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Old 09.02.2012, 18:34
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Rescued dog bites NBC anchor

I haven't seen the actual footage of this and I'm not sure I want to, but this serves as a valuable lesson to everyone.

Apparently it was a "feel good" segment where they were discussing a dog that had been pulled from a frozen lake and the firefighters that had rescued him.
Unfortunately, the anchor got a bit too close and the dog bit her. OUCH! And it was an Argentine Mastiff

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cutline/...141755422.html


The link does NOT contain the footage of the Bite

After seeing the footage just now, she was nose to nose with the dog and it didn't look too happy. It was warning bite or nip but from that type of dog is a nip isn't going to be nice. You live and learn.
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Old 09.02.2012, 18:42
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Re: Rescued dog bites NBC anchor

Apparently she's OK, post surgery. Saw the clip of the attack; it wasn't graphic but leaves plenty to the imagination. I hope it won't affect her career on camera.

I love dogs, but growing up with a grandfather who was a sort of Dog Whisperer or Beastmaster if you want, I learned never to get my face too close to an unknown dog.
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Re: Rescued dog bites NBC anchor

she was stupid to stick her face into the face of the dog - all her fault
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Re: Rescued dog bites NBC anchor

From one photo, the dog was clearly showing his teeth as she was moving too close. Unfortunately, she was not at all attuned to what the dog was projecting.

Additionally, given the breed of dog, why would anyone set things up so she would be face to face with him under a obviously very stressful situation for the dog.
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Re: Rescued dog bites NBC anchor

I am sort of new to dog ownership, but a basic,don't do, is stare at a strange dog. Staring is aggression for a dog and sticking your face in theirs is TOTAL aggression in dogspeak and many breeds would have reacted the same way. It has nothing to do with the breed. Let's not even mention the stress it would be for the dog with the cameras and lights and unfamiliar circumstance.I surely
hope that the dog does not have to suffer for the owner's ignorance and the ignorance of the presenter and the television station that reported this story.
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Re: Rescued dog bites NBC anchor

They had one of those Argentinian dogs at the dog pound in Bern. I took it out for a walk, it was wearing a leather muzzle, was on a lead, and was a very pleasant dog. We stopped for a drink and I gave him a biscuit and suddenly he was moving violently around, waving and shaking his head. I worried that he had got the biscuit stuck in his throat, and tried to remove the muzzle, but I realised then that despite being strong and weighing 110 Kg, I couldn't control the dog. Luckily the biscuit was not in his mouth, it was between the muzzle and his mouth, and his violent movements were designed to shake the biscuit out, which he succeeded in doing. It was quite a wake up call for me!
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Re: Rescued dog bites NBC anchor

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From one photo, the dog was clearly showing his teeth as she was moving too close. Unfortunately, she was not at all attuned to what the dog was projecting.

Additionally, given the breed of dog, why would anyone set things up so she would be face to face with him under a obviously very stressful situation for the dog.
From the video, it bares it's teeth for a fraction of a second. Not enough time for her to move back.
That being said, she should have never got that close to an unfamiliar dog especially with it being in an unfamiliar environment like you said.
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