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Out of the Blue

A few years ago Hudson the wonder dog was injured in an attack by another dog as we walked the local doggie trail, an unfortunate incident I described here at the time. We've ventured back occasionally since then, but I've been a little too wary of a repeat incident to make it a regular event. Yesterday afternoon I brought Huddy and the Gunnar-man over there for a romp, and even as I was considering the benefits of resuming regular trips to the trail, Hudson had another run-in with another dog. Now just like last time, she did not start things, but she's probably more at fault this time around, as I think her "once bitten, twice shy" attitude probably contributed to the dust-up. Anyway, just like last time, as the other owner stood by helplessly, I dove into the fight and separated the dogs before either of them got bitten. The same cannot be said for me, however, as I felt a pinch on my arm as the other dog went after me, and when I saw the large tear in the sleeve of my leather jacket, I had to thank goodness I was wearing it, as it was clear that I would have suffered a severe injury had that bite caught my arm. It turns out I didn't get off scot-free, though, as there was a small wound beneath. It was more a scrape than a puncture, so I'm confident I won't get tetanus, but since the other owner and I parted ways before I noticed the wound, I'll just have to take it on faith that I'm not going to come down with rabies either.

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9. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 12, 2008, 08:10  Blue 
Glad Huddy is ok. What was the Gunnar-man doing during all this?

Thanks, me too... I could buy at least two new jackets for the cost of her vet bills when she got bitten the last time.

Not sure where Gunnar was... he had already made friends with the other dog and was probably just standing by watching in horror; he's a lover, not a fighter.

And to the question about leashes, no one was on a leash, which is the point of going to this trail. If we return, though, Huddy will probably be on a leash, or at least she will be leashed as soon as other dogs appear.
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