September 26, 2009

Just a Friendly Little Beating

Scene: Lake Mead. My two girls and I are enjoying a Saturday at the beach. A man, his daughter and a pitbull puppy settle in ten feet away from us.

I'm a friendly gal, so I yell over, "that's a good looking pit." He smiles and we launch into congenial small talk. My girls are enthralled with anything puppy related and beg me to let them pet his dog. I get his permission, warn them that puppies can be overly excitable, and let them go.

Inevitably, (I know, I'm a terrible person), the puppy playfully grabs my two year old Cher's hand in his mouth and she starts to cry. I pull Cher back to my lap to calm her. The man comes over, completely apologetic but I assure him that she'll be fine. But the next thing I know, he's dragging his four month old puppy by the ears to where we are sitting. "Bad Lady! See what you did to this little girl?" Then, still holding her ears twisted tightly in his fists, he starts beating his dog in the face. "Bad! Bad! Bad! Bad!" Each shout punctuated by a violent blow.

"No really, my daughter is fine!" I say. The beating continues at our feet. "She was just being a puppy! Please don't hit her. See? Her hand is fine." I hold out my daughters hand and show that no harm has been done.

"This is the only way she'll learn," says the man with an apologetic smile. Her ears get another twist. BAM. At this point, both my girls are totally freaked out and Cher's begins crying for the puppy instead of herself. For his finale, he grinds the dog's head into the sand. Finally convinced that he's shown me what a great guy he was, he releases Lady's ears and gives me a heroic grin like he's just slain a dragon. The dog lies terrified on the ground.

Funny, one minute you are chatting with a guy about the weather and the next minute, you feel like grabbing him by the ears and beating him senseless. Gotta love the beach.

10 comments:

The Editor said...

I love the "NEVER HIT A DOG, EVER" rule. There are plenty of ways, especially, with a loving pup, to steer them into positive behavior. Especially importrant with a Pit. Yuck. He's raising a monster.

Sister Pottymouth said...

That's awful! Your poor girls.

Michemily said...

Wow, wow, wow. If he were one of those guys trying to catch a girl's eye with his puppy, he lost the race with his violence.

Lacey said...

That's so sad to watch. I hope your girls aren't too traumatized by that.

Tracie said...

Welcome back, Sarah! Once my husband witnessed a little girl (probably 1.5 years at the most) poke another kid in the eye. The girl's father grabbed her, poked her in the eye, and said, "See? It doesn't feel very good, does it?" Since my son is only 17 months, I'm just at the start of learning how to discipline and train a child. At least I can recognize what is not a great example, though... Let's just hope the man is a little nicer to his kid than his dog.

Melinda said...

I like when you have a blog

Tammy said...

This sounded like a very bad scene of a movie I wouldn't like. I must admit I am scared of Pits but I felt sorry for that one.

Molly said...

Very disturbing story.
But on the brighter side, HOORAY! You're blogging again!!

Aunt LoLo said...

Oh my good heavens! I'm sure they're REALLY ok with dogs, now. Ugh.

Lame!

kate said...

Some people truly don't understand the damage they're doing when they try to "train" their dogs this way. What a jerk.