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Part 2: Family Safety, Pet Safety And Defense Against Them

Defense against pets that have bad intentions!

In part 1, I went over some simple things about pets and potential threats concearning said pets.  Well, what happens when a pet does attack you or a family member?

First, I would like to recount a story that happened to a coworker of mine when I lived in Florida.  I was doing the hardest marketing in the world…yep, you guessed it; Door to door sales.   One guy who worked there had a sad experience happen to him, one fine Florida day.

After coming back into the office, taking inventory, counting the sales and taking roll, I wondered what happened to one particular guy, who had not showed up yet.  I asked and the office manager said that he went to the hospital.  As I asked for further details, I came to learn that this guy, (we’ll call him Joe) was doing his normal thing and was approached by a dog in a neighborhood.  The dog appeared to be nice and friendly.  Joe was an animal lover and so as he approached, Joe bent down to pet the animal.  Little to his knowledge, this dog had been trained to do more than just look friendly.  As Joe reached out to pet his “would-be” friend, the dog changed in an instant and attacked Joe, biting him in the crotch area.  Thrashing back and forth for a few seconds, Joe fell down in shock from the surprise reaction.  The dog continued to growl and thrash on the body part mentioned earlier.  Seeing that Joe was certainly the vicitm and now, down on the ground, the dog let go and went home.  Joe, crawled to the closest neighbors house and knocked and asked to call the ambulance.

Joe had been torn and ripped to bleeding from a dog that was trained to do so.  It may not have been completely the dog’s fault, but it was certainly the owners fault.  Not a fun story and quite embarrasing as well.  I am not sure what happened after that, because Joe quit that job and pursued other avenues.  (so did I just a bit later on as well)

So what are we do learn here?  YOU NEVER KNOW what will happen.  What if that was the dog you and your loved one came across while taking a walk with your baby or young child?  Things could have been worse than what Joe experienced, and ain’t good for anyone!

So what would you do if attacked by a pet, whether yours or someone else’s?  Here are few things to consider:

1. Using the bottom of your foot – The bottom of your foot works well, depending on the size of the pet.  I had a little dog come at me once, I put my foot up, showing the bottom of my shoe, the dog came forward and bonked its nose and face on my shoe…stopped and was dazed for a second.  It certainly thought twice once that happened and walked away.  Both of us were fortunate that day, I was prepared to do worse, and I am happy I didn’t have to.

2. Be armed with something – This is a great instance for pepperspray.  Most mail deliverers have some sort of pepperspray on them nowadays.  It non lethal and great for pets.

3. Don’t show fear – Pets know if you are scared, they can detect the “fear” or stress you may have.  Be confident but cautious.

4. Keep your awareness on high – When I jog or exercise in parks or whatnot…I am always looking for movement, especially for pets that are not on leashes.  I can’t stand it when pet owners have their pets running around, “sniffing” everyone and everything.  I guess they have a high amount of liability insurance…who knows.

5. When sitting down at a friends house – Their pet comes-a-sniffing or investigates you, your child or family member, you have to be cautious about allowing a certain distance to yourself, child or family member(s).  Using your legs, bottom of your foot while wearing shoes, or magazines is a good thing for protection.  When I was doing door to door sales, I would always put my sales material down infront of my lap when petting animals, and I also carried an “all metal” pen with me as well.  Just in case I had to use it in a defensive way.  Luckily I never had to.

The biggest thing to remember about pets…is that you can’t control them most of the time, and that you can never be 100% sure what they are thinking or what they will do in any given situation or at any given time.

So be safe, take precautions, stay alert and aware and love your pets as well.

Damon Thueson

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