9-Year-Old Saves Girl from Pit Bull

When I enrolled my 8-year-old in a martial arts class, I did so mostly for the health and self-esteem benefits. In the class, she is learning some basic self-defense skills, but the idea that she would ever need to use those is just too scary to thin...

Dad Fights Pit Bull to Save Daughter

This is one of those stories that sends chills down my spine. It has a happy ending - but just barely. 31-year-old Steven Hehr of Gladstone, Oregon was visiting with some friends in Happy Valley when he heard his seven-year-old daughter, Jayda, sc...

Pit bull bites, boy bites back

Usually the stories we hear of children being attacked by animals do not end well. This is not one of those. An 11-year-old Brazilian boy named Gabriel Almeida has become of bit of a local celebrity not just for surviving a dog attack, but for the w...

When dogs attack kids

In the drive through line-up this morning, I heard a story that disturbed me so much that halfway through, I flipped the sound off and glanced worriedly at my son in the rearview mirror. He was thoughtfully eating his cinnamon raisin bagel and lookin...

Children should never be left alone with dogs

According to British doctors, children shouldn't be allowed to play alone with dogs. This statement comes in the wake of a fatal attack on a 5-year-old by a pit bull terrier, and the release of statistics showing serious dog bites have doubled in the...

A mom's brush with terror on Father's Day

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon (and, as it turned out, evening) at my parent's home near the Oregon coast. The little "town" they live in, Elsie, is just close enough so that they share a zip code with the oceanside towns, and just far enough so th...


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