Man Worried About Wife’s Pit Bull When Baby Is Born Is Completely Blown Away by What He Does

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Given the horror stories that are routinely covered by the media, it’s easy to understand how people with no personal experiences with pit bulls could think they are all ticking time bombs.  Greg Heynen was one of them.  Until he saw the amazing thing that his wife’s dog Zack did after his daughter was born…

This is Greg’s story:

My wife and I owned two dogs that we had owned before we met and brought into the marriage. Her dog was a pit bull/Labrador cross named Zack, and he hated me. When our daughter was born, I said to the wife, ‘If he so much as nips at the baby, he’s gone.’

 

 

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We brought our daughter home in a car seat, and both dogs sniffed and licked her, tails wagging. I had to pull Zack away from her because he wouldn’t stop licking her. Zack immediately became my daughter’s protector, and when she was lying on a blanket on the floor, he always had to have one foot on the blanket.

Zack loved my daughter immensely, and when she became a little older always walked her to bed, and then slept on the bed with her. He somehow knew whenever it was time to go upstairs, and he would wait at the foot of the stairs for her, and then follow her up to bed.

Zack was poisoned by some dirtbag neighbor kids, and we had one of the worst days of our lives. Watching my daughter say goodbye to him as he laid still on the kitchen floor, my wife and I were both sobbing.

 

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At 8:00 that night, my daughter walked to the stairs to go to bed. At that moment, all three of us realized what was about to happen. After five years, she didn’t have Zack to accompany her upstairs. She looked at her mother and me with a look of horror and panic.

It was at that moment that my dog, who loved my daughter dearly, but was not in Zack’s league, stood up, walked over to her, and nudged her with his head. He put his foot on the stairs, and looked up at her. They walked up to bed, with my daughter holding tightly to his neck.

For the next six years, until he died, Sam waited for her by the stairs each night.

 

310 thoughts on “Man Worried About Wife’s Pit Bull When Baby Is Born Is Completely Blown Away by What He Does”

  1. Every pit bull attack is followed with “but he was the sweetest dog. He never hurt anyone before.” I realize not all pit bulls will hurt someone, but how can you tell the difference? You can’t. My son, at age 7, was attacked by the ‘sweetest pit bull’ ever. Keep your eye on your child.

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    • EXACTLY! They can snap last minute. I had another family friend that lost half a finger because a “super sweet and the most friendly dog in the world” pitbull who had supposedly “never snapped” before grabbed ahold of his hand when he reached out and wouldn’t let go for over 5 minutes, my friend says it was the scariest thing that has ever happened to him and it tore his middle finger half off as well as part of his index. So yea, Pitbulls can be very sweet and VERY UNPREDICTABLE!

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    • You’re right. Keep an eye on your kid. What was your kid doing that the dog didn’t like? Don’t leave out important details like the average media report.

      I”ve dealt with hundreds of dogs of all breeds, mixes, and sizes and none of them have ever gone after anyone or anything without the target doing something the dog didn’t like and not without any sort of a warning.

      We had one guy threaten to sue us because our first dog was barking and snarling at him “preparing to attack him for no reason”. Guy didn’t know I had watched him from the window while he pelted my dog with rocks from the road. My last dog came from a bad situation via a shelter. If you were guy who was big and/or loud she would have a go at you (her warning: tail tucking). Chances are the bad situation she came from was created by a large loud male human. A neighbor had a dog that was missing a paw and if you touched that leg she would try to bite you (her warning: a growl as soon as you touched that hip). Same neighbor took up basic training of puppies meant to become seeing-eye dogs after losing the dog with the missing paw. She ended up having to keep one because not only was he so food aggressive he had to be fed alone in a separate room but he hated having his tail touched. Try to take his food or touch his tail and he would try to bite you (his warning: snarling and violent snapping).

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    • Balute, so what did your kid do to aggravate the dog? Pitbulls are far more loving than chihuahuas! I have lived next door to two huge, teddy bear dogs called “pitbulls” and while I started out terrified I very quickly learned that these are sweet, loving animals. The youngest had been abused and he scared me the most, but once he learned that I wanted to be kind to him, he suddenly started laying his head on my leg so I would stroke his ears and talk to him. The older one will sit in the window and bark at me until I holler “Hi big pup!” and acknowledge him. Pits are as vicious as you make them- only in your own eyes. My 5 year old grandson has been around these dogs since his birth, and the owner’s 3 year old son steps between the pits when they have a spat, telling them they’re “bad dogs”. Not once, ever, would they harm a child by their own choice. If these two dogs attacked I’d know someone aggravated them to the point of attacking.

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  2. Lived w/dogs when child. Apts. since, no dogs. But…had a mutt when a kid that was the neighborhood dog. Kept kids off street. Allowed sticks to be poked at him, tail pulling, went to everyone’s house for treats (we lived on cul-de-sac and before leash laws). He just moved on when it was time to let kids know enough. Adopted by all on street as our ‘street pet’. Great for those that had allergies, he visited, they pet and then he came home. Only thing he was afraid of was being ‘tied/gated/’stuck’ ‘. He was a free-range animal. And thunderstorms (the ONLY time he would come inside house). Collie/beagle/+?.

    It’s all the love we shared and he had.. If human is ‘trained’ how to behave, dog will be best. Rarely is a dog born with a will to harm or hurt just because. Humans on the other hand….well, just watch news/read your papers.

    Be strong dog owners, luv your pet with your all. And don’t forget to teach your children proper manners around your pet and anyone elses pet too.

    People will jump at you when you wake them, when you hurt them, when you are cruel or stupid with them. If you don’t think an ‘animal’ (oh yeah people, you are actually in the same ‘animal’ family/species–we’re called mammals(sp)!). Dogs are great. I just wish I had the chance to have a dog, but have been cat owner for many years. Stay strong and luv your dogs (any/all types/kinds) and they will show their love back to you. They can all be protectors if you let them be.

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  3. I don’t care. I would not trust an animal who has a killer instinct inside their brains. I would find a good home for the dog…one without kids for sure!

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  4. Now my make-up is running and I am at work because I am crying. What a sweet and sad story! I am so sorry for your loss!

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  5. While this is a sweet story, it’s not unusual for pit bulls to treat their own family members well, while they attack viciously and without warning strangers who happen to cross their path and mean them no harm. Therein lies the problem! Do be mislead by this story.

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  6. All I can say is Wow… I would of felt like the father, worrying about the dog hurting my children. Thank God is wasn’t that at all…As for kids poisoning the dog… hope they get a good kick in the ass… and what goes around comes around…

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