Buddy My Hero...

by Kevin Panting Sr
(Springfield IL)

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.

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Sep 11, 2014
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Thats Our Mini-Schnauzer
by: Hoyt

What a story. Their love has to size. They will protect you. Wish I had another one. He was the same way yours are. Give them a BIG HUG for me.

Aug 28, 2014
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You go Buddy!!!
by: safsmith

What a great story. You should be proud of your little Buddy. I love my Pepper too ( 2 year old ) and hope that this never happens to us while walking. I don't know what pepper would do.

Aug 28, 2014
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Disappointing
by: Jeni

Wow - he fought because he loves his family. The police reply was upsetting - call if they return in office hours!!!! People and sweet animals get hurt in the mean time glad that you all survived xxx

Aug 28, 2014
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Hero dog, bad police...
by: Kevin Panting Sr

After this incident happened, I immediately called the police. After recounting to them what had happened. The dispatcher told me that Animal Control was closed for the night and that I should call back tomorrow. He did tell me that if the dogs attacked again, I should call them back. To be told that AC was closed and that I should call back tomorrow I suppose. There are so many stray and loose dogs in my neighborhood that I have Animal Control's phone number saved on my cell phone. I call the number frequently.

Aug 28, 2014
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Fantastic Buddy
by: Linda and Max

Wow, Buddy certainly is a hero, what a fantastic story.
Schnauzers will attack if they are backed into a corner. Max once got hold of a large labrador/pitbull type dog after it ran out of the dark and attacked him. Unbelievably he wasn't injured before the dog's owner eventually came.
I hope Buddy and Maddie excaped their ordeal uninjured. It will no doubt make them more wary when approached by larger dogs.
Unbelievable that two aggressive dogs were allowed to roam free like that.
You all had a lucky escape, thanks to Buddy.

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