A Dog that BITES

  1. It was 1997, Emma was about 6 months old. I was home with her as she had a fever. She was sleeping in her bassinette when the doorbell rang. Apollo, my rottweiler, younger at the time and about 130 lbs, was in the backyard. He heard the doorbell and came in through the kitchen through his doggie door.

    I looked through the door and a man was standing there with a clipboard. I opened the door slightly (just a crack). Apollo was standing behind me, growling. He said, "Hi, I'm here with the 'such & such' charity and we're asking for donations for blah blah blah, could you take at our list of contributors and raffle prizes you can win?" I said, no thanks. "Lady, it's a nice charity and we're just asking for a small donation!". NO THANKS. I start to close the door, and the guy shoves the door open!

    I fell back from the force that he used to shove open the door (put a nice cut in my foot from where I was holding the door cracked). He stepped in and in like a split second, I saw Apollo lunge at this guy's face. Just all dog in the air!

    The guy puts his arm out to block Apollo's teeth and Apollo gets him by the shirt. The guys takes off running down the driveway (shirt is ripped) and jumps a block wall across the street. I gave Apollo the command to cease (which he hated for me to do that) and he came back.

    I do not want to imagine what would have happened to us if Apollo had not been there.

    I called the police, another neighbor reported a similar guy trying to push a bogus charity, but they had a metal security door that he couldn't get through. I don't know if they ever caught the guy or not. We got a metal security door installed a few days later.

    Apollo is 13 now, has arthritic hips and doesn't move as fast as he used to. But I know, God forbid if you try to break into my house....!
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  2. 32 Comments

  3. by   live4today
    (((((((Apollo))))))) Good boy! Yeahhhh.....what a true champ you are, Apollo! You may need to invest in a 'younger' Apollo one day since the current one is getting to be "well seasoned". He has served and loved his family well. :kiss
  4. by   Rustyhammer
    I'm not sure how I feel about biting dogs.
    I guess if really feel you need one then fine.
    I would worry about my childrens safety with a rottweiller I think.
    same with pitbulls.
    I wonder how he is with guests.
    I am scared of mean dogs.

    -Russell
  5. by   Stargazer
    Aw, Vegas, I love Rotties! My best friend's roomie had a huge one and he was the sweetest, gentlest thing ever--unless someone was trying to hurt one of his "people". Then--look out!

    My brother is a K-9 officer and has a German Shepard who is wonderful with their very young kids--but when he's on duty--well, let's just say the local ER has had a lot of practice suturing up his bites; and the local career criminals know the dog by name!
  6. by   fedupnurse
    Key here though Rusty is that she gave a command and the dog listened! That is not a mean dog. That is a highly trained dog that can be trusted because he is obedient. My last dog was a German Shephard. Loved children more than life itself. My neighbor used to joke that she could leave her kids in the yard and Casey would be the best babysitter because if anyone even thought about looking at those kids she would let them know that they wouldn't be in one piece too long. She saved us from 2 attempted break in's because she barked and nearly went thru a window after the person each time. She never had to bite but if a situation like the one Las Vegas found herself in arose, Casey would have defended us too. I'd expect her to!
    Any dog can be viscious. Pit bulls, when treated with the love and care any animal should be actually make excellent pets. I have a viscious golden around the corner from me. My sister's last golden hated kids. She doesn't have any so the dog wasn't used to them. If people are going to have a dog tied up out in the yard and not have it be a part of the family, why have one????
    I did have a dog as a kid though that was so friendly she would have handed the burglar a beer and given a guided tour "The silver is over there, and don't forget the VCR..."
    My dog now. Well, if the burglar had a rabbit or squirrel suit on they'd be dead in a minute.
    Thank God Apollo was there for you and the baby!!
  7. by   ceecel.dee
    My mom took in a stray....she had it for 4 weeks and said she knew it well and trusted it.

    Family get-together....my little guy tells me on day 2 that the dog stares at him....I start to pay attention....the dog is tracking all the little boys!

    I become obsessed with watching the dog watch the boys, and the boys starting to become aware of the dog watching them, making a wide circle to avoid dog. My mother is irritated with my watching.

    Day 3, dog bites 4 y.o nephew in face (of course) with my mother asking "what did he do to the dog?"

    Do not trust dogs!

    PS My son still asks "why didn't anyone believe me about Maggie until D---- got bit?"

    My mother has not called us since then....4 weeks. Dog put down and she is mourning. Has not phoned recipient of 16 stitches either, although they seem less bitter than I feel! (I am trying to let it go and have initiated communication....I will let this go.....I will let this go......I will let this go....) :zzzzz
    Last edit by ceecel.dee on Aug 6, '02
  8. by   LasVegasRN
    Thanks, all. Apollo was trained by a retired policeman who trained police dogs. Big $$$$ but WELL worth it.
    My daughter, from the day she was born, has done everything from pull his then existent "jewels", wipe his bun-bun with tissue when he came in from relieving himself (that was kinda cute), crawled around his legs when he was walking, pulled herself up by grabbing his fur when she was learning how to walk, pick crusties from his butt (yicky), dressed him in her clothes, and brush his teeth with MY toothbrush and this dog never, ever nipped at her, stepped on her, or growled at her. The only time he actually barked at her was when she tried to stick a comb into a light socket.

    The way he is trained with guests: I have to "introduce" him to guests to let him know they are friends. Once he has the okay from me, he'll lick you to death. I don't "introduce" him to the exterminator or the people that do my lawn. He is commanded to "watch" which means, do not do anything unless ordered, watch for hand commands if I cannot speak. Bite if I am harmed. His commands are all in german, and my daughter knows them also.

    I can't talk or think about when he is no longer here.
  9. by   vettech
    Originally posted by LasVegasRN
    It was 1997, Emma was about 6 months old. I was home with her as she had a fever. She was sleeping in her bassinette when the doorbell rang. Apollo, my rottweiler, younger at the time and about 130 lbs, was in the backyard. He heard the doorbell and came in through the kitchen through his doggie door.

    I looked through the door and a man was standing there with a clipboard. I opened the door slightly (just a crack). Apollo was standing behind me, growling. He said, "Hi, I'm here with the 'such & such' charity and we're asking for donations for blah blah blah, could you take at our list of contributors and raffle prizes you can win?" I said, no thanks. "Lady, it's a nice charity and we're just asking for a small donation!". NO THANKS. I start to close the door, and the guy shoves the door open!

    I fell back from the force that he used to shove open the door (put a nice cut in my foot from where I was holding the door cracked). He stepped in and in like a split second, I saw Apollo lunge at this guy's face. Just all dog in the air!

    The guy puts his arm out to block Apollo's teeth and Apollo gets him by the shirt. The guys takes off running down the driveway (shirt is ripped) and jumps a block wall across the street. I gave Apollo the command to cease (which he hated for me to do that) and he came back.

    I do not want to imagine what would have happened to us if Apollo had not been there.

    I called the police, another neighbor reported a similar guy trying to push a bogus charity, but they had a metal security door that he couldn't get through. I don't know if they ever caught the guy or not. We got a metal security door installed a few days later.

    Apollo is 13 now, has arthritic hips and doesn't move as fast as he used to. But I know, God forbid if you try to break into my house....!
    Not to sound like a commercial here but, I have a suggestion. If your kiddo isn't already on it, talk to your vet about a drug called "Rimadyl". It will ease the pain of those hips and make your brave kiddo seem years younger.

    Good dog! I hope he got extra treats that day!
  10. by   LasVegasRN
    Thanks, vtech. My vet was worried about renal failure and didn't recommend it. He was on it about 4 years ago and it made quite a difference, but he had some side effects. He's doing pretty good on Ascriptin 2 maximum strength BID.
  11. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by vettech
    Good dog! I hope he got extra treats that day!
    He got a 32 oz Porterhouse steak.
  12. by   Rustyhammer
    I would still be scared I think.
    I wasn't aware that Las Vegas was so dangerous.
    Perhaps when I go down to visit you he will be nice.
    -Russell
  13. by   hiker
    Rotties are great, gentle creatures- at least all the ones I have met! Love them. My neighbor got 2, and I didn't know it. I was outside pulling weeds, sitting on lawn. This HUGE male Rottie came over and put his head in my lap, and even I, the great dog-lover, jumped! That is, til he cried so I'd pet him.
  14. by   KaraLea
    Our Great Pyrnees have been wonderful guard dogs too, although they are closer to the one who would show the bad guy just where the silver is kept. BUT, the SIZE alone keeps people at a distance. Our male is about 13 yrs old and has some real problems with arthritis in his hips too. My mother gives him two regular strength generic aspirin daily in a extra can of food. He doesn't always come when we are dishing out the dry dog food at the barn so the female, Blanca, gets most of it. So we make sure that he gets his share of the canned. These dogs are wonderful company and great with kids, but watch out if anyone tries to hurt any of us in their "family".

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