Out of the Blue

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.

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sorry to hear that blue Jan 4, 2006, 10:43
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That does suck to hear about the jerk of a dog owner. Being a owner of a male boxer, I guess I'm lucky that most people for some reason think boxers are mean so they give us a lot of room. My dog love to play with other dogs so its hard to find a play mate but on the other hand I don't get the chance to have your issue either. Luckily my dog classes paid off and Beau(our boxer) listens very well to me and will stay right at my hip for any quick get aways from any potential bad encounters. And its amusing to watch people's reactions to him.

Well here's hoping you find a better place to take your dog.

DMW

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