October 26, 2020

Susie’s hope-a story of courage, love, and forgiveness

by Robert Paul Hudson


Donna Lawrence found a pit bull abandoned by her neighbor and for several days left food for the dog. Then one morning this pit bull attacked her from behind.  “My adrenaline was pumping as I tried to kick him off with my left leg. That made the dog angrier, and he lunged for my throat. I caught him in midair by his collar and he bit and chewed on my hand.” She manged to push the dog away and roll out of his reach.  “I ended up with 45 stitches in my leg and drainage tubes running in every direction. The bite had penetrated both sides of my leg completely and left the bone exposed. It was two months before I could walk again. The doctor told me I was lucky to be alive. He said that most people either do not survive or lose a limb to attacks like this. I thanked God for saving my life. I knew that His intervention saved me.”

“I had always loved dogs, but that attack made me fearful of them. I had frequent nightmares. Eventually, my physical healing was complete, but I continued to struggle emotionally.”

What happened next is astonishing.

Ten months after the attack, Donna met Susie: a pit bull mix dog who was severely abused, with a broken jaw and 60% of it’s body burned.  Susie became part of Donna’s family.


Together, Donna and Susie healed their physical and emotional wounds.  “Our similar experiences allowed us to go from being victims to living victorious lives. I forgave the dog for my wrongful attack, and Susie forgave the human for hers.”

Donna does not blame the breed for her attack, but instead blames the dog owner who never trained the dog, socialized it, and then abandoned it. She is now an active pit bull and animal welfare advocate.

This story is so compelling and powerful. It’s no wonder it will now be told in a movie. Donna and and the producer of the movie will be on The Pet Radio Show May 26th, 2013.

I think this is the most important show we have done to date. Everyone should hear this story- dog lovers, pit bull owners, pit bull advocates, victims of dog mauling, children, teachers…  Please share this post with as many people as you can. This story will touch your heart and soul and perhaps change your view on certain issues.

Many pit bull bite victims have set their minds to have all pit bulls eradicated.   Donna is working to save and protect them. Phone lines and a chat room will be open during the live broadcast. We encourage everyone to call in to ask questions and to give your support to Donna and her cause.

“We visit all kinds of organizations in order to talk to both kids and adults about animal abuse, sensitivity to pets and how to care for pets. These organizations range from schools to churches, but one thing they all have in common is that they are usually community groups without the deep pockets of larger organizations. Your contribution will help us keep up this very important work.”

The Pet Radio Show is an internet podcast about dogs, cats, and other animals and is broadcast live every Saturday and Sunday. www.petradioshow.com

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