Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Candy-Selling Teen Talks About Dog Attack
krdo, Colorado ^ | June 7, 2011 | Lindsay Watts

Posted on 06/08/2011 7:01:59 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Asia Vanderwege said she never saw the signs that said "No Soliciting" and "Beware of the Dog." The 14-year-old was attacked by two dogs on Thursday when she went to a home selling candy. "I rang the doorbell and heard dogs barking," said Vanderwege. "I stepped back a little bit and then they burst through the screen door and came at me. Then they were biting me." The bite on Vanderwege's wrist has healed, but she said she has a deeper gash on her hamstring.

The American bulldog and boxer mix have been taken to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, and could be euthanized if the owner doesn't pay a $1,200 bonding fee in the next week. Both dogs have a history of biting people. Vanderwege said she was selling candy with other teens who are part of a summer program called Rocky Mountain Teens. The kids go door to door selling candy, and top sellers get to go on trips. Vanderwege said participants sell alone or in pairs. KRDO Newschannel13 talked to Vanderwege Tuesday as she and several other teen girls were on their way to sell. The leader of the group avoided our camera and told the girls by phone that she didn't want to talk to us. Vanderwege's grandmother, her legal guardian, said that she's checked into the program, and that it's a good way for teens to earn money and stay out of trouble. Vandewege said she doesn't take responsibility for what happened. She said she regularly goes to doors with No Soliciting signs, and some times, those people buy.

(Excerpt) Read more at krdo.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Society
KEYWORDS: doggieping; nosalesman; notresspassing; posted; warning
It's summertime again, which means that hordes of unemployed teens will soon be descending on our houses, hawking everything from candy to magazines to window cleaner. If you don't buy from them, they will leave your house and join the nearest gang, which will Endanger Their Future.

What's the most efficient way to keep them out off your porch or, failing that, send them packing?

1 posted on 06/08/2011 7:02:03 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: LongElegantLegs

Walk out on your front porch with your Congressman Wiener hanging out. They’ll run for cover.


2 posted on 06/08/2011 7:04:27 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LongElegantLegs

I just don’t answer the door. Anybody I want to see knows to call before coming over. This strategy also works with political candidates, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Mormons.


3 posted on 06/08/2011 7:07:14 AM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj
No joke, really. I have a friend who answers his door always naked, we never go over there without calling first. Uninvited people never come back to his house.
4 posted on 06/08/2011 7:07:22 AM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: LongElegantLegs

Obviously “No Soliciting” and/or “Beware of Dog” signs don’t work...

...but an American Bulldog and a Boxer-mix seem to have worked pretty well for one guy.


5 posted on 06/08/2011 7:08:50 AM PDT by WayneS ("I hope you know this will go down on your PERMANENT record...")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: svcw

That’s ballsy.


6 posted on 06/08/2011 7:09:19 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (Use it up, wear it out, make it over or do without.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: LongElegantLegs
She said she regularly goes to doors with No Soliciting signs

This idiot deserves what she got. And worse.

7 posted on 06/08/2011 7:10:44 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland (!@)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LongElegantLegs
Vandewege said she doesn't take responsibility for what happened. She said she regularly goes to doors with No Soliciting signs..

Earlier in the article they quoted her as saying she didn't see the signs.

8 posted on 06/08/2011 7:10:49 AM PDT by WayneS ("I hope you know this will go down on your PERMANENT record...")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LongElegantLegs
Both dogs have a history of biting people.

Then why in the world would they give these dogs back to the owners? They should either be euthanized or given to someone who knows how to retrain aggressive dogs. (And even those folks don't always have success.)

9 posted on 06/08/2011 7:15:01 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LongElegantLegs

I have security dog signs on my property and no soliciting sign too. they have worked for me, no door to door salesmen. But the signs are an abject lie! You are only in danger from my dogs if you have food in your pockets. Then you are in danger of being licked to death.


10 posted on 06/08/2011 7:20:23 AM PDT by Ditter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Peter from Rutland

Good grief! She’s only 14 years old!


11 posted on 06/08/2011 7:32:03 AM PDT by SuzyQue
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Peter from Rutland

Make her pay for the damaged screen, and if they put the dogs down, vet bill from the euthanasia as well. Actions have consequences and if she’s still refusing to see she’s responsible after admitting she ignores signs, she needs to be “bitten” by consequences til she is.


12 posted on 06/08/2011 7:36:21 AM PDT by Fire_on_High (Stupid should hurt.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: SuzyQue
14 years old is quite old enough to read and obey signs!

14 years old is time to be fully responsible for your acts as was traditional for 13 year old people in the past!

This 14 year old admits to ignoring signs elsewhere ,and obviously playing the "I'm just a little girl selling "X"" to get your sympathy;no sympathy here.

13 posted on 06/08/2011 7:37:45 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: LongElegantLegs

Some cities prohibit kids from going door to door selling stuff to prevent predator attacks on kids.


14 posted on 06/08/2011 7:38:07 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (1 Cor. 15:1-4 Believe it!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; metmom; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

15 posted on 06/08/2011 7:38:51 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ditter

These two watch dogs we have will beat you with their tails.


16 posted on 06/08/2011 7:39:40 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (1 Cor. 15:1-4 Believe it!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: LongElegantLegs

Dogs seem to work.....


17 posted on 06/08/2011 7:48:41 AM PDT by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LongElegantLegs; Joe 6-pack

I’m glad the girl survived the experience, assuming she absorbed the lesson. As a day-sleeper with a heaping dose of the leavemealones of my own, I’m really feeling for the dogs who were only doing their job.

Bad of the owners not to better secure the dogs within the bounds of the home, though. If you have known biters, ensure they can’t or won’t breach the home barrier on their own.


18 posted on 06/08/2011 8:05:38 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: hoosierham

EXACTLY. As said by someone earlier she should be held responsible for ALL costs associated with this including the $1,200 to get the dogs released.

Thank God I don’t live in the city.


19 posted on 06/08/2011 8:12:48 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland (!@)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Titan Magroyne

“Bad of the owners not to better secure the dogs within the bounds of the home,” Why they have a fenced yard the the girl entered without permission and they are just protecting the owners propoerty.


20 posted on 06/08/2011 8:26:46 AM PDT by Ratman83
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Ratman83

Yep. As they say...Life is hard, and it’s harder when you’re stupid.


21 posted on 06/08/2011 8:45:27 AM PDT by Wolfie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Wolfie

The owner will be lucky an attorney does not sue him. You cannot boobytrap your property. Even with warnings. With dogs that out of control he is grossly negligent for not keeping them locked inside. Sure if someone breaks into his house that is one thing, but walk up the front path to the door? The mailman will be next.


22 posted on 06/08/2011 9:02:34 AM PDT by AndyJackson
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Joe 6-pack; LongElegantLegs

These people should have had a stronger door than just ‘screen’, since their dogs had bit before. Someone could have come to their door for help and had the same thing happen.

Thanks for pinging Joe. Drudge has a new headline;

‘Dangerous Dog Registry’ Created, All Pit Bulls, Dobermans, Rottweilers, German Shepherds Must Register”...


23 posted on 06/08/2011 10:46:02 AM PDT by potlatch ( ~*coincidences usually aren't *~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: AndyJackson

I’m sure the owner will get sued, and no doubt the dogs will be put down. All because some stupid twit ignored the warnings and went where she wasn’t wanted. So it goes.


24 posted on 06/08/2011 10:51:58 AM PDT by Wolfie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: svcw

After asking some Jehovah’s Witnesses three time not to knock on my door, opening the door full wide, standing there naked I invited them in. They politely refused and never knocked again. The guy didn’t even offer me the handout pamphlet!


25 posted on 06/08/2011 10:54:40 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Ratman83

>>> Why they have a fenced yard the the girl entered without permission and they are just protecting the owners propoerty.

Scratching head - I just reread the article again to make sure. You got a different source? I see nothing about a fenced yard, just the dogs bursting through a screen door.

In passing the signage to knock, she did cause offense. But she did not breach a barrier that allowed for physical contact. The dogs did.

Some adult [door-to-door salesman, Jehovah’s Witness, whatever] ignores my signs to knock anyway, I get to come to the door in nothin but a bloody apron and a knife and cut loose with all the offensive language I wanna, but the law still doesn’t allow me to hit them. Or to sic the dogs on them. Though I can’t say I’ve never grinned like a pie-eyed moron and {whoopsie!} let the dogs out to pick runs in their pantyhose.

The day 2 motorcyclists managed to smash themselves into the ditch beyond my driveway, a passerby who stopped to render assistance sent his son to knock on my door to call 911. The exact address was seen by the dispatcher (not that speed of service mattered much for those poor buggers). Should the good Samaritan have been rewarded by having my dogs bust out the door to chew his son’s arms off?

Getting back to the present situation... In the case that the girl unlatched the gate to a fence that otherwise kept the dogs contained as intended: As you were! (Meaning I stand corrected.)


26 posted on 06/08/2011 12:13:38 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Titan Magroyne

Video showed the fence in the front yard.


27 posted on 06/08/2011 12:17:54 PM PDT by Ratman83
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Ratman83

Ah. Dialup.

Kid’s fault then.


28 posted on 06/08/2011 12:20:45 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: LongElegantLegs
"What's the most efficient way to keep them out off your porch or, failing that, send them packing?"



Well, this sign on my front porch works for me....
29 posted on 06/08/2011 1:04:21 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Here you are in the Ninth - two men out and two men on.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: potlatch

One of my neighbors has a nasty little Chihuahua more vicious than any so-called “aggressive” breed.


30 posted on 06/08/2011 1:10:59 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Here you are in the Ninth - two men out and two men on.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: B4Ranch
Are you my friend? My only event to keep JWs away was when, I answered the door coughing and hacking, they asked me what was wrong I said I had TB and I was contagious but if they wanted to come in they could. They ran and never came back. The world is not ready for me to answer the door naked.
31 posted on 06/08/2011 1:18:03 PM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Emperor Palpatine

I understand what you say - I have a Yorkie, but the difference in injury is the size of the animal. My son in law had a Doberman that they raised from pup, when my grandaughter was two the Doberman nipped her on the face twice, just missing her eye.

They had it put down.


32 posted on 06/08/2011 1:45:06 PM PDT by potlatch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: potlatch
Forgot to add - my Yorkie is NOT vicious.
33 posted on 06/08/2011 1:47:25 PM PDT by potlatch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson