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July 13, 2008



Re: the Florida case. The dog on the bottom looks old. He also seems to have a skin condition or scars or something.

Great Double Roundup this week!


Thanks, I'm glad someone reads this stuff.

Re: the Florida case, remember, that the woman apparently died when she tried to intervene when her dogs were fighting. Neighbors have reported that the Golden Retriever-ish dog was the more aggressive of the two. My >guess< from looking at the pictures is that the Golden Retriever-ish dog attacked the other one, which is the reason for the scarring/battered look...


Severe attacks and violent/criminal owners aside, I'm getting pretty concerned about all the dog stories in the news lately -- and it seems to be escalating.

Only a couple of examples, I find it hard to believe that it is so unusual for a dog groomer to be bitten. I don't understand why that made the news. And since when is a 2 year old chasing a dog a news story, unless it is to highlight negligent parents?

Too many stories are shamefully making mountains out of molehills and it seems we are seeing the media shift its sensationalism from 'pit bull type dogs' to any dog story they can dig up.

Good for the 'pit bull type dogs', but what about ALL our dogs?

Dogs are animals. Dogs bite for many different reasons. They bite each other to say, 'get out of my face' or 'leave me alone', or I'm top dog here, or whatever. Dogs get scared or feel threatened or intimidated or feel protective or defensive, or they're sometimes just plain cranky.

What, are we just gonna kill them all for having instincts and behaving like dogs?

Lots of dogs bite. I don't think anyone can guaruntee their dog will never bite for any reason.

I choose to spend a lot of my 'quality time' w/ my dogs at the dog park -- we faithfully leash walk, but living in an apt, I wish to provide more strenuous exercise and freedom than I can provide at home. We don't just socialize, we hike and we swim.

Every day I realize that I am taking a risk -- a risk I obviously don't believe is very great. I pray that I am never mauled, and unless there is some extreme type of owner irresponsibility I believe that will not happen.

(I did suffer extreme fear the other day when approached by 2 of the biggest, most muscular male Great Danes I have ever seen -- w/ balls, and one w/ clipped ears. They came over to me -- right at face level. Talk about prejudice! YOW! There there, nice puppy, nice puppy....)

However, I realize that I do run the risk of being bitten, for one reason or another becaue it is my choice to spend a lot of time around dogs.

All you rescuers and fosters face the same risks and I'm sure most of you have been bitten.

The crux is: Are we going to choose to continue to share our homes and lives with dogs or not? Most people have had their skin broken by a dog's teeth sometime in their life. And it's not a very pleasant experience and for some it is traumatic. But until we get a whole lot smarter about communicating w/ our dogs and work a lot harder to provide for their needs and a fulfiling life, we're gonna suffer some bites. Are we gonna get rid of all of them because of this??

And I hope and pray that my face does not get bitten off, just because I said this!

Again, serious attacks, serious negligence of common sense and safety, owner abuses and violence are aside in all this.


Becky, I never used to be afraid of dogs even though I've been bitten a few times. A stubbed toe hurts worse than an average dog bite. But now, being in this for the last 3 years I find myself afraid of large dogs. I don't think either of us would stand a chance against 2 Great Danes if they meant business so I understand. Plus, I just found out a few years back that Rotties were MEAN!?!? I somehow hadn't gotten the memo - all the ones I'd met were big teddy bears.

I almost got attacked by a chained dog - the dog seemed fine until I approached it and then just went ape-shit. I think I made too much eye contact... I'm OK at reading body language but didn't see it coming.

In my head I know there is no real risk...but when you read the stuff OVER AND OVER - you can understand why the GP would get in a tizzy over all the mediot reports.

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