Post # 1
This morning, I was walking my little dog when we crossed paths with a woman walking two pitbulls. One of them broke free and went straight for my dog, snarling and lunging. I am SO glad that adrenaline kicked in and that I pulled my dog up (swung his leash, and he came up with his harness) into my arms quickly. The dog was jumping and snapping at me and I was just about to kick him (to protect myself) when the owner managed to pull the dog away.
I was so freaked out that I immediately left the scene, but now I wonder if I should have gotten her name/reported the incident. It would be so scary to have this happen again.
And then I made the mistake about reading a wikipedia article about fatalities caused by dogs. I am now officially terrified to go for runs or take my dog outside; wonderful.
Just had to vent 🙂
Post # 3
I think you need to try and figure out who is the owner of that dog. They need to have better control of their animal if it’s that dog aggressive.
Post # 4
You are absolutely right. She didn’t have him on a pinch or choke collar. I’m going to keep my eye out and try to figure out who this was–I am really kicking myself for not having the presence of mind to get her information then and there.
Post # 5
I’m glad you and your dog are both okay!
That woman absolutely needs reported. It’s because of people like her that pitbulls gert a bad rap (people get them because they want a “tough” dog and then don’t properly train and socialize them).
(Not saying you are doing this, but I just want to plug this: Please don’t blame the breed. And there are actually dozens of breeds people refer to as “pit bulls”. When bully-breed dogs are owned by responsible owners, things like this don’t typically happen! You never hear of “pit bull” type dogs attacking at dog shows, obedence or agility competitions, etc.)
Post # 6
Thanks; I am really grateful we’re ok! It was a surreal experience.
I pretty sure it was the staffordshire terrier type pit bull (I looked them up to double check my identification). I am absolutely not blaming the breed; I think negative breed generalizations are really sad.
I called animal control, and they said that since the pit bull did not succeed in biting me or my dog (but gosh darn, it TRIED!!), they couldn’t do anything.
Post # 7
I would call to report it to the police department or animal control. She shouldn’t be walking both dogs at once if she can’t control them. I know sometimes things happen, but when we used to walk our Rotties i would never walk both by myself someone ALWAYS went to walk to other one.
Post # 8
I would try to find out as well. I am a huge supporter of pitt bulls and other ‘bully breeds” because I think they really get a falsely bad reputation. But it is people like that, who aren’t able to maintain control of their dog and allow aggression to continue that give those dogs a bad reputation. I would really try to find out who she is and report it.