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I know I'D run away if Jenkins said that to me.

June 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKih-Oshk

So today, as I finished my bike ride and was coming up the long uphill at the end, the dog jumped out of the farmer's truck and I realized it was a very angry dog, (a large black angry pitbull) because I had the termerity to ride on that back road and I was tired, I shouldn't have used the pepper spray and instead said "I love you"? Nah, screw that, I hosed that mutt down. It washes off.

June 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

The Dog Threatener- pure unadulterated Genius! I have found my new career. Scott, a possible new superhero?

June 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike V

Brilliant! For a minute there I was worried a serious conversation was developing with Jenkins, instead of an opportunity to subtly slap him down.

I'm still laughing at "The Dog Threatener".

June 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

Hilarious... laughed out loud numerous times! One of my favorites.

June 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterR.J.

"Every living thing knows creepy." I laughed so hard my stomach hurt. That's a first, even for BI. Well done, Scott!

June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

" . . . . every living thing knows creepy".

Oh, joy!

June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Another great comic, Scott.

I have a question about your amazon links. Do you still get credit if someone clicks through, then switches over to a different country's amazon site (besides US/UK/Canada)?

June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHunt

I know I'm a geek but BEST EVER!
pannel two killed

June 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterseldomseen

I share BI links with friends and family regularly via email and social media. I'm not a subscriber, but I've donated to what I think is one of the funniest websites on the web. I'm a dog lover, so I was particularly interested in sharing this with all my dog-loving friends and family.....until I read the 2nd comment. I’ve rescued two bully-breed dogs, and fostered almost a dozen. I refuse to share a link with comments that perpetuate an inaccurate stereotype, but then I realized the huge opportunity to educate, rather than turn away.

I’ve seen food-protection behavior of a stray mother who had to fight for survival changed to politely eating alongside other dogs, when under the proper ownership and training. (Note as a stray mom, three of her original litter of five died of starvation, so you can imagine that food was pretty important to her. (You can see her story here:
Sorry for my lack of HTML skillz).
I guess my point is that each dog is an individual, and is a result of their surroundings, and training (or more often, lack-there-of). Please consider that when dismissing an entire breed.

Also, It’s highly likely that this dog was not a pit-bull, but rather a dog that had similar characteristics to what people believe a pit-bull looks like (blocky head, stocky build) @demios – I invite you (or anyone, actually) to take this test and try to identify pit-bulls by sight:
There are a number of breeds that get lumped into the “pit-bull” category, simply based on looks.
I would also ask that you take a peek at Breed History on:

To all: There are a lot of stereotypes and misunderstandings related to this breed of dogs.
I politely invite you to challenge the stereotypes that you hold, and I humbly ask that you look at each owner and each dog as an individual. I ask that you not label an entire breed or style of dog based on nationally accepted preconceived notions.

June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeardo

Dissing your Dog with Dale Sturtevant.

June 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwumpus

You do know this is a humorous site, don't you? You may want to switch to decaf.
Scott- well done sir. Funny is definitely your bag baby.

June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterG33k

I agree with Beardo. The bicyclist in the second comment should have allowed the dog to sink its teeth into his leg then reminded it that it is only perpetuating a stereotype of the Staffordshire Terrier and should be ashamed.

June 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterst001

In my office trying to stifle my laughter. One of these days you're going to get me busted, Scott!

June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBill

Re: Beardo

Thank you for your comments on bull breeds - I have a staffie x rottie myself , and have been blessed to share my home with staffs in the past, and get fed up of the abuse which follows thee very sweet-natured dogs. I had assumed that Deimos was making up a story for comic effect - but if he was attacked, then it's the dog-owner who deserved to be maced!

Ufortunately the link you posted no longer has a page attached - I would have loved to read the story.

The reputation of the bull breeds means that they are often the weapon of choice for idiots who want to look tough, and then the dogs are often abused or dumped.

June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Here endeth the lesson

June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeli

Fair enough, Beardo, but who's to say it wasn't a pitbull? I realize the trainer makes the dog and breed only implies what kind of training they'll need, but I don't see a reason not to take deimos at his word. The takeaway from that story isn't that the dog's a pitbull and this reinforces negative stereotypes about them, but that this particular dog was ill-trained and jumped out of its owner's truck to attack a random passerby. I know plenty of dog lovers with strong feelings on the pitbull issue, but I think their first response would be "That owner did a lousy job training his dog" instead of "It couldn't have been a real pitbull".

Besides, if anything is giving pitbulls a bad name these days it's that idiot hack rapper.

June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

Bravo 'Beardo'
Couldn't have said it better myself.

June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

pits are a wonderful breed - look up war-hero Stubby for all the proof you'll ever need that this is a greathearted breed,
Right now, they are the breed the media loves to revile (when I was a kid, it was German Shepherds, then Dobermans, then they tried and failed to demonise Rottweilers, and only after that took after Pitbulls)
The "We-Love-To-Hate" coverage makes any breed attractive to irresponsible people who want to look tough, and who have no clue about raising and training dogs.
This ALWAYS leads to self-fulfilling prophecy; dogs thought of as bad get bad owners, and some of them turn out bad.
I've met many wonderful pitbulls, but there are also unsocialised ones, and dogs that have been trained to aggression, and abused ones, and some of them are dangerous.
I wouldn't be too careless with any strange dog of any breed. That includes the pit bull terrier. It was just as likely to be a Pitbull as any similar breed, and if it was loose outside its property, it probably has an irresponsible owner, and irresponsible dog owners today are attracted to the breed most hated, so...

June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Umm. I'm pretty sure commenter #2 didn't make any sweeping statements about dog breeds... he or she just shared a factual experience.

Today's comic is quite good!

June 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKilen

So maybe Deimos's dog wasn't pure-bred and also came from a broken home. Riding in the farmer's truck bed certainly isn't a good sign. For instance, the farmer clearly didn't want the dog in the cab. None of this means that the dog should be allowed to eat bicyclists.

I was advised to hold out the bicycle-pump tube horizontally, gripped in both hands; the dog will bite at it; you can then kick the dog with force and careful aim. I haven't tried this but it sounds more effective than carrying a newspaper to swat it on the nose. But dogs fight bears pretty well, I don't want to play the part of the bear. I have used the bicycle itself as an improvised fence between me and an antagonistic dog, including lifting and banging the bike on the road a couple of times while yelling about as loudly as the dog was, which worked for long enough for an owner to come out of the house and collect their property. Generally... best carry a bell fixture to ring so that dog-owners as well as dogs are aware that a cyclist is around. And a gun - but in my country not many people own guns.

June 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

@Beardo...Ah, nothing enhances a humorous comic strip like a serious and earnest lecture from someone with a cause. Whether from vegans or racists, religious folk, or dog lovers, a buzz-killing soap boxing complete with links is totally in keeping with the lightness and satire of the strip.

Note from Scott: There are several more comments that say pretty much the same thing as this one which I'm not approving. If your comment wasn't approved, please don't take it personally. It's just that this point has now been made, and I think Beardo gets it. It's partly my fault for not approving comments faster, leaving many people with the impression that nobody had expressed this sentiment, when in fact many people had, and the comments were just waiting for me to get my act together.

I'm glad that most of you saw that nobody intended to paint all Pit Bulls as killing machines. Sadly, there are some that have been deliberately made into killing machines by people, and the rest of us are left having to try to figure out if we're dealing with one of those when a Pit Bull starts running up to us.

I do sympathize with Beardo's point. My younger brother (the one I draw with the American Chopper-style mustache) had a 60lb Boxer that was the sweetest, gentlest dog I have ever encountered. When my niece was a toddler she would literally grab the dog by the jowls and lead it around, and it would happily follow her. People who didn't know the dog were terrified of it.

That said, I try to keep the mood light here on my website, so please, lets all just move on.

June 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom Dooley

@Paddy - you've got to copy and paste the links into your browser, as I wasn't able to make them a link (apologies for lack of HTML skills). I highly recommend Vera's story; it's very touching, but I may be a little biased having been lucky enough to be part of her transformation.

@G33k, St00l, Kilen- I don't assume the story was made-up, and I am by no means defending a poorly-trained dog or an irresponsible owner. I could and maybe should have made that clear initially, but that type of behavior is unacceptable from both owner and dog. Having been growled at by various dogs on long country- road runs, I can relate and I’m glad Deimos wasn’t hurt.
I'm just wondering if the dog had been a lab or border collie (both of which have growled in said country-road run)s, would the breed name have been included in the story?

@Scott - I apologize for using this comment section as a soap-box, but I do appreciate that you allowed this discussion to occur. I look forward to every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning because your comics are hilarious, and this one is particularly relatable. [farmer=Jenkins ;-) ]

June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeardo

Good comic, but I'm still not convinced that Star Trek is better than Star Wars.

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercsrster

Beardo: "I do appreciate that you allowed this discussion to occur."

And so you should, since all the counter-arguments and facts were not approved, so it became totally one-sided.

So I don't suppose this post will be approved either. :-(

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimes
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