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Well, with the passing of the Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, and today is back to school day for many student (and parent) types. It is sort of that for us as well, as today marked the resumption of the morning trail run for the doggies, sort of the unofficial canine nursery school for this area. I have been looking forward to this, as the hot summer has made it tough to get the pups enough exercise (taking the dogs to this trail in the summer is impractical, because the local swimming beach is open at that time, and the dogs are not allowed there in season). Unfortunately, today ended badly, as Hudson the wonder dog received a fairly vicious attack at the hands (paws?) of another dog, suffering a small wound to her leg, and undoubtedly her pride. Luckily this does not seem to warrant medical attention, but the vet told us to keep an eye on to make sure that it's as minor as it seems. This is all pretty routine at this point, but this was a panicked moment when it happened... I used to carry something appropriate for prying open doggie jaws in the past, and got out of the habit after years of it not being necessary. This was all I could think of as I tried to pry this dog's jaws off Hudson's ear (where it clamped on after getting her on the leg) to no effect at all... no amount of prying or hitting this dog influenced it at all -- I'm not even sure how we eventually separated them (thank goodness it wasn't a pit bull). The other owner didn't even seem apologetic, much less offer to pay any potential vet bills or anything. Now I have to decide whether I am willing to continue to participate in this group's activities.

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20. Re: No subject Sep 6, 2005, 14:21 xXBatmanXx
 
PEPPER SPRAY!!!!!

I don't think I would have been too quick with the pepper spray while there's a strange dog attacking my own pet's head..

Eye sockets though.. ouch. Bet that's pretty damn effective against nearly every living creature that possesses eyeballs!


1. Putting my hand next to an angry dog's head is not going to happen
2. Getting close to an angry dog that has clamped on to something has a quicker reaction to unclamp and clamp onto my hand before I can get it away. Ever see a dog snap at a fly? Quicker than you are!
3. Pepper spray is used at a distance, therefore eliminating the possibility of ebing bitten or attacked by said angry dog.

But go ahead, go for his eyes, I don't give a shit, but I like all 11 of my fingers!

/edit: As an FYI - EVERYONE should carry at least a small can of pepper spray. A dog not on a leash is stopped very quickly by pepper spray. So are would be attackers. But like I said, keep living naive.

Batman... Batman... Can somebody tell me what kind of a world we live in, where a man dressed up as a BAT gets all of my press?
This comment was edited on Sep 6, 14:24.
 
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