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Badass guy shaves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

Old 11-05-10, 06:13 PM
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Badass guy shaves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

TAMPA, Fla. Lizabeth the terrier experienced the canine terror of being dragged underwater in an alligator's jaws and lived to bark the tale.

The gator wasn't so fortunate.

Tom Martino said he and his Jack Russell terrier were taking their afternoon walk along the Hillsborough River in Tampa on Thursday when he heard splashing the alligator had snatched the 15-pound dog off riverside rocks and pulled her into the water.

Martino, who has a concealed weapons permit, pulled out his handgun and started shooting at the water around the alligator to frighten it into releasing the dog, he told WFLA-TV.

The 6-foot-4 alligator eventually let her go. Using a rod, Martino was able to rescue his dog, he told WFLA. He then performed CPR on her.

"She coughed up a bunch of water," said Martino, who had never performed CPR on a dog. "I was scared. That's my little baby."

Nine-year-old Lizabeth, who is named after Fred Sanford's deceased wife from the 1970s sitcom "Sanford and Son," is in critical but stable condition and is being cared for at Florida Veterinary Specialists in Tampa.

Veterinarian Miryam Reems told WFLA that the dog suffered bites and lung injuries from being underwater. Before the alligator attack, Lizabeth was being treated for a suppressed immune system. Reems told WFLA the CPR saved Lizabeth's life.

At about 7 p.m. Thursday, a trapper contracted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission used a treble hook and fish line to capture the alligator, WFLA reported.

Martino took photos of the capture as neighbors watched and news crews filmed the action. The alligator was taped, roped and placed in the back of the trapper's pickup truck.

The animal was declared a nuisance and was to be euthanized, WFLA reported.

"I'm glad he's gone and nobody else got hurt," Martino said.

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This could only have been more awesome if he had killed the gator himself.
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Re: Badass guy saves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

He didn't jump in and wrestle the alligator? What a wuss...
Old 11-05-10, 07:09 PM
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Re: Badass guy saves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

Can this story make up for all the other stupid crap the people in my state do?

Seriously, this is pure awesomeness. Talk about being prepared for the situation.

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Old 11-05-10, 07:41 PM
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Re: Badass guy saves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

The best part of the story is the name of the dog...
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Re: Badass guy saves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

Awesome story.
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Re: Badass guy saves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

Cool story.

I remember a similar story where the guy jumped in an wrestled a croc over a dog. May have been Australia. He had to go for its eyes to get it to let go of the dog. Then he realized he was in the water with a croc that now had nothing in its mouth. Made it out, but the croc bite had crushed the dog and it didn't make it.
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Re: Badass guy saves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

i wonder if it was this guy
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Re: Badass guy saves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

All he did was shoot around the gator?
meh, if he jumped in a wrestled the dog out of the clutches of the jaws of death then that would be something.
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Re: Badass guy saves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

Yeah I thought he pulled the gator out of the water and DDT'd it.
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And... "I was scared. That's my little baby."

Between that and shooting "around" the gator this is not a win. What adult male calls his dog "my little baby"?
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Re: Badass guy saves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

This reminds me of a story about my late father. He was an ex-green beret who after my parents divorced got his own house and a poodle that he named Fi Fi of all things. He was out on the lake in his speed boat and the poodle fell into the water and was hit by the prop. He jumped in, grabbed it and swam back to the boat. He performed CPR which revived the injured dog and rushed it to the vet for expensive emergency surgery. When it was released, he took it home and nursed it back to health. Once back up and around, it promptly managed to escape out the door and get immediately hit and killed by a car. True story.
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Re: Badass guy saves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

I was expecting something like this



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Re: Badass guy shaves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

Wait a sec... did I really type "shaves" into the title?

And, furthermore, shame on all of you for missing your chance to mock me.
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Re: Badass guy shaves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

at the title change.
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Re: Badass guy shaves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

Originally Posted by KillerCannibal View Post
Wait a sec... did I really type "shaves" into the title?

And, furthermore, shame on all of you for missing your chance to mock me.
For what it's worth, I just read the article and before I saw this post, I was going to mock your typo.
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Re: Badass guy saves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

Originally Posted by nazz View Post
This reminds me of a story about my late father. He was an ex-green beret who after my parents divorced got his own house and a poodle that he named Fi Fi of all things. He was out on the lake in his speed boat and the poodle fell into the water and was hit by the prop. He jumped in, grabbed it and swam back to the boat. He performed CPR which revived the injured dog and rushed it to the vet for expensive emergency surgery. When it was released, he took it home and nursed it back to health. Once back up and around, it promptly managed to escape out the door and get immediately hit and killed by a car. True story.
I'm not sure if it's what you were going for... but this story made me laugh. All that work and the dog just leaps into the street...
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Re: Badass guy shaves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

Number of states where you can walk your dog without worrying about it getting eaten by an alligator: 49

Number of states where you need to have enough common sense to keep your dog away from waterways that might contain alligators: 1

Oh yeah, this is a real win for Florida.
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Re: Badass guy shaves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

Shaves?
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Re: Badass guy shaves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

Originally Posted by KillerCannibal View Post
Wait a sec... did I really type "shaves" into the title?

And, furthermore, shame on all of you for missing your chance to mock me.
Came in with a different expectation with the "Shaves" in the title.
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Re: Badass guy saves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

Originally Posted by jiffy97 View Post
And... "I was scared. That's my little baby."

Between that and shooting "around" the gator this is not a win. What adult male calls his dog "my little baby"?
Not to mention the $10K in vet bills it's going to cost him to (maybe) save his "baby".
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Re: Badass guy shaves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

not what i was expecting...
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Originally Posted by JasonF View Post
Number of states where you can walk your dog without worrying about it getting eaten by an alligator: 49

Number of states where you need to have enough common sense to keep your dog away from waterways that might contain alligators: 1

Oh yeah, this is a real win for Florida.
Louisiana also has alligators in waterways, but I haven't been there in almost a month, so things may have changed since then.
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Re: Badass guy shaves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

Shaving a dog? Pft.

Shaving a gator? Now that's a badass!
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Re: Badass guy shaves his dog (finally, a win for FL!)

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Shaves?


So that's all it takes to be a bad ass these days...

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