Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pit Bull Attack

David is constantly on me to take some mental health time. It is usually last minute and at night. Well, there is not much to do at 7:00 at night, and nobody to go with on such short notice. Honestly, I would love to be able to take my dogs to the park again. We used to go to the park 3-5 times a week. We were regulars at 2 different parks. We had our groups of friends who we referred to as "(Insert Dog's Name Here)'s owner". It was a great group to belong to. Well, I don't believe in taking babies to dog parks. Enough of my tax dollars go to pay for play equipment for kids, and almost none of it goes to support my dogs. Why should they be in my dog's park when they have their own???? So, that really limits my dog park time. But I digress.

So, David had the day off on Monday, and he gave me the option to do whatever I wanted to do. Blu, Vortex, & I got bundled up and we went to the park. They wore heavy fleece jackets and long johns. We got into the park about 100 feet before Vortex barked at the wrong dog. A Pit Bull about 60lbs heavier than him charged at him and attacked.

The Lord was really watching out for us. I reached in to grabbed my dog without thinking and barely missed being chewed. I took my hand back and had to resign myself to the thought that my dog just may be done for. The owner of the Pit Bull was throwing things at her and shouting. He finally just jumped on his dog and wrestled her off Vortex. I was in shock that he would risk his own body to save my dog. Now I look back on it and realize that anybody who takes it upon themselves to own an animal, and take them into a public place, better take some serious responsibility for that animal.

After the other dog was off, I grabbed Vortex - and found he was not bleeding! Blu proceeded to give that dog a stern talking to. The man then began to berate me for bringing an aggressive dog to the dog park. We were leaving at that point anyways, so I decided only to say "Thank You" to Captain Oblivious.

The only way that Vortex did not get completely ripped to shreds was because we were being watched over. The dog got a pretty good hold of Vortex' clothes, but never got through to puncture. He got bruised up though. The Pit Bull also got his rump. However, I don't know if you have ever tried to take a picture of the backside of an attention hungry dog - it doesn't work out so well. This picture does not do the marks justice, and they only looks like little red blotches. However, they look like teeth marks in a jaw shaped crescent in real life.

I do have to say that I heavily stereotype Pit Bull owners. If you are walking through the park yelling at your Pit Bull in German, wearing a wife beater to show your tattoo covered arms, sporting a chain holding your wallet in your pocket - I avoid you and your dog. That dog is a status symbol, and trained to act tough. I will not be withing 1000 feet of you or your dog. This man was not that way. I was completely taken aback. I try to give Pit Bulls the benefit of the doubt - but once they attack, you don't generally have much of a chance.

The Lord must have decided to protect this skinny little hairless dog He entrusted me with.

1 comment:

  1. That is so scary! I can't believe he had the nerve to call your dog aggressive. It's SO hard not to have prejudice for pit bulls but you're right, most of them that I see are just like that. I'm glad you got out but poor Vortex. I wish there was something you to do to go after him because you know that this won't be the only time it attacks another dog or even a person.