Post # 1
I was walking home from work today and I have a park right beside my house I cut through. As I am cutting through I hear this girl scream and the sound dogs fighting. I get around the corner and see this little Japanese girl wresling with two dogs, a Rottie and a Husky cross. She looks up at me and says “Please help! Grab the Rottie, she won’t bite you.” I grab the Rottie as she struggles to pull the Husky cross off the Rottie. Finally we get the dogs apart and I see she has a puncture wound right through her hand and there is blood everywhere. Her other hand also has a bite on it, both showing some bone through.
I let her collect herself and I ask her how far she lives, she was over 20 blocks away from her house. I tried calling a couple of people (I don’t drive and FI had the car anyways) and couldn’t get a hold of anyone. I couldn’t just leave her to walk these two dogs that she was having problems with by herself, let alone with two nasty wounds in her hands. I find out the Husky Cross is hers and the Rottie is her boyfriend’s that is a Rig worker in Alberta, and she came out to SK to take care of his dog, as she is originally from Banff. She was telling me that the dogs sorta got along but she was having trouble controlling the Rottie (not enough leash training according to her) and she though she could handle it, and the fight started over treats.
And while getting the dogs seperated she put her hands in the fight and her dog (Husky cross) accidently bit her, (remember kids, don’t stick your hand in a dog fight). I had to convince her to go to the hospital, I still think she was in shock. I told her to be honest and tell them what happened. Along the way she asked me TONS of dog related questions, and was impressed that I was able to handle the Rottie with ease, such a cute sucky face by the way! And I told her, it is just confidence. And training. Lots of training.
So we get to her apartment, which is in one of the roughiest parts of town. I actually had to open the doors for her because her hands were so bad, and we got the dogs separated in different rooms of her apartment. Got her to promise me she was heading straight to the hospital AND that from now on she would walk the dogs separately. Then started my long walk BACK home. I did end up calling for a cab after about 4 blocks because I was so tired, and I walked by a house with crime scene tape and it smelt like vomit everywhere.
I just couldn’t believe that no one helped her, this happened behind an old folks home in a well populated area. The cab drive was floored that I even went into the ghetto. He was like, you should get a f*&^%$ medal of honour for that shit.
Honestly, I was just helping someone in need and I just hope someone would do the same for me.
Post # 3
Holy crap! Well done you! She was super lucky you came along! Not many people would have been capable of helping with her dogs much less be willing to go so far out of their way! You DO deserve a medal of honor!
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2010 - MacLean Park
My red heeler gets into it with my friend’s lab a lot, they do NOT like each other at all. Most of the time they just jump up on their back feet, clamp together and do a lot of growling. I have to break them up with sticks or chairs, no way will I be sticking my arms anywhere near that!! You did a good thing to help her, I hope she went to the doctor for those wounds. I’m sure they can get infected pretty easily.
And before people get all up in arms about the Rott being the problem, I’ve been bitten more times by toy breeds than I care to remember. A Shitzu took a chunk out of my leg when I was 10, and I had to get a tetanus shot (which scarred me mentally for life! I HATE Shitzu’s!), and my mom’s stupid toy poodle bites my hands all the time when she’s grouchy that you sit next to her on the couch. Now I just push her off it when my mom’s not looking to keep that nasty thing away. I had a Rottie when I was in high school who was the sweetest little thing ever, and loved to hang out with our Great Dane. Things really just depend on the dog in question. I never approach little dogs, a lot of them are super aggressive, and those little teeth are sharp!
Post # 5
I worked at a kennel for 2 years and while we didn’t have a lot of dog fights, it is bound to happen when you get that many dogs together. We were always told to never stick your hand in the middle (for obvious reasons) but instead to grab their back feet and “wheel-barrel” them away from each other. Of course, this is much easier with two people doing it, but if you’re only able to grab one it’s enough to break concentration.
@sand dollar: After working at said kennel, I would much rather walk through a room full of pits/rotties/g. shepherds etc than walk through a room of chihuahuas! Those little things can be super hateful!!!! (not meant to offend anyone with chihuahuas, there are some super sweet ones, but most of the ones boarded where I worked were not)
Post # 6
Poor woman. I’m glad you had the training to help. I’ve accidently been caught in the middle of a dog fight twice but luckily my bite wasn’t bad. I hope those poor dogs don’t end up getting put down because of this 🙁 The law doesn’t really care much about the reason behind an animal bite. Maybe Canada is different though.
and, just to add to the “Rotties are NOT evil” camp, there was one rottie that lived in the neighborhood where I lived a couple years as a teen and she was kind of like the “community” dog. She was very friendly. Well, I’ll be honest that she scared me at first (a big unleashed dog staring you down? who wouldn’t!) but she was funny. She’d come over and act like she lived there. We let her inside to play sometimes, and other times she would be out on the porch and act like she lived there. She would bark at the couple of cars that would drive by, lay in front of the door. She wasn’t locked in or tied down, just stayed there on her own. When it was time for her to go home, we just called the phone number on her dog tag and they’d come pick her up. The owners told us she had a “brother” that recently passed away and that’s when she started wandering off.