So, I was at my local off-leash dog park with Bruno and Serena. Serena was on lead and Bruno was trotting next us, saying hello to the occasional dog and playing zoomies with some of the dogs I know. Its a very nice dog park where I know most of the dogs so I know Bruno is safe to play a bit, within reason.
About half way through our walk, Bruno trotted up to these two massive Great Danes to say hello. The owner assured me that it would be ok so I kept an eye on them. There was a little rough play at first so I went to call Bruno off.
Before I knew it, Bruno was in submissive mode and these Great Danes took turns grabbing Bruno's neck and basically pinning him down. I ran towards them to get Bruno but before I could, one of the Danes grabbed Bruno by the ear and physically lifted and then dragged him by the ear. I couldn't believe my eyes. I started screaming at the owner to get his dog on the lead. The Dane let go and Bruno come scampering back to me, scared but , thankfully, no discernible ear damage.
I was so upset and angry and I yelled at the owner to either control his dogs or go to another dog park.
His advice to me:
"Don't worry, that is what these dogs do" and also "don't get upset". He just walked off, dogs still not leashed, a he left the dog park. Which, the way I was fuming, was probably good for all concerned.
The image of Bruno being lifted up by the ear has been seared into my brain.
Turns out this guy and his dogs have caused trouble before. Not sure if a call to the ranger has been made in the past.