I was walking Roxie today with our current visitor, Jackaroo, who is a 4month old foxie x jack russell.
We were in the park just about to go when another dog arrived, so I leashed Rox and we started to leave. Roxie noticed the dog and as always, started barking (she's a rescue dog and was never socialised.)
The other dog, it looked like a kelpie x of some sort, was being walked by a girl no older than 4. Next thing I know, the girl is screaming and being dragged across the field and the dog is coming for us. I picked up Jack and didn't have time to do anything else before it was on us, I was trying to grab at Roxie's neck to pull her up but they were skirmishing and there was legs and teeth everywhere.
The guy, I'm assuming owner walks over and attempts to get his dog. He says 'It's ok, she doesn't fight.' I just glared at him and said incredulously, 'Well, it looks like they're fighting!' He managed to pull her off, he had to basically sit on her to hold her down, and I can see the lead, a cheapo $2 dollar thing lying on the ground behind them.
Then his 8 year old kid starts. 'It's not our dogs fault, she doesn't fight, it was that dog, it was barking.'
I had to just walk away, but I wanted to EXPLODE. No, my dog is NOT perfect, but guess what? SHE was on a lead, not running riot across a field attacking another dog!! She comes when she is called and does as she's told, which is why *I* was the one standing scared in a field while another dog attacked us! Of course Roxie is going to fight back, she was protecting us and herself! What did they expect, her to roll over and go, 'hey, um, could you like, stop biting me?'
She's ok, has a little limp but other than that is fine.
I'm very proud of myself for not starting a screaming match with those b@stards, but I really am quite mad. There wasn't even a sorry!
The thing that annoys me most is that these dogs don't have to be this way. Dog behaviour is an OWNERS responsibility. If your dog, like Roxie, came with problems, you are STILL responsible for them.
I could hear the boy going on and on about it as I walked off. Grrr. People like these are the reason there is only one off leash park in our area.