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Old 06-27-2005, 03:05 PM
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I was always afraid of strange dogs since my neighbor's dogs weren't trained and on the vicious side. I also got bit by a large dog when I was little. Then when I was on my way home from school one day, a girl let her german sheperd out to go after some boys, but it came after me. I was able to stop a car coming by and the person took me home. I like the look of german shepherds, but I still have the fear. I'm getting better around dogs now that I've been exposed to so many different types of breeds and own a few myself.
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Old 06-27-2005, 03:13 PM
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I didn't approach the Fila, I was working at the shelter and it got away from its kennel. That one was kind of crazy though, thats why he attacked me . And they're from working lines but they dont do anything except be loved
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Old 06-27-2005, 03:49 PM
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Nope never ever had a fear of them though I do love Rotties and Labs I am cautiouse around both breeds as i have been attacked by both in the past.
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Old 06-27-2005, 05:14 PM
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No no fear here!! My mum was severly attacked by a German Shepherd when she was young and had to have 40 stitches in her head and face, and she is wary of them now but she still likes them and is the first to point out what great dogs they are!
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Old 06-27-2005, 05:43 PM
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I think most dog owners dont fear their own dogs...

I do see alot of people terrified of dogs on the street though.
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Old 06-27-2005, 09:10 PM
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I have never been affraid of dogs... Up until I was attacked by a 'stray' dog when I was 9 years old.

My sister and I were out walking Harley when we were approached by a dog (it was a fairly big dog, probably had some kelpie in him). It was following us up the street and wanted to say hello to us and Harley. It actually seemed really friendly, and because it was still following us I went to slowly show it my hand and attempt to pat it. This was a huge mistake but I don't think anyone could have guessed what was going to happen next. It was like the dog's personality changed in a snap.

All of a sudden the dog lept up on me, dug it's claws into my arms and was about to bite me on the face!! I was SO terrified.. I was trying with all my might to push the dog off me but it was so heavy and wouldn't get off, and it's claws were digging into my arms so hard. I was crying so much and my sister couldn't do anything to help me, Harley was standing there barking and whimpering really loudly while all of this was going on. I seriously thought I was going to die.

Then, all of a sudden Harley lashed forwards toward the dog and bit the dog on his ankle! The dog jumped off me and ran a few strides away, but then turned around and started chasing my sister and I.. We were really terrified at this point. We both ran as fast as we could towards our house, but we didn't have time to close the gate. We got inside the house just in time. The dog ran up to our front door and waited out there for 2 hours!! It was like the dog was so intent on killing us.

I didn't know how bad my injuries were, but my sleave was torn in one place. My sister rang my mum straight away, and I looked at my arm and it was all bruised and bloody. It was where the dog's claw had cut my arm. It has been 9 years and I STILL have a scar from it. That's one day I will *never* forget, and I have learnt a serious lesson. NEVER pat a dog when the owner isn't around, or without the owner's permission! Even if it looks and acts friendly. I don't know what would have happened if Harley wasn't with us... He was my life saver.

Anyway, it turns out that the owner of the dog just let his dog wonder around the neighbourhood, and there had been a few accounts of this dog attack other dogs quite visioucly (in particular, one little dog in our street). This man (the owner) had been reported to the police many times but there was nothing they could really do about it!

I am not scared of dogs anymore, unless their owner is not around and the dog comes up to me, I get quite tense.
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Old 06-27-2005, 11:38 PM
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I didn't approach the Fila, I was working at the shelter and it got away from its kennel. That one was kind of crazy though, thats why he attacked me . And they're from working lines but they dont do anything except be loved
Any Fila in a shelter is going to get a bit crazy. That's the worst possible place for one - they just don't comprehend being thrown away; it's totally foreign to their nature. The Brazillians have an old proverb: "Faithful as a Fila."

Show line Filas often tend to be more overtly friendly and gregarious than working Filas. Shiva's sire was a Brazillian show dog, but Kharma is from purely working lines, among them the de Campos and Jaguara, and the difference in the two dogs is remarkable.

I was talking to a girl from Miami one day who knew what Filas were - something rare outside the Hispanic community here - and she was laughing and telling me about how her Grandmother lived in a rougher section of Miami and how her home had been broken into a couple of times by one of the gangs there. The police wouldn't do anything about the gang that was terrorizing the neighborghood, but her Grand got a pair of male Fila littermates. Now the gang members who broke into her home cross to the other side of the street!
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Old 06-27-2005, 11:55 PM
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Yeah, my neighbors told me show Filas tend to be more friendly but her Filas we're EXTREMELY socialized when they we're young. They we're taught that gentle brought treats and rough brought a time-out. Also they are REALLY old, 15 years I think. They are in perfect health though, I think its amazing!
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Old 06-28-2005, 12:01 AM
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Filas tend to be longer-lived than many of the Giant breeds. I think part of it is that they aren't so highly bred and haven't had their hardiness spoiled.

I warn people who fall for Shiva that she may be the only Fila they will ever meet who will be as approachable as she is. After food, attention is the most important thing the world to Shiva-Diva, lol! Kharma is a whole 'nother dog though! She looks at you and decides whether or not you are worthy to approach her. She's also the most feminine female dog I've ever seen - every inch the femme fatale!
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Old 06-28-2005, 12:10 AM
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Your Fila's sound like interesting characters indeed, Renee!
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