While I really wanted time alone near the water, I knew there was no way I was going to get out the door for a walk without taking the Doodle with me. Wylie always starts jumping at the door when I put on shoes. Of course, I leashed her and we took off. We had barely made it onto the next street when I saw a brown boxer barrel across a yard and heard a female voice yell, “Careful, my dog is not friendly.” No joke, before I knew it the dog had lunged at Wylie’s neck.
The woman ran out into the street and pulled her dog off, and I cradled my body between Wylie and the vicious boxer. The dog escaped the owner and this time grabbed at Wylie’s side pulling her with me in tow on my knees across the street. Wylie squawked and cringed but never once fought back. For a third time the dog got loose from the owner and caught Wylie by her rear. The woman’s husband and his father stood in the yard and watched, never once saying a word or offering assistance of any kind. She finally got the dog to her back yard and explained that the dog bolted when she opened her gate. Shaking and slightly crying, I asked her for her information. She went inside and brought out a piece of paper containing her name, address, and phone number. She was as upset as I was and very apologetic.
Upon returning home, I realized my knees had been scraped up in the process. (My knees are scarred from my childhood antics, so I’m sure it’ll all blend in time.) Wylie did not appear to have any open wounds but had some swelling on her side. We reported the incident to animal control. While I waited for an officer to show up, I found out that the very same dog had attacked a neighbor’s dog a month prior. Her dog was small enough that she was able to pick it up and walk away. The mother in law stood in the yard and witnessed the incident and replied that the dog doesn’t listen to her. Another neighbor watched without offering assistance. No one reported this incident because they did not want to get involved. I found out this same dog had a few scuffles, but not injurious so therefore not reported, with a couple of other leashed neighborhood dogs.
The owner (woman) came by after animal control had been by her house. She was crying and wanted to make sure Wylie was not seriously injured. She explained that her dog had become territorial after them having a second child. She said the dog is very gentle with her small children. The oldest child was on the side walk, so I think the dog was thinking it was protecting him from my dog as it never once tried to bite me. However, had Wylie been a small dog, she probably would have been killed. Or had I been a small child walking a dog, there could have been more serious injuries. The owner offered to pay our vet bill as it is her responsibility and told us not to hesitate to take her to the emergency clinic. I understand her position as I was once on the other side of the fence being the owner of a dog (not Wylie) who bit someone. The owner indicated that she did not want me or anyone else to fear walking down the street in front of her house. I do fear it because even though they keep him in a fenced back yard he seems to break away frequently enough to have brush ins with other dogs.
While I’m sorry it happened at all, I am thankful my dog is fine other than a small cut, bruising, and soreness. I am thankful that the owner was kind. I wanted to show her the same compassion that was shown to me when I was in a similar situation. What I do have a problem with is the apathy of bystanders in this situation and that of the attack on my neighbor‘s dog. Have we become a nation afraid to get involved or a society of uncaring people?
Wylie was put on antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, and pain medicine. The vet said that sometimes it takes a few days for the injuries (if internal) to show up, but so far she doesn’t appear to have any serious damage. She’s been somewhat lethargic but still loving and trusting. Like people, not all dogs are nice (though we wish they were)…a lesson learned the hard way for Wylie.