Wednesday, 24 January 2018

I can Sure Move For A Fat Lad

George ambling

Like I said yesterday, George was attacked by a staffie.
He wasn't injured, but the reason for this was luck more by good judgement.
We were lucky.
I had taken the dogs to the Dyserth Walkway which is a country walk on the former track of a hillside railway line. The walkway is popular with walkers, bikers and dog owners and can be rather busy so the independent Welsh Terriers and George are always placed on a lead.
Winnie, who is too friendly (and too big to attack) ambles along behind at her own pace.
It was dusk and as we returned to the car park, I let off George to sniff at the grass verge whilst I placed the other dogs in the car and had just closed the car door on them when I heard a man's harsh shout of "Come here!"
George was perhaps thirty feet away happily sniffing at a clump of grass and perhaps a hundred yards beyond him, down the walkway came the staffie at full pelt.
It meant business.
Everything happened very fast, as behind the staffie two scruffy young men and a teenage girl came running and I jumped up like Fatima Whitbread, running from the opposite direction. The Staffie pounced on George a couple of seconds before I got there and the two had already started to fight.
I kicked the Staffie as hard as I could and surprisingly my aim was dead right and the dog bounced off snarling and as I picked George up it spun back to have another go.
I stamped on it again.

Like I said we were lucky.
Lucky that the staffie was a young and underweight specimen,
Lucky that I can move with the speed of a jungle cat when I need to,
Lucky that my boot connected
and lucky that one of the scruffy owners grabbed him and carried him away after the fact
If all of the dogs had been there Blind William or the slight Mary may have been attacked on their leads.
I found it strange that neither man complained that I had kicked their dog and even though the girl mumbled a "sorry mate" I let rip with a mouthful of expletives  a docker would be proud of.
I was still swearing as the group shambled away onto the main road.
"You Were lucky" I bellowed like Sylvester Stallone playing Rocky Balboa "If the bulldog was out she would have fucking killed it!"
Charming!

92 comments:

  1. Good on you John for looking after your lad.

    Shame on them, but somehow I think that they won't even realize that they are doing anything wrong with not controlling their dog.

    Julie

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  2. George is due a haircut so was protected by too much fur.
    one small puncture wound on his back and no other injuries was all I could find.
    he had a chicken dinner for tea

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    1. John, I am concerned if that dog did not have the correct shots (I doubt he did) plus the shock to George's system.
      When thehamish was attacked he had deep bruising.
      Good job protecting your George and luck that you had your hard shoes on and not tennies.

      cheers, parsnip and iwinston

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    2. So glad George is OK and you survived also. Many owners get bitten rescuing their dogs from a brawl. He well deserved his chicken for tea and you something liquid and calming :)

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  3. Anonymous10:09 am

    Damn good show. A shame dogs are blamed for their owner’s poor character. I have met lovely staffies and some horrors, you can tell by who is, or is not, at then of the lead. I bet you did not get uphill from the owners due to the ruthless efficiency of your defence. Good on you.

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    1. Agreed Charles, but no matter how much an owner is to blame for the sins of their dog I would still kill a dog which is attacking my dogs

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    2. Anonymous10:43 am

      It's called self defence and you would be in your rights to do whatever it takes to protect your dogs. You are indeed a good Daddy. Well done!! Meatballs all round and permission granted to eat as many scotch eggs as ya like..

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    3. It's amazing how angry I felt

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    4. Not at all! You are the alpha male (and Dad) protecting his family. That's why we all have adrenaline, to save and protect! Funny how you feel when the crisis is over and bits of adrenaline are still around!

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  4. Staffies are by nature usually very benign, but you don't want to get bitten by a big 'un.

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    1. agreed but pugnacious ones should always be on a lead plain and simple

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  5. We don't have problem dogs just their owners and how they train(or not) and why they allow some dogs off a lead at all. Glad your foot was so useful, shame you could not boot the three humans up their arse's

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  6. Expletives a docker would be proud of: "Gosh!", "Golly!", "Damn you you bounder!", "That's not cricket!", "Ruddy hell!", "Dock off!"

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    1. Anonymous7:24 pm

      OMG I can't stop laughing at this!

      -invisigal

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  7. Well done. Never trust a Staffie or a Pitbull or any mix. They are highly unpredictable. Sweetness and light one minute; a raging monster the next.

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    1. You can tell it was out for trouble. It saw George at a great distance and decided to attack

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  8. Here in Australia, the law demands that any dog in a public space (except a dog park) be on lead and I find it astounding just how many people don't do what is required of them. It would save so much drama, heartache and money!

    I'm glad George is ok and I'm glad you can move fast!

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    1. To be fair George was also off the lead but if he was on one it would not have prevented the attack

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    2. It's a good law.. but as you say not respected or policed and yes it would make a difference if it were. John, it's a shame that we have to have them on tether most of the time - we use a retracting lead which has a brake which we use for the 'sniff' opportunities. Little dogs seem much more vulnerable to attack. In saying that my Silky was bitten by a Weinmarner doing 'pass the dog' at dog training - she has never forgotten or forgiven, and has since been the agressor - so we have to be super careful!

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  9. That must have been so upsetting, for George and you. I was always scared walking my two old dogs because of the irresponsible owners that thought it OK for their dogs to run up to ours, when ours were always on leads. Our terrier hated other dogs with a passion, therefore was always on a lead, but to have another dog rush at him he would have fought to the death. He was 17 years old with hardly any teeth, but that didn't matter, he would always try to protect himself (and our other old girl). I believe that this fear stopped us from having other dogs (well one of the reasons anyway) as my blood pressure would rise at the sight of another dog approaching, making what should have been a nice walk very stressful and unenjoyable. So glad George was alright - I to hate irresponsible dog owners.

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    1. George, typically, was fine immediately after..it was my nerves that were shot

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  10. So glad to hear that George is OK John.

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  11. Not "nice", no doubt. At least the dog's pack (owners by another name) did seem to realize and apologized. So whilst, as you said in your previous post, they qualify, in your eyes, as "trailer trash" they do have manners, saw the error of their way.

    What do you do with cats in similar situations? I have come across, and watched, the most amazing stand offs and feel it's between them. Not that I haven't intervened on occasion, just by stepping out into the garden. One might say, of course, that unlike dog breeds, cats tend to be roughly the same size so it's fairer from the outset.

    Albert greetings,
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    1. Cats run in my experience

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    2. in the direction of the nearest tree, and go upwards.

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    3. Cats usually run, but a lot of them are pretty fierce and will stand their ground if they sniff fear. A cat once chased a black bear up a tree here in NJ some years ago.

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  12. Now I'm feeling rather sorry for the kicked dog as, rather than it having been its fault, it was the owner(s) who warranted the kicking. But then, of course, it wouldn't have prevented little George from being seriously injured - or worse.

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    1. I'd do it again raymondo . I'd do it every time

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  13. Infuriating. So glad George is ok. Don’t mess with John.

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  14. That's bloody horrible, Glad George is ok x

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  15. Poor George...Why weren't the dogs owners on top of it....and an apology????

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    1. To be fair the girl apologised , but I was in no mood to accept it

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  16. Ill behaved dogs, poorly behaved children, there is usually a poorly behaved adult behind them. Glad everyone is okay.

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  17. Isn't Winnie the softee with a sex slipper? I don't visualise her annihilating a Staffie.

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    1. I have only seen her angry twice with dangerous dog. Once with an Alsatian which saw her fix a stare that could freeze water..her head went up and she counterattacked using her size and weight to good advantage. The alsatian fled

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  18. I'm glad George is ok and glad you blamed the owners not the dog. My DD had a staffie that hated other dogs but he was always muzzled and on a lead when she took him out. The only dog he ever damaged had jumped into DD's garden.

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    1. My sister's terrier is off the lead sometimes but is always muzzled

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  19. You were possibly lucky, some of the Staffie owners round here are as nasty as their dogs and would of flattened you quite quickly.

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    1. Us old queens can put up a fight if cornered

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  20. I want you on MY SIDE, John!!!

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  21. Gosh, I am glad George is ok. How high was your blood pressure after that? An attack like that is very upsetting and I would still be swearing hours later about it.

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    1. I got enough swear words out at the time! I've used my yearly allowance

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  22. So Glad you managed to get to George before any real harm was done. I also loathe bad dog owners, from the ones that let their dogs run amok to the ones that don't pick up their dog poo. Shame the owner couldn't have enjoyed a good kicking too.

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  23. Well done, George is safe: using your foot was very wise, when I worked in Casualty I saw a woman who had rescued her dog from another who was attacking it, her hands were ripped and required many stitches (plus a tetanus jab), she and her dog were ok. Use your feet, which you did, is my advice. George deserved his chicken and you deserved a large gin and tonic (or whatever your tipple is).

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  24. how scary. some of the neighborhood dogs around here for some reason don't take to my little rat terrier. she's always on a leash when we leave the property for our walk. more than once I've had to haul her up by it and the halter.

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    1. get a can of dog repellent spray, if the dog is attacking yours and you lift it up the dog could attack you. something like pet corrector. and shout bang or something similar to get the other dog away. Nasty gits go for my little dog, its like they seem to know that he is scared from miles away...

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  25. You are all lucky. That's all I can say.

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  26. I am so sorry. Good aim with the boot.

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  27. I wondered if you would take a walking pole along another time -but then again it can all happen so quickly.Hope the girl is concerned enough to muzzle it in public in the future x

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  28. Sweet George I love him and all your gud dugs. I am happy all seem fine today.
    Big hugs to everyone. Scotched Eggs all around.

    cheers, parsnip and iwinston.

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  29. Good for you for putting that dog in its place (and the owners too). I'm sure an underweight (and probably hungry and not very well cared for) staffy could be scarily aggressive. Those people should not have had it off-lead.

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    1. Those people should not even be allowed to have a dog

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  30. Poor little George......John what are you going to do? It isn't safe to take the poor wee chap there. Can you report this to anyone?

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  31. A man and his dog: you would walk to the ends of the earth for your dog just as they would happily follow in your footsteps. A loving bond no amount of money would buy.

    LX

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  32. Glad George is ok - good for you.

    Apparently if a dog is attacking, the thing to do is stick your index finger up its bum. I will add that I have never actually seen this done, and while it might let go of its victim, I imagine it would turn round to see who was behind it in a VERY angry mood! Still, you're an ex-nurse, you might feel able to try it. I think applying your boot was the best thing.

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    1. Anonymous6:42 pm

      I don't think john had the time on this occasion to get his torch out looking for holes... besides it might got stuck or gone in the wrong hole. ... maybe next time.

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  33. Well done I would do exactly the same, bad parenting by the owners unfortunately. At least they recognised they were in the wrong.

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  34. Hoping the staffie owners realized they needed to learn about dogs and training and leashes.

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  35. Holy hell! That exact thing happened once when my ex was out with our German Shorthaired Pointer, a loose dog came running from a distance with his owner following behind him, and he kicked that dog off, too. I love dogs, but I would gladly beat the heck out of one attacking my dogs! I carry a little canister of pepper spray with me when I'm out with the dogs. I may look into getting a collapsible baton, too. Unfortunately, here in Atlanta, we need those things for protection from people, too :(

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  36. My sister is like a fire cracker, little but explosive. A Rottweiler attacked her ten year old collie mix, the Rottweiler's owner had to rescue him as my sister showed the dog another good use for hiking boots.

    I left a comment on George's picture as well.

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  37. I'm glad George is ok. Good for you John. You were able to move quick and "kick that ass" and prevent further harm to George. .

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  38. I once witnessed a murder of a small bichon by a pitbull at a park. All of us mothers grabbed our children trying to protect them from seeing the horrific sight but you could not cover their ears. And I will never forget the woman who held her dog in her arms, in complete shock, after the asshole grabbed his dog and ran off. My vet was one block away and someone grabbed her and ran her over but they could not save the dog. I'm all riled up right now just for writing about it.

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    1. How horrifying. Too bad the police did not get to arrest the man and have his dog put down. I know lots of people love their pit bulls, but I don't care if it is a Labrador, once it kills another dog in such a situation it cannot be trusted any longer. Defending livestock and the home is one thing. Killing on a walk in a park is entirely unacceptable.

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    2. I found out later they did catch up with the owner who had been on parole and that because of his lousy ownership that dog too lost its life. Perhaps that gave the bichon owner some comfort....I don't know.

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    3. Oh Linda this is so sad.
      I would have killed him myself.

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  39. So glad you were wearing 'dog kicking' boots or shoes! Crocs would not have done the same job. I would have done exactly the same thing, John. Well done. So glad that George is ok.

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  40. That protective instinct is amazingly strong, isn't it? I'm so glad your pack is all okay. It does take time to calm down after an encounter like that.

    I'm glad I only have indoor cats to contend with! I would be a nervous wreck walking a small dog, which is the only kind I'd be likely to have.

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  41. Oh poor George. I hope he wasn't too shaken by what happened.

    I have a little dog and I get tired of the number of people who criticise me for picking her up when their much bigger dog makes a beeline for her. She has been attacked once by a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. As with your George, Sophie was sniffing an interesting bit of grass and this dog appeared and tore across the field right at her. I could see immediately that it was going to hurt her, so I gathered her up and the bloody dog tried to rip Sophie from my arms. The owner claimed that her dog never had done anything like that before (I learned later that this was utter bollocks) and that my dog must have given off strange signals! Talk about victim blaming.

    I've avoided that dog and owner for the last five years. But often people with big powerful dogs tell me that I ought to let the dogs sort it out for themselves. Easy to say when your dog weighs 45 kg and mine weighs 3½ kgs!

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  42. Anonymous7:34 pm

    So glad you are both OK. Sounds as if the staffie might have been poorly cared for, possibly raised for dogfighting?

    -invisigal

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  43. Poor George, I hope he's okay. Once my english pointer got a bad puncture bite from a random dog at the dog park, so I know how you feel. It is maddening that some folks do not know beans about dog ownership and let their dogs go wild on others. Glad you gave it the boot!

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  44. In Argentina we could buy a sort of pepper spray for dogs. I bought it once because while the dogs were all well behaved and well trained and the owners were alert .. our boy Tate was neutered in a society of dogs who were not ... this made him very curious to them and they all had to sniff and often try to mount him. Which he did not appreciate so while he looked like a big poof .. he was still a large dog with big teeth.
    But I adored that dog and I would have fought and bitten the other dog too to protect my good boy.
    Pepper spray is excellent .. it will make you feel bad to use it but it works instantly.

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  45. OMG John, that was awful. On the beach a man who kept saying "he is only playing". Got a gob full off of me. His dog was not playing it had my rescue dog by the scruff and was throwing him as to kill a rabbit. a huge man came up as I could get near, grabbed the attacking dog some how and pinned it to the floor with his foot. He went beserk shouting at the man and apparently the mans dog had attacked his the week before. It went something like, "I am going to let go of your dog, the nice lady is going to take her dog and I am going to rip your head off and Sh!t down your neck". the next time I saw the attacking dog, it had a muzzle on but still wasnt on a lead. Just horrendous. So sorry you had this happen. poor George he is my favourite.

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    1. he was fine 2 minutes later!

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  46. The dog we look after was once attacked by a large dog. If had such an effect on him, making his aggressive towards large dogs. He could not be trusted to be off leash among other dogs and he was only a small dog.

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  47. Good man. I hope you've both recovered from the shock.

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  48. I'm so glad you were both okay John and I know how you must feel. Last summer my dog was attacked while I was walking her and by a staffie as well. It just took Annie down instantly and all I could do (in my sandals) was try to kick at the dog and scream for help. A young man driving by in his car jumped out and dragged the dog off her and took it back across the road to the owners house. Annie was okay thank goodness and I still don't know how other than she didn't attack back. She had some lumps and bruising.I just kept thinking she was going to die and I wouldn't be able to help her - I felt so helpless...
    So very glad you were both ok.

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  50. Your bulldog line made me laugh out loud though I'm sure you weren't laughing at the time.

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  51. You have to swear at dirt bags so they know you mean business!!!!
    How is my George going?

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    1. Just had his breakfast and is sleeping soundly on his bed in the kitchen

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  52. So scary, thank goodness for that well placed kick and adrenaline pumping through your veins.

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  53. My nephew in law has one.
    I gently suggested that he not bring the dog when he visits especially since I have cats,better known as hors d’ouvres.
    To a massive dog.
    I don’t understand the appeal,who wants a dog that is so big ugly and capable of killing anything or anyone??
    My husband would make a joke about Big Dog -Little P****

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  54. Very scary -- thank heavens George is all right. Also thank heaven this was in a location you drive to, and not one where Albert tags along.

    Well done.

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  55. Oh god how awful, This is one of my biggest fears when walking my three dogs. There was an article in the newspaper recently claiming that a beagle had been ripped to pieces by two dogs while out with his dog walker. I would definitely kick and do anything possible to protect my dogs. I hope that both george and yourself have recovered . Alana

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  56. I think everyone has a story about a dog being attacked or killed by another - and a smaller dog can kill a larger dog, too! I saw a 25 lb Jack Russell Terrier take down a gentle 60 lb golden retriever by the neck, and I do believe he would have killed him if he hadn't been pulled off (with great difficulty and a badly bitten finger on his owner's part!). And I've heard of large dogs killing small dogs by accident just while playing. You just can't be careful enough...

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  57. I was always somewhat terrified when walking my dogs. My first dog was a very gentle and silly black Labrador, but he would stand no nonsense and took down every dog that tried to attack us. My next poor soul was a rescued ChowChow/Golden Retriever mix and we were attacked several times with less favorable outcomes. He had severe him displacement that meant he was really unable to defend himself. I attempted to kick the attacking dogs, but in my mad panic, managed to fall down instead. He ended up with puncture wounds and I nearly ended up in the emergency room as I was such a nervous wreck, I had a panic attack and severe swelling in my eyes. Weird, but I think I reacted to the other dog's saliva or something. Irresponsible dog owners are the worst. If I ever get another dog, I am definitely getting pepper spray.

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  58. Poor George! And good on you for your awesome on point retaliation! I'm with you on bad pet owners. Glad George didn't get any worse than he did.

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