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    Princess Jewel had an adventure today! She went to Lowes! And boy did she like checking things out. BUT the adventure was ruined for me�� Lowes is my favorite store and since it is only 5 miles away in next little town, I go there often. Jerry swears I have to look at every nail, screw washer in the store. We took Si Moose often and he loved goig there.

    We usually see 2-3 folks in there with their dog, sometimes 2 of the little ones that ride in the cart. We parked outside the garden center and I was going to check out some plants after shopping inside. Mainly went to get pepper spray for me to carry with me After the attack last Sat. I was advised by police, Animal Control office and the EMS guys to get and carry pepper spray all the time. While there gonna check out toilets as we need a new one in one bathroom. also new faucet for the sink in the other bathroom.

    Walked thru the garden center and every one commented what a beautiful dog, most wanted to pet her and she loved that. Went into the main store where patio furniture is and dang if here comes a woman with a pi bull. I am in Lowes all the time, seen lots dogs, but this was first pit bull. Princess Jewel paid no attention, but my knees were shaking and I took her behind a large display. I could see over it and saw the woman turn up an aisle. Jewel and I went on around the display and joined Jerry and we headed for hardwired aisle where we were told pepper spray was. Had just picked it up and here came the woman with the pit. It's ears were perked, tail wagging as it looked at Jewel. Seemed friendly enough , but so did the one last week----til it attacked Jewel!

    I couldn't handle it any more and Jerry paid and I got PJ out. Did not even check out toilets and faucets. Scared I would turn a corner with PJ and that dog would be there. I have owned dogs since I got the one for my 11thbirthday in June '56----except for almost 7 years we lived in Ohio. I never thought I would see the day was scared of dogs, leery yes, scared no. That doen't hold true any more. After being attacked twice in 2 months, pits scare the doo diddle out f me, any bully breed does,and any breed that is easily trained to attack humans.Princess Jewel, bless her heart doesn't seemed bothered at all. I took her for a short walk yesterday down past the house where she was attacked and she didn't even look at it. I know the dogs are in quarantine from the house next to the one we wre attacked at, but I was still nervous.W, Animal Control doesn't let victims know when dog is returned...or if they are not returned.
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    Made me so sad to read this... The damage done by out of control dogs is often so much worse than what you see on the surface, even if it they leave a big bite mark. Sending you healing and comforting thoughts to be able to find some peace. I am so glad that precious Princess Jewel did not pay attention or have to be scared. Seems there should be some kind of victim program that would provide information about the dog that made an attack like the one you and Princess Jewel went through. Hugs to you both!!!

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    I think you are probably going through PTSD; it is not surprising but I am so sorry you are going through it. I wish I know how to help you through this. Though I am glad to hear that PJewel seems to be doing ok having come across the first pit since the attack and did not lose it. I think you will need to let her help you through this period. She sounds like an absolute gem.

    I would encourage you to keep in contact with the Animal Control person that you spoke to before. That lady may be willing to keep you posted on what happens with those dogs even if they aren't obligated to do so. I am sending all energy that those dogs will not be returned.

    Big hugs!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jewel View Post
    I think you are probably going through PTSD; it is not surprising but I am so sorry you are going through it. I wish I know how to help you through this. Though I am glad to hear that PJewel seems to be doing ok having come across the first pit since the attack and did not lose it. I think you will need to let her help you through this period. She sounds like an absolute gem.

    I would encourage you to keep in contact with the Animal Control person that you spoke to before. That lady may be willing to keep you posted on what happens with those dogs even if they aren't obligated to do so. I am sending all energy that those dogs will not be returned.

    Big hugs!!!
    I could not say it better. Good luck we are all sending you good vibes and karma! Sounds like PJ is the perfect girl to keep everything in balance....you are lucky to have her as she is to have you : )

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    I thought soldiers who had been in battle got PTSD. After seeing how those dogs kept at her even while being beaten with board, I wrry that pepper spray might not work if it ever happens again. I still hear her screams and see the terror in her eyes. Did I tell you she had peed and pooped on herself? I want those dogs dead before this happens again. and possibily a small dog killed, a child badly injured. Never thought I would want a dog dead.
    Jerry and Moose

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaggys Mom View Post
    I thought soldiers who had been in battle got PTSD.
    They do, but they aren’t the only ones. I developed PTSD when I was 19. I’d had the audacity to talk back to a frat boy who’d said something pretty demeaning to me, so about a week later, he and his friends attacked me. Although I reported the crime, nothing ever happened to a single one of them.

    That was a long time ago, so generally speaking, I am not the nervous wreck that I was in the months following the attack. However, sometimes, a seemingly minor incident can have a lasting impact.

    When you talked about being afraid that you would turn the corner in Lowes and that dog would be there, it reminded me a whole lot of myself when the boys and I lived in the apartment complex. I’m not sure if you remember any of my posts from that time, but in a nutshell, we had one incident where we were rushed by a off-leash friendly intact male dog that started Chester down a really rough path with his anxiety and fear-based aggression. That was exacerbated by a series of subsequent encounters with off-leash dogs that had both Chester and Sebastian reacting badly. Every time I had them out, I was afraid that we would turn the corner and there would be another off-leash dog to set Sebastian and Chester off. I had no idea how anxious I was during that time until we moved to our house and that source of anxiety was gone.

    You are absolutely not wrong in thinking that the dogs who attacked you should be euthanized. Given the severity of the attack you and Princess Jewel sustained, there are a whole lot of behavior experts out there who would agree. Even if the owner wanted to work on treating their dogs’ behavior, I have my doubts that a reputable behavior specialist would agree to take on the case. This article does a good job of explaining that further:
    https://www.usadogbehavior.com/blog/...s-of-dog-bites

    If you’re up to it, I would highly recommend reading Patricia McConnell’s “The Education of Will”. In the book, she discusses her PTSD, and some of the steps that she took to gain control of it. I will say that there were parts that were difficult for me to read, as she recounts her experience with gender-based violence, but the book was so empowering for me that I keep it on my phone and my iPad, and revisit parts of it from time to time.

    I would also recommend talking to your doctor to see if s/he can recommend resources to help you get through this. You aren’t crazy. You didn’t ask for this, and you don’t have to recover from this alone. What you went through was every bit as traumatic as what a soldier encounters in battle. Your life and the life of your beautiful Princess Jewel were very much in danger while you were being attacked.

    On a final note, if Animal Control ends up returning these dogs after the quarantine period expires, if the dogs’ owner is also the owner of their home, there is a chance that their homeowners insurance provider will make them remove the dogs from the property. If your insurance provider is aware that your injuries are the result of an attack by unsecured dogs, there is a very very good chance that they will go after the owner’s homeowner’s policy for reimbursement. I know when I bought my house, I had to get extra coverage because of my dogs. During that process, I also learned that there are a whole lot of insurance companies who won’t provide coverage to homes that have dogs that are on their list of “dangerous breeds”.

    Sebastian, Chester, and I are sending you, Jerry, and Princess Jewel lots of love and healing energy. I am here if you need anything at all.
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