Hip-hop star Chingy is terrified of dogs, after one of the creatures sunk its teeth into his buttocks when he was a teen.

The rapper, 25, can still vividly recall the incident - and it's had a deep effect on his relationship with canines.

He tells BLENDER magazine, "I really don't mess with dogs. I got bit on my a** my a pit bull, and that changed my outlook.

"I was 15, going over to a homeboy's house, and these dudes were running toward us with bats and chains.

"I jumped a fence, ran down backyards and alleys, hopped another fence, and the dog was waiting. It bit me on the butt and started pulling my sweatpants down."

09/12/2004 08:59