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    Girl, Dog Fend Off Attacker

    STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Police credit a 10-year-old girl's Pomeranian and karate lessons with helping her fend off a man who tried to snatch her from her grandmother's sport utility vehicle.

    Statesville officers checked with Charlotte police because Savannah Benfield said the man looked like a suspect whose picture was shown on television and who's wanted in three attempted abductions of young girls since Jan. 20.

    However, investigator Crystal Scott said the height and weight and some other parts of the descriptions differ.

    Savannah's grandmother, Judy Reese, had walked into the N.C. license plate office in Statesville to get a tag when a man pulled up in a pickup and asked Savannah if she wanted to see his puppies.

    The man, smoking a cigarette and holding a Styrofoam cup, then asked if he could take her for some ice cream, police said. Savannah told him no and said her grandmother would be back any minute.

    She moved to the middle of the front seat from the passenger side to stay away from him. When the man reached into a partially open window, the dog, Ladybug, barked and bit him, police said.

    Savannah noticed by moving the rearview mirror that the man had put on a pair of black gloves as he walked over to her side of the vehicle, police said. Realizing the door was locked, the man then got into his truck and drove away, Judy Reese said.

    "I was only in the tag office for 10 to 15 minutes, couldn't believe this happened," she said. "My granddaughter told me that all she was saying to herself was, 'Oh, Grandma, come on."'

    Savannah's grandfather, Jerry Reese, said Savannah had two years of karate that taught her not to talk with strangers, let alone go anywhere with them.

    Although I think the "karate lessons" may have been a little over dramaticized here, I am glad she knew not to talk to strangers.

    We were all joking about the guy (if caught) having to face the other dudes in jail after being attacked by a Pomeranian.
    People have more fun than anybody.

  • #2
    Jack Russell.

    Our narcs have recently gotten a Jack Russell (don't laugh) and it is breaking performance records of any other dog they've had, AND has the best nature of any of them.

    Cute as a button too.
    People have more fun than anybody.


    • #3
      I agree, the headline certainly led one to believe the kid did a little more than stay in the car. But I'm glad to see she was smart enough not to fall for the old "come and see my puppies" trick.

      As for a dog, if you ask 20 different people the best breed for you, you're likely to get 20 different answers. I think it all depends on what you want the dog to do.

      If you don't have a lot of space and want a dog that's good at letting out a warning of an intruder, then many of the smaller breeds will do just fine - Jack Russells, Pomeranians, Mini Poodles, etc. If you're looking for a dog with some intimidation factor, you'll need to upgrade to a larger breed, like a Labradour Retreiver, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, etc. Personally, I think the dogs that are all or mostly black are inherently intimidating. Of our three dogs, people are always most intimidated by one of our Lab-Shepherd mixes because he A) is a barker and B) is almost all black. Even though we know he's the *****cat of the pack.

      Ultimately, dogs come in just about any size and temperment you could want. And any dog is better for home protection than no dog. A study of incarcerated individuals once showed that, given a list of countermeasures to home invasion, the one that by far deterred the most was the prescence of a dog.
      Caution and worry never accomplished anything.


      • #4
        Show harm or agression to the master of ANY dog, and there is hell to pay. From the tiniest Chihuahua to the biggest Irish Wolfhound.

        My dog, a Manchester Terrier/Lab cross, is a real friendly dog, who's bark is usually worse than his bite, but he will react if you show any agression or harm to his family.

        I'd love to meet that little Pom, to give it a treat, and a pat on the head.
        Never make a drummer mad- we beat things for a living!


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