Friday, November 17, 2006


Reading lately about this poor, docile Greyhound up in Salem, nearly being eviscerated by a pair of Pit Bulls, with no provocation or warning. The owner of the Pit Bulls evidently gave the owner of the Greyhound his name and number, which turned out - well, of course - to be false.

I am sick to the back teeth of people saying shite like "oh, it's not the dog that's vicious, it's the owner who is responsible" after some fucking vicious Pit Bull or Rottweiler has devoured a child or attacked someone else's animal. Of COURSE the owner is the one responsible - and we have to look at the motives a person would have for even OWNING a dog like that, don't we?

Seems there's a vicious dog breed for every decade, a dog that is basically only appealing to an ASSHOLE who wants a specific breed because of its reputation for viciousness and volatility.

In the 60's, it was German Sheperds, but I tend to like this breed, and haven't met too many truly vicious ones. Probably its repuation was a hangover from World War II movies. But of course I wouldn't be surprised to hear tales of an abused animal going ballistic and attacking someone.

In the 70's it was Dobermans - again, I haven't met too many that have been vicious, maybe they're just a smidgeon pissed because somebody cut their tails and half their fucking ears off, to make them look more vicious. I'd be well pissy about that too.

In the 80's it was Pit Bulls. Only a vicious, mean, awful, stupid DICKHEAD would want one of these for its specific design purpose, i.e., dogfights. ANYONE involved in this 'sport' should be eviscerated and eaten by rats.

In the 90's it was Rottweilers. I've met one or two of this breed that were pretty much okay, but the owners were told on purchase that the proper way to raise and train a Rottweiler was to keep it relatively unsocialized, so that it only develops loyalty to ONE person, and does not trust strangers....or anyone else, be they friends of the owner, relative of the owner, or...helpless toddler of the owner. Thank GOD my friend who has one didn't listen to this advice, and raised a good-natured, fairly gentle - though intimidating, let's be honest - happy, well-socialized dog. But it would also cause me some sleepless nights wondering if and when it was going to snap.

Let me be clear: If you want to own a dog that has a reputation for viciousness SPECIFICALLY because you LIKE the idea of owning a vicious dog, and you think it makes you look COOL to have one at your command and you think your miserable shit is worthy of having a guard dog that WILL, at ANY MOMENT eat a fucking baby? You are first and foremost an ABUSER of that very animal. Further, you are a miserable, worthless cunt, who should NOT be allowed to own a pet - ANY PET - in the first place.


Blogger - once again being a fucker. I can't upload any pictures for some reason, and I had a good one of an attack dog in full, fang-bearing fury.

Oh well, I will not let this ruin my day.

It's Friday - several houses on the 'I want it' list, more to see tomorrow, offers to be made. Good drinking buddy in town, will be met for lots of drinks and food and good times tomorrow...a full weekend ahead for the rabbit girl.

Life is good. Life is really, really, very good.


Blogger fatmammycat said...

You are very correct. When I had my doberman the breeder I got him from was very strict on who was allowed to buy her pups and vetted us carefully.
One of biggest jobs I had in the early days of puppyhood was to make sure he was socialised a lot, the polar opposite of what some folk do. This makes for quite a good nature in an adult do as they are not fearful in anyway, the other thing I did was to have him neutered as soon as he was old enough. Cuts out a lot of the territorial crap. On top of all that two hours a day exercise MAX ( they are large graceful dog, quiet in a house but they can go like the Duracell bunny and and very destructive if bored and not properly exercised).
The long and the short of it is I ended up with a nice dog and a good ambassador for his breed, the amount of people who were rather charmed by his aloof but well behaved self was remarkable and they always said, 'oh but I thought they were such vicious dogs...'
I know smaller dogs that are really little bastards, ankle snappers and nippers, but the truth is, unless these little shits get you in the face or get a child, they CANNOT do the damage a pitt bull or a rotty can do, and it is for these reasons that dangerous breeds of dogs should ONLY be handled by people who respect the breed and don't want a weapon of some kind.
Poor old Greyhound, I hope it was swift.
Either way enjoy your weekend, I have two more hours and then I am outta here.

17 November, 2006 13:38  
Blogger Andraste said...

Thankfully, Cat, the greyhound lived. Just has stitches all over itself and looks frightened of its own shadow. To be fair, greyhounds always look a bit intimidated though. Anyway, police are still looking for the owner of the pit bulls. I hope they find him and ...and kill him.

Have a lovely weekend yourself, m'dear!

17 November, 2006 13:45  
Blogger Kim Ayres said...

What drives me insane is dog owners who have no concept of the fact that my daughter is terrified of them. To her there is something that is the size of a shire horse with the fangs of a sabretooth bounding towards her. The gentle tones of the owner saying "it's ok, she won't bite" does nothing to reassure my screaming child.

It is the total inabilty of some dog owners to have the slightest understanding of people who don't like dogs that is one of my pet rants.

And I haven't even got to dog owners who let their dogs crap on the pavement outside the school... (vein starts throbbing on the forehead)

17 November, 2006 15:05  
Blogger MikeP said...

I am fascinated by the fact that you have been able to identify historical periods by their predominant vicious dog breed. Your analysis was probably just meant to be cathartic, but it also seems to be a quite logical perception that once one breed has been maligned in the decade, then dog abusers move on to another. Cool insigt!

17 November, 2006 15:28  
Blogger Andraste said...

Hiya Mikep and welcome to the pub. Thanks for the kind words. It is interesting, isn't it? I'll bet I could have gone further back, but I felt I made the point clear enough. And I'm still wondering what nasty little doggie bastards will characterize various decades of the 21st Century. Perhaps hybrids: The Rott-Bull, the Dober-weiler, etc.

Kim - It's true, innit? No dog owner can conceive that his pwecious baby could be frightening to anyone...but to a child who's afraid of dogs, any breed can be terrifying, because you just don't know what they're going to do.

17 November, 2006 16:02  
Blogger happykat said...

No one can fault an animal for being an animal. However, the rotten cunts who make the animals vicious, mean killers can fall in a very deep puddle full of rotten saliva and day old sewage.

Carry on.

17 November, 2006 22:55  
Blogger Fat Sparrow said...

"And I'm still wondering what nasty little doggie bastards will characterize various decades of the 21st Century."

Chihuahuas. I was coming home from the store the other day, walking down the street, and this little Chihuahua rushed up and started barking its fool head off at me. I stood there, bemused, and the owner called out, "It's okay, don't be afraid, he's friendly." What? Are you shitting me? I have cats bigger than your dog. I was not afraid, you twat. Leash that thing before someone accidentally steps on it and ruins a good pair of shoes.

Our neighborhood used to be full of pit bulls, but luckily animal control has really been cracking down.

I have a black Lab/Boxer/possible pit bull mix (you never know, with mutts) who is the sweetest thing ever, a complete softy Lab personality, without a mean bone in her body. When people ask if she's part pit bull, I just say "no." We got her as a stray when she was about 6 weeks old, and my older gay homosexual Benji-type dog socialized her and taught her proper manners. The only thing that's deadly about her is her farts, but I'm with you, I'm against pit bulls in general. It was only the roll of the genetic dice that gave her the Lab personality.

Good luck with the houses!

18 November, 2006 06:06  
Blogger MikeP said...

Well, I have Jack Russell Terrier, which seems to be the smartest breed ever. He has a huge vocabulary. I swear he tries to talk, if only God had given him the right vocal cords and mouth parts!

But since this breed is so smart, they can be stubborn. So dumb-a** humans tend to abuse them. I wouldn't be surprised that this becomes the next breed that people will want to ban for bad behavior.

18 November, 2006 12:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a cat person and I was that child that went hellllp-the-huge-tooth-animal-is-going-to-chew-me-up-for-its-dinner-and-have-my-blood-all-over-its-faaaaaaaace...

It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy because bad dogs pick up on the anxiety and get hungry when they see you. Then, aged ten, I was bitten badly by a dog up the road - a psychopathic collie, distressed at having no sheep to boss around. I'm relaxed about dogs now, and there are some individuals I'm very fond of, but any dog that takes me on is going to end up dead, which is what happened to the collie when the authorities got hold of it.

19 November, 2006 10:15  
Blogger Andraste said...

Wuh-HEY! All kinds of new faces here lately. Thanks for stopping by, Conan, and welcome!

These days I kind of prefer cats too. They're just so much easier to care for, and less needy. But I do love dogs...and in reality have met very few of any breed I didn't come to like. Except for one long-haired chihuahua that, despite my best efforts, never warmed up to me. The shaky, snarling, yapping little fucker.

19 November, 2006 11:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Herself's aunt in Oregon had a Rotty that outweighed me by 60lbs or so.It used a truck tire for a fucking chew toy yet was a sweetheart of a hound.
I think the owner of the Pit Bulls should be stripped naked,handcuffed,smeared with raw hamburger and lowered into a dry well with the dogs.Now that's justice.
Little yippity fuckers like chihuahuas et al need to be drop kicked over the bar immediately.Working dogs,of course,would be excused.
Sound blog btw.

19 November, 2006 15:29  
Blogger Andraste said...

Thanks, Hangar Queen, and welcome! Just popped over at your lovely and inspiring place too, left a rather lame comment, but then I'm drunk...

19 November, 2006 18:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alot of these breeds are rather intelligent, but when they aren't, it's usually because of us...we make them schizoid by interbreeding them (best and cleverest dog I ever had was a mutt) and making it impossible for them to be normal, or likewise by abusing them as pups. Kneecap the lot of that type of dog owner, kneecap them from the front of the knee, with a fence post...

20 November, 2006 10:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Related comment from "The Dog Whisperer"

Do “mean” and “vicious” dog breeds exist?

Let’s get one thing straight. There is no such thing as a “vicious” dog breed. The truth is that ANY breed of dog, big or small, can develop aggression. Aggression is a symptom of an unsatisfied dog; a dog whose life is not being fulfilled. Some breeds, including “pit bulls,” Rottweilers, and German Shepherds, are more powerful than other breeds, so if they become aggressive, they can almost always do much more damage. Smaller dogs, like Chihuahuas, can often be defensive when fearful or nervous – you’d be a little surly too if you were constantly being treated like a purse! But when dogs of all shapes, sizes, and breeds are treated and cared for properly, they have the potential to be calm and balanced pets.

20 November, 2006 10:43  
Blogger Andraste said...

Right, anonymous, that's exactly what I'm talking about. There are breeds with that 'vicious' reputation, and if you are a pet owner who is attracted to a specific breed BECAUSE of it's vicious reputation, then you should not be allowed to own it in the first place. I think we're arguing the same point.

20 November, 2006 13:51  

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