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    I wanted to share a work story that made me cry yesterday.
    I work in acute psychiatry admission ward in Aus. Yesterday, i admitted a 21 yr old young lad, with his first ever episode of a psychotic illness his father had. He was very unwell, believed that vampires surrounded us, and all that stands between him and the vampires is his dog. The police were going to tazer him and dog. And dog was growling at police each time they approached its owner when i arrived. I was told it was a pitbull by police. It was a pure SBT what i saw!

    Thank goodness for all the tips/tricks ive read on here, re calming signals. This friendly SBT, just wanted to be shown that i was ok, no threat to her beloved owner. She stopped growling at me, and began to lean out to sniff better. Clearly here was a lady coverd in doggy smells, and her bag smells of various decomposing dog biscuits too. She was happy to eat some biscuits i found in bottom of my bag. And she gave me kisses. I took photos of the SBT on my phone. And promised to ensure she was taken care of as he would wish whilst he came to hospital with me.

    The police took him to hospital, i dropped the dog off at kennels and met the lad back at hospital. As the dog had eaten from my hand, the lad knew i was no vampire, as his dog could tell apparently. I printed off his photo of his dog, and gave him this for his room. We rang the kennel 2hrs post his admission, and was told dog has eaten, and settled on his bed for evening. At hearing this, the lad cried. He told me for 3 weeks, they have had to live off tinned tomatoes and some stale bread. As neither could leave the home because of vampires. The lad was emaciated, but the dog was fine. He'd eaten hardly anything himself, to give the food to the dog who needed it as it was only 2 and still growing he told me.

    Regardless of his fear for his own life, his fear for his SBT girl, was greater. I left my shift in tears. So amazed at the bond between these two.

    Dogs are the best medicine. And there were 6 police men, each with tazers, approaching her owner, and yep, i reckon she would of given it her best shot to protect him too.

    They'll be reunited in about a week or two when he is recovered. lovely. He gets the treatment he needs. Dog will be vet checked and vaccinated and desex token provided. Australia has a wonderful welfare state at times.

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    What a wonderful story! Made me teary too.

    And how lucky was this boy to get a dog person to help him through this!

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    That was a fabulous story, thank you for sharing it. I am so glad you were there to be there for the dog and the lad, you are part ( an important part) of averting what could have been a very sad scenario.
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    Thanks for sharing a wonderfull story Bernie and i hope the young fella gets well soon.

    But why arnt i surprised the cops cried "Pittbull !!"......dead set ...it gives me the $hits bad. Taser happy tough guys....FFS some of them are trained with dogs. Why cant they call in one of thier own who should have some sort of idea how to handle a situation like this.

    I hope the cops felt bloody ridiculous after watching you take control of a situation with dog biscuits rather than a deadly weapon.

    ...and what a bloody champion dog....total devotion in the face of life threating danger. I hope it all has a happy ending.


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    oh that made me tear up, so glad you were there for that boy (and his dog) things could have turned out so much worse for them - yay for stale old dog bikkies in the bag

    i hope they are reunited soon and live happily ever after together!!

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    Bernie, your story choked me up. What a special person you are working in such a challenging profession.
    Your story told of your empathy for your special needs patients and for animals. Thank you.

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    melbourne police.

    There really needs to be a separate division of them specifically trained to deal with mental / crazy people.

    Given that some awful things have happened to melbourne cops - I'm not surprised they don't have the right kind of patience for dealing with freaked out people. PTSD all round - makes a soldier or cop way too trigger happy in most situations.

    So glad you were there to help Bernie. And really liked reading your story. If only there was some way of getting better training for those cops. They don't have to make it so hard for themselves.

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    This boy (and the dog) were so lucky that you were there on that particular day.
    I hate to think what would have happened to his best friend if you had not been.
    Hugs to you, Bernie.

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    Thanks for sharing Bernie. It's a bit scary to think how very different this episode could have ended for the young lad and his superhero dog. I'm sure it helps his recovery to have this situation sorted out peacefully, rather than watching his guarddog being tasered by vampires and being dragged away by them forcefully. I hope it makes some of the cops think.

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    Just to add:
    We discharged this young lad today as now much better. He left to collect his super hero SBT girl from the kennels. He stole 4 packets of sandwiches from the kitchen on his way out. (I think he has a picnic reunion in mind

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