All Out Blitz Sacks Abductor

April 16 | 4 Comments

Bring it on criminals!I hate stereotypes. Is it fair to call all dogs lazy, all mailmen lunch, or all cats selfish?

Of course not…well, the part about cats may be true.

Being anti-stereotype, I have a soft spot in my heart for pit bulls. Not because they’re dogs, that does help, but because they are always portrayed as fighters and haters. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I say, one must always look at the owner, not the dog’s breed to get a sense of the canine’s personality. There’s more than physical similarities between the two.

Take my old man for instance: he’s a good looking, sarcastic, food seeking machine with an easy going style. I’m told I’ve taken on those characteristics too. This is totally against the stereotype for my mixed breed: good looking, sarcastic, food seeking machine with an easy going style.  Hmmm…that didn’t work out as planned.

Anyway, here’s a story that should dispel any negative lingering thoughts you have about pit bulls.

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)- A Holland woman has an unlikely hero to thank after breaking up a domestic fight.

The 32-year-old’s estranged husband beat her and attempted to abduct her from her safe house in Holland.

The plan was foiled thanks to a dog which usually gets a bad rap.

The fight between Steven Schumacher, 33, and his wife was very public. Witnesses say he beat and dragged his wife across the street, attempting to get her into his vehicle.

But the fact the fight was public may have helped. That’s how Blitz saw the events unfolding from his window, and ‘blitzed’ to the rescue.

Blitz is a two-year-old, hundred and something pound pit bull; yes, the kind many fear.

“He’ll protect us when we need it,” says his owner. “But he’s a great house pet, he’s great with my kids, he’s wonderful.”

She saw Schumacher beating and dragging his estranged wife.

Blitz saw it too.

“I came out my front door and my dog spilled past me and went and scared him a little bit.”

She says he never bit anyone, but scared Schumacher just enough that he loosened his grip on his wife.

Captain Rick Walters of the Holland Police Department, “He was taken into custody without incident.”

What is known though is the dog many fear, saw fear, and became a hero.

“I’m very proud of him,” chimed in his owner. “He would never do anything unless the situation was like that when he feels that we’re in danger.”

Put a check mark in the Good Deeds department for pit bulls…and put another check mark in the Bad Deeds column for humans.


4 Responses to “All Out Blitz Sacks Abductor”

  1. Ms Holly Higgins on April 20th, 2009 3:48 pm

    I also hate stereotypes, my dear Bo! We used to raise two pit bulls in Wyoming–Mr. Binkie and Tausha. The neighbors used to complain all the time about them…the same neighbors whose children used to walk along the fence and poke at them with long sticks. When the police came by because the dogs would bark at the precious darlings, both dogs sat on the couch with the officers–who could not see a problem with the dogs!! Of course, the children were another story….

  2. Sancho Panza on May 2nd, 2009 1:20 am

    Go Dog Go!

    Bo, that is is great sterotype of your dad. Sounds like a great guy. Does he want another dog? (me).

    PS Mom says I am not going anywhere. Darn,

  3. Cindy on May 14th, 2009 11:23 pm

    Pit bulls are a gorgeous breed and can make wonderful pets.

    However, their size, breed history, and statistal percentage of fatal dog bites (along with Rottweilers) demand responsible ownership. I live in Salinas and see too many pit bulls locked up in backyards given no exercise. Local shelters have an overload of this breed. I believe the breed deserves its bum rap—-not because of the dog itself, but because of what this breed is capable of with irresponsible dog ownership.

    When my son was small, and a pit bull was loose on our street in Salinas, we went straight inside. A loose pit bull had the potential of being a life-threatening situation. That’s not true with smaller breeds that haven’t been genetically designed for fighting or holding on to an angry bull’s muzzle.

    Your readers may be interested in conditioning their pit bulls to be wonderful pets, but please remember there are a lot of other pit bull owners who have chosen the breed because they want to encourage the negative aspects of the breed. Let’s not gloss over reality. (And I haven’t even mentioned the pit bull fighting in Prunedale).


  4. Charm on July 24th, 2009 9:13 pm

    hey Bo! i feel the same way about steriotypes, especially with us pit bulls! i may only be half pit, but i still get those “looks” from people who see me on the streets! i dont get why.. i look so friendly and i make sure to flash my puppy-dog eyes at them but it doesnt always work.

    whenever my mom leaves the computer on, i always look up stories on pitbull heroes when im not updating my page on my families website. there are so many of them out there. there was pup that took 3 bullets (one in the head, two in the back) for his human kids from a burgler. luckily he survived. what brave dogs we make in the long run huh? maybe we’ll get more good press like this when our kind gets better, more able owners like my mom!

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