Good Evening Pooch Lovers,
Not sure if I'm just offloading here? If so, sorry. But had a pretty ordinary incident happen in the street on Sundee arve with a rather nasty dog fight happening.
A family left their side gate unlatched and both their dogs were able to 'escape' the yard of course - one of them sighted the good ole' 13 year old Labrador who moves at about half a meter per hour and just launched at her. It was quite distressing of course and the poor old Lab suffered some nasty puncture wounds on her neck. Her owner went in with the hands (ouch) and got a nice bite as well. I guess that's all putting it mildly .. in the meantime there was screaming and people running around calling the police and families sheltering their kids. Quite a scene.
I'm reasonably proud of myself for not panicking and not losing the plot as it seemed like most people were. I was very strong and confident with the dog, not mean, didn't kick it, didn't scream, didn't call the police etc etc. The dog released to me (after the hose came out by one and pulling by another) and I was able to hold it by the collar and walk it to its house and put it back in the yard and lock the gate. I had always learned that to be frightened in a situation like this could backfire and perhaps have me set upon. Anyways i'm not saying i'm a legend, just more saying that I think the way you deal with a dog in such a situation really changes the dramatics of how things can end ..
I took the Lab down to the Vet (who was nice to come in on a Sunday) and she got stitched up and looked after. And yes, I took the girl to the docs too for her hand.
There's a couple of things that came out of this that have left me really perplexed. There was a very common feel in the street that this dog 'must be put down'. I actually at one stage kinda asked people to maybe wait for the adrenalin wore off before trying to decide the dog's fate in a street forum! Waiting didn't change their opinions and many others at work said 'once they have the taste for blood they have to go'. I was really quite sickened and felt horrible about this. This is a dog and that is our first reaction? It really disappointed me.
In short - the dog is being relocated to some property outside of town. The most important aspect of this situation though is:
The dog NEVER socialised with other dogs; The dog NEVER went for walks (the other one goes occasionally and he stayed locked up); The dog NEVER knew a life outside the bounds of that fence. He got out once before, ran to Lola and Zep and there was not a problem (although his owner ran across the road hysterically and pulled at his collar stopping him - I told her it was cool and it was ok that they met! - nope!)
Anyways, kinda made me feel like dogs suffer the punishment for poor upbringing, training and social development which should be the responsibility of the owners .. yet they themselves continue with their own stubborn and ill-educated methods of pooch raising. Made me feel a bit sad .. and somewhat p*ssed off really.
Anyways, yeah I think I just vented there. So no need to write back if you don't want, just wanted to get it off my chest I guess.
Respectfully just us, me, lola n zep.