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post #26 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-31-2012, 05:45 PM
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Please be aware that Dobes are one of the most desired bait dog for pit bull training because they are mouthy and will defend themselves. This is my biggest fear. That some creep would steal my girl to use as a bait dog. I am very deligent about watching her wherever we are, including at home. People interested in 'fiesty' dogs should be suspected. Just sayin!

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Originally Posted by Anton-Caesar View Post
Also chipping is a must, one of my mates has his dog chipped "somewhere else", any thief would know that the chip is in the scruff somewhere, i have heard of people cutting the chip out so a 2nd chip hidden is always an option.
That just sounds horrifyingly painful.

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Read all the info, interesting and an eye opener. Where I live it is rather safe, but we have had our thefts of dogs too. It was reported not so long ago about a suspisous van lurking and thought to be stealing dogs. When I had a horse the man who kept him often lost a lab or 2 and he always thought it was due to someone stealing them. I also know we have had dogs taken from their own yards or porches. I know that there is a large flea market once a mo and people often think they are taken down there to that sale. Also talk of being taken to labs to do testing on. That would just infuriate me to find out my pet was being tested for who knows.... How sad and just horrible to have your pet stolen. sounds like where alot of you are it is an epidemic . I feel for you and I would be very careful of those men, who knows they might be following you sometime.
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When Levi was with me, I had several people stop me to ask about him or ask to pet him or ask if I'd be willing to breed him. I can't tell you how many times people would slow down or even stop their cars to comment on him. Countless people wanted to touch him.

Sidenote: why is it that people always seem to want to touch a dog whom they admire? Does touching the animal make the experience of being around the dog any more pleasurable? ...Just wondering.

The dog park was about two miles from my house in CA at the time, and we'd often walk there and back in the evenings. As it would get darker earlier in the evening, I had to be more cautious so I'd carry mace and a small blow horn.

One night, I noticed a small pick-up drive by slowly. Then I noticed it was coming toward us from the opposite direction. Again, it was creeping by. I watched it turn the corner behind us, so I thought perhaps the driver was looking for a particular address or something. Then I saw the same damn truck coming up behind us. We never changed direction so I was starting to get really paranoid. At that point, I actually cut across a park (that wasn't lit) to get over to a busier street with more lights and traffic. As Levi and I were jogging across the park, I kept looking back and noticed the truck was now at a complete stop. Who knows if they were even aware of us or not. I wasn't going to chance it. Levi hadn't had any formal protection training nor did he ever alert around strangers, so taking him from me wouldn't have been difficult if someone really tried.

It seems no matter how menacing or formidable a dog may look, there are some people who are not deterred by their appearance. In fact, they're often attracted to the dog because of their appearance (like in the case of Toby'shuman). I'd bet that guy surely wanted your boy to use for fighting. The fact that he liked that the dog bites was a good tip-off. You did the right thing.

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As I said we were walking in an area a good 20 kilometres from home and whilst the guy didn't appear to follow me I took the longest most circuitous route home you could imagine. I deliberately drove through town, out and across the river, then using another bridge crossed back again before taking a completely different road home to the one I would normally. Yeah to some this might have seemed a little paranoid but he really did weird me out so I thought to err on the side of caution.

Despite living in a remote area I too accompany my boys outside when they need the loo.

They are my life and i swear i will take anyone elses who thinks to deprive me of them.
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