‘In Japan, broken objects are often repaired with gold. The flaw is seen as a unique piece of the object’s history, which adds to its beauty.’
Suzel Mackintosh, a stunning 23-year-old model, suffered horrific injuries from an attack by the Staffordshire-pit bull crossbreed cross on New Year’s Eve. The blonde model is originally from Perth, Australia but lives in London. Mackintosh was on a visit at her friends in south-west Australia for a camping trip in the remote Pemberton area. She explains how she and her friends played with the dog and then placed it in a vehicle overnight.
“I went to get something from the car, and it jumped on my face and did nothing to provoke it,” Mackintosh said. “I patted the dog, and it just went for me. I fell back, and I could feel my nose hanging off.”
Mackintosh was sent immediately to the hospital, but despite doctor’s best efforts, she was left with permanent damage. But aside from scarring, now she suffers from muscle damage on her upper lip, leaving her unable to lift it.
Due to this attack, she was about to enter a deep depression. She has dreamed of becoming a professional model, but after the dog mauled her face, she felt completely hopeless and devastated.
This is how Suzel looked like after the attack:
However, she gave herself a try and decided to go back to London, where she had been living before the attack.
She even did a video with webcomic Jack Jones, which gathered more than two million views. However, as always online trolls still taunted her about her disfigurement.
There were many comments about her looks. One of them was, “did you have too many d***s shoved in there on Friday night?” referencing her mouth. “It was hurtful, and it made my insecurities worse,” said Mackintosh.
Still, all these negative comments haven’t defeated her. On the contrary, this has pushed her to be a spokesperson for people who have gone through domestic abuse.
She tells how she has been in an abusive relationship for two years. She claims, “I want other women to know that no matter what, you should still do the things you want to do.”
In spite of what has happened to her, and many challenges she had to face through all this, she did not stop to pursue her dream. But, what hurts her most is that the dog owner has not apologized to her yet. “This hurts more than the injuries,” says Suzel.
It’s important to note that Pit Bulls do have a strong grip, according to a study in the Canine Journal. Chihuahuas and Bulldogs are the ones you can get bitten from more often. But German Shepherds, Jack Russell Terriers, and Cocker Spaniels are very likely to be part of a dog attack.
Studies say you are more likely to die from bees or choking, rather than from a dog attack. Dog attacks depend on many factors. It’s rare for dogs who live as either resident dogs or as family pets to inflict a serious attack on humans. On the other hand, dogs who are not afforded the opportunity for a normal and positive interaction with people may be more likely to cause injuries, due to situations they perceive as stressful or threatening.
However, may Suzel have the force to continue her dreams, and leave behind every negative energy coming from negative people. Scars show what you’ve been through and how strong you are for coming out of it!
To see how great Mackintosh looks after she recovered from the attack, check out the video below: