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Monday, March 17, 2008

Never Thought I’d Feel Sorry for a Pit Bull…

posted by on March 17 at 9:46 AM

…and then I saw this:


Says Slog tipper Rhett…

A pit bull decided he would battle a porcupine in back of his house. Being both brave and stupid, he ultimately learned the hard way that you can’t always win no matter how vicious you are. A vet sedated the dog and then removed a total of 1,347 quills. The dog survived.

In other sympathetic pit bull news: pit bull dies in Portland, Oregon, house fire; pit bull run over in Colorado; Florida is considering a ban on pit bulls; 41 malnourished, abused pit bulls may be put to death in Texas; California man pleads guilty to abusing pit bull puppy.

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And funny too!!! LOL!!!!!

Posted by Andrew | March 17, 2008 9:53 AM

Nope, sorry, I don't feel sorry for even that dog.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | March 17, 2008 9:54 AM

Dan, this just is sick. That photo's old, too.

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | March 17, 2008 9:55 AM

Gads! It looks like Pinhead from Hellraiser! Poor blind, stupid doggie!

Posted by muggims | March 17, 2008 9:56 AM

its called compassion. and you can feel it for pit bulls.

Posted by max solomon | March 17, 2008 9:57 AM

very dated photo!

Dog breed promoters and haters are such Nazis!

Posted by OR Matt | March 17, 2008 9:57 AM

That's hilarious! HAHAHA! Quick, somebody kick it in THE FACE!!

Posted by Mr. Poe | March 17, 2008 9:58 AM

Somewhere there's a very naked porcupine.

Posted by Gabriel | March 17, 2008 10:00 AM

Is the porkie OK?

Posted by STJA | March 17, 2008 10:00 AM

Well considering that the pit bull got into the fight on its own free will, I kinda feel like justice was served here. Hopefully the dog learns its lesson. I have seen some really sweet and well trained pit bulls, and some a-holes who are wreckless with their dogs, and the people around them.

Posted by Sasha | March 17, 2008 10:04 AM

Sorry about the old photo. I realize the Internet is a race. But somehow the previous postings of this picture escaped my notice. I apologize for wasting the precious limited resource that is the Internet on a picture that has already been posted to other websites.

Posted by Dan Savage | March 17, 2008 10:07 AM


Posted by Carollani | March 17, 2008 10:08 AM

that right there is evolution in action

porcupines>pit bulls

Posted by angelfish | March 17, 2008 10:18 AM

Hellraiser IX: Hellpuppy.

Posted by DJSauvage | March 17, 2008 10:20 AM

I don't feel sorry for that pit bull. This is just more evidence of how pit bulls are the spawn of satan and need to be eradicated. look how many goddamn quills are stuck in that thing's face! it will never stop! it is the dog version of terminator!

just kidding....mostly...

Posted by Rebecca | March 17, 2008 10:20 AM

I remember looking at pain in my uncles black lab when I was a kid ... decided to break into my uncles tackle box and I think he was chewing leuers (spelled right).

But he obviously MUST have been a pit bull because pit bulls are the only types of dogs that can get into a wreckless mischief.

(Still makes me shudder every time I think about it.)

Posted by OR Matt | March 17, 2008 10:21 AM

Dan @ 11, thanks for the apology. Perhaps you can offset your wastefulness by contributing to a company that deletes redundant posts from the internets.

Posted by Gabriel | March 17, 2008 10:25 AM

Well of course he abused his pit bull. That's what you're supposed to do. How do you think pit bulls get so mean and vicious? TLC and Iams?

Posted by K | March 17, 2008 10:26 AM

Murdering puppies = bad.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | March 17, 2008 10:34 AM

And nobody has ever had a dog that was obsessed with squirells?


Posted by OR Matt | March 17, 2008 10:35 AM

That's the most disgusting picture I've seen on slog. YUCK!

Posted by yuck | March 17, 2008 10:36 AM

@17 ha!

hey pit bull lovers, dan posted something sympathetic towards pit bulls... you should take what you can get!

or maybe he just delighted in the picture of a pit bull suffering... like a bully getting his/her comeuppance...

Posted by infrequent | March 17, 2008 10:47 AM

The tenacity of that Pit Bull reminds me of Clinton and her minions attacking Obama, but Obama, the brave porcupine warrior that he is, just struts away, leaving Big Sven and everything else that is wrong with this country howling in the night. I am going to write a children’s book about this epic struggle, and try to steer the youth of tomorrow right.

Posted by Obamatron 2 | March 17, 2008 10:50 AM

This is just like on the Portland Mercury's blog when Matt Davis announced that everyone should check out Pandora.

Which I did ... in 2004.

Posted by Dan Ravaged | March 17, 2008 10:57 AM

Just would like to point out that the dog pictured actually is not a "pit bull," that would be a Bull Terrier. They're a completely different breed from the "pit bull" (which is actually considered an American Staffordshire Terrier by the American Kennel Club, and is only recognized by the United Kennel Club as an American Pit Bull Terrier), and has a completely different demeanor than the "pit bull," being fantastic family dogs that are great with children. I just didn't want to see such a great breed trashed by people who didn't know any better. And as a vet student, there really isn't any creature who deserves this...except maybe Ann Coulter.

Posted by askinhavs | March 17, 2008 10:57 AM

@25 ... thank you someone who knows something about dog breeds! When it comes to identifying a breed, people are ruthless in their apathy on how dog breeds are identified, and dog breeders are ruthless in their diligence to keep a breed "pure".

@23 Obamatron? I honestly don't give a shit anymore. Obama is young, has little experience and thus little trash to throw back at him. I see him a young charasmatic idealistic politician, rising through the ranks much like Kennedy did (sheer charisma, and ideology, no record), only to accomplish little to nothing in office ... and maybe get shot (whack jobs in this country).

but did I say that out loud ...

Obama, if you listen carefully sounds a little holier than though when it comes to talking about "family values". It kind of scares me sometimes.

Posted by OR Matt | March 17, 2008 11:11 AM

Commenter number 25 beat me to it -- unless you'd count Spuds McKenzie as one, this dog ain't a pit bull.

Obviously the dog's face is obscured in these pictures, but the point remains: people sometimes have a hard time distinguishing pit bulls from other breeds. Joe Bystander probably doesn't know what breed of dog he saw, and Jane Reporter probably isn't going to waste any time verifying the breed.

For those of you who think that you could pick a pit bull out of a line-up, go ahead and take a shot at doing so:

Posted by Mike | March 17, 2008 11:52 AM

That picture begs the question:

If that dog has 1300 quills in his face, what does a porcupine look like with no quills?

Posted by Reverse Polarity | March 17, 2008 12:00 PM

Here's the full story on that picture:

Posted by Tiktok | March 17, 2008 12:15 PM

Ha Ha

Posted by elswinger | March 17, 2008 12:35 PM

I feel for the dog, but she was in a world of pain entirely of her own making.

Posted by Greg | March 17, 2008 1:22 PM


Posted by josh bomb | March 17, 2008 3:09 PM

#5: Yeah, you can feel compassion as one of those monsters chews your legs off.

#32: Get the hell off your cap lock. Shouting doesn't make you seem any smarter.

Posted by Wolf | March 17, 2008 4:55 PM

That dog isn't a pit bull, its one of those Spuds Mackenzie type of bull terriers.

Posted by Tura | March 18, 2008 12:04 AM

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