Monday, January 4, 2010
I was on the walk this evening. We were less than 5 minutes from home when I thought about how wonderful it was to walk the dogs when we don't run into any other dogs. Not 30 seconds later, I saw a little dog running loose but I recognized the dog as one that stays clear of us and a small child further down the road. It was already growing dark so I wasn't seeing too well. I breathed a sigh of relief when the little dog turned down the road away from us. Then the little child moved into the road and it wasn't a child at all...it was a big dog. It saw us and started running toward us. I yelled at it "No." and "go home". And the dog slowed down but kept coming toward us. Before I knew it, he was charging the dogs with teeth barred. He jumped right into the middle of my dogs and while he didn't really do any biting, he was getting bitten by Bear and Jack. He got wrapped up in the leashes and I couldn't get him untangled. Jack began ignoring him even though they were shoulder to shoulder and his attention was on the little dog that was keeping just enough space between him and the other dogs to stay out of the fight. The dog worked itself loose and jumped out and started messing with Jasmine and Tucker who weren't messing with him at all and he made me so mad. There was no reasno to mess with the innocent. It's already hard enough to keep them having good attitudes about other dogs as it is, living with dog aggresive Bear and Jack. As far as I could tell, no one got bitten, just jumped on a bit and growled at. The dogs backed away but were hanging around nearby. So, not knowing the number of animal control, I called 911. The dogs were ready to chase down the dogs and my legs were shaking from the adrenaline overload. During the call, the dogs wandered away and I couldn't tell where they went. We waited at that spot for a few minutes. I figured the black one would lead them to his house which was in the opposite directon of our house. We finally moved on and when the dogs picked up their trail and started running with me along for the ride. I finally got them to slow down and I saw the dogs. So did my dogs. This time, the dogs stayed further away but that didn't stop my dogs from getting all riled up. I had the phone in my hand ready to call 911 again if they attaked again. But animal control called me and I thought I ignored the call btut I answered it instead. I was just holding it out as I was trying to control the dogs and shouting at the other dogs again. When things settled down for a second, I heard voices and hung up the phone (I didn't know it was animal control). The dogs wandered off and I got my dogs home as quickly as possible. Then animal control showed up and I led them to the house of the little black dog...turns out they both lived there. They gave them a ticket for letting their dogs wander free. It wasn't until a couple of hours later that I looked at Bear's feet and saw blood. He shredded 3 claws down to the quick and messed another one up pretty good. I put steptic powder on them even though the bleeding seemed to have stopped, except on the one that he messed up. He's not limping though so hopefully it's not painful. Jasmine chipped one as did Jack but their's were very minor.