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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-08-2009, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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A NEW APPRECIATION AND FEAR OF DOGS

The short story..i was attacked by my next door neighbors/best friend's bull dog for the 2nd time...I walked thru her door and she attacked me...if my friend had not pulled her off it would have been REALLY bad.

It is a bad situation to be in...the dog is dangerous. we have actually dog sat (at her house) her 3 dogs...just seems she is getting more aggressive all the time. I did nothing...and I mean nothing except walk thru the door.

Its been about a week...hardest thing was at neighborhood 4th of july party she blamed me in some what of a way..said it was because I was carrying a glass (with dr pepper) thru the door...uh duh....

bottom line is that I understand now fear in dogs, understand why people carry golf clubs when they walk thier dogs...and my heart bleeds for those on the forum who have known or experienced dog attacks...my brush with one was bad enough. always remember to to protect yourself and your precious children and pets!

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Catherine, I am so sorry to hear about this. I am really glad nothing worse happened. I am so disheartened by how many dog attacks I've heard about on the forum and through friends. Thank goodness your babies are safe!

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Catherine, this is not good at all. They have got to do something with this dog before she hurts someone else. I know she is your friend, but if she doesn't do something, you should report it. I know it puts you in a hard position, but just think if this happens to a kid and no one is there to stop it....sad.

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Catherine,
I am so sorry that this happened to you. To me the worst part is the owner, making an excuse/justifying it and a child couldn't walk through with a soda? I recently had a friend that her dog was attacked and the owner did the same thing saying it was cause her dog had a tennis ball at a flyball competition- to be expected! Those are the people that I feel shouldn't own dogs. I have known some great dog trainers who kept rescue dogs that are aggressive, etc. but they did everything they could to ensure nothing would happen and would never justify things.

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That is so scary. I'm so sorry it happened to you. She needs to take responsibility for her dangerous dog.

I have been attacked twice and I do have a fear of dogs. One time sent me to the hospital. Second time was in an eerily similar situation to yours. My neighbor had two dogs and my DS loved to go to their house and play with them. One a mutt, the other a Bouvier. Went over one day when DS was a toddler. I picked him up so he could knock on the door. When my neighbor opened the door I still had him in my arms. I stepped in and the Bouvier ran around the corner and lunged at me. Bit me on the leg, right around where my son's face would have been if I hadn't had him in my arms. OMG I still have nightmares! Broke the skin right through the jeans. When I told my neighbor her dog bit me, she said it didn't happen. Last time I went over there.

Irresponsible owners make it awful for all responsible dog owners. I'm so glad you weren't seriously injured.
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Catherine, this is really scary. I am glad that it didn't result into serious physical injuries. It is really frustrating to see irresponsible dog ownership.

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Catherine,

I am so sorry this happened to you. I don't understand how people can justify dog's bad behavior, especially attacks/bites, and blame the victim. That's serious denial and really bad dog ownership.

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Oh thats terrible! Your neighbor need to get real and start working with her dog now. I saw an episode of the Dog Whisperer on a bully that was big time territorial. He even said that bullys were difficult that way. He showed how they tense all up to fight and when the owner would reprimand the bully got even more tensed. I could never own one, they look hard to work with. Maybe you could get her alone so she is not defensive and suggest a private trainer? This woman needs some help before it happens again. Maybe find that "Dog Whisperer" and she would watch it? It might help her to understand the danger she's headed for.
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Catherine, I am so sorry this happen. You stated that if she had not pulled him off it would have been really bad ~ so maybe you need to have a talk with her. Tell her she needs to post a sign at the door "not to bring in glasses" and see what she has to say. That is a lame excuse. The owner needs to make sure that dog is in a crate before she opens the door to people.

I am also now afraid of large dogs after one killed our small poodle years ago. I think once you realize it happens so fast and nothing much you can do ~ that feeling stays with you. It worries me that the owner is making excuses because it means it may happen again! I'm sure it makes it harder for you than if it had been a stranger. I'm sorry!


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The thing I find so disturbing about this, other than the obvious, is your neighbor's reaction. Blaming the victim is the most exasperating reaction I can think of. The dog's owner has to be brought to task on this before it becomes a serious health threat for someone.

I was confused at first, thinking the dog belonged to the best friend of your neighbor. Then I reread it. Personally I'd find it hard to befriend a person who takes no responsibility for her animal's actions. I'm so sorry this happened to you.

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