Monday, December 15, 2014

Excellent quotes from "My Dog Doesn't Bite! The Parents Guide to Dangerous Dogs"

Excellent quotes from veterinarian Jack Tillerson's book 
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Official Book Description from the site; 
Dr. Jack Tillerson has practiced veterinary medicine for over twenty years and has witnessed the horrors associated with vicious dogs and canine attack. The majority of dog attack victims are children. These kids can be maimed, disfigured, or killed. The author knows that many of the 4.7 million dog bites that occur annually in the U.S. could be prevented if parents were better informed.
My Dog Doesn't Bite, by way of multiple sources and references, lists the dogs most likely to attack, maim, and kill. Readers will learn the myths and excuses used by owners of dangerous breeds in an effort to deflect criticism. There is also a discussion of little known diseases that humans, especially children, can contract from dogs. These diseases are found in unexpected places and can cause severe illness, including blindness and death.
There are a number of patterns associated with canine attack. These observations, along with a veterinarian's unique perspective, are used to educate readers on how to avoid becoming a canine attack victim. Read accounts from persons who were mauled by vicious dogs.Witness the frustrations of canine attack victims, or their survivors, as lives are are shattered in a matter of minutes.
Almost everyone has a story about dangerous dogs. Most of these events occur for a reason, making knowledge the best defense against canine attack. My Dog Doesn't Bite is like no other book currently in print. Dr. Tillerson assembles the bare facts on vicious dogs along with testimony from experts, victims, and a cynical veterinarian. Nearly one million Americans require medical care for dog bites every year. Laws protecting citizens are weak in most of th country. My Dog Doesn't Bite goes a long way to help you or a family member from becoming a canine attack statistic.

"I went on to ask [a legislator's mouthpiece] if people can own Pit bulls and other dangerous breeds of dogs without restriction, then why not pumas, tigers, or for that matter, pythons. The assistant stated that exotics are not considered domestic animals as are pit bull dogs. If a python can be labeled as a reptiles of concern by the state of Florida, then why not classify dangerous breeds of dogs as canines of concern? These animals heap far more morbidity upon humans than Burmese pythons ever will.
“Someday, the child of a well-known politician will be maimed or killed by an aggressive breed of dog. Along with media hoopla, there will be cries across the land to do something about dangerous dogs. In the meantime, the rest of us will need eyes in the back of our heads. We will need to keep our families behind fences and pray that these mobile creatures of destruction do not cross our paths. Perhaps someday, legislators like those in Denver and Miami will realize that protecting citizens from canine attacks is more important than a few extra votes.”

“The reporter was interviewing a man described as a dog expert of one kind or another. The subject was how to defend against a canine attack. The expert described using your bicycle or other objects as a barrier. He said that raising your arms will give the appearance of being larger. There was also the old water spraying technique. The man sounded reasonable. The reporter went on to ask what to do in the event the attacking dog was a pit bull. The expert briefly looked at the ground, seemingly embarrassed as there was no quick answer to the question. The man looked up, smiled sheepishly, and said, "Give him your bad arm." 

"In other words, an attack victim has a chance of escape with almost any breed of dog should he be able to mount some form of defense. According to this man, however, if you are attacked by a determined it bull, you won't be getting out of the situation. You are going to be physically damaged. The only question is to what degree.”

“The behavior of the pit bulls that attacked Bonnie has been seen over and over. The breed is a prime offender. Sometimes they circle, but often these dogs attack without barking or hesitation. The dogs were persistent and did not back away.”

“With weak statues and lax enforcement of them, canine attacks are part of twenty first century life in America. Ownership of vicious dog breeds is socially acceptable, and authorities do little to deter the practice. Parents must maintain constant vigilance to keep their children safe. It is a defense that is incomplete at best. Unfortunately, in many parts of the country, that is as good as it gets.”

“There are a lot of people who will say the problem of dangerous dogs does not exist or is exaggerated… I hear of bites, attacks, and fatalities on a regular basis. Too many owners of vicious dogs are apathetic toward the dangers their pets present, until some innocent is attacked. Most of these attacks are on children.
“I have practiced veterinary medicine for more than twenty years and have heard every excuse, B.S. story, and clich√© in the book. If you could see what I see in the veterinary clinic, you would know that the problems of dangerous dogs is vastly understated.”

“The difference between nasty small dogs and their larger counterparts is significant. ...The difference between a mean Chihuahua, Yorkshire terrier, or Miniature Pincer and a mean Rottweiler is that a small dog is not likely to kill or disable you for life. Little guys can hurt you, but they will not grab a two-year-old child by the abdomen and shake him until there is nothing left for the surgeon to work with. …One can put the direct comparison of nasty small dogs with large aggressive dogs to rest. The argument is like comparing apples with oranges.

“These were horrible stories. ...I would use them in an attempt to educate clients when they came to the clinic with a dangerous dog of any breed. By and large, it was a waste of time. Still, I though the folks who were attacked needed to have their side of the story told. I hoped that sharing the stories might help others avoid inflicting a future tragedy on an innocent victim. Unfortunately, most owners of dangerous dogs feel that a similar occurrence would never happen with their dog. Their dog is a good dog. That is how almost all owners of dangerous dogs think. And why not? There is, in most cases, little ramification should the worst occur.”