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Fear Takes a Bite

In the county I live in there have been 72 recorded pitbull attacks. The number is probably a little higher. For some reason pitbull attacks are on the rise. I will admit, I have always been afraid of pitbulls. I know it is not the breeds fault they are the way they are. It is the fault of the people who are raising these animals.

I really do feel bad for these dogs. I wish that they were not so abused. I wish for an end of all animal abuse.

Back, in June. I was ran on by a pitbull.

I use to walk to work every morning. Since, I work the next neigborhood over and most of the walk was down hill. I also use to walk home which is mostly all up hill. It was good for me and I enjoyed the time to think, plan, and meditate.

I would walk out my door, down my street, and up a little hill. At the top of the hill there is a house with two pitbulls. The poor dogs are always tied outside, even in winter. They have houses but still, I have never seen the point of having a dog if all you are going to do is leave it tied outside all the time.
Anyway, the two dogs always bark when they see someone walk past. The smaller dog (which I found out later is the female) usually goes wild when she is barking trying to pull off the chain and come get you.

On this morning, I walk up the hill (I always walk on the opposite side of the street) and I notice the larger gray dog (which I found out is the male). On top of his dog house and he isn't barking. I thought that was strange but what was more strange was . . .where was the other dog. I look down by the fence there is the brown dog, staring at me.

I knew she was coming. I told myself, "you can not run just try to keep standing. Do not let that dog get you on the ground".

That dog jumped the fence and came running. A pitbull's mouth is so frightening. You can just see the power in those jaws. I strat swinging my purse and screaming at the top of my lungs. Every which way the dog turns I turn my body to face it. I want to remain face to face with that dog. For some reason she doesn't bite me, she backs up. I think she is surprised by my reaction. But, she is not done.

I think to myself, here she comes again. "I am going to fight her but, I know she is going to get me this time. So, I will just offer her my arm and punch it in the nose. Just please God don't let her take me down." She charges. There is a high pitch scream. She turns and runs back toward the house jumps the fence and goes in her house.

I am standing there chest heaving, waiting for her to decide to come back. When I noticed the little girl who leaves in the house out the upstairs window. Then, the father comes running out. He leashes the dog back up and I fall to the ground in tears.

Apparently, they brought the dogs new collars and hers was too loose. The dogs are reasonably cared for so, they are still there. Tied up all day. And I am thankful that it wasn't the male dog cause I think he would have mauled me badly.

Oh, and after everything was said and done. I went to work that afternoon.
This has been a long story.

Anyway, the dogs still live there. And I no longer walk that way out of fear. The other day, I tried. Told myself to face my fear. But three house away, from their's, I could not get my legs to move. My heart raced and I quickly turned and sprinted back to walk the longer way to catch a bus.

I don't think I will ever walk that way again.


Sheliza said…
I am not sure what the fascination is with pitbulls but we have had to call animal control before because of careless pet owners. I don't trust any dog and sadly pitbulls are generally raised in an aggressive way. Poor dogs, its not their fault. I am glad you did not get hurt but I am sure there will always be a blemish in your mind about the ordeal. That's really scary.
Quick said…
Did the owners even come to check on you!!!??? It always seems that when this happens the owner could care less as long as their dog isn't harmed. I'm just happy that she didn't bite you, but i bet this was quite traumatizing
Rich Fitzgerald said…
Get yourself a stun gun or a loaded one with bullets and begin enjoying your walk again.

You have to even the odds, because your arm is the last thing you want to give, because you won't get it back.
Pit bulls do get such a bad rap when it is the owners that should be dealt with.

I agree to not let them get you on the ground as they will have the upper hand. Most of the time a dog will 'jump' at you when they reach you. If you don't have anything to fight with use your knee to hit them in the chest to knock them back as they jump.

This will give you a few seconds as they will be a little stunned from the impact. A woman's legs are more powerful than her upper body (usually). Don't EVER run from a dog who is coming at you, their natural instinct is to chase.

You handled it quite well.
@ Quick. . .actually no. To this day they haven't spoken a word to me. I got the story of what happened from the man on the scene. But, later that evening the son . . who is friends with my son and who is 9 came down to see if I was okay.
That only made me mad. I would never send my son to do what an adult should have done.
Tom said…
Your neighbors need to get a wireless fence for the safety of everybody else around. Nobody should have to be scared just walking around the block. Tell them to get a Radial-Shape Wireless Dog Fence from Havahart Wireless. This is a truly technologically advanced system.
Here's the wireless fence I'm talking about: