|Suki is getting tired of all this.|
Over the weekend there was a very unfortunate incident in Essex involving a six year old girl being attacked by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and sustaining serious injuries. The full article can be found here. The owner of the dog has now been arrested and has admitted liability, the dog is in Police custody. Luckily, the young girl is recovering well.
Many newspapers have reported this incident with relish, using an image of what they view as a salivating, teeth baring Staffordshire Bull Terrier to accompany their damning reports, although, the more I look at the picture the more I think the dog is in mid sneeze!
All this pain and heartache could have been avoided if the owner had properly cared for his dog as well as providing the extremely important training all dogs need. I would not be surprised if his dog is euthanised and paid the price for the owners irresponsible behaviour. The dog should not have been let off the lead without being properly trained. When we had Suki it was after we had put the work in and trained her to "Come" that we started allowing her freedom off the lead and we only do so because we trust her completely.
|Meet gorgeous 2 year old Staffie Jack Russell Cross, Laila. |
She even has her own Twitter account! @LailaBella
|This is Claire's beautiful Staffie, Dolly. |
You can tell how good natured she is from looking at her beautiful face.
I think she bears more than a passing resemblance to Suki!
|This is TJ, belonging to Kate my friend on Twitter. |
TJ is a Rescue Staffie and the loveliest dog you could ever hope to meet.
|This handsome chap is one year old Dexter who loves sleeping, |
playing with his friends and chewing slippers!
He has his own Twitter account as well @dexterthestaffy
|This gentle little beauty is 2 year old Bella belonging to Shane |
(My friend mentioned below).
A Twitter friend of mine took their Staffie (who really is the epitome of the "Nanny Dog" judging from photos I have seen) for a walk yesterday only to be subjected to abuse by other dog owners who had seen the newspaper reports, claiming that all Staffies should be banned. This opinion expressed by fellow dog owners is even more upsetting and disappointing.
Tonight a programme entitled Death Row Dogs is due to air on BBC One which claims it is looking at the growing problem of illegal fighting dogs in Britain. More information about this can be found within this excellent article on the Cold Wet Nose Blog, by Beverley Cuddy. Like many Staffy owners I dread what this show will do to the already battered reputation of a loving, loyal, gently and fantastic breed.
Official Statement from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on this weekends attack.
|This beautiful little fellow is 10 week old Tate belonging to John. |
Look at that face!
|Meet the gorgeous Dave, belonging to Lucy. |
He can sit, stay, lay and roll over on command!
Owner's should do more say the PDSA.
|Look at this little poser! |
Her name is Missy and she also has her own Twitter
|And last, but certainly not least we have Jo's three babies |
who certainly know how to pose for the camera.
What well behaved looking dogs and all gorgeous!
Spread the word and join the debate, let others know what you think on Facebook and Twitter. Try to educate those who have a narrow minded, uninformed view. Please be polite!
During one debate, someone quite rightly pointed out that back in the 50's and 60's German Shepherds were considered dangerous, in the 70's through to the 90's Rottweilers were considered dangerous and now we have moved on to blaming Staffies. If you have time, comment on the on-line newspaper articles reminding them of this and also informing them that their image of a "vicious Staffie" looks more like a sneezing Staffie.