Rescued pit bull pup saves boy's life
Puppy alerts boy’s mom to danger.
It didn’t take TaterTot long to earn a special place in the hearts of a Minneapolis family. Just days after Christi Smith brought the 10-month-old pit bull home as a foster, he detected a life-threatening drop in her son’s blood sugar level.
Smith says it was the middle of the night on Oct. 2 when TaterTot, who had been close to being put down when Smith took him in, alerted her that something wasn’t right with her 4-year-old son, Peyton Anderson. The pup tried to wake Peyton up by licking him and jumping on him.
"He kept on whining and barking and running between the two of us," Smith said. "I checked on him, and he was barely breathing."
Smith rushed the boy to the emergency room, where doctors found that his blood sugar was dangerously low. The dog’s alert likely saved Peyton’s life.
Although doctors still aren’t sure what caused the drop, one thing is certain: TaterTot has earned a permanent home with the boy’s family.
— Watch it at Minneapolis’ KMSP-TV
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Photo: TaterTot is being credited with saving 4-year-old Peyton from a dangerous dip in his blood sugar level. / KMSP-TV
From the CDC for those who think only pit bulls are the problem. As someone who grew up in a home that took in rescues I can say I've seen more viscous little dogs than larger ones. In the end its all in who has raised the animal
"Conclusions—Although fatal attacks on humansappear to be a breed-specific problem (pit bull-typedogs and Rottweilers), other breeds may bite andcause fatalities at higher rates. Because of difficultiesinherent in determining a dog’s breed with certainty,enforcement of breed-specific ordinances raises con-stitutional and practical issues. Fatal attacks representa small proportion of dog bite injuries to humans and,therefore, should not be the primary factor drivingpublic policy concerning dangerous dogs. Many practi-cal alternatives to breed-specific ordinances exist andhold promise for prevention of dog bites. (J Am VetMed Assoc2000;217:836–840)"
Unfortunately, it's the breeders and irresponsible pet owners that teach these beautiful and loving animals to fight. They are very family oriented dogs. My father was a Veterinarian and treated a lot them--some had just come in from battle. Not only did he turn them in--he gave them a good lecture. He said, "that he had never had one try to bite him--unlike a german shepherd, mastiff or some small dog." He always said, "there was no excuse for a biting animal unless the owners or breeders provoked it!" This is very sad that we have people out there that would do this to an innocent animal.
Pit bulls are great dogs. My girlfriends sister has one and he is amazing. There are only 2 main issues with him: 1. He is a bed hog, 2. he thinks he is a lap dog and crushes your privates when he lays on you.
Like all pets they are what you make of them. you can train any dog to be vicious but pit-bull have a bad rap so they get blamed. It is almost never the dogs fault but the persons. Dogs love there owners so much they will do anything for them.
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