i'm commenting a little late this month I'm afraid, because it's been a very busy month with visits from family and their dogs. So blogging-wise I have been very quiet.
- Regular readers may remember my post about Dog-Dog, who had come to stay, and quotes about dogs – when the house was so full of people and animals that I couldn't think of anything else!
- The only other post I managed was about the disaster that befell my blog, and how I was rescued by SiteGround support. Trying to fix that glitch took me so long that I just didn't have time for anything else blog-related.
Oops – on My Mailing
Very sorry if you've found your way to my blog because I was thanking you for commenting in June, when you didn't. It's late, I've had a bad month, and instead of selecting June, I selected January. Sorry – but good to see you back here again!
Sadly the next dog-related incident of June was that poor Bailey, my other son's 7 year-old black lab-cross was attacked while he was staying with me overnight.
I was walking Bailey a week last Wednesday evening when he was attacked by two dogs not being properly controlled by their owner.
I had Dog-dog with me too, but a friend was looking after Dog-dog, so we only had one dog each, luckily. I think they realised that Dog-dog would outrun them easily so the picked on Bailey instead.
The two attacking dogs were off the lead. Bailey was on a lead and didn't even woof to attract attention. We weren't walking towards them. It wasn't a dog fight, it was an unprovoked attack by dogs that ran the length of the park to get to him.
I managed to grab the collar of one of them and hold him back while letting go of Bailey's lead so that he could run to my friend who he knows very well.
I fell and hurt myself trying to hold one dog off Bailey (yes, I know I shouldn't have done it …. but Mother instinct kicked in and I saw red). I'm not in the first flush of youth so this hasn't done me a lot of good and I was hurt and shaking for a few days. In fact I'm still sore and feeling sorry for myself.
Huge thanks to a totally unconnected young man who ran over to help us by holding one dog off us while the owner got to his dogs and finally put them on their leads – only after my friend yelled at him to do so.
I don't know the breed of the attacking dogs – it all happened so fast I can't really remember and we just wanted to get out of there. My friend looked online and thinks they looked like cross bull mastiff / pit bull.
Bailey was very shaken and quiet, but we couldn't see any broken skin, so just kept a very close eye on him. In the morning when Matt and Elke came to collect him he yelped in pain when they played with him, so he obviously wasn't well. They took him home and sadly 36 hours after the attack discovered that he was bleeding.
There was obviously a hidden puncture wound that he'd probably licked open because there was no visible blood on Wednesday or Thursday. Bailey was taken to the vet as soon as we realized he was more than bruised and shaken, and he should be fine again soon.
He has a nasty puncture wound in his chest, bruising and a puss pocket that will need antibiotics and draining over the next week or two. Poor little guy was traumatised and almost a week later still very scared on his walks. Luckily he doesn't live near Harrow so he's walking in a completely different location.
Once he was safely back from the vet and I knew he was going to be OK my worry turned into anger. I went back to the park as the owner said he'd dropped his phone and I thought if I found it that would help track him and his dogs down.
While there I noticed some ladies with dogs and went to warn them too. No need! They could describe exactly what happened to Bailey and I, because it had happened to a friend of theirs and his dog was far more badly injured than Bailey. That attack had been reported to the police. I also reported my attack to the police but while sympathetic, they couldn't do much about it because it was “dog on dog”. Let's hope the next report isn't of “dog on toddler”.
I've had several other attempts at getting someone to control this owner and his dogs, but getting nowhere fast. My next stop will be the local council.
People may think I'm making a lot of fuss about this, but i could have had my two grand-daughters with me instead of the dogs, and who knows what could have happened if these dogs were on the loose.
Thanks to My Comment Authors in June 2015
So, after a month of dogs and family it's surprising that anyone had any comments to make. But they did…..
Total Comments on this blog in June 2015
- Rachit dropped 12 comments
- Donna Merrill made 3 comments
- Erika Mohssen-Beyk dropped 3 comments
- Jake dropped 2 comments
- Chioma Anozie dropped 2 comments
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