American Bulldog ‘Buster’ from Telford, Shropshire saved the day when he alerted owner Natalie Blake that her three year old son, Charlie, had become trapped in the cords from a window blind. Buster began to bark at Natalie’s bedroom door, and, knowing that the dog didn’t usually bark at night, Natalie followed him downstairs, and was met with the terrible sight of her son being strangled by the cord. Buster’s actions have since helped to change the views of the family’s friends who, prior to the incident, had had doubts about the breed. See the full story here.
This isn’t the first time that a ‘bully breed’ has saved a life. Rescue Staffie ‘Gypsie’ woke owner Nicky Hoad in the middle of the night, by urgently licking her face, before a fire in an adjacent bedroom was able to take hold. Gypsie’s actions meant that both Nicky and her daughter were not harmed by the smoke, and the fire was put out before flames were able to consume their home. For her bravery, Gypsie was awarded the title of “Hero Dog” by the Daily Mirror as part of the 2013 DogsTrust Honours. Nicky Hoad runs bull breed magazine “No More Lies”, a new monthly magazine showing the positive side to bully breeds not often shown in the media. For more details on the magazine, see the No More Lies Facebook page here.
It is a shame that the mainstream media choose to overlook wonderful stories such as these in favour of those that portray dogs in a negative light. According to Dogs Today magazine, in light of the Lexi Branson case the Daily Mail have been contacting both themselves and Wood Green Animal Shelters in search of stories of biting incidents involving rescue dogs. In response, Wood Green are asking supporters to share their successful rehoming stories. Organisations and pet owners around the country have long been accustomed to arguing the case for bully breeds, but an attack on rescue dogs as a whole could have a significant impact on the numbers of animals being considered for adoption, which is something that the ever-full rescue centres throughout the UK can ill-afford – particularly when there are so many bully breeds looking for their forever homes.