A pit bull attacked my dog

Discussion in 'Quackenbush's' started by Dionysus, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. Dionysus

    Dionysus Ok Cool. Hook ’Em!

    A little Sunday domestic drama. About 2:00 yesterday my dogs start barking at the back door, like they do a hundred times a day, so I let them out.

    Maybe 10 seconds later I hear LOTS of barking and my little terrier (Cocoa) squealing for her life. I look out the back door and see a pit bull has a grip on her neck (how did he get in my yard?). My large lab (Ginger) is there barking at the pit bull but not doing much else. She tried, good girl Ginger.

    I dash out the door and get behind the PB, grabbing his collar with my left hand (not really knowing what else to do at the moment) and I start punching him in the head as hard as I can with my right hand. (I quickly learn that pit bulls are made of muscle, bone, and possibly concrete). I hollered at my daughter to get a knife but she was a little freaked out, so no response there. PB still has a grip on Cocoa’s neck, and there is blood, so I get my right arm under his neck and start choking him out. After a few seconds (I guess, it was blur) the PB starts coughing and releases Cocoa. In retrospect I kind of wish I had continued this and just killed him, maybe, I don’t know, but I didn’t. There’s not a lot of rational thinking or planning going on at this point.

    Right at this time I notice to my left side that my neighbor (a Fire Dept Captain) has come over the fence and has his pistol drawn. To my right side the dog’s owner has come through the fence gate and into our back yard with another very large PB on a leash. I yelled at him to come get his f**king dog, which he does, taking him by the collar and getting control of him. Neighbor still has his pistol pointed in the vicinity of both of this dude’s dogs because damn what next?

    I yelled at PB Owner that his mutt might have just killed my dog and wtf is wrong with you, or something like that. I tell him to leash the damn thing and he says “I can’t put a leash on him with a gun pointed at him like that” but Neighbor says “yes you can” and holds his position like a bad *** Good Neighbor. PB Owner leashes the mutt.

    My daughter has Cocoa in the house by now, I have no idea on her status but all I want right now is to check on her and get her to a vet asap. PB Owner leaves and Neighbor follows the rest of us into the house.

    Cocoa is under our bed, panting heavily, but we don’t see any blood on the floor. That much is encouraging. I have calmed down enough now to notice that the last two fingers on my right hand are swollen and throbbing. I assume that punching a PB repeatedly in the head might have produced this uncomfortable result. My pinky looks like it came off Bob Stoops’ right hand. Good Daughter brings me ice and ibuprofen for the hand and a glass of Pinot Noir for general deal-with-it issues.

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    We are in the kitchen talking and Neighbor’s wife now comes in the front door to check status, she is very kind and nice. She registers some minor concern at Neighbor for pulling his gun but this is quickly shut down. In today’s events, pistol = situational advantage. She ultimately agreed.

    My wife is finally getting some response from Cocoa as she slowly makes her way out from under the bed. Wife puts a few little pieces of lunch meat on the floor to see if Cocoa will take it. Not surprisingly, Ginger (our lab) comes in, looks at Cocoa, eats the lunch meat and leaves the room. *******.

    Cocoa drinks a little water and is wagging her tail a bit now. She’s still obviously in shock but she is moving her head and neck, and there is no visible blood anywhere. We still have no real clue on the extent of her injury. We find a nearby vet that’s open on Sunday, get Cocoa in the truck and head over there.

    We were very fortunate. Cocoa’s injury is minor, she didn’t even need stitches. It appears that PB just got hold of some skin but nothing more serious. Vet gave us some pain meds and an antibiotic and we go home. Cocoa ate a little dinner last night, appears to be doing really well, and we are thankful. She has been with us for nine years and yesterday I thought we might lose her.

    As of this morning Cocoa is enjoying her favorite UT blanket on her favorite chair, and Ginger is on my office futon recovering from her emotional (albeit unhelpful) involvement in the day’s activities.

    Life goes on and it is good.


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  2. BevoJoe

    BevoJoe 5,000+ Posts

    Wow! Glad you and your dogs are alright. Pit bulls are the only breed of dogs I don't care much for...too volatile.
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  3. VYFan

    VYFan 2,500+ Posts

    I hate pit bulls. This is just what they do. Proven over and over.
    Now, cue a bunch of whiny posts, "my pit bull is the sweetest..blah blah..."

    The pit bull owners always say, "he's never done something like that before." Okay, so which is it? Pit bull owners lie about the violent nature of their attack dogs, or every sweet pit bull is one "unexpected" episode from being what everyone else knows they are?
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  4. LonghornCatholic

    LonghornCatholic Romantic Catholic

    That wedding band tho :yes::hookem:
  5. LonghornCatholic

    LonghornCatholic Romantic Catholic

    Sorry you and your dogs had to experience that. I hope they're back to normal and your neighbor has been transferred to Bandera.
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  6. Dionysus

    Dionysus Ok Cool. Hook ’Em!

    Wedding band is on the left hand amigo. That's my hookem band.
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  7. Seattle Husker

    Seattle Husker 5,000+ Posts

    I have a Jack Russell. They are prone to getting a scent of a rodent and simply running off and never heard from again per the AKC. I know this which is why I rarely leave him off leach outside the yard, even at 14yrs of age. Pit Bulls may be a great family pet but they're bread with a switch that can go at any time, with no notice. That's when they become the fighting dog they were bread for. It should be considered in the "exotic animal" category like lions and tigers needing extra special licensing and care.
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  8. TheWalkingHorn

    TheWalkingHorn 500+ Posts

    Glad everyone seems to be ok @Dionysus! Had you seen the PB owner before in your neighborhood? Did they offer to pay your vet bills? What a scary experience!
  9. Dionysus

    Dionysus Ok Cool. Hook ’Em!

    Thanks Walker. No, I don't know the guy but my neighbor said he lives about a block or so down from us.

    The most disappointing thing for me about all this is that he never once came back to check on my dog, or offer to cover the vet bill, or just apologize like a decent human.

    I thought about finding his house and taking my vet bill to him, but it’s not worth it to have a potential confrontation with some dumb *** who knows where my family lives.
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  10. TheWalkingHorn

    TheWalkingHorn 500+ Posts

    Totally understandable. What a piece of garbage that guy is. Hope Cocoa is on the mend!
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  11. LongestHorn

    LongestHorn 500+ Posts

    You demonstrated remarkable restraint not choking that predator dog into a dirt nap.
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  12. bystander

    bystander 5,000+ Posts

    I was at a friends lakehouse east of Canton long ago. I went for a jog and a neighbors dog came running after me, barking and all fanged up. It wasn't a pit bull. Don't remember the breed. I was already on edge because I'd had an encounter the previous day with a great Dane that got out. The owner in that instance was nice but hapless in his inability to harness his dog. But the dog that ran out at attack speed was owned by a red neck who loved that dog more than it loved me. I was pretty amped up and said something like, "You better get that dog back before I kill it." His response? "No you won't." Finally he got the dog back and I moved on. I have no doubt he would have pulled a gun (I didn't see one on him but this was an East Texas redneck so you know what would have happened) and taken me out.

    For a dog.
  13. HornyBill

    HornyBill < 25 Posts

    I would have shot the dog

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