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Don't get to confident with dogs

My cousin has a dog named Thoss. He is very cute when he was a puppy and always wanted you to rub his head. Time comes, Thoss grows and change a lot. Long jaws, tall legs, large paws and a little wild attitude, thats why my cousin decided to tie him up at their balcony. But Thoss knows his friends, especially me and my aunt, because we're neighbors, who frequently visits their house.

Everytime we visit, Thoss always barked us but when he identify us clearly his tail starts to wag. For me, wagging tail means a certain dog likes you, but it change now.

One day, it was summer, hot and blackout, so we decided to stay at my cousin's balcony to have chitchats while waiting for the power to come back and to get fresh air because they have lots of trees in their frontyard. My aunt is also there rubbing Thoss's head while having chat with my cousin's parents. But suddenly Thoss gets wild, barking so loud, then we all get shocked when we saw Thoss attacking my aunt, he bite firmly the hands of my aunt. We all get rattled, I get their broomstick and beat Thoss many times then he let go and whimpers. We rushed to the nearest health center because we dont have hospital in our town. The right hand of my aunt was sutured, stitched 3 or 4 times. Injected with anti-rabies.

It was so alarming that a dog that you thought to be one of your bestfriend turns into BEASTfriend in a sudden. We are convinced that Thoss's cause of attack were the stray dogs he saw outside. And it was very hot. 6 months after the incident Thoss died of sickness. He was so thin, because he don't want to eat nor drink for the past few weeks. But my aunt was healthy and okay.

Bottom-line is don't get too confident that you feel so close with a dog that it will never hurt you one day. But it all depends. Just always be careful. :)

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SebastianOnciu wrote on March 2, 2015, 12:54 PM

That is an experience from which many people, who get too confident in the company of their dogs, should learn from.

peachpurple wrote on March 2, 2015, 1:09 PM

hope that your aunt is okay and RI the poor doggie.

GayleStorm wrote on March 2, 2015, 1:33 PM

Dogs are still animals after all. Humans can't claim we're perfect either. I'm glad your Aunt was alright after such an attack.

MelissaE wrote on March 2, 2015, 8:36 PM

What kind of dog is it? Some breeds are more likely to bite than others.

kyntoxicity wrote on March 2, 2015, 10:16 PM

Just a local dog. He is getting wild while growing. Just as you said, dogs are dogs.

Brillian wrote on March 5, 2015, 2:54 AM

Right. Thoss was stressed at that time. We have to be keen with dogs. they bite when under great stress.

Carmelanirel wrote on May 11, 2015, 9:49 AM

That is not normal for any dog, even breeds that have been tagged as dangerous, like pit bulls. There are many reasons a dog turns, one is they are abused, but another that doesn't seem to be a problem, but is and that is tying them up. It seems your cousin didn't train his dog and let his dog know he was the alpha (that means your cousin needed to let the dog know that he was in charge) I have grown up with dogs all my life and now been working at my daughter's grooming shop where we deal with aggressive dogs and usually the problem is the owner is not being the alpha, or the dog was mistreated at another groomers.
So any domestic dog (I know some people think by raising a wild dog from a puppy is okay, but I don't trust them) if trained correctly can be very loving.

rescuegal wrote on May 16, 2015, 8:03 PM

I think the other dogs probably did make him go crazy. My Jack Russell gets that way when he sees other dogs. He's so crazy he doesn't know what he's doing. He's never bitten me, but almost until he realizes it's me trying to pull him away.

cheri wrote on July 6, 2015, 10:10 PM

I agree with you. DOgs are dogs and they really bite!

Paulie wrote on July 11, 2015, 12:02 AM

This is a very interesting article with a lesson to be learned. When handling a dog you should never get too confident.