Coyote attacks on Casey: 0; Dog attacks on Casey: 1

To all you coyote naysayer’s out there, it seems that the ole "residential nylon leash walking is much safer than extendable leash walking in a ravine" axiom has been disproved today. Why? Because on a nice suburban walk around our nice residential neigbourhood with nothing but concrete sidewalks, single family houses and manicured lawns, my dog was attacked.

Was she attacked by a coyote? No, by a brutish adolescent lab-mix that has been poorly treated, poorly socialized and poorly trained for the duration of its pitiful life.

Casey and my husband (who was bit on the hand) are both doing fine. But I must say, the irony is not lost on me.

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Comment by Joanna, Rainy and Calvin on August 20, 2010 at 3:38pm
Glad to hear that Casey is OK (your husband too, for the most part), and that nothing more sinister happened. How very scary - I am sure I would totally panic too. :(
Comment by Judi, Dawn, Soffie & Griffyn on August 20, 2010 at 2:43pm
All I can say is wow!! Thank goodness Casey and your husband are ok!!
Comment by Carla on August 20, 2010 at 11:15am
You can tell this dog was trouble from the first time you laid eyes on it - it spends 50% of it's time leashed to a pole in their front yard, and 50% of it's time leashed to a pole in their backyard. I'm sure it's never even been off their property, let alone properly socialized or trained. I have no idea how it got off-leash, but as my husband and Casey turned the corner by this house, the dog just flew at them. Didn't make a sound, no warning, no barking, just flew at Casey. My husband's first response was to try to pick Casey up, which is how he got bit (I know, I know - bad idea; what can I say, he panicked). Casey was barking and yelping up a storm, and my husband was shouting his head off, so the dog’s owner came out to see what was happening and started screaming at the dog, which subsequently ran off in complete terror. There was a bit of blood shed, but nothing major.

What I don’t understand is, why get a dog, if you have no interest in having a dog? Sitting around on the end of a leash all day is not having a dog.
Comment by Sam Tsang on August 20, 2010 at 9:50am
Glad to hear Casey is okay, how did the lab mix got loose in the first place? and why did he bite your husband's hand?
Comment by Lynne Cerny on August 20, 2010 at 8:20am
Sally and I were charged by a lab mix just a couple of days ago. I knew if I picked up Sally I really couldn’t get the dog to leave us alone so I had Sally behind me and ran after the dog yelling to go away. He got away from a 9 or 10 year old boy who got him back but I was not happy!!! Sally seemed not to worried, which made me happy, but still gave me a case of the shakes! I use a extendable leash but keep it locked close to me. Nylon or extendable if the other animal isn't under control it is a scary situation.
Comment by Bev Levy on August 20, 2010 at 7:54am
I am so glad they are both fine and I hope the attack was reported. Loose or poorly controlled dogs really are a danger to everyone. I can not figure out what people are thinking when they let their untrained dog off leash on purpose!
Comment by Beth on August 20, 2010 at 7:12am
I am so sorry about the attack! For all the time we spend in wooded areas, where I know wildlife lives even if we only see it sometimes at dusk or dawn, Jack was attacked once too: by a standard poodle in agility class. All she got was a mouthful of fluff.

It's scary when a dog charges. It's happened to us 4 times now, and by the 4th I was prepared and knew what to do: I charged the dog. It worked, too, though if the dog is HUMAN aggressive it can backfire. Still, if a dog is charging your dog, eyes fixed on it, and ignoring you, odds are in your favor it's not you he's after.

My brother's Jack Russell was attacked by a German Shepherd, just blocks from his home.

I hope Casey and your husband continue to do well and are none the worse for wear.
Comment by Cindi & Twinkie on August 20, 2010 at 5:47am
I really hate that for all involved. I don't know why some people bother with having a pet at all. Hope this doesn't cause trouble in your neighborhood.
Comment by David on August 19, 2010 at 11:35pm
So, the lab mix was put down?
Comment by Heather and Ella on August 19, 2010 at 11:21pm
So sorry to here that your husband and dog were attacked. An attack can really happen anywhere, and your story is a testament to that fact.
I'm glad that everyone is doing fine, I'm sure it could have ended much worse.

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