Gut Rumbles

April 11, 2006

speaking of old wimmen

I went to visit my 94 year-old grandmother on Sunday. That's the first time in four weeks that I've been mobile enough to make the trip over there. Mommie had an interesting story to tell me.

Somebody moved as a guest into her neighbor's house and brought two full-grown Rottweilers with her. The guest turned the dogs loose in the back yard. The yard is fenced, but it's just a four-foot cyclone barrier, which ain't much to a Rottie.

Mommie turned Fancy, her 5-pound Yorkshire Terrier, out for a bathroom call one morning. Shortly thereafter, she heard a tremendous ruckus in her yard. Fancy yelped frantically.

Mommie is frail and almost blind, but she still motors pretty good for 94. She grabbed a broom and ran outside. What she found made her blood run cold.

Both of the Rotties had jumped the fence and attacked Fancy. One of them had the little dog in its mouth, just one snap of its powerful jaws away from turning Fancy into hamburger meat, and one swallow away from making her a meal. Mommie started swinging her broom and lit into the big dog like a demon from hell.

She cracked the big dog twice with the broom, then the broomstick broke off just above the bristles. She continued her assault with nothing but half a broomstick until the big dog dropped little Fancy and ran for its life. Its companion followed in retreat.

When Mommie picked Fancy up off the ground, she thought the little dog was ripped to shreds, because Fancy was wet all over. Being mostly blind, Mommie couldn't see any injuries, but she could feel what she assumed was blood all over the dog. She took Fancy inside to doctor her.

Luckily, Fancy was wet with dog slobber and not blood. Once she was washed off and towelled dry, she was fine. But Mommie was pissed. She had my Uncle Virgil go cuss out the neighbors and then make a report to the Animal Control authorities about the loose dogs. Nothing more ever came of the incident, because the "guest" moved out of the neighbor's house a day or so later and took the dogs with her.

I chuckled at the story, because I could SEE my frail but fierce hillbilly grandmother taking on two giant dogs (that probably outweighed her) with a broom and winning the fight. Hell--- I wouldn't want her mad at ME, even if she IS almost blind now. But the story upset me, too.

I am a dog lover. But I've got no use for people who own big dogs and allow them to get loose and cause trouble. That incident could have been REALLY BAD if the dogs had been in a killing mood. And it's a damn good thing that I wasn't there when it happened. I don't own any guns, so I NEVER travel with a loaded one in my car...

But if anybody called Animal Control after that, it would be to pick up two dead dogs before I got them buried in the yard.


It does not suprise me she went after them. I'm just glad they both did not get hurt.

Posted by: Maeve on April 11, 2006 08:52 AM

Ditto! Go Gramma! I HATE nothing more when people own any kind of pet and don't properly take care of it. The owner should have known 4ft was nothing for a rottie! Good for gramma and your Uncle!

Posted by: Steph on April 11, 2006 09:39 AM

The great thing about living in rural areas is that when you see a big dangerous dog on your property, you get to kill it. It's a good way to teach their owners the value of high fences.

Posted by: Steve H. on April 11, 2006 10:07 AM

OH poor Mommie and Fancy! I can picture it too. I'm so glad they are both ok. Give them both a big hug for me next time please?

Posted by: livey on April 11, 2006 10:17 AM

How horrible but good for mommie. I want to be just like her if I make it to 90. Forget about shooting the dogs, the owner should be dragged off and shot for not training them properly.

Posted by: Libby on April 11, 2006 10:37 AM

Good for her..
I'm glad she didn't get hurt, though. I would think nothing of blowing the head off a dog let loose and threatening anyone in my yard. And I like dogs too...I just hate irresponsible idiot owners.

Posted by: Lisa on April 11, 2006 01:56 PM

The problem is that too often the human is not as smart as the dog and so the dogs control the human instead of vice versa...

Posted by: maxnnr on April 11, 2006 02:17 PM

I'm relieved her precious Yorkie survivied. I lost one to a big, bad black lab that crossed a bridge (in my yard) to get to her to shake her till her back was in several pieces. He had been trained to kill. The deputies who visited his owner found another kind of bitch there and nothing was ever done as she enterained those deputies very very well,(wink, wink!)

Posted by: Ruth H on April 11, 2006 04:16 PM

I wish I was there, they would be two dead dogs, fuck a animal control. I do my own controlling.

Posted by: Catfish on April 11, 2006 04:42 PM

I have made visits to the local pound every two or three days for the last two weeks, hoping to find one of my cats that escaped. It breaks my heart to see all the animals that have been abandoned, abused and forgotten.... humans decided to domesticate these creatures for their own entertainment... but they sorely lack in being responsible for the animals..... the owners need to be punished severely and never allowed to have any kind of pets again....... glad your grandma and her Yorkie survived this terror.

Posted by: Jean on April 11, 2006 07:08 PM

Jerk that used to live next door to me had three pit bulls, a female and two pups. The female was all bad attitude, and the pups were getting as bad as they grew. Got to where I kept a pistol handy in case the damn things came over the fence.

Posted by: Mark on April 11, 2006 09:50 PM
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