Before I go into the rant, let me throw out a few disclaimers:
Gino is a 4 pound Yorkie. Every time I do a service on his yard, he bites or tries to bite me. Now, I grant you, there is only so much space between upper and lower jaw on this little guy, so most “bites” are more like pinches if he ever gets past my pant leg. Incidentally, do you have ANY IDEA how hard it is to do a maintenance on a property dragging a Yorkie on your pant leg? It’s not as easy as one may think… But I digress…. Anywho, Gino ankle bites pretty much anyone who goes on his property. But you won’t hear about this on the news.
Wiley is a Shih tzu mix. The first time we met, Wiley got me good in the back of the leg. He put a hole in my jeans, and broke the skin. It bled pretty good for a while. I was amazed at how large the wound was given Wiley’s size. Apparently, I am not the only person Wiley had bitten, and my injury was not the worst he had inflicted – according to his Mom – but you won’t hear about that on the news either.
For the life of me, I can not remember the name of the dog that bit me today, so I will call her Cujina.
Cujina actually belongs to the daughter of one of my client’s, who is out of town, ergo, she was at my client’s house. When Cujina made contact with my leg, I had the wherewithal to stand still and take the threats rather than move and bring out the chase which would have escalated to an attack. There was no broken skin, no torn clothing. I thought there would be a bruise, but alas, there was none when I checked. I made it out unscathed physically, but emotionally, I was pretty pi… oops! children may be reading… angry. Actually, livid. But not for the reason you might think. Before I get to that reason, here is another little fun fact: Earlier in the day, the pool cleaner had to jump the wall to get away from Cujina.
There is no doubt in my mind that if I had run, she would have done some serious damage to my person. Ain’t no way I would have been able to clear the wall like the pool guy. I’m not that limber! But if she had done damage to me, you wouldn’t have heard it on the news, for the protection of my own family – more on that shortly. However, if she got a hold of the pool guy, you better believe you would have heard about it on the news! Want to know why? Cujina is a pit bull mix. Any incident involving a pit bull makes it on the news.
Pit bulls already have a bad rap. Opponents of the breed drool over the possibility of dogs like Cujina getting loose, and when that happens, it is yet more ammunition in the war to enact Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), and that, readers, means Cujina is a threat to my Sarah and the memory of my Otis, both purebred pit bulls, and to my Slugger, who is a pit mix. THAT is what makes me livid.
The Trouble with Tribbles here is that too often, people get dogs and then relegate them to the status of a hamster, with the home and the yard being the cage. That is the world Cujina lives in. ANY dog kept in these circumstances is a bite threat when they get loose, or in the case of Cujina, when they encounter a stranger.
Where serial biters such as Gino or Wiley, or just about any small to mid-sized dog get a free ride, larger dogs don’t. In the case of a pit bull, the news agencies can’t get to the scene fast enough. Doesn’t matter that you are more likely to get bitten by smaller dogs than a pit bull, the pit bull is the villan, and it isn’t just the biting dogl, it is ALL pit bulls. Doesn’t matter if the dog only has 1/100th pit bull in the bloodline, if he or she only looks “pitish”, it is a pit bull.
Cujina’s person may say, “Cujina never gets loose, therefore, there is no problem!” To Cujina’s person I say this, “What if Cujina bit the pool guy rather than me? It wouldn’t have been just you who was responsible, it would be your parents as well. And it wouldn’t just be Cujina who got the publicity, it would be Sarah, Slugger, and every other pit bull or “pitish” looking dog in the viewing area.”
I’m pretty sure Cujina’s person doesn’t have a clue about the number of pit bulls and pit mixes, who have done nothing wrong, murdered due to BSL, legislation brought about by the press’ need to over report any incident involving the breed, mixes of the breed, or dogs that just look like they might be related to the breed, but you can be rest assured I and others who love their pits do.
I am pretty sure she doesn’t realize that if for some reason she has to give Cujina up, the poor girl is as good as dead. No rescue’s insurance will cover her because of her behavior (she WILL fear bite), and if she ends up in the pound, she won’t even make it to the e-list – she will be immediately killed. That’s so not fair!
To Cujina’s person I have this message:
Your dog is a loaded gun just waiting to go off and it is your doing, not hers. It is irresponsible of you to let her become like this. It goes without saying that it is irresponsible of you to expose your own parents to the kind of liability that could have resulted today had Cujina bitten the pool guy. It is irresponsible people like you who cause the disasters that result in threats to responsible pit bull people, and their loving and gentle pits everywhere. Every time a pit attack makes it on the front page, the number of public places we are able to take our pit bulls is reduced, and that isn’t fair to us, or our dogs, who have done nothing wrong.
Get your dog trained and socialized, and when she is comfortable and safe around people outside your home, then include her in your life by taking her places. She is not a hamster!
I am seriously worried about Cujina. Problem is, we already have 12 – we can’t take another one. Yup, I am that much a Crazy Dog Lady that I would take this dog in to save her… if we didn’t already have 12.