People need to realize that pet dogs and wolves are the SAME species -- Canis
Lupus. We've spent millenia domesticating them and selectively breeding
them for certain characteristics, but ultimately, deep down (or not so deep, in
some cases), at least some of the instincts and behavioral tendencies of wolves
are still there.A big part of responsible dog ownership is
understanding that even the most docile and friendly dogs can revert to their
wolf tendencies under the right (or perhaps more accurately, wrong)
circumstances, and accordingly take the necessary precautions to prevent mishaps
involving their dog(s). I think that people in general also have a
responsibility to educate themselves and their children (as applicable) about
personal safety around "domesticated wolves".I really like
dogs -- I grew up with a Newfoundland/German Shepherd mix that was a wonderful
dog -- but I also have a healthy respect for how potentially dangerous all dogs
can be, even small ones and generally friendly ones.
"That's when the woman's 10-year-old daughter saw the boy and her
mother being bitten and ran outside."In an attempt to help, (she)
grabbed a kitchen knife and went out and actually ended up stabbing one of the
dogs," Despain said."I've read this story a couple of
times on other news sites. Am I the only one that thinks this girls is a
HERO??!! I'd love to meet her and shake her hand! Incredible act of
bravery for a 10 year old. Just sayin'
Warning about anyone owning this type of dog. Our in the county our neighbors
used to have a couple Rottweilers that used to get off their property a couple
of times a year. We put a fence up in our large yard in the county to protect
our children from their dogs, so glad we did. We didn't need a fence except
for loose dogs that would show up.
I wonder what the limit is for dogs in St. George... in my city it's two,
so the owner would be in violation of that if the same law applies there.
Nevertheless, hard lesson to learn for the boy, stay out of other's
property. Hope all three injured recover as quickly as possible.