Buddy My Hero...
by Kevin Panting Sr
We are a two Schnauzer family. One evening a couple of months ago, I took Buddy, our 7 y/o male salt and pepper, and Maddie, our 4 y/o black female for their nightly walk. As I turned up the sidewalk I saw running towards us, 2 full-grown Pitbulls. The Pits were snarling and coming right for us. I grabbed my dogs leashes and pulled them up towards the porch. Being Schnauzers, they wanted to meet the "new" dogs. I, however, did not wish to meet 2 angry Pitbulls. As I was trying to get them inside, the Pits were up on the porch and right on us. They seemed to be keying on Maddie. My dogs were behind me, and I had to protect them. A mini, is like a snack for a full-grown Pitbull. I was yelling and screaming at these dogs. I utilized the only weapon I had at hand...a lawn chair. I was literally beating these Pits with the lawn chair. My daughter heard the commotion and opened the door. She saw what was going on and started screaming too. The door opened out so we were pretty much cornered by these snarling monsters. I was swinging, screaming, yelling, bashing, basically just trying to save myself and my dogs. It was at this time that I heard a new noise. It was a sound that I will never forget. It was the sound of one extremely angry miniature Schnauzer. Buddy made this unprecedented snarl and bolted from behind me right into the mess of Pitbulls and flying lawn chairs. He made a barking growl sound and latched onto the throat of the one that was closest to me. He was shaking his head and trying to pull this Pit down. Buddy's target decided that he didn't like this little fluffy, grey, dog on his throat and started to back away. Buddy let go and the dog ran. Then he turned towards the other one. I swung the lawn chair and made the other Pit reconsider his position. Both Pits finally ran off the porch and went to the end of the driveway, still snarling. I took this opportunity to get the dogs inside the house. As I was getting Maddie inside, the Pits came back up on the porch and attacked me. I fought them for at least 5 more minutes with my trusty Pitbull repellant yard furniture. I guess they finally tired of the taste and feel of aluminum and vinyl, and finally ran off down the block. I went inside and with tears in my eyes I just held my Hero boy. I thought for sure I was going to lose him when he went after those Pits. To this day, he is my hero and I tell him that all of the time.