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Aerden [userpic]

In the 'This Could Only Happen in Texas' department...

TV: So, I was watching the news last night, and a story came on about a man in Conroe, Texas, who was mauled by a pit-bulldog while out jogging. It seems the man killed the dog with his bare hands, trying to get it off of him. The guy says it was self-defense; the dog's owner claims it was murder, and her dog wouldn't hurt a flea. This is in the midst of the Conroe city council seeking to pass legislation that would make it a law that dangerous dogs must be kept on leashes, behind fences, etc. 'Dangerous' would be defined as dogs which attack other animals as well as people.

Erm...These are dogs, remember--canines. Carnivores. Anyway...

One lady, when interviewed briefly about the proposed legislation and whether she thought it would affect her own dog, said, "Oh, no, I'm not worried. My dog is snack-sized."

She hasn't known some of the chihuahuas I've known. (g) Scary little buggers!

Wicca: Imbolc was...instructive. I'll have to think about the ritual some.

Current Mood: amusedbemused

I always roll my eyes and/or shake my head when someone ALWAYS says, after their dog has bitten/growled at someone "oh, but he wouldn't hurt a fly!".

As far as i know only Nostradamus and the Oracle of Delphi would be qualified to make such a statement.

Surely (and this is speaking as a dog owner) all you can ever say is "oh, but he has hasn't hurt a fly before".

Soft as they may normally be they are still animals and they don't handle their issues with a rational debate :)

Theo--Yeah, it's basically the same old thing. Every time I see a story like this, the owner is just amazed that her darling puppy could do such a thing. It's like they've never watch a National Geographic special or learned a thing about dogs in their lives.


Well, I'm all in favor of leash laws. I (also) say this as a dog lover... a dog is an animal, not a person, and it has animal instincts. It doesn't understand "don't bite because it's not nice." It only understands "defend my territory/assert my dominance." You can control those instincts only so far.

Also, it's just safer for the dog! Sorry. Hot button for me. :-)

Rosemary--Yep, me too. I love dogs, especially once I'm well acquainted with them, but you never know what can happen when a dog decides you've trespassed on its territory. You always have to be careful. I hope they will pass this law in Conroe.


I think that ultimately, there are limits.

I trust my dog Jones implicitly. She sleeps on my bed, she stays in the house when we're out, I poke and push and pull and lightly thump her when we are having a rough house tumble play. I poke my fingers in her mouth and check her teeth.

Yet I know she could bite. I rarely let her off the lead in public unless there is lots of space for her, no one who could threaten her around. If there are other people close, I keep her close with a hand to her collar. I do not let small children pet her unless I am holding the small child's hand and can control both the child and the dog. I would never leave her alone unsupervised with a very small child because small children push and pull and poke and hurt in their innocent explorations.

There are some dogs that are a higher risk to bite: breeds that have been bred to hunt, to fight, a sighthound is more likely to instinctively snap at a fast moving thing like a cat. There are also, to put it simply, very bad dogs who will bite regardless of breed.

Here in the UK we have a dangerous dogs act which theoretically prohibits the owning, selling, breeding, gifting, etc of dogs of a certain 'type'. This means that the dog does not have to be a purebreed (eg pitbull) but applies also to mongrels that have been deliberately crossbred in order to get around the act. Does it work? I think it would if it were enforced, if there was more public awareness of what to do if you see a dog that you think is prohibited, if there was better publicity than the occasional media blare every time a small child is savaged.

At the end of the soapbox rant, there are many irresponsible owners who do not raise their dogs right, and who cannot see the fact that their best friend will, like any decent spirited human, bite when need be. There are genuine accidents and there always will be.

(The dog's owner would do also better getting off of the emotional rhetoric. Murder is defined as the killing of a human being with intent, malice aforethought and with no legal excuse or rhetoric.)

Suse--Oh, the owner would definitely do well to avoid calling what the guy did 'murder.' Her use of the term only illustrates how much in denial she is about the truth. I saw how heavily bandaged that guy's hands were. I don't doubt for a second that the dog was attacking him--probably thought he was prey because he was runing.

I have no patience for people who are not realistic about their dogs.

And I'd probably pet Jones silly if I ever met her. (g)