Last year Puddles and I was chased by 2 pit bulls (some may recall my post) down my walk way. I thank God every day my neighbors sold the house and moved! When we go to Petsmart, Puddles is in my arms or buggy. Some of the stupid people will let their big dogs come from right up to you. Don't they know the leash has a stop button. Onces a German Sherpard come up to us and grrrrrr, I told that man off and he left the store...hehehe
I'm glad they are going to press charges... hopefully it will prevent this from happening to someone else's dog or child. I remember your speaking so fondly here on SM about her and I am just totally shocked and saddened by this.
gruffi...when he was little, was attacked like 5 times by the same dog. i would always pick him up (he was around 35 lbs the last time...back breaking!) and start kicking at the dog coming towards us. i had to call animal control every time. i eventually stopped walking him in my neighborhood and just drive to the park.
but i just want all of you to know that there are some really gentle big dogs that look mean. like gruff---he played with an 8 week old chihuahua today....well, he basically sniffed the pup while the pup stood there. lol. and sprite and ellie have played with german shepherds, rottweilers, samoyeds, malamutes---and this one bull mastiff that was around 180 lbs and acted like a BABY.
How horrible. My beloved cat was killed by a dog in our own backyard many, many years ago. I feel so badly for your friend having to witness it. It's an awful thing to see. I still get upset when I think about my Georgie.
I always have Muzzle (mace for dogs) clipped to Lady's leash just in case. We have a pretty strict leash law here so thank heavens I have never had to use it, but I would in a heart beat if a strange dog approached us. I wouldn't even wait to see if he were friendly of not as all it takes is one shake of the neck to break it.
Some states don't allow its sale so you have to order it. I can get it here in North Carolina so if anyone has a problem, let me know.
OMG that is just terrible AJ, I am so sorry. My thoughts are with both you and your friend.
Since my encounter with a coyote in our back yard my hubby bought me a torch that has a tazer and if any large and threatening animal ever approaches either me or Scooby I would not hesitate to ZAPPPPPP it. Of course I always pick Scooby up if another larger dog approaches and we also have 6' fencing around the back yard so Scooby can go out safely. The gates are always kept pad locked for extra security.
I am so sorry about your friends dog. Just yesterday while I was picking up my daughter from school, Valletta was approached by two pit bulls. I usually don't get out of the truck when I pick up my children, but today, V'dog had to poop while I was in car line. She's such a good girl, she'll only go on grass. So I parked off to the side and let her do her business (which I also scooped up...some parents don't, can you believe that one?) I saw two pit bulls about 50 ft. away so I crossed the road and waited for my daughter to get her bags. The woman with the two pit bulls actually crossed the road and followed me to "introduce" her two dogs. The male (un-neutered) almost knocked me over trying to get to my dog. The owner had him on the exact same lead that I use for Valletta! Now she kept insisting that he was a "sweetheart" and how pit bulls weren't dangerous, but the look in this dog's eyes was nasty. He didn't look sweet at all, especially when he lunged...his teeth were bared. I've never been so scared in all my life. I told her that I didn't appreciate her bad manners and that unless her dog is better trained, she shouldn't bring him around other people. She said, "well, he's just a puppy." Like that's supposed to make it excusable! And to boot, she had an eight week old female pit bull on another lead. Oh, and one other thing, while this dog was lunging for us, this woman's daughter..who was about 10 or so, kept squeezing Valletta's neck and legs. I never like to speak directly to other people's children on matters of dicipline, so I said to the woman, please tell your daughter that my dog is not a toy and that squeezing small animals can hurt or kill them. She laughed like I was joking or something. So I said to her daughter that she was hurting my dog and that she needed to stop. Needless to say, the kid started crying. I told the woman, please let your daughter tourture your own animals and not mine! Then I went to the principal and complained. She said that they had numerous complaints about this woman and her pit bull, and to make things fair, they were going to have a no dogs allowed on campus policy. I said that's fine with me.
Good for you! There ought to be a basic intelligence test people have to pass before getting a dog!
I had Lady out a few weeks ago and a young man came around the corner with a huge male (unneutered) Bull Mastiff. Now, if you've never seen one up close and personal, you can't imagine the size of these dogs! He actually started to intentionally approach us, telling me not to worry, that this dog was a real "sweetheart" and wouldn't hurt Lady! (This "sweetheart happened to be wearing one of those choke collars with metal spikes an inch long!)
Of course I scooped Lady up and mumbled something about her being diabetic and not being allowed near other dogs because of her weakened immune system and got out of their path as fast as I could!