Great Dane seriously bites Raj Thackeray’s wife (India)

Raj Thackeray’s wife stable after dog bite

raj-thackeray-580x340Big News – Wednesday 19th August, 2015

The condition of Sharmila, wife of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, was reported to be stable on Wednesday after she was seriously hurt following a dog bite, party sources said here.

The incident occurred on Tuesday when one of their two pet Great Danes, Bond bit Sharmila sharply on the face at their house Krushna Kunj in Dadar when Raj was addressing the media.

Bleeding profusely and in a state of shock, she was rushed to the Hinduja Hospital nearby and had to undergo emergency surgery necessitating 65 stitches on her face.

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Pet dog ‘Bond’ bites Raj Thackeray’s wife Sharmila

BY  – IN INDIA – 19 AUG, 2015

According to reports, the bite was so severe that the dog’s teeth ripped her face and almost touched the facial bones

Sharmila had to undergo plastic surgery on her face and she got 65 stitches on her cheeks, at the nearby Hinduja hospital.

Plastic surgeon Dr Anil Tibrewala, who operated on Sharmila, said she was stable.

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This is a list of dog breeds that have a history of being potentially dangerous to people, especially children. Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education and Awareness understands that any dog has the ability to bite or inflict serious harm to humans. This list consists of several dog breeds that have a higher than average number of recorded human fatalities. Please use extreme caution if you choose to bring one of these breeds into your home. Rental communities and homeowners insurance may restrict many of the dog breeds on this list due to the likelihood of a serious incident.

Pit Bulls, Mastiff, and Rottweiler lead in fatalities and are listed first. The rest of the breeds are listed in alphabetical order:

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Alaskan Malamute

Chow Chow

Doberman Pinscher

German Shepherd

Shar Pei

Siberian Husky

Wolf Hybrid

Great Dane

Great Dane 1The original Great Dane was thought to be of English Mastiff and Irish Wolfhound ancestry and was bred to hunt bear and wild boar, able to kill these animals independently of any human hunter. They were often provided with thick linen coats to protect their bodies in these battles; the ears were cropped for the same reason. The Great Dane excelled as an estate guard dog. They were later selectively crossbred to include the genetics of the greyhound to create today’s “Great Dane” that we see. In Germany, the breed is referred to as Deutsche Dogge.

The Great Dane in 1879, its molosser / mastiff origins clearly visible:

Great Danes can do well with older children if raised with them from an early age. Generally, they love to be around their familiar people and thrive on affection. They are loyal and dependable companions. They must be socialized at an early age to help deter unwanted behaviors such as fearfulness or aggression. Because of their genetics, even well socialized Great Danes may display unwanted fierceness other undesirable behaviors.

Great Danes make excellent watch dogs and will bark to alert to danger. Otherwise they tend to be very quiet dogs. They can do well with strangers if properly introduced and are obedience trained. Due to their size, interactions should be monitored and observed with unfamiliar guests and arrivals. It is important to start obedience training early in puppyhood. They grow very quickly and can easily become unmanageable well before they are full grown. It is important for owners to be gentle but at the same time confident and consistent with their training to help them maintain control.

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