Post # 1
So yesterday, my fiance and I were out hiking with our dog. It was a lovely day, birds and insects and not too hot. We got all the way to our destination (a rock outcrop up a pretty intense 2.5 mile incline. And were feeling great! Then this person brought their dogs up to the rock outcropping that only had about a 2.5′ path. They say “oh! by the way, watch out when you come by, my dogs can be aggressive”. And proceed to pull them off to the side of the path (not effective) and wait for us to come by. My fiance, having no other choice but to try to pass them because they didn’t want to turn around and go back where the path opens up and wait, tried to go by. At which point one of their dogs lunges at our dog and latches on to her hind quaters. And he didn’t let go either, the person had no control over their dog! Our dog finally gets free but was badly shaken and had tufts of fur pulled out and we couldn’t see if there was any more serious damage. Did I mention that we were 2 miles away from our car up a mountain? Anyway, we managed to get the owner’s name/info in case she needed to see a vet (which she did). But it shocked me that someone would put themselves/their animal in such a position as to let that happen, so easily avoidable!
Has anyone else had an experience like this where the owner’s stupidity/lack of forethought has jeopardized your dog?
Also, our pup is going to be fine. However, I think she is deeply shamed. Not only does she have shaved hindquarters, but she has to wear a cone and weaves because of the pain meds.
Post # 3
I’m glad you’re pup is gonna be ok!
I would report this to animal control. You have the owner’s info, so include that & tell them what happened. If this happened to you, than its probably happened to others & you could possibly prevent this from happening again. It could be worse if there was a next time :(.
Anyways, sounds like your pup will recover but he never should’ve had to go thru that in the 1st place.
Post # 4
Oh, this kind of thing makes me so furious! My dog has never been bitten (except by a rattlesnake-a whole other story) but we’ve had so many close calls.
I’ve been walking my dog, on leash, and have had dogs off leash approach at which point I call out to the owner, “Hey, get your dog”. They would reply, “Oh, my dog is on voice command”. Well then, why the hell is it still coming our way??? At which point I would usually scream something like, “Get your fucking dog right fucking now!” And they would act like it was no big deal and I was the bitch.
But then look what happens, your poor dog gets attacked. I hope she heals quickly. Some people are complete and utter ignorant assholes when it comes to dogs and should not be allowed to even own them. Every time I walk my dog or take it on a hike, I’m so completely stressed out at the possibility of this happening I can’t even relax anymore. It really sucks.
Post # 5
I have a very small puppy and every time we go to the park or out where there are other dogs, I’m always terrified she is going to get hurt. She is VERY energetic, and tends to want to lunge at other dogs, not to attack, but to play. I’m always afraid she’s going to do that to an aggressive dog and get seriously injured.
I can’t imagine what you are going through and I’m so glad your dog is going to be okay. I hope you get that woman to pay your vet bills because there is no way she should have a dog that she knows is prone to aggressive behavior out and about!
Post # 6
I am so pissed off for you. That woman should pay your vet bills. She should have more control over her dogs, damn it!!! If she doesn’t want to pay then I would attempt to sue her.
Post # 7
Lucky for my FI and I, he was totally cool about the whole situation. I was mildly panicked because he took his dogs down off the mountain and we stayed behind a bit to let our dog calm down. But we caught up with him and got his info and called him when we took her to the emergency clinic and he ended up showing up and paying the bill. I think that was a great thing to do.
What really irked me was he said “they’re rescue dogs” as if it were an excuse. WE have a rescue dog that was just attacked by your dog. Train your dogs better. I just feel at a loss. I know that this could happen again if we don’t report it, but I also don’t believe in making the dog pay for their owners poor decisions/training. Such a difficult situation!
Post # 8
@fvsoccer: It’s wonderful he took responsibility like that. But saying “they’re rescue dogs” is pretty silly! I don’t know their history but lets say they were like, fighter pit bulls or something. He shouldn’t be taking them hiking if they’re still so traumatized that they’re going to attack other dogs, and possibly people.
It sounds like that guy needs to invest in some training classes. ugh!
Post # 9
OMG. People. These people should not have dogs! Please report this nonsense! I just hate people who are so irresponsible with their pets. “Hey….my dog’s dangerous and will probably try to harm you. Come on by!” It’s SUCH BS.
What if your dog has been a smaller one? It doesn’t take too big of a chomp to snap a small dog’s spine. I knew someone who had an aggressive lab who ran across the street and in an instant killed the dachshund that was being walked by its owner. Sorry for ranting but this shit makes me so ridiculously angry.
It’s idiotic people like this who make me nervous to walk my ferret outside.
Post # 10
I’m glad your dog is ok, but I’m also mad for you. Your dog is probably that much more fearful of other dogs because of this event. I don’t understand why people don’t take proper precautions to control their dogs when in public. Yesterday, a little dog ran out of her house and ran up to my dogs teeth baring and bit one of my dogs, then tried to bite the other one. Their owner should be glad that I was able to control my dogs, because if I didn’t, that little Yorkie would have been a dog snack.
Post # 11
@SoupyCat: somehow, when I read this, my first thought was “punt the sucker”… like a football 😉 Hope you dog is okay, too!
@fvsoccer:So sorry to hear about the dog attack! hope you pup feels better soon and, I’d also turn the guy in. Sounds like the dogs need some serious lessons or kept home!
Post # 12
@Zinzerena: I actually was about to kick that little dog away because I didn’t want my dog to eat it! Luckily the dog’s owner ran out and picked it up. Also thanked my dog for not eating it.
Post # 13
@SoupyCat: LOL!! too funny! at least when they’re SMALL dogs, you can easy just give ’em a good kick and the problem is solved 😉 (ohhhh, I’m such a baaad person for that, aren’t I? 😉 )
Post # 14
@fvsoccer: I do want to give a perspective as an owner of a leash-aggressive dog. IN our case, our pup had bad dog-socialization growing up (his sire used to attack him randomly and without provocation…THAT was an awful dog) and by the time we got him, he was old enough that his dog aggression was pretty well ingrained.
We are getting him training, but that will likely only make him able to TOLERATE other dogs. Training does not solve all aggression, that’s just a fact. He’ll never be “friendly,” except to a select few doggy friends who we’ve carefully introduced and continue to supervise. We never let him say hi to other dogs and are always vigilant when walking him, for his and other dogs’ safety. But the fact is that he IS an aggressive dog, and it’s not his/our fault, and when we say “Sorry, he’s a rescue,” to owners who try to let their dogs say “hi,” this is what we mean. We’re not trying to make an excuse, it’s just a shorthand way to tell people–“it’s not you but please keep your dog away.”
Anyway, I know that your situation was totally different (you weren’t bringing your dog to say “hi,” for one!). That owner was indeed irresponsible. If I had been that guy, it would have been MY responsibility to go to a safe spot so that you all could pass, and MY job to keep my dog completely under control. That’s just part of being a dog owner! I just wanted to present another view of the phrase “he/she’s a rescue.”
Post # 15
I have a half lab/pit and a half rott/lab, both rescue dogs, both had issues when we got them. They went to training with me when we got each one respectively and are the most gentle loving and clever dogs I’ve ever owned. Both are AKC canine good citizens and neither have ever attacked anything. Anyone who uses the ‘rescue dog’ BS as an excuse for violence should NOT be in possession of such an amazingly loving and appreciative creature as a rescue dog. No dog is perfect without the help of a caring person, rescue dogs deserve better than to be labeled as ‘violent’ just because no one trained them. =(
Post # 16
Aw that sucks. Glad he paid for it though and that your dog is ok! If someone knows their dog bites the should get it training and a muzzle.
We had a problem with our neighbours dog.. it bit ours twice and barks like crazy everytime he sees our dog (or any other dog).. we had to talk to the owners and tell them to muzzle the dog.. now when we see it it’s usually muzzled and they take their dog back in if they see we are outside with ours and try and avoid whenever we have our dog with us.