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Rescued Pit Bull Saves the Day (Heart warming Pitbull Story)
Bestfriends Network ^ | Kelli Ohrtman | Kelli Ohrtman

Posted on 02/15/2010 9:13:40 PM PST by Porterville

Rescued Pit Bull Saves the Day

By Kelli Ohrtman, Best Friends Network


Cinder thwarted an attempted robbery and protected her foster owner.

When Maura McGarrity responded to a plea from a local rescue group, she had no idea what she was getting into. Cinder, an American Staffordshire mix, had been waiting at the shelter for seven weeks; no one had shown interest in adopting her. The shelter said they would have to euthanize her if she didn’t find somewhere to go—fast. Maura said, “When we heard about her heartbreaking conditions and her short time given to live, we went out to see her and instantly fell in love.” So she agreed to foster Cinder to give her more time to find an appropriate home. Now Maura says, “As it turns out, fostering Cinder not only saved her life, but it saved ours in a way too!”

No one knows Cinder’s background, but Maura does know that, “she was dumped at the shelter… she was very sick, extremely under weight, covered in her own feces and urine and pretty cut up.” Despite the obvious neglect and abuse she endured, Maura said their first meeting with Cinder was instant love. “She wouldn’t stop trying to kiss us and be close to us and we knew we had to save her.” After settling into Maura’s home, Cinder returned the favor.

Here is Cinder’s story as Maura tells it:

“This Monday while I was at work, I put the dogs in their cages like I always do before I leave and said my goodbyes. I always come home at lunch to take them for a walk, but Monday I became swamped at work and could not leave the office. I came home after work around 5:00 and noticed that my door was partly broken and it looked like someone had tried to rip off the side paneling of the door to possibly break in.

There were shoe marks and kick marks on the door and marks near the locks as they were possibly trying to pick the locks. I got a terrible feeling and ran quickly inside my apartment. When I came in Cinder was very anxious, barking a lot and trying VERY hard to get out of her cage. The minute I let her out she ran right to the door and had her hair standing on edge. I knew something was terribly wrong.

I opened the door and when I looked out, I noticed my neighbor’s entire door was almost broken down. There were pieces of his door all over the floor. The door knob, dead bolt and key holes were lying on the ground and the door was cracked open a bit with no lights on. I could see though that there was stuff thrown all over the apartment inside. Since Cinder can’t hold her bladder for a long period of time, I knew I had to take her out right away (which looking back now was stupid). We walked out in the hallway and as we got closer to the elevator (near the broken down door) she got very tense, her hair raised and she started to bark. I immediately FLEW down the stairs with her instead of taking the elevator because she obviously heard something in the dark apartment and got nervous enough to bark.

Right as we stepped outside to where other people were, I called 911 to report the burglary. The police came in minutes and surrounded the building. They never ended up finding the person, BUT they do know how they got in/out of our building. Apparently the person climbed through a sky light on the roof and probably tried to break into my floor because out of the four apartments, only two are vacant. They weren’t sure if the person was still there when I came home that night, but I’m glad I’ll never know.

The Crime Scene Unit and detectives came and said they think the person could have gotten into my apartment if he had wanted to and tried harder, but they said the dog must have scared them away. The reason they said this is because when the police were photographing the area and looking at the door while the dogs were inside, they both were quiet. But the minute one of the officers touched the door and hit it, she started FREAKING out and barked louder than I’ve ever heard a dog bark before. She was extremely intimidating and I had to assure the police she is a sweetie and they could come in the house.

We’re not sure what happened on Monday, but the police are convinced the only reason they didn’t break down my door was because of Cinder’s ferocious bark. They said a lot of burglars don’t ever want to try the houses with dogs because not only could they be extremely territorial and try to attack them, but they are very loud and will cause unwanted attention to the apartment.

Luckily the person never got in to our apartment, but our neighbor lost a lot of his most valuable things. As the police officers were wrapping up and about to leave, they told my neighbor, “You should really think about getting a dog, because that dog right there (pointing to Cinder) is the reason she and her house are safe and untouched.”

Looking Ahead Now Maura hopes more than ever to find Cinder a loving, permanent home. Statistically, the cards are stacked against Cinder. She’s a pit bull-type, which scares off a lot of potential owners, she’s seven years old (we’ll call her “mature”), and has some mild dog aggression. Maura described, “she barks at other dogs and seems to be afraid of them.”

The area of Philadelphia where Maura and Cinder live is home to a lot of dogs, and that is hard on Cinder. Maura said, “Seeing other dogs on walks constantly is extremely stressful for her. We’ve tried to socialize her very slowly, but she seems very timid of larger dogs and goes on the defense if they are around her. We’re not sure of her past, but we think with some TLC she could learn to love other dogs of all shapes and sizes like she loves her step-brother, Gizmo the pug.”

Her hope is that someone with experience will fall for Cinder the way she did, and offer to either work through her anxiety around other dogs, or will want to invite Cinder to live in a permanent home.

Maura said, “I can't stress enough how much she adores people, she just needs someone experienced with this breed to help her through her fear/aggression issues. I know she isn't totally dog aggressive like some people assume all pits to be because she loves my dog Gizmo who is a pug. They sleep together, they play together, they drink out of the same bowl together....they are good buds and I know she would never hurt him.”


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KEYWORDS: awesome; dogs; goodboy; pitbull
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How fortunate to have such a wonderful dog breed.
1 posted on 02/15/2010 9:13:41 PM PST by Porterville
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To: Porterville

Make good python snacks.


2 posted on 02/15/2010 9:15:05 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

abuser... ;)


3 posted on 02/15/2010 9:15:40 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: Porterville

>>How fortunate to have such a wonderful dog breed.<<

Yes, and child rapists sometimes save people from liquor store robberies.

The numbers say that pit bulls are a menace to everyone around them — family as well as others.


4 posted on 02/15/2010 9:17:06 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Porterville

What is it with these threads? Are you the anti-Chet99?


5 posted on 02/15/2010 9:17:09 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: freedumb2003

Oh, there are 100s of these positive pitbull stories... how many do you want? 2 a night? 100 a night?


6 posted on 02/15/2010 9:17:55 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: pissant

Just love dogs.


7 posted on 02/15/2010 9:18:09 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: pissant

Copy paste is bad for you.


9 posted on 02/15/2010 9:20:09 PM PST by TheZMan (Just secede and get it over with. No love lost on either side. Cya.)
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To: Porterville

I’d appreciate some counter balance if you’re up to it :)


10 posted on 02/15/2010 9:21:23 PM PST by TheZMan (Just secede and get it over with. No love lost on either side. Cya.)
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To: TheZMan

How do you mean? I’m just going to post the positive since so much is on the negative. Poor dogs can’t get a break.


11 posted on 02/15/2010 9:22:32 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: freedumb2003

That’s what they say about guns too.


12 posted on 02/15/2010 9:22:53 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Porterville
Oh, there are 100s of these positive pitbull stories... how many do you want? 2 a night? 100 a night?

Anecdotes are just that.

Hows about some facts?

According to the Clifton study, pit bulls, Rottweilers, Presa Canarios and their mixes are responsible for 74% of attacks that were included in the study, 68% of the attacks upon children, 82% of the attacks upon adults, 65% of the deaths, and 68% of the maimings. In more than two-thirds of the cases included in the study, the life-threatening or fatal attack was apparently the first known dangerous behavior by the animal in question.

A it bull is a loaded gun when no one in the house knows gun control.

13 posted on 02/15/2010 9:24:00 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Porterville

That’s exactly what I mean.


14 posted on 02/15/2010 9:25:31 PM PST by TheZMan (Just secede and get it over with. No love lost on either side. Cya.)
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To: mamelukesabre
That’s what they say about guns too.

Proper gun handling can be taught and learned. Guns don't arbitrarily shoot people without help.

Pit bulls are not the same and you shame yourself by making the comparison. Unless you want to encourage the gun-grabbers by making their argument that guns are as dangerous and unpredictable as pit bulls.

15 posted on 02/15/2010 9:26:59 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: freedumb2003
From a Clifton Study? Is that as reliable as a Al Gore climate study? Like a Pomeranian? Here are the facts from the same source: ■Any dog, treated harshly or trained to attack, may bite a person. Any dog can be turned into a dangerous dog. The owner or handler most often is responsible for making a dog into something dangerous. ■An irresponsible owner or dog handler might create a situation that places another person in danger by a dog, without the dog itself being dangerous, as in the case of the Pomeranian that killed the infant ■Any individual dog may be a good, loving pet, even though its breed is considered to be potentially dangerous. A responsible owner can win the love and respect of a dog, no matter its breed. One cannot look at an individual dog, recognize its breed, and then state whether or not it is going to attack.
16 posted on 02/15/2010 9:27:57 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: freedumb2003

Only an idiot can’t train a dog.


17 posted on 02/15/2010 9:28:22 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: hamboy; Admin Moderator

Hey “Hamboy,” your post is about to get Free Republic sued.

Idiot.


18 posted on 02/15/2010 9:30:58 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: Porterville

>>Only an idiot can’t train a dog.<<

Clearly there are a lot of idiots ou there. We call them “Pit Bull Owners.”


19 posted on 02/15/2010 9:31:17 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: freedumb2003
There were 35 dog fatalities in total in the USA in 2007

There were an estimated 6,420,000 cars involved in accidents in the US in 2005. The cost of these accidents exceeds 230+ Billion dollars. There were about 2.9 million injury cases and 42,636 car accident deaths.(http://www.car-accidents.com/)

So your logic is what? Squirrel poop that's what.

20 posted on 02/15/2010 9:32:14 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: ConservativeMind

Oh well how about this anti-pitbull guy?


21 posted on 02/15/2010 9:32:33 PM PST by hamboy
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To: freedumb2003

Wow, “A it bull is a loaded gun?”

Me’s think a certian “xxxxdumb” needs to get a bit smarter.


22 posted on 02/15/2010 9:33:01 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: freedumb2003

I call people afraid of dogs cat owners.


23 posted on 02/15/2010 9:33:11 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: hamboy

I’m not anti dog or pitbull


24 posted on 02/15/2010 9:33:50 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: Porterville

>>A responsible owner can win the love and respect of a dog, no matter its breed. One cannot look at an individual dog, recognize its breed, and then state whether or not it is going to attack.<<

And yet, so few do. When you buy a weapon, you need to be trained for it. There is no requirement to be trained for the weapon that is a pit bull.

It is the breed and takes extraordinary measures to overcome their inherent vicious nature.

If you are proposing that rearing a pit bull should require formal training like buying a gun, we may have accord here.


25 posted on 02/15/2010 9:35:39 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Porterville
she loves my dog Gizmo who is a pug

Sam also has a new friend named Gizmo, an 8 month old Shih tzu/Maltese cross.

We're sharing his house for a few months.
I'm very happy with the patience Sam shows under the unrelenting onslaught of puppy exuberance.
Sam often lays on his back and lets Gizmo climb all over him.
Other times they play tug a rope and sometimes Giz wins!
He'll do a victory lap with the rope, strutting proudly around the room.
Using Sam as a demonstration model I've been able to show Gizmo what 'gentle' means
and break him of his piranha like behavior when being offered food by hand.

26 posted on 02/15/2010 9:35:54 PM PST by kanawa
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>>Me’s think a certian “xxxxdumb” needs to get a bit smarter<<

The numbers say otherwise.


27 posted on 02/15/2010 9:36:26 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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>>I call people afraid of dogs cat owners.<<

I call people who ignore facts “willfully ignorant.”

I had cats ad dogs at the same time and it was great.


28 posted on 02/15/2010 9:37:33 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Porterville

Ah, a strawman argument! — I knew you would not disappoint.


29 posted on 02/15/2010 9:38:59 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: freedumb2003

You call yourself what?


30 posted on 02/15/2010 9:40:10 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: freedumb2003

I thought you followed these threads closely,
have you not seen the information presented on Merrit Clifton and his “study”?
It has been posted many time on FR.


31 posted on 02/15/2010 9:40:58 PM PST by kanawa
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To: freedumb2003
And yet, so few do Really?
32 posted on 02/15/2010 9:41:33 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: kanawa

Feel free to post it again.

Don;t forget to post the comparison to Chihuahuas.


33 posted on 02/15/2010 9:45:16 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Porterville

Really.


34 posted on 02/15/2010 9:45:46 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: freedumb2003

In fantasy unicorn land.


35 posted on 02/15/2010 9:47:06 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: Porterville

Ah — ad hominem to add to the straw man.

Thanks again.

res ipsa loquater, baby.


36 posted on 02/15/2010 9:51:14 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: freedumb2003

I don’t think “fantasy unicorn land” counts as an ad hominem attack or brings in the use of the strawman.


37 posted on 02/15/2010 9:59:19 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: ConservativeMind

FR will get sued? It’s just in your mind..., idiot.


38 posted on 02/15/2010 9:59:21 PM PST by hamboy
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To: freedumb2003
Don;t forget to post the comparison to Chihuahuas.

Any "comparison to Chihuahuas"
has nothing to do with the faulty methodology of Clifton
nor his extreme animal rights, anti-livestock propagandizing.

Feel free to post it again.

I'm tired of posting it.
If you want to learn about it try googling
" Merrit Clifton methodology"
it should give you a start.

39 posted on 02/15/2010 10:00:51 PM PST by kanawa
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>>I don’t think “fantasy unicorn land” counts as an ad hominem attack or brings in the use of the strawman.<<

Latin is too hard for ya? That’s OK, you aren’t alone.


40 posted on 02/15/2010 10:02:36 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: freedumb2003

"I don't think it means what you think it means"

You keep using these words... what was it that Dean Vernon said?

41 posted on 02/15/2010 10:07:49 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: Porterville

Your inabiity to keep up does not constitute a problem on my behalf.

Good night — I hope I don’t see your name in tomorrow’s newspaper as the latest pit bull victim.

You are in my prayers.


42 posted on 02/15/2010 10:11:10 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: freedumb2003

Love can build a bridge.... so I’ve heard.


43 posted on 02/15/2010 10:12:12 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: Porterville

>>Love can build a bridge.... so I’ve heard.<<

But it can’t muzzle a weapon.


44 posted on 02/15/2010 10:13:55 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Porterville

I’m sorry but neither me is. I actually love Pitbulls and my family breeds German Shepherds...


45 posted on 02/15/2010 10:14:10 PM PST by hamboy
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To: hamboy

Both great dogs.


46 posted on 02/15/2010 10:16:17 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: freedumb2003
Unless you want to encourage the gun-grabbers by making their argument that guns are as dangerous and unpredictable as pit bulls.

They would not make that argument.
They would make the argument
that gun owners can not be trusted to be responsible
just as 'pit bull' owners can not be trusted to be responsible.

For example, here is an actual paraphrase of a politician....

"You can no more trust a pit bull owner to put a muzzle on his dog
than you can a gun owner to put a trigger lock on his gun"

47 posted on 02/15/2010 10:20:12 PM PST by kanawa
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To: hamboy

Please explain how your post, and only your post, was removed, HamBoy?

You didn’t follow the rules.


48 posted on 02/15/2010 10:20:13 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: freedumb2003

http://www.youtube.com/watch#playnext=1&playnext_from=TL&videos=B1kY2S32Nxs&v=MuyNNdELsDA


49 posted on 02/15/2010 10:20:13 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: kanawa

>>”You can no more trust a pit bull owner to put a muzzle on his dog
than you can a gun owner to put a trigger lock on his gun”<<

My point exactly. Great quote.


50 posted on 02/15/2010 10:28:07 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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