, including the thoughtless dog-owner!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Mr.Happy-Your not sounding so happy right now. LOL

I havn't seen either one of the pit bulls since the attack. I think they have them over at someone else's house now. Bella may have been put down by now, I'm not sure. I do have sad feelings about the dog being possibly put down because I love animals so much. It's a hard situation. Thank you very much for your comment.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

So sorry for this painful and traumatic ordeal that you and Joey went through but I'm relieved that things turned out okay after the attack was over.

Not everyone would be as forgiving to the neighbor who owned the dog but from the way you described the attack it did sound as if she, too, was traumatized and as if she generally took precautions to keep her dogs on a leash or inside.

I am glad that in this instance you were able to keep your good feelings for your neighbor and be so compassionate toward her.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Happyboomernurse-My neighbor did have the dogs on leashes and they got away when they saw Joey. I have never been one to hold a grudge as life is way too short for that. I am sure they feel plenty bad for what happened and why add to that. I'm just glad me and Joey are okay. Always great to see you and hope your well these days.


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CrazyDOGLady1023 4 years ago from Alabama

I'm so glad you guys could move on and forgive. You seem like a very compassionate person. Although Pit bulls aren't all aggressive, they are even more dangerous when they are. They're built to destroy, and sometimes the parenting methods of pet parents clash with the nature of the dog. I think sometimes that's what happens.


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phoenix2327 4 years ago from United Kingdom

You're certainly a more generous soul than I.

When my six-year old son was set upon by a German Shepherd, I was absolutely beside myself. The only thing that stopped me from punching the owner in the face like I did her dog was the fact that my son was so frightened he tried to run home by himself. I had to move quickly and catch him before he ran across a busy street.

I'm so glad you two are on the mend and Joey is being pampered off his paws.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Wow, this story is stunning - I can't believe that this happened, and yet this sort of thing frequently does. Yikes. So, you carry water and are you going to use pepper spray? I'm interested to see what you and other people are going to do to protect yourselves - your dog Joey reminds me of my dog - he's not aggressive at all and other dogs have been aggressive towards him. Thanks for calling attention to this important issue. :)


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi CrazyDogLady-I'm laughing after typing out your profile name. I do know that my neighbors did not train him to be aggressive. They told me that they've been seeing a change in her behavior in the last year and have no idea why. Someone commented on this hub that some pit bulls brains continue to grow bigger than the skull which can cause behavior problems. I wonder if this is what happened to this dog?


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

You got me laughing pretty hard when I pictured you punching that dog. I am sorry to hear your son went through such a scary thing. I bet you had quite a chat with the owners.


scottmurray 4 years ago

hi, really sorry about what happened to you. I had a similar experience with an odd twist. I was walking my dog, who just happens to be a pit bull, when i was attacked by a neighbors shar pei. a shar pei is one of those chinese wrinkle dogs that were supposedly used for fighting. Anyway, the dog grabbed my leg while mine was preoccupied, (okay, he was in mid poop). When it happened my dog charged and broke him off of my leg, they fought briefly until I told my dog to stop and the other one ran off... hope Joey is okay


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi ccgirl and thanks for coming by my hub. It was really scary. I don't know yet what I will carry to keep me safe. I wont use pepper spray because of the dangers of it possibly getting me. I wonder if mace is a good idea? If anyone knows about the safety issues of mace, I'd like to hear about it.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Woe Scott, what a scary thing. Did your leg get bit? Your dog protected you and I'm glad no one got seriously hurt or worse. Thanks for your kind words :-) Joey is doing really well. He's been on medication to keep his owie from getting infected and on a pain/inflammatory med. He's always had some issues with his hip being sore and now that he's on this pain med, I haven't heard him cry once from the pain.


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

Uh--mace is the same as pepper spray. And water is useless on agitated dogs. My bear spray reaches 15-20 feet and has something like 1.5% pepper spray, and the rest is inert gasses. In order for those tiny pepper spray containers to do their job (maybe), you need to be in close range of the attacker. Right in the eyes and nose, and preferably a foot or less. My friends used the back of their shovels to hit the attacking dogs in the back of their necks. It was the only way these attacking dogs quit fighting and let go of their dogs. Then ran off.

The danger with any pepper spray is getting it in your eyes or having it taken away and used on you. And if you are an asthmatic or have any trouble breathing, you may have a very hard time breathing once you come in contact with the stuff. You get that in your eyes, you can forget about seeing or knowing where you're at if it affects you that way. Usually, it paralyzes most people. You may need more time to recover, too. Also, it is a pain when you get it in your hair, skin and clothing. Immediately wash with clear, running water and wash your clothing. Especially when you get it in your eyes. Use running water.

I attended two academies, and had pepper spray and different crowd control gasses sprayed in my eyes, nose and face as part of my training. As I said before, gases are weapons, and they were meant to control. But if you don't do your research or your training, but decide to carry the stuff, it's the same as carrying a loaded gun. If you don't know how to use the weapon, don't have the training or don't have a license to carry, you are asking for it. And so are the people around you.

People think that pepper spray is the silver bullet to any attacker. I wore it for 10 years on the job. But in my personal life, I won't use it. Another thing? There's no guarantee on how you'd react when attacked. There is a chance that you will freeze and not even use your pepper spray. I remember dropping the container and have it roll under an approaching car. When you take your dog on walk, keep in mind that there are always risks. And you may not react as planned.

If you've watched the video of the officer spraying the student protesters at UCD campus over and over again, you probably realized how paralyzing that pepper spray can be. Unfortunately, those students didn't give it a thought on what pepper spray can do, and I believe two of them were taken to the hospital for respiratory problems after getting pepper spray right in the face. You have to use pepper spray under the right conditions. Otherwise, it's useless.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

I really appreciate your great information Arlene. I didn't know mace could be as bad as pepper spray. I'm a lung cancer survivor and my lung health is very important to me, so I wouldn't use anything like the pepper spray or mace. I think any of us that walks outdoors just hope they wont get attacked as it sounds like there's not much you can do to prevent it if it happens.


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phoenix2327 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Now you've got me laughing. I hadn't thought about it till now, but that dog did look kinda surprised. As far as chatting with the owners, well I was in no fit state for a reasonable discussion so I let the police deal with it. It turned out this wasn't the first time they had been called out regarding this dog.

I was told by one of the owners neighbours who had witnessed the event that the dog had also terrorized the mail carriers to the point they refused to deliver her post to the door. They just left it outside the gate and took off. My son got compensation and I haven't seen the dog since. Not sure what happened to it.

Glad to hear Joey is on the mend. How are you feeling?


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

I understand! I had slight asthma as a child, and somehow "outgrew" it. That pepper spray is just nasty! After being around pepper spray while on the job, I was so afraid that asthma would return. Luckily, it didn't. In classes, the instructor tells you to put spray on your fingertip and rub some on your face. Close to one eye. Okay, so how many of us really do that??? We don't! So it is a surprise once you get pepper spray in your face. You can only tell when watching news on TV and those protesters getting sprayed for the first time. To make it worse, they're rubbing their eyes or wiping them with the same clothing that had been sprayed!

We all take chances while walking our dogs. In my neighborhood, it seems like I'm the only one who has problems. Everyone else walks by. Just today, someone walked by my home, and his dog wasn't even on a leash. He wasn't aware that he's inviting disaster. German shepherds, pit bulls, Dobermans and Rottweilers are in my neighborhood, and many times, left alone in the front yard without any supervision. They are left there to "guard," and are usually there in two's.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I am so sorry. One of my neighbors has a pit bull and with the horror stories on those dogs I do not see why anyone would have one. I knew of a little girl that got her face torn up by one and it was older than her in her family, a loving dog! My neighbor does not even leash her dog although it is the law and I have to stand frozen many times until she gets it back in her yard. It is only a matter of time I know until I have to report her, I cannot live like this, it just isn't right and your story proves even a leash does not mean much. You are a kinder soul than me I can tell you. Thanks for the warning.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Phoenix-I am so glad your son was compensated for this experience. I think it probably was best that the police handled the situation as you might have punched them too. LOL Thanks for asking how I am doing. I still have a the cuts and bruises to remind me of what happened but their healing great. Just a little jumpy when I hear barking dogs on my walk. Hope your having a great weekend.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Arlene-That person walking their dog without a leash is chancing it for sure. I can't believe in this day in age that some still don't leash their dogs. It's ridiculous!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Jackie-I cannot believe your neighbor doesn't leash the her dog. She is just asking for it. Do you ever say anything to her about it? I would be so mad! I hope you report her because it could save someone from a terrorizing experience and you shouldn't have to live like that in your own neighborhood or yard. Thanks so much for coming by. Me and Joey are doing great now.


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phoenix2327 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Good to hear you're on the mend. My son was quite jumpy too for awhile afterwards. If a someone was walking their dog on the same path we were on he would freeze and refuse to move. I would have to crouch beside him and reassure him that not all dogs were 'bad'. I would point out that the dog was on a leash and the owner had control of him so it was OK.

I got some funny looks (especially from the chihuahua owner) but when I explained what had happened, the owners were very supportive and also assured my son he was safe. It took some time and lots of 'happy thoughts' (his way of coping) but we got there in the end. You will too. Blessings.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

OMG! How scary and heatbreaking! I can't imagine the fear you felt and your poor Joey. I'm glad everything turned out well.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Sunshine-It was totally scary but all is well now. Joey is actually laying next to me and feeling much better now.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Wow MT, what a horrible experience for all involved. I was glad to hear your thoughtful response to your neighbor, not throwing blame. Of course, some have lost friends/neighbors over issues such as this. I am glad to hear that Joey is recovering well.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you Sharyn. Life is too short to hold grudges. I know they are feeling very sorry it happened and the dog is now being kept elsewhere and no longer allowed here. I really appreciate you coming by.


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AliAnnCar 4 years ago

I am so sorry to hear about your attack, and am so happy you and your dog are doing well. This past weekend my pup was attacked my a pitbull as well. It's a long story that I posted over at my hub: http://hubpages.com/animals/alianncar

An event liket his not only changes your dog, but it also changes you.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi AliAnnCar-I just read your experience with a pitbull and your poor neighbors too. It really makes me angry that people are not responsible for dogs that can be dangerous. I just found out after returning home from memorial weekend that now my neighbor two doors down had his little Lola dog attacked by the same dog that attacked my Joey. Now I'm really ticked off!!! I guess he reported it which is good as they've gotten away with too much now. I am glad your puppy is healing well but I know your struggling with fear when you walk now just as I am. Joey and I are not the same when we walk.


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AliAnnCar 4 years ago

Minnetonka Twin- It's a sad, sad thing. There are too many in my city that have owners that should never own a dog nevermind a pit bull. I wish you and Joey all the best of luck as well as your neighbors, and hope that the attack dogs' owners realize it's a serious problem. I am almost never for a dog being put down, but if it's done it more than once, and even once is one too many times for me, then maybe that's the right decision. Or making sure the dog isn't allowed outside of a high gated yard with supervision, and maybe even kept on a chain while it is outside and still being supervised. It's sad, but in situations like this, everyone elses safety is more important if you ask me.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

MT, so sorry to hear that you and Joey had to go through this. I surely hope he pulls through all the way. I commend you for your effort with your neighbor. Things like this can destroy relationships. My friends have four pit bulls. Very good dogs around anyone. Two are great with other dogs, but the other two are set off by the sight of another dog. I personally know the rep that pit bulls have as I have been around them and have done research. I believe we have to understand that dogs were wild first, then domesticated. Don't get me wrong, that is no excuse for what happened. I just believe aggression is in their blood from fools who fight them for decades. Sometimes, you don't know the bloodline your getting and it can effect the offspring. This is no reference to what has happened to you MT. Love you dearly. I use to own a dalmatian and he was bad for biting people and I remember how bad it made me feel. I had to give it away. You took the time to view yours and your neighbors perspective, which is exactly the person you are. High regards for that. Touching story about you and your dog Joey. I wish you and Joey all the best MT. Joey is a beauty. Your heart is whole MT, taking the time to get Joey and give him a great home. There is more then one lesson to learn from this. Perhaps we all could take a note from your book. Best wishes MT and a speedy recovery for Joey.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww, thelyricwriter-you are so sweet and I thank you for your caring and supportive words. Joey is doing great and back to his normal self although were both a bit jumpy when we hear barking dogs on our walk. I just found out that the neighbor two houses down just had his little dog get attacked by the same pit bull. They promised that this dog would never be here anymore. He reported them and carry's a bat with him when he walks now. I guess his little dog is so scared now and doesn't want to leave the house. I'm not sure what is going on over there but they need to be more responsible. This whole neighborhood is on edge about these dogs. Thanks so much for stopping by my friend. Always great to see you :-) P.S.-Joey says to say hi to you and thanks for caring-ruff ruff.


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Sorry to hear about what happened to your dog. We have several off lease areas where people leave their dogs run free. Always a concern when I see a known breed on the loose. It is sad to watch an animal suffer..

Hugs from Canada


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Rolly-All is well now but is sure was a scary experience. I really thought Joey was gonna die. I love animals so much too and I feel so bad for my neighbors tiny dog. It's really freaked out now and doesn't like to go outdoors anymore. Hugs back to you from Minnesota.


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AliAnnCar 4 years ago

Just out of curiosity, has anything been done about this dog now that it's attacked 2 dogs? Either by the city or the owner?


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Well-Yes and No. Mike, who just had his little Lola attacked, did make a call to the city. I don't know if they've been out or not as I was out of town. This whole neighborhood is fed up. What's happening is the kids are sneaking this pitbull in when mom and dad are out of the house because they have a big fence. The problem is, the fence as high as it is, still doesn't keep the dogs from jumping over. I hate to see any dog put down but this dog has attacked four dogs now that we know of. The owner of the dog who is married to one of the kids, hasn't put the dog down yet and I doubt if he ever will. I'll keep you all posted when I know more. Thanks for asking.


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StephenCowry 4 years ago

Dogs must have leashes when sent outside. Dog owners are liable to the possibilities that could happen. I have dogs and they are not just taken cared of, they are also made sure they won't harm anyone in the community. This hub would serve as a warning for everyone who has dogs.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Stephen and thanks for coming by. The pitbull that has attacked the dogs in the neighborhood has been on a leash but pulled it out of the owners hand because of it's strength. I don't know what it's going to take for them to realize this dog is dangerous. There have been four dogs attacked so far and for all we know, there are more we don't know about.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

She moved thank God, because I found out our leash law was a leash was only required after 7pm! I am not generally out after 7 PM. But all's well that ends well.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Yay Jackie-I am so happy for you and your dog -now you can breath easy and enjoy your walks again. Thx for the update, I appreciat it.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

This is a very sad story with lots of good information! Thank you for sharing!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

You are very welcome Angela and I appreciate seeing a new follower here.


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ptosis 4 years ago from Arizona

My neighbor's tiny dog was attacked while inside the apartment. The door was open and two pits came inside, bit her and ran out. Didn't have to go to the vet luckily

It is very scary to have a dog on a leash being attacked by a dog that is not on a leash. Been there and hurt my back for a few months when I picked up the pit by the collar at arm's length to get it off the leashed dog who was not fighting back.


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billips 4 years ago from Central Texas

You have certainly been through a traumatic experience - I am so glad you do not blame the breed itself - someone said, and I know I am only paraphrasing, not quoting, that 'first they blamed the rottweilers, then they blamed the shepherds, now they blame the pitbulls - when will they blame the dog owners?' - these breeds that are primarily used as guard dogs, unfortunately, are the chosen dogs of some owners, who do not have the knowledge, common sense, or skill to train them properly - also with over-breeding, the breeds best qualities may be ignored in favor of making a quick buck, by breeding just any dogs - I always carry pepper spray when walking my dogs - I have never hear of a documented case where is failed - anyway it is the only viable option out there - some shelters use something called Spray Shield on their unruly dogs - they swear by it - I actually have both - I wish they had severer penalties for irresponsible dog owners - B


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ptosis 4 years ago from Arizona

Pit Bulls were the Nanny dog in the in Victorian times.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

ptosis-I flew in the air when the pit bull got a good hold on my dog. I then skidded across the road. My knee is still banged up but it could have been so much worse for both of us. Joey is doing great now and all healed up. What an interesting factoid about Pit Bulls being nanny dogs. I wonder if they had problems? Thanks so much for coming by my hub.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

billips-Hi my friend and great to see you. This was indeed a traumatic experience for Joey and I. Once they got the Pit Bull off my dog, I sat in the middle of the road crying my eyes out and holding my buddy Joey in my arms. We were both bleeding and freaked out. I am so happy my best buddy is fine now. We are both jumpy on our walks these days but hopefully that will dissipate with time. Great to see you~


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Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

Dear Minnetonka Twin

Most breeds of Pit Bull are banned in the UK but there is a trade in Staffi crosses to create a dog to be used as an aggressive statement by some of our low-life. I feel sorry for these animals that are intensely protective of their owners and are really not responsible for the actions of these louts. Rather than put an innocent dog down I think the owner should be severely punished instead and banned from ever owning a dog (or any animal) again

Kind regards Peter


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Exactly Peter-I totally agree. They have no idea how to deal with this breed of dog. I am a all out animal lover and hate the idea of any animal being harmed but these owners are so careless that this whole neighborhood is now in fear. One of my neighbors now walks with a baseball bat. How sad is that???


ariellaa 4 years ago

I just had almost the exact same traumatizing experience earlier today. I have a 5 month old ausralian shepherd who was attacked on our walk today by a pitbull. I am still shaking just thinking about it. The dog had her pinned and flung her around by the neck for what felt like forever. The dog's owner and I tried everything to get the pitbull off and I got bit in the midst of it all. I was terrified and thought I was going to lose her. Finally, after the owner pried the dog off of her we went straight to the animal hospital where she got a few stitches and the same 2 meds who had mentioned. I also had to get a stitches...luckily only 2. I am so thankful that her wounds weren't as terrible as I would have thought. I'm so nervous she's going to be traumatized and terrified of all dogs now...I am never going on a walk without pepper spray from now on.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Darn it-I am so sorry Ariellaa that you just had this experience too. What is it gonna take for owners to realize that pitbulls have aggression issues. It's easy to think your dog is loving and would never hurt anyone but there comes a point where you have to be realistic-especially when you own a pit bull. I am so sorry but glad your both on the mend. You will be traumatized for a while-take it from me. My thoughts are with you and your dog :-)


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DrMark1961 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

I disagree with a lot of the comments left here but am really sorry for what happened to Joey. Any dog is liable to attack another but only some are built in such a way that they can really do damage. I hope Joey is doing better and he is in my prayers.


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Melissa A Smith 4 years ago from New York

I'm not going to throw dog owners under the bus, but this situation is exactly the reason why I'm far more afraid of getting attacked by a dog than any "exotic" animal that are so often sensationalized in the news as deadly or harmful. When I walk my dog, there is a strong possibility that a dog-aggressive dog may get off leash and confront my own dog. I could easily be harmed while trying to break up the fight, nor do I want to watch my dog die or be injured horrifically. It's a risk I have to live with in the name of people's freedom to own dogs, yet I am so often criticized and denied my choice of animal that never leaves my room and could/would never harm someone, because it is not domesticated. That is deplorable. Despite that, I sympathize with the situation of the aggressive dog's owner, as I would never want to abandon the dog I raised due to its demeanor. But if a dog is like that, extra precautionary steps need to be taken.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for your comment Melissa. I agree that it's always a risk to walk in a neighborhood that has dogs. There is another dog in my neighborhood that has gotten out of the invisible fence. The owner felt really bad and seemed confused how it happened. It's happened twice now but at least it stops when it gets to me and my dogs and doesn't attack.


tinitacancion 4 years ago

Hello,

I am on this page because I have a pomeranian and a shi-poo who were attacked two days ago by pit bulls. We were walking on the sidewalk when two pit bulls (who I had never seen before and I walk my dogs daily, twice a day) shot out of their driveway and made a beeline for my dogs. I, like yourself, did not run because I thought that would make the attack worse but the bigger one grabbed my little pom and shook him like I have never seen and the smaller pitbull grabbed my shi-poo and shook him too. Thankfully, the attack was brief and they were both dropped. On the pitbulls behalf, I tried to intervene and it did not bite me. I think I have been in shock for two days. Both my dogs got off pretty easy considering the attack, just a few stitches and my pom is now on seven medications for his eye which apparently popped out a little during the attack. The owners have also been great and paid for everything the non-lawsuit way. I went to the owner's house afterwards and she let me meet one of the pits (the less aggressive one that went after my shi-poo but not the other one). They are doing much better now and I secretly feel like this is a blessing in disguise because my dogs got off easy and the owners now realize that their pitbulls can attack, unprovoked. This is important to know because there are so many little children in my neighborhood that I worry that the bigger pit might get out. I warned all my neighbors with small children to stay away from their court and also filed the warning with animal control once I was assured that the pit bulls would not be put to sleep on the spot. Some of my closest friends have pits and they can be amazing, wonderful dogs, but you should read the statistics on pitbulls that I think are often overlooked by owners. Wikipedia is not the most reliable source ever (but you can check their citations) but apparently in a ten year study, over 90% of unprovoked dog attacks on children have been caused by pit bulls while only a little over 40% were caused by other breeds. Also, there has been a correlation between the reduction of dog attack fatalities with the rise of municipal restrictions against pit bulls. I thought this was all hype too until my own dogs were attacked and I began the research. I pray for the pit bulls and their owners and pray that no parent or dog lover on my street has to witness or go through what I went through two days ago. Thank you for your post I could totally relate.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

I feel sorry for Joey, your loyal companion. Pitbulls are not trustable... not by myself though. Hope he is doing better Minetonka! Thi s was a twinsical hub!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

What a horrible experience you had with your two dogs. I am so glad to hear they are recuperating and it wasn't worse. It is really scary to see the dogs we love, get attacked. I was thankfully walking my bigger dog and had left the small dog at home that day. I know my little dog probably would have died from the attack. Thanks for sharing your research and knowledge.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks lord de cross. Joey is back to his happy healthy self. I have such a fear of Pit Bulls now as they are unpredictable. It's nice to see you here visiting my hub.


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Vanessa Martinez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida

Wow, I am sorry you and your best friend went through such a traumatizing experience. I hope that didn't mentally affect your dog. Hopefully, he is still the same happy friendly doggy he was. I am happy hr survived and the owner of the other dog took responsibility of the vet bills. I must ask however, why did you find it necessary to write on your title " I was attacked by a pitbull" rather than a dog. Unfortunately, this give pitbulls a bad reputation and despite the fact that you had such a horrible experience they are a beautiful, loving breed. I read many comments and i see so many that was out of pure ignorance. Like many said its always the owners fault. We are responsible for knowing and understanding our dogs. We should know if our dogs are aggressive and take care of the situation before an incident like what happened with you and your dog occurs. It takes informing yourself and proper dog training. Unfortunately, when there is a dog attack as hard and as impossible it might be its best to not interfere as you yourself might get hurt as well. Of course, always being alert of our surroundings in your case it was a state of shock :( so sorry. I myself own two pitbulls the female is very fearful so i know what she is capable of. Yesterday we were on a walk and two dogs came running behind us i try to keep my calm because if i am in fear she senses that. However, i saw in her body language she was already afraid so i proceeded to continue walking at a faster pace while the dogs stopped a few feet back barking at us and then their owner came to get them. I hope that your next encounter with a pitbull will be an attack of kisses :) so that you may have a different perception of them.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Vanessa and thanks for reading my story and commenting. I wrote the title with the breed because that is the breed that attacked my dog and many of the neighbor dogs. If the breed was a Black Lab German Shepard Collie or any other breed, that would have been the title. However, I have done research on Pit Bulls and unfortunately, aggressive behavior is very common in this breed, even if the owners are great. I have however met a couple Pit Bulls that haven't attacked or shown aggressive behavior but from research, it is wise to be informed of the genetic make up of these dogs. Two years ago a co-worker of my sisters, lost her grandchild from an attack. This dog was always sweet and was the family dog. From all accounts the dog was treated with love and respect. The family loved their pit bull. Sadly the dog became aggressive for the first time and mauled the young boy to death. The parents and grandparents live with much guilt and pain. I very much appreciate your experience with your two dogs and think it's a good thing that we all talk from our own experiences and knowledge. I believe it's helpful for all of us to educate ourselves on this breed.


funkyleucadia 4 years ago

As I'm reading this I watch my beloved pound puppy Holly, recovering from exactly the same kind of pitbull attack last night as my husband was going to take her for a nightly walk. The neighbors dog came through an open gate and attacked her without any warning. Her leg was severely mauled, nerves were damaged and they hope that she will regain mobility, I'm just hoping she will be able to walk again with all four legs. The neighbors are extremely sorry, but really they have a 2 1/2 year old little boy and a very aggressive dog, not a good mix.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

So sorry to hear you've had this experience. I hope and pray that your puppy will return to normal after this horrible experience. People really need to research the aggressive behavior of Pit Bull's. I hope and pray this experience will have your neighbors re-thinking owning a Pitbull. Next time it could be the baby.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Those dogs clearly are a problem and I know of two cases personally a young child was bitten in the face. One was raised with the dog so this is something someone needs to take serious. The one little girl had to have reconstructive face surgery several times and still....

You are a very forgiving person since I am sure you love your dog as a child and to witness this must have been so horrible for you. I hope your neighbors will do the right thing and although they love their dog too, they must see there is a real problem and I hope this dissuades people of getting this type dog unless they live off to themselves and want to risk it turning on them. Knowing about these two children I just have to speak my mind on it. It just is not right.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Jackie-I appreciate you sharing your stories about Pit Bull Attacks. The dogs that attacked my Joey, have finally gone to another home and we don't have to be afraid of walking out the front door anymore. The couple broke up and the guy still has the dog. He has no plans on putting his dog down. I feel bad for the new neighbors.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Well to me that is like case workers not checking on a child abuser who later kills the child. If this dog hurts someone later someone who did not take steps to do something (maybe the vet, I dunno) should be held accountable. It is like a nut with a gun is it not? Indeed the new neighbors don't have a clue. I love dogs but it makes no sense to me why people want these dogs and they are the ones the dogs should turn on but it is never that way.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

I agree Jackie. It's so irresponsible and frustrating that some owners don't take this seriously. I do worry about how many other dogs this PBull has attacked. Maybe if the owners got attacked they may start taking this problem seriously.

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