A pit bull attacked my dog

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

  1. Dionysus

    Dionysus Cocky + Relaxed Admin

    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 Cocky + Relaxed Admin

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

    Seattle Husker 10,000+ 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 Cocky + Relaxed Admin

    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 2,500+ 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.
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  13. HornyBill

    HornyBill 25+ Posts

    I would have shot the dog
  14. AC

    AC 1,000+ Posts

    Glad your dog is ok Dion. We lost a cat 6 or 7 yrs ago to a PB. I got him to pay the vet bill and right an apology to my 9 yr old daughter at the time. I don’t like PB, I get nervous even being around them.

    You can’t trust that breed.
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  15. Chop

    Chop 2,500+ Posts

    This sounds kind of gross, but I've heard that to get a pit bull (or any dog) to release its jaw-grip on another dog or person you shove a finger up its butthole and it will release. Fortunately I've never tried it and hope to never have to, but supposedly it works. (cue aggie jokes about barnyard animals...)
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  16. Dionysus

    Dionysus Cocky + Relaxed Admin

    I certainly would! :yikes:
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  17. Chest Rockwell

    Chest Rockwell 1,000+ Posts

    Man, I'm sorry you had to go through that.

    I've had my dogs attacked a handful of times when walking them by unleashed dogs and I'm at the point of beating the F out of the neighbor rather than the dog. (Not the dog's fault.) My dogs have since taken an offensive approach rather than a defensive "wait and see what happens" when an unleashed dog approaches. I don't want to see my dogs maul another dog, but I'll take that over watching them get mauled. Just leash your dogs and everything is cool.
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  18. Creek

    Creek 500+ Posts

    If you own a Pitbull, I hate you.
  19. Chop

    Chop 2,500+ Posts

    I understand the sentiment, have never owned a pitbull, and never will.

    A problem is that this breed of fighting dog has become so numerous that the pounds/shelters are chock full of pitbulls and pitbull mixes, often leaving few other breed options for dog adoption. Some families are thinking 'why not' and take a pitbull/pitbull mix home due to lack of other available breeds. I suspect the pounds/shelters push what they have (mostly pitbulls/pitbull mixes) on the customers with little regard for the safety of families.
  20. Vol Horn 4 Life

    Vol Horn 4 Life 5,000+ Posts

    Saw a pit bull dead in the highway the other day. The first thing I thought is, "Glad he got killed before he kills someone" since the owner clearly had no sense of responsibility to keep him fenced or chained up.
  21. Driver 8

    Driver 8 smoooove

    I can't think of any other breed that I instinctively mistrust besides pit bulls
  22. huisache

    huisache 2,500+ Posts

    my wife belongs to a dozen dog rescue type groups and half the posts i get on facebook are about found dogs-----and most of them are pit bulls. I have repeatedly asked her why she thinks so many of them are running around loose----maybe their irresponsible owners don't want them anymore? I wonder why.

    Her idiot brother keeps a couple and one day her mom pushed one off the couch and got her arm ripped real good as a result. I offered to put a .40 caliber hollowpoint in its thinking apparatus but brother decided to give the dog to a friend instead. Then he got another one.

    I like dogs but why a pit or a mastiff if you can get a golden or dachshund or the like? I guess some folks like to think of themselves as badazzes and need a real badazz around to reflect in its glory. Sort of like Aggies wanting to belong to a really good conference---they think it makes them really good as well.
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  23. Chop

    Chop 2,500+ Posts

    Just my opinion based on my experiences, but the guys out there that are actual serious 'badazzes', as you put it, don't need to go around advertising it (and they usually don't) ...
  24. huisache

    huisache 2,500+ Posts

    I was referring to guys who want to think of themselves as badazzes---who are mostly just jerks. The real badazzes are in prison or dead due to their serious delusions and unrealistic self regard.

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