thoughts and prayers for my sister

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thoughts and prayers for my sister

I found out this evening that my sister in Alabama was attacked by an Argentino Mastiff while on a run in her neighborhood. She was severely bitten twice on her right (dominate) arm. She could possibly have nerve damage and they are waiting to put in stitches because they want to make sure the wounds are free of infection. She has 3 children and my mom is about an hour away from her house now. (about a 7-8 hr drive) It's just not something you think about happening to your family. You see these things on the news but don't think it will happen to someone you know. I'll try not to get on a soapbox about what I have always thought of these kinds of dogs, but you can imagine what I think should happen to it. That's undecided as of now. It's in "lock down" for 10 days.
Anyway, not putting on FB b/c I don't know if my sister wants it on there, but thought it would be fine to share here.

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:bigarmhug: Oh my! Prayers for your sister! I was bitten by a German Shepherd when I was little on my right arm and had to have 28 stitches. The dog was actually my babysitters dog. Thankfully, I have no long term damage, only scars. I am still scared of German Shepherds to this day. Hopefully your sisters arm will be ok and she will have a fast recovery!

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I'll be keeping your sister in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery and no long term damage. :openarms:

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I hope she recovers quickly! I'll keep her in my thoughts and prayers!

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Oh no...here's all my recover quickly vibes. How scary!

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Oh my goodness... You sister has my thoughts & prayers. That is such a terrible thing. I don't understand when things like that happen. Did the dog get loose/escape? I hope she is able to heal completely & quickly.

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Sending healing thoughts to your sister. I hope she heals quickly and has no lasting damage. KUP on when she gets her stitches.

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I am so sorry to hear that! How scary. Thoughts and prayers coming her way. I hope the damage is minimal and her recovery is short.

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"abh413" wrote:

Oh my goodness... You sister has my thoughts & prayers. That is such a terrible thing. I don't understand when things like that happen. Did the dog get loose/escape? I hope she is able to heal completely & quickly.

I talked to my mom and got a little more details. The lady had come home for lunch. Opened the door and her two dogs darted out the front. If you can't even open your front door without the dogs getting loose then there's something wrong.... The mastiff started running after Christy. She always continues to run knowing that most dogs will stop at their property line. The dog continued and came after her and she blocked its attack with her right arm. It came at her again and she remember that you should fight off an attacker (human or dog) by poking/hitting them in the eyes, so she was yelling for help and got the dog off of her by doing that and with the help of some men that were working. She normally has her cell but didn't, so she got them to call 911. Told them where the kids where. Her youngest was at the baptist church in preschool and one of the men was a member there. He called up there and they also were able to get Brian's (her DH) cell phone number from her DS's information. (I mean, who really knows the numbers in your cell since you don't have to dial it that often and it was a newer number) Very scary. Just remember when you're out running or walking with your LO to never leave your cell phone and also pepper spray - works for animals too.

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I hope it's not as serious as it looks and she recovers quickly! How freaking scary!

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That is very scary! I hope your sister recovers quickly and completely. I will definitely keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

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Hope she recovers quickly......and its not to serious. Thoughts coming her way..

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Wow! That's scary! Those dogs are about as big as people. I didn't know they were that mean, but I can only imagine the damage. Hope she recovers from it well!!!

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How scary! I hope she is doing better and no nerve damage.

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So sorry to hear! Your sister is in my thoughts and prayers. Hoping for a speedy recovery for her!!!

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"L.Miller" wrote:

I talked to my mom and got a little more details. The lady had come home for lunch. Opened the door and her two dogs darted out the front. If you can't even open your front door without the dogs getting loose then there's something wrong.... The mastiff started running after Christy. She always continues to run knowing that most dogs will stop at their property line. The dog continued and came after her and she blocked its attack with her right arm. It came at her again and she remember that you should fight off an attacker (human or dog) by poking/hitting them in the eyes, so she was yelling for help and got the dog off of her by doing that and with the help of some men that were working. She normally has her cell but didn't, so she got them to call 911. Told them where the kids where. Her youngest was at the baptist church in preschool and one of the men was a member there. He called up there and they also were able to get Brian's (her DH) cell phone number from her DS's information. (I mean, who really knows the numbers in your cell since you don't have to dial it that often and it was a newer number) Very scary. Just remember when you're out running or walking with your LO to never leave your cell phone and also pepper spray - works for animals too.

That is horrible! I'm an animal lover but no animal should be that dangerous without proper precautions. I'm so sorry your sister had to be the victim. I'm glad she was able to remain focused & fight the dog off. KUP!

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I hope she's doing alright! You guys are in my thoughts and prayers! That's so scary!

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I'm with Anita. I love animals, and I think most animal behavior can be chalked up to "nurture" versus "nature." In general, an animal is not innately vicious. If you train them and monitor them, they should cause no problems. Unfortunately, most people who buy Argentino Mastiffs do so in order to turn them into attack dogs or guards. Sometimes such people also use other brain damaging substances to encourage further aggression, but that's another story. I hope your sister recovers quickly, both mentally and physically.

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That is a huge dog! I love big dogs personally but I believe fully that if a dog bites a person and draws blood that they should probably be put down, especially in a case where the bite was that bad! I hope she regains full use of the arm and they make sure the dog cant hurt anyone else!

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Thanks ladies. She is feeling much better. She's getting some feeling back in her hand, but two of her fingers remain tingly and numb. It's only been a few days, so the doctors are hopeful that the nerves are just traumatized. The wounds are quite deep so they are letting them heel from the inside out. She had to make sure to change the bandage and keep it drained.
As for the dog, that breed was created specifically to hunt and fight. For the most part I know it's nurture, but for me, this breed has it in their DNA to fight. Kind of like owning a baby Lion cub and expecting it to always be sweet. But that's JMO and as far as I know, there's no news other than it's locked up for 10 days.

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I don't understand why any dogs are bred to be fighters. Just makes no sense to me. I'm glad to hear your sister is making improvements.

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