We had another ugly incident recently on our local doggie walking trail. We have
taken to bringing our canine companions there in the afternoons after Hudson the
wonder dog's run-in with an aggressive doggie. Unfortunately, there is no time
to find the trail completely unpopulated, and on our most recent visit, we
encountered some folks walking a large and small doggie of their own.
Anticipating trouble, I grabbed Huddie by her collar, but in an unusual twist,
the larger of the strange dogs went after Gunnar, who is normally very well
versed in the art of defusing other dogs. In this case his defense mechanism was
to cower and cry, so I needed to intervene. Luckily, after briefly grabbing at
the head area of the doggie battle, I recalled the black and blue mark under my
thumbnail that still hasn't completely grown out from my first amateur attempt
at breaking up a dog fight. By this point the other dog's owner was still not
doing anything helpful (jerk) but I recalled the more proper technique, so I
grabbed his dog by the tail and pulled him out of the fray. Normally both dogs
should be removed by their respective owners to prevent the free dog from
attacking the captive one, but Gunnar has no bloodlust, and was more than happy
to be rescued (shaken, but none the worse for his encounter). The other danger
in grabbing a strange dog by the tail is that he may turn on you. Luckily for me
this guy was still more concerned with Gunnar, and didn't seem to notice me at
all (maybe this was lucky for the dog, I probably would have started swinging
him by the tail had he come after me).
Sadly, I think this marks the end of our trips to that trail. It's just not
worth the risks.