Friday, January 22, 2010

Dogs and Hard Stares or "They told you to do what?!"

Recently in the news was a story of a mail carrier who claimed to have been cornered by two Pit Bulls.

Normally in a situation like this, he said that he would use pepper spray, but he finds that the spray just angers Pit Bulls even more. Actually, it would piss me off, too, but I'm sure other breeds of dogs welcome it with wide open eyes and incorrigible smiles.

Actually, this guy is pretty lucky. He says that in 2 1/2 years of being a mail carrier, he has yet to have been bitten. Amazing, since he said that
"carriers are trained to stare at dogs to prevent them from attacking"

I have three questions for this fellow: 1) who heads up your training department, 2) how's the workman's comp at your facility, and 3) when was your last tetanus shot?

A dog sees a hard stare as a CHALLENGE. If these dogs cornered you, you invited them to do so. Did you also turn your back to them and run?

I know a postal carrier's job isn't easy, especially when they're faced with dogs they don't know who are roaming the neighborhood. That's no picnic. But, honestly, would this story have been news worthy had these dogs not been Pit Bulls? What if he were cornered by two roaming Dachshunds? Or a pair of Poms? Would the papers have come out to investigate? Would AC have come out at all?

Oddly enough, if you look closely at the picture, you'll see a smiling woman holding a baby, a man restraining one dog who is looking kind of friendly, a few people gathered around. And everyone, including the dog, looks rather relaxed.


  1. OMDog. They train mail carriers to stare at dogs? To challenge them? How stupid can the government get?

  2. Staring at a dog? Seriously?! That's right up there with "use the blow dryer while taking a shower" on the list of horrible advice!

  3. It would be quite the stare-down with Miss M's over-attention problem.
    The Chicago Tribune actually ran an article the other day titled something like "Man killed by pitbulls in own home". The newspaper later wrote an amendment saying they were unidentified mix-breed dogs. But by then the damage was done.

  4. Schwang: I saw the story about that horrible event in Chicago the other day. But you're right - I didn't see a follow-up story saying that the dogs were unidentified mixed breeds. Very frustrating.


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