FACE 2 FACE with a Pit Bull ! ! ! ~
Your THOUGHTS please...
Well, I'd like to share a story about a pit bull (or 2) with everyone this day. I have had two encounters with pit bulls. I may have mentioned the first story here on Gather before, not sure -- but anyways, the first encounter happened one day after I was walking back from a relaxing by the water escape. Suddenly, I hear this ferocious bark behind me. Of course, without thinking, I turn around to see what the commotion was about. To my dismay, I LARGE pit bull was coming off the ground at me. [I was in the middle of some street -- who knows what the name of that street was, it was kinda scared out of me so to speak]...
With my foolish self, knowing I was looking at the likes of a pit bull, I start talking to the dog in a mini-mouse voice, "Hey little baby!" ~ "You're so cute!" -- [Now just IMAGINE that in your mind].
So the pit bull (like some sort of divine intervention was happening), floats back down to the ground -- as if in reverse motion. Then the pit bull cocks its head to the side and looks at me like, "Are you crazy!? Don't you know that I'm a pit bull?!"
Then the pit bull just slowly turns around and starts walking away (as if to say), 'well, I guess she's not going to be any fun to play with'
Now mind you, I am scared out of my wits, my legs are shaking, and I'm not sure if I can continue to stand up -- but I turn and start walking in the direction I was headed in the first place before the pit bull came along, and I'm talking to myself in my mind saying, "Just keep walking, show no fear, just keep walking, don't turn around to look back at the dog..."
By the time I get to where I'm going, I just collapse inside the door, thanking God I made it through that encounter.
That incident happened about two years ago. Now, about two days ago, I was at a family member's house, and his friend came over with his dog. The doorbell rings, and in walks the friend with the dog. As I look up (I'm sitting on the couch with another friend of mine), this pit bull comes charging in the door, blazes past everyone, and jumps on my legs with his front paws, and looks me in the eye. I'm so shocked that I'm looking in the face of a pit bull, that I find myself studying it in the eyes. Now once again, I go into mini-mouse voice for some reason (beats me why)...
I say to the dog, "Hi baby!" Then, I HUG the dog. And the dog hugs me back, and kisses me on my face, and keeps looking at me in the eye. Before I could even think, I ask the owner, "Is this a pit bull?" -- as if he's going to say, 'No, it is a poodle', He says, "Yes, it is a girl, her name is Sweetcakes and she really likes you!" I said, "Hmmmm. I SEE."
Then, the pit bull gets up on the couch next to me, and pushes me over, like, 'I want to sit here next to you.'
So, silly me, I say, "What are you doing?" to the dog as if she is going to answer me or something. I tell her, "You have to get down." Then she looks at me like 'No.' And, she doesn't move, she just continues to sit there and get comfortable until her owner tells her to get down.
To make a long story short, they locked the dog up in a room, and she opens the door and comes right back out and comes straight to me.
All I could hear was, "She opened the damn door!"
And I look and there she is on my lap and in my face once again. She was a very heavy dog, and not small at all. I'm sure she weighed more than me. So in my mini-mouse voice, I tell her to stop it, and sit down. If you could have seen how she looked at me, I'm not sure what you would have thought. She looked at me like she was studying me to see if I was understanding what she wanted. Then she proceeded to sit on my feet and lay there because she obviously wanted me to know that she wasn't going anywhere, so I could forget it.
Needless to say, the owner left, the dog stayed for hours upon hours, we watched movies -- and me, the dog, and my friend fell asleep during the 2nd movie.
So when the owner comes back, he says, "Where is my dog?" Me and my friend say, "Right here." He says, "Where?" as he looks around.
I tell him, "Right here asleep on my feet."
The dog looks up at him, like, "Oh - you're back." Her name was Sweetcakes ~ or something to that effect, I can't remember. All I know is that she had a really cutsie, sweetsie name.
You know, I really liked Sweetcakes. And for some reason, I am quite sure that if she were my dog, she'd attack anybody that I didn't like. My friend that was there seemed a little afraid of her, and kept asking me to call her over to me so she wouldn't be near him.
I have my opinions about pit bulls, and much more to say, but for now...
My questions to everyone for the purpose of this DISCUSSION are:
1) Do you have a pit bull?
2) How do you feel about pit bulls?
3) Have you had an encounter with a pit pull?
4) Do you know any one who has been hurt by a pit bull; attacked by a pit bull; or bitten by a pit bull?
I'll give my answers as the responses roll in...
[Posted in the NEW GATHER DISCUSSION GROUP ~ Putting The Pieces Together ~ pieces2gether.gather.com]