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Just after Brownie and I left the Indiana Dunes nature trail at Montgomery Avenue in Miller, a female pit bull running loose across the street began barking at us.

She was several houses away, but coming on fast.  A man just pulling out of his driveway saw this and intercepted the dog, trying to keep his car between her and us. This worked for a minute.

But when she ran around the car and lunged at Brownie, I thought we were in trouble. At age 12, Brownie was no match for this dog.

As I tried to pull Brownie away from the circling, barking and lunging dog, a man driving by got out of his pickup truck and came over. He yelled at the dog, trying to scare it away. It must have been frightening for his wife, waiting in the truck with their baby, to see him take that risk.

A couple in another car pulled over and threw open the door to the back seat. Brownie and I jumped in and they drove us to safety. We got away with no more than a nip on Brownie, and it didn’t draw blood.

I’ve known a few pit bulls (including a neighbor’s) and don’t believe they deserve the condemnation heaped on the breed. Like people, dogs need to be judged as individuals. This experience won’t change my mind about that.

I wish those who still hold bigoted views about African-Americans could have seen how these strangers came to my aid, a white woman they didn’t know. They didn’t stop to judge me by the insults they’ve no doubt suffered from other whites. They saw a person in need and acted to help.

It would be nice to think witnessing this would have changed a few minds.

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Officer Brian Moore and his partner, Jack. Photo courtesy of Faus K-9 Specialities.

Two officers with the Gary Police Department are raising money to buy three dogs for a K-9 unit, and they could use help.

 The Gary PD doesn’t have any K-9s. Officer Irving Givens says each of the three dogs acquired would accompany an officer on patrol. They’ll be able to track fleeing suspects or missing persons, and detect drugs or bombs.

You might have seen a copy of a fundraising letter from Givens and John Artibey posted around town, like at the Great Lakes Café at 201 Mississippi Street. Givens and Artibey created the Gary Canine Association to raise the money and handle the funds for training and equipping the dogs and their handlers. They’ve already raised $7,500, not quite one-third of the money needed for three trained police dogs.

Their plan is to obtain dogs and training from Shannon Dog Training in Rockville or from Faus K-9 in Elkhart. The photo, from Faus K-9, shows Seymour Police Officer Brian Moore and his partner, Jack.

To donate, send a check to the association at P.O. Box 64409, Gary, IN 46401. Its phone number is 219-649-0103 and the email address is garycanine@yahoo.com.

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