Monday, August 25, 2008
Waxahachi, TX - Upon exiting her dog groomer’s office. Betty Payne didn’t expect her dog to be attacked by a pit bull. She describes the sudden attack, which illustrates the genetic pit bull trait of "hiding warning signals" before an attack. "The pit bull just walked across the street slowly and sniffed at Sassy -- and proceeded to bite her."
No bark, no growl, no direct stare; just attack.Experts agree that selective breeding of pit bulls produced a dog that fails to show intention. This was done deliberately. The best strategy for a fighting dog is to hide intention. In a Randall Lockwood training video, the Senior Vice President to the ASPCA, he says, "The truly sinister communicator not only doesn't tell you what he feels or what he is going to do next. He lies to you."
He goes on to share a personal experience: "Fighting dogs lie all the time. I experienced it first hand when I was investigating three pit bulls that killed a little boy in Georgia. When I went up to do an initial evaluation of the dog's behavior. The dog came up to the front of the fence, gave me a nice little tail wag and a "play bow" -- a little solicitation, a little greeting. As I got closer, he lunged for my face."
It's interesting that pit bulls also fool "experts."Fortunately for Payne and Sassy, Adam Barnes happened to be at the groomers to pick up his sister’s dog. He had mistakenly arrived 45 minutes early. He kicked the pit bull off Sassy. He said the dog appeared winded from the two blows. Payne said she was afraid for her life and her dog's. All she could do was scream for help. "If it was not for him [Barnes], I don’t know what would have happened."
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It is true that pit bulls can fool experts. Randall Lockwood (he is an expert on dangerous dogs -- a behavorist) speaks about being fooled by a pit bull he was observing that had killed a little boy. No signs--- fooled him. Should just anybody have these dogs? I hope someone who has a pit bull reads this and realizes the responsibility. Remember-you can't take a mauling back.