Thursday, December 27, 2007

Choose Your Poison

For a long time, my singular fear of ways to die was by drowning. I even recall being terrified as a child on that underwater ride at Disneyland because not only could you drown, but you'd do so with all those scary plastic creatures looking at you (that still gives me the chills). It was not necessarily a logical fear, but over any other method, drowning was the one that set the hairs on edge.

But after reading this news story, I've changed my mind. Death by a pack of pitbulls sounds way more horrifying.
(In defense of dogs, I will say that almost any animal trained to be violent, will act in a violent way--there are plenty of pitbulls that don't kill people).


At 10:17 AM, Blogger Maryanne Stahl said...

many pitbulls don't kill people, but, imo, they are all capable of doing so and therefore should be treated as dangerous animals, allowed to be handled only by those qualified (licenses?) to do so, as other dangerous animals (tigers) are.

that doesn't mean pit bulls are 'evil' and more than tigers are 'evil'. but nor does it mean all the ones who kill do so because they have been 'trained' to do so. true, some are raised to be ferocious fighting dogs (disgusting as that is), but many are raised to be loving pets and are so....until the moment they go for a toddler's throat.

pit bulls are dangerous, by nature and breeding, and should be deemed so.

At 10:23 AM, Blogger Maryanne Stahl said...

sorry about the typos. (still medicated post surgery) not sure why I never seem to see typos until I press the publish button.

and sorry to dump my pit bull rant on you, but I feel strongly that, no many how sweet they seem/are, pit bulls are built to kill.

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Jordan E. Rosenfeld said...

Maryanne, no need to apologize for the rant. i agree, wholeheartedly. I've met plenty of sweet pitbulls, but would I own one, or even bring a small child around to hang out with one? Unlikely.

Hope your recovery keeps going well. Don't apologize for the typos, either. Then I'll have to :)


At 1:23 PM, Blogger Barbara Ruth Saunders said...

Well-bred pit bulls are actually one of the breeds that is best with children. They are very athletic and are more tolerant than most dogs with the way that children tend to irritate dogs -- climbing on them, poking at them, etc.

One nickname for the pit bull was "the nursemaid's dog."

I am old enough to remember when all that is now said about pit bulls was being said about the dog my neighbor had, the Doberman!

I can see myself now as the "eccentric" 90-year-old crankily insisting that, "No, the Golden Retriever is not a killing machine. Back in the day, it was the [pit bull, Rottie, German Shepherd, bloodhound].

At 5:17 PM, Blogger Jordan E. Rosenfeld said...

Barbara Ruth, thanks for stopping by and weighing in. Actually, I remember when Dobermans had that same bad rap when I was a little girl. Who knows why one group of dogs or another goes "wild" and gets all the press, but either way, I think I'm unlikely to have a dog any more viscious than a labrador any time soon.

At 8:56 PM, Blogger Barbara Ruth Saunders said...

Remember the story of the woman who had the world's first successful face transplant? Her nose and mouth were bitten off by her pet Labrador retriever.

At 11:57 AM, Blogger Jordan E. Rosenfeld said...

Barbara, you are killing me! I'm laughing so hard.

Dare I say: chihuahua?

At 1:11 PM, Blogger Barbara Ruth Saunders said...

Believe it or not -- I have worked with dogs for the past four years, and the only dog that has ever bitten me was a chihuahua!

At 10:58 AM, Blogger William said...

I have a rottweiler/pit bull mix and she is the sweetest dog I've ever had.

It all depends on how the dog is raised and how well it is treated.

I agree with you though that a death by a pack of dogs would be a frightening way to go!


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