Post # 1
Ahhh bees… Tonight has been a bit of a sad one. I guess I just need to write it down. I’ll preface this by saying I’m very familar with dogs, training and I moderate a forum for dogs.
Tonight I went over to my FSIL’s place with my GSD mix (her kids love playing with my dog, she’s a gentle soul). At one point me, my dog and the 2 kids (8 and 3) were outside playing.
All of a sudden another dog comes charging through the yard at my girl full speed ahead with the most rage I’ve ever seen in a dog. This other dog basically hit the chain link fence so hard that it broke through. This is a fully fenced yard, in the suburbs.
So this dog latched onto mine, I screamed at the kids to get on the porch and then worked on getting the dog off mine, I managed to briefly get her off and she just went right back for her… Meanwhile I’ve got this primal Momma Bear yell coming out of me which is what I think in the end phased it long enough for me to get it off. I somehow managed to scare it back through the fence.
Through this commotion my Future Sister-In-Law called the police, so thankfully it’s on file. The neighbours were actually very good about the whole thing (despite not taking the proper precautions with their dog BEFORE the incident), offered to pay all her vet bills, etc.
At the end of the day I’m thankful my girl is going to be okay, but she does have some good bites on one of her legs. I’m also so grateful that it didn’t go after the kids or my FSIL’s 5lb Chi – both of which would have ended horribly. I feel for the owners of the other dog also, she’s a rescue Pitbull from a puppy mill and really didn’t have a proper puppyhood.
Sigh. Here’s one sad, sore pooch. All her wounds seem to be on her left front leg.
Post # 2
I’m so sorry, how awful for you. Hope she has a speedy recovery!
Post # 3
Awww poor thing!! My lab/pointer cross got attacked by a jack russell — thankfully the size different meant I didn’t need to worry TOO much about serious damage being done but the tenacity of the jack russell was pretty insane. My guy was not holding back as he was telling this little dog to get away from him and STILL the little dog was going for his legs and face. I had the same momma bear reaction and leapt on the dog, pinning it down by the head/neck until I could get a leash on it. Definitly NOT the way I would EVER treat a dog under normal conditions but the protective side of me totally kicked in.
My guy is usually a totally confident easy going guy with dogs, but I noticed the day after the attack he was quite a bit on edge around new dogs. It wouldn’t have been noticeable to people who didn’t know him well, but I could see a little hesitation and reserve that wasn’t usually there. I kept him leashed for a few days and made sure all his interactions were with really friendly/well socialized dogs only for those days and he seemed right as rain after that.
Not sure if his trust in dogs was shaken or if he was a bit sore from the bites (so was a little more defensive). I was surprised by his reaction (although in hindsight it makes perfect sense) so maybe keep an eye on your girl’s demeanor and really make sure she’s recovered (physically and mentally) before going back to your normal routine 🙂
Post # 4
Oh wow! I’m so sorry! Her curly flank fur is adorable by the way!
Good job keeping everyone safe!
Post # 5
First I want to say thank you for not breed-bashing or giving hate to an animal whose life has been loaded with human inconsistencies. Thank you thank you thank you.
Hopefully they will take more caution and put up better fencing for their dog and either get super therapy for her or be okay with the fact that she won’t ever be safe with other animals.
Really glad your pooch is okay!! I read your post with a lump preparing to arise in my throat. Thank goodness you guys are going to be okay.
Post # 6
I can’t imagine going through that. I am so glad your fur baby is going to be okay, but am sorry that had to happen at all.
I feel for the other dog’s owners too. I am sure they never intended for that to happen. Hopefully they will take precautions from now on and ideally will get her some
She looks so sweet, give her a good ear scratch from us at the Bee!
Post # 7
I’m so sorry this has happened : ( It sounds like you handled it really well and your quick-thinking saved the day. I’m so glad she is ok and hope her wounds heal quickly and it doesn’t affect her confidence in future. She is so cute by the way!
I do hope the owners of the other dog take some action to prevent this happening again. It could have been so much worse and I hope they realise that.
Post # 8
I love German Shepherds! I’ve owned both a shepherd and a pitbull so I feel bad for both dogs. My pit was afraid of the cat so it really is all in the upbringing/human owners!
Your dog looks like a sweetie. I’m glad that there wasn’t more serious damage and that its repairable.
Post # 9
outdoorbee: I’m so sorry. What a nightmare. I feel sad for all involved. I’m so glad your beautiful girl is going to be okay.
Post # 10
I am sooo glad your pup is okay – I read this teary eyed!
People really need to understand each breed and strong dogs and really be good, involved owners. Especially with a rescue! Had a neighbor rescue an abused Pit and he was soooo dilligent daily about the needs of his dog but would still approach other dogs with caution at first because they are very strong dogs that may not realize their strength ! Every pup deserves a loving home no matter the breed but every owner should take care of them accordingly.
So glad your fur baby is okay in all this and no one else got hurt further!
Post # 11
outdoorbee: That must have been SOOOO scary!! I’m glad it wasn’t worse. Thank goodness the owners sound pretty reasonable. Take care of your girl! Watch the wounds. Once my dog got bit and I thought he was fine, but he swelled up at the bite sight later on and had to have surgery.
Post # 12
I can’t imagine how terrifying this must have been for you. I’m glad the owners are taking responsibility. I don’t even want to think about what would have happened to a child or a 5lb chihuahua. I’m glad your baby is going to be okay, I hope she recovers quickly!
Post # 13
Awww, your poor sweet girl! That face…so expressive! I am so sorry this happened- it sounds absolutely terrifying! But you also sound like an amazing dog mom and auntie! Way to keep everyone safe and protect your fur baby, all while still having compassion for the other dog and his family. I hope she has a speedy recovery!
Post # 14
I’m glad your puppy is okay, and no one else was injured! My dog was attacked by an off-leash dog (not sure where the owners were) a few weeks ago while Fiance and I were walking him. It was late and dark out so the dog came out of nowhere and attacked our dog completely unprovoked. The aggressor kept rounding around vehicles and chasing us so there was nowhere for us to go or hid as we were a good 5 minutes from our apt. My dog is a pit mix and had a good 50lbs on the aggressor so I was afraid that our dog would seriously or gravely harm the other dog, or the other dog would seriously hurt him as we tried to pull him back. The attack/fight only lasted a few minutes but it felt like a lifetime. Luckily our dog was okay (minor scratch that was probably caused when I was trying to pull him away), but I am still fearful whenever I see a dog off-leash in our neighborhood.
Post # 15
Thank you all for your kind words! I’m sorry I wasn’t able to update earlier. All your stories sound super scary too!
My girl is doing much better today! There is a good sized wound on the back of her leg that will be the one to cause problems if anything.
We went to the vet today as soon as I was off work. It was actually a really great vet! I guess they offer new patients a first free appointment, so I ended up only having to pay the $20 for antibiotics thank goodness. He thanked me for being so level headed about the whole situation too and that he likes my dog ownership style haha!
He recommended hydrotherapy and then the usual gauze (that shiny/smooth kind), polysporin and vet wrap (which I was doing before anyways). We’re doing a one week round of antibiotics to cover the bases. He thinks it will heal up just fine but to keep an eye on the one wound closely.
On the bright side I also got a free roll of vet wrap with chicken print on it that he got at a conference! It’s pretty cute.
I think we’ll all be fine, though I’m not sure what’s going on with the other dog, I hope they can figure something out for her that will manage her needs better.