Hi all, I have an 8 year old staffy cross who i adopted from the lost dogs home about a year and a half ago. His name is Doug, He is very well behaved, calm and a good walker both on and off leash.
Each morning before work for the last few weeks I have been taking him to the local park where i meet up with other people and their dogs. We walk around the ovals together while the dogs sniff around and play off lead. They all hey along really well and run around like crazy. Doug gets along with them all and runs for a bit but as he is the oldest dog (all other dogs are under 5) he tends to happily trott beside the humans.
Two days ago he was playing with 2 of the dogs, both big breeds like him, then all of a sudden Doug and one of the other dogs started growling aggressively at each other and it turned into a serious fight. They were both having a go at each other, hard. I jumped in and grabbed Doug by the collar and pulled him away and it was over in 30 seconds.
We checked both dogs and they seemed fine. Then both dogs just went about their walk like nothing had ever happened. Tails wagging, happily. As the owner of the other dog is a big dog person and I've known her for a few weeks, she wasn't angry or weird about it as both dogs seemed fine.
Anyway when i got home from work that day we noticed that Doug had a couple of bite wounds with dried blood and his right eye was all swollen, red and saggy. I cleaned him up and washed his eye with a bit of warm salty water and have just been making sure his eye stays clean. It's healing fine.
But this morning when i meet up with the group at the oval, the owner of the other dog said that she ended up taking her dog to the very as when she came home from work she noticed he had a sore leg and wasn't walking on it. He also had a small bite mark on his leg! The vet checked him over and gave antibiotics just in case.
I felt so bad! She was fine about it and says that it happens. But i asked how much the vet was and she said it was less than $200! I felt even worse and asked if she wanted me to pay half but she said no it's fine it's just something that comes with having dogs.
I still feel so bad though, even though we don't know how the altercation started i feel like Doug may have been the grumpy older dog who snapped at the 2 year old dog first.
I'll see them tomorrow morning again. Should i take $50 with me to give to the owner? Even though she said no, it's it still something that's expected or the right thing to do?
Any advice/tips would be appreciated.