Dog Dies After Taking Bullet To Protect Its Owner


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Preacherman
December 17, 2003, 11:27 PM
From http://www.local6.com/news/2710316/detail.html:

Dog Dies After Taking Bullet To Protect Its Owner

POSTED: 8:07 AM EST December 17, 2003

MILLVILLE, N.J. -- A man about to be shot by an intruder was saved when his dog jumped in and took the bullet for him, authorities said. The animal later died from its wound.

The shooting occurred early Monday when the 29-year-old man, who police would not identify, heard someone knock on a rear door at his Millville home. When he opened it, he saw two men, and one of them pulled out a shotgun.

As the homeowner dived to the floor to escape the gunman, authorities said the dog jumped between them and was shot one time before the two men fled. The dog's owner was not injured.

The shooting was drug related, authorities said, but further details about the dog and the weapon used were not available. The two men remained at large early Wednesday.

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tetleyb
December 18, 2003, 12:00 AM
"the shooting was drug related..."

I would have rather had the jerk drug dealer shot and killed and not the dog. The dog is truly man's best friends.

Animals are more precious then numerous people in this society. And that, is a shame...

Some one give that dog a medal.

:fire: :fire: :fire: :fire: :fire:

TheeBadOne
December 18, 2003, 12:05 AM
tetleyb Summed it up nicely for me. :scrutiny:

Triad
December 18, 2003, 12:16 AM
"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog. A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may he may be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens."

Sen. George Vest, 1870

Sactown
December 18, 2003, 01:32 AM
i'm gonna go give my dog a hug.

Randy63
December 18, 2003, 08:57 AM
Originally posted by tetleyb:
Animals are more precious then numerous people in this society. And that, is a shame...

That's a fact.
I love my dogs.

Randy

TarpleyG
December 18, 2003, 09:16 AM
"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.
You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." --Unknown

One of my favorites. RIP pup.

GT

mormonsniper
December 18, 2003, 09:41 AM
Dog Things

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride. Allow the
experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. When it's in your best interest, practice obedience. Let others know when they've invaded your territory. Take naps and stretch before rising. Run, romp, and play daily. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not. If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently. Thrive on attention and let people touch you. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do. On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under shady trees. When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body. No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout...run right back and make friends. Bond with your pack. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk. If you stare at someone long enough, eventually you'll get what you want. Don't go out without ID. When you do something wrong, always take responsibility (as soon as you're dragged out from under the bed!) If it's not sloppy, it's not a real kiss. If at first you don't succeed, whine real loud. Don't settle for cheap food. Play nicely with others, but remind them that it's your toy. Rainy days are best spent indoors. When a loud thunderstorm comes at night, and the ones you need to impress with your bravery are asleep, it's okay to hide under the bed.


and one more....

This is from Senator George Graham Vest, speaking to a jury about Old Drum, shot in 1869. Johnson County Circuit Court, Warrensburg, Missouri

"The best friend man has in the world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son, or daughter, that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and good name may become traitors to their faith. The money a man has he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man's reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our head.

"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog. A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground when the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only to be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince.

"When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wing, and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.
"If fortune drives his master forth, an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard him against danger, to fight against his enemies,. And when that last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there, by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true, even in death."

Yes, I love and admire the faithful dog. I will always hope to be blessed with one of God's greatest creations. An example we can all hope to emulate.

mormonsniper

.45Ruger
December 18, 2003, 10:14 AM
A girlfriend of mine is always saying how much better Cats are than Dogs. I'll be printing this thread and showing it to her. And Thanks to dogs for really being mans best friend even at the cost of their own lives.

Ol' Badger
December 18, 2003, 10:30 AM
You never hear any stories about Cats taking a bullet for their owners do you?

Leatherneck
December 18, 2003, 10:44 AM
Some of my best friends are dogs :D

TC
TFL Survivor

Quartus
December 18, 2003, 11:01 AM
Leatherneck, don't talk about your dates like that! :D




You never hear any stories about Cats taking a bullet for their owners do you?


That about says it all. Cats are nice, and useful if you have a rodent problem.

Dogs are friends.

El Tejon
December 18, 2003, 11:06 AM
A cat would take a message and get back to it later.:D

bigjim
December 18, 2003, 11:43 AM
Dogs are many things.

Sometimes in different places they are:

Food
Pack Animals
Hunters
Very misunderstood companions ( this thread )

When a Dog wags his tail at you it is not because he is excited it is because he is stimulateing his anal glad to release a oder to identify himself to you. He is worried because a animal he perceives as being higher in the pecking order has arrived.

Dogs do not grin. Dogs look at you as being higher in the pack and differ to you or they do not. You wont think a dog is a good friend if you have not fooled it into thinking you can kick its ??? any time.

The dog in this thread did not make a reasoned choice to die in the place of his master. His instinct may have caused him to react to a threat to his pack and it got him killed.

All this emotionalism does not serve the best intersts of people or dogs.

I like dogs I also like trees and grass and other renewable resources.

The emotions and motivations people project onto dogs is just that projection.

Andrew Rothman
December 18, 2003, 11:47 AM
My cat just saved me from a ferocious rodent the other night. I swear, that thing musta weighed over two ounces! :)

Still, don't let's turn this into a cats vs. dogs slamfest, huh?

And by the way, we can say a lot for this dog's loyalty, but not much for his taste in friends.

How you behave toward cats here below determines your status in Heaven. - Robert A. Heinlein

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. - Robert A. Heinlein

I like all cats. You don't own a cat, he is a free citizen. Take dogs; dogs are friendly and fun and loyal. But slaves. Not their fault, they've been bred for it. But slavery makes me queasy, even in animals. - Robert A. Heinlein

Gewehr98
December 18, 2003, 11:50 AM
My own anal gland is stimulated. :scrutiny:

bigjim
December 18, 2003, 12:14 PM
Gewehr98,

I have that effect on people.

Gewehr98
December 18, 2003, 12:47 PM
That this big doofus of a pup, who waits at the front door when I get home from the squadron each night for me to play "catch me if you can", is afraid of me being higher on the food chain. Heck, if he sees me walking home from halfway down the block, he runs full steam to catch me and initiate a slobber attack. I'm of the opinion his groundspeed is augmented by the tail-wagging. Tell me he's not a happy dog:

http://mauser98.com/berniechair.jpg

rick newland
December 18, 2003, 12:54 PM
You never hear any stories about Cats taking a bullet for their owners do you? Democrats own cats and cats are a good judge of character.


http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-11/496871/0116_011.jpg

TarpleyG
December 18, 2003, 01:03 PM
All this emotionalism does not serve the best intersts of people or dogs.
Well, you have your opinions and I have mine. I think my dogs fulfill a very large EMOTIONAL part of my life and I fill a large EMOTIONAL part of theirs. Believe what you want but I can see it in my dogs' eyes when I return from a long trip or even just when I get home from work. They may not know what happy is like we do but I know waht it is and they sure seem happy about me being there. I can also see when they appear sad or lonely. I don't think dogs get bored in our sense of the word but they do exhibit a lot of other emotional characteristics. Call it projection if that makes you feel better. Maybe you should become one of them there pet psychics since you seem to know so much about them.

GT

bigjim
December 18, 2003, 01:13 PM
Gewehr98,

Of course I won’t tell you that your dog is not happy. I don't know what if any emotions dogs actually feel. I do know their brains are wired totally differently, completely different survival adaptations, and capacity for learning.

I just think it is the height of human arrogance to assume our emotions are the same for dogs or that there is even any correlation at all.

Further more by assigning (projecting) human motivations and rational to dog behavior you may be limiting your own interaction with your animal friend.

Ask the California Guy who got eaten by a bear that he thought was no different than a big hairy person recently.

No I am glad you love and value your animal. I do not want to diminish your attachment to your pet in any way. I am just floating the idea that dog behavior comes from a completely different world, much more of it from instinct and ingrained pack animal behavior.

fish2xs
December 18, 2003, 01:16 PM
the more people I meet, the more I appreciate my dog....

bigjim
December 18, 2003, 01:18 PM
I agree TarpleyG,

The important thing is the dog meets your needs. Not the other way around. No point in trying increase the level of communiction between you are your pet. One of you appears to be maxed out already. Can't teach a old dog new tricks after all.

Bill Hook
December 18, 2003, 01:23 PM
Anyone who thinks dogs don't have emotions and personality must be examining his own anal gland quite closely.

Dogs aren't equal to grass or trees.

Are their emotions different? Sure, but many are fundamentally the same. Anger, greed, jealousy, happiness and affection are all present in some form.

I haven't seen my dog in nearly a year and fully expect a warm reception this Christmas and that he'll spend a good bit of time with me, despite the fact that he has other dogs and people to be near. I also expect the other dogs to greet me similarly, and one, in particular, to jump into bed far too early in the morning and lick my ears, wagging his tail like a fool.

Quartus
December 18, 2003, 01:23 PM
An impoverished life.


Sad.

bigjim
December 18, 2003, 06:10 PM
Think a dog is more than what it is , the secret to happy life?

sad

bigjim
December 18, 2003, 06:22 PM
>Bill Hook screamed in a fit of righteous indignation:
>Anyone who thinks dogs don't have emotions and personality must be >examining his own anal gland quite closely.

Gosh Bill I guess we disagree. All I have backing me up is reality. But you have insults on your side, you must be right.


I am willing to admit this much. It is likely that you and your dog process information in a similar fashion.

pax
December 18, 2003, 08:00 PM
:banghead:

Well, the article that started this thread was on topic, anyway. Some of you may want to check your PMs.

pax

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