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Aximus Prime 03-22-2010 04:20 PM

So my APBT was attacked by a ground hog....
So I was at my sister's visiting and let my 8 month old APBT (Axel) run around the yard with her dog, they are buds. There is not a paved road for 3/4 mile and no neighbors for 1/3 mile so we let the dogs play off leash all the time.

Well... apparently my sister's German shepherd mix (Roxy) spotted a groundhog at the edge of the woods and went tearing off after it into the woods, followed by Axel, just along for the ride!

I had no idea what they had chased but I could hear a violent fight breaking out so I quickly grabbed my handgun and ran after them...

Within seconds I came across the scene, 100 feet into the woods....the Shepherd had a large groundhog by the fur and was shaking it violently...Axel was simply watching from about 10 feet off and barking. I guess the groundhog went limp for a second (playing dead?) so the Shepherd dropped it and looked at me, as I was yelling... the next thing I knew the groundhog made a violent leap at the bystander Axel and latched onto his collar with his groundhog fangs!!!! (I use 1.5" wide nylon collars)

Axel freaked out and ran off, dragging the groundhog along side him! :pupruns:

In a panic (and I thought it had him by the throat at first)...I ran after them, soccer kicked the groundhog off Axel and as if from an old western movie, quickly drew my handgun and fired, hitting the groundhog in the head and ending the mayhem!

The Shepherd was dripping blood from two gashes on her nose and one on her ear...apparently all the blood I was seeing was not just from the groundhog.

Fortunately they were up to date on rabies shots and the nose didn't need stitches. Extra fortunate was that Axel didn't have a scratch on him! :woof:

Well that's my incredible tale.

Do groundhogs bite? I think I know the answer!

EDIT: for you city folks who have no idea what a ground hog is, they are roughly the size of a large cat:



The groundhog is the largest sciurid in its geographical range, typically measuring 40 to 65 cm (16 to 26 in) long (including a 15 cm (6 in) tail) and weighing 2 to 4 kg (4 to 9 lb). In areas with fewer natural predators and large amounts of alfalfa, groundhogs can grow to 80 cm (30 in) and 14 kg (31 lb). Groundhogs are well adapted for digging, with short but powerful limbs and curved, thick claws. Unlike other sciurids, the groundhog's spine is curved, more like that of a mole, and the tail is comparably shorter as well – only about one-fourth of body length. Suited to their temperate habitat, groundhogs are covered with two coats of fur: a dense grey undercoat and a longer coat of banded guard hairs that gives the groundhog its distinctive "frosted" appearance.

Groundhogs raised in captivity can be socialized relatively easily; however, their aggressive nature can pose problems. Doug Schwartz, a zookeeper and groundhog trainer at the Staten Island Zoo, has been quoted as saying "They’re known for their aggression, so you’re starting from a hard place. [Their] natural impulse is to kill ’em all and let God sort ’em out. You have to work to produce the sweet and cuddly."[9]

APBTHAUS 03-22-2010 05:07 PM

Crazy story, glad your dog is okay. That over sized rat got what it deserved lol

beccaboo 03-22-2010 05:12 PM

OH MY GOD!!! how crazy!!! hahaha. i totally visualized u drop kickin the nasty thing. prairie dog towns n rabbit huntin on saturday afternoons... makes me miss montana :(
thanks for the fun story ;)

D.J 03-22-2010 06:02 PM

kl story, thanks for sharing

GOODGIRL75 03-22-2010 06:04 PM

lmao "city folks" !!!! im glad ur dog is ok geez!!!!!!!how crazy!!!!!!

duece40sx 03-22-2010 06:50 PM

great story!

thaim 03-22-2010 08:18 PM

wow that is 1 tough ground hog!

Black Rabbit 03-22-2010 08:29 PM

holy :poop: that's crazy glad the dogs are ok.

Czar 03-22-2010 08:42 PM

whoa thats crazy...vicious lil ground hog.....Glad teh dogs are ok and no major damage was done to them...Maybe u should try out to be field gold kicker lol

Chaos4ever 03-22-2010 08:51 PM

Nice shot there quick draw. lucky no one was hurt.

Aximus Prime 03-22-2010 08:59 PM


Originally Posted by thaim (Post 289391)
wow that is 1 tough ground hog!

Apparently ground hogs do not like to be effed with! When it attacked my dog I was not sure it was a groundhog at all in that moment of battle, as they are not usually vicious! :confused:

9361 03-22-2010 09:25 PM

Glad he is ok! I'd like to see a story like this in the local paper! "Big tough pit bull runs attacked by groundhog, tucks tail and runs" LOL My dog is scared of hissing kittens... :p

Mom_of_Kambo 03-22-2010 09:37 PM

Wow glad everything is ok. Watch the German Shepherd... I say that because Dogs can get Lung Worms from wild animals like that. Tex attacked a Armadillo and ended up with Lung Worms. The vet said wild animals carry them.

Sydney 03-22-2010 10:39 PM

WOW Crazy story I couldn't have imagined it better!

MyHonda717 03-22-2010 11:52 PM

lmao!! :rofl: im sorry but reading this story brighten my day up at work . It was funny when u were describing it. Im just glad the two dogs are ok. And yes groundhogs do attack, i relocate them all the time after i trap them from the garden, They love eating our veggies. hahah

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