The family who owned Blue, the dog that bit the elderly lady in Greektown, made a tough decision — but the right one — by requesting that Blue be euthanized. ("Pit Bull attack upsets neighborhood," June 8.) The Michael Vick story proved thatdogs can be rehabilitated. No dogs, pit bulls included, are born wanting to hurt people, but always they end up being blamed for meanness they are taught.
Several months ago I adopted a dog we grew to love — Dulcy (which means sweet). She wasn't a pit bull. After a first examination, my long-time vet told me she was a walking time bomb. Two behaviorists told me I should never let her off leash. One night I was home alone watching a movie, eating pretzels. When I dropped one, Dulcy snagged it. Then she grabbed my arm and bit me. Then she looked at me, curled up her lip, and bit me again. This was a dog I'd had for over two months. When my husband came home I told him what happened, and he said Dulcy had attacked a child riding a bike the week before but he decided not to tell me. I had Dulcy put to sleep. Debby Rahl at BARCS helped me with this awful but correct decision. I felt I'd failed Dulcy. As time went by, I realized that at some point one has to believe there's a happier place for dogs that attack. As much as we'd like to be able to effect change, it's not always possible, and when the safety of others is a consideration, the choice is clear.
I hope the victim of Blue's attack makes a full recovery and is able to forgive the dog's owners. I feel like this could have been me and decided to write in case there are others out there with similar circumstances that may benefit by reading this.
Susan Lidard, Timonium