Most traumatic walk EVER! (I would appreciate it if I could vent to corgi nation for therapy purposes)
We live in a suburban neighborhood with big fenced yards. Almost everyone has dogs, and we never have a problem on our daily walks beyond barking from behind some fences.

Today, however, my girls and I were AMBUSHED by a mastiff and a bulldog who had escaped from their yard. It all happened SO FAST. The mastiff had Luna down on the ground, with his huge head on her belly making horrible snarly noises and Luna was crying like she was DYING, and the bulldog was chasing Hermione around my legs barking and I was screaming and (god help me) KICKING the mastiff to get off Luna until I fell down (tangled in leashes.).

Thank goodness this scene brought my excellent neighbors out to rescue us all.

In the end, the mastiff was NOT attacking Luna, just sniffing aggressively, and the only injuries were to 'Mione's mouth (from the leash?) and my hand from falling.

The other dogs' owner is so sorry he is abject.

But here's my thing- what could or should I have done differently? If that mastiff had wanted to hurt Luna, she'd be dead. I couldn't budge him. Should I have let the leashes go so that my girls could run away?

Anyway, thanks from all of us damsels in distress for listening.

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Comment by Geri & Sidney on September 26, 2011 at 9:13pm

I remembered to attach my pepper spray to my walking bag today, so I'm really glad you posted and reminded me. :)

Sidney didn't get hurt from the boxer attack, but he's very nervous around boxers now.  I'm so glad your pups aren't afraid to walk; Sid wanted to get right back to it also.

 

I got my pepper spray at a running supply store; I think most sporting goods stores have it.

Comment by Elizabeth, Hermione and Luna on September 26, 2011 at 8:53pm
I'm going to have to get some pepper spray.

I'm really glad that when we went for our walk today that they were just as happy as always. I got my iPod out and Hermione ran to the laundry room (for the leashes ) right away. They don't seem traumatized at all. Whew!
Comment by Geri & Sidney on September 26, 2011 at 12:19am

Oh my gosh, I can totally relate! I was walking Sidney in our neighborhood when two boxers rushed out of their garage when the owner opened the door. The female boxer had Sid on his back in a flash and had him by the belly. He was screaming, like Luna was. I was screaming at the owner to "get your dog!". He ran over right away and grabbed her, but it was so scary!

 

I've heard you are supposed to grab a dog's back legs to stop a fight, but I imagine that would be tough with a mastiff. I bought pepper spray but keep forgetting to bring it. I'll make an effort to remember next time!

Comment by Melissa and Franklin! on September 25, 2011 at 7:22pm
I carry a small vial of pepper spray attached to Franklin's leash. In this situation the dogs weren't being aggressive, but what about next time? I have yet to use the pepper spray, but if a dog is running at Frank or me in an aggressive manner and no owner is around I will not hesitate to spray it straight in the face. Franklin was attacked by 2 great dane mixes at the dog park and luckily only suffered a broken foot, but he has never been the same dog mentally, he is now fearful of any and all large dogs and I have had to work really  hard to build his confidence again. No more dog parks for me and I always have pepper spray on hand to prevent anything like this ever happening again.
Comment by Elizabeth, Hermione and Luna on September 25, 2011 at 5:07pm
Thanks for the links! They say not to run, which makes me think I shouldn't drop leashes?
Comment by Teresa Gilpin on September 25, 2011 at 4:17pm
I am so sorry this happened!  And so glad that no one was seriously hurt.  I have never been attacked while walking my corgis but I fear that it is bound to happen.  One day as we passed my neighbors house he raised his garage door from the inside and his two dogs came barking and lunging toward us, luckily he was there in a heart beat to bring them under control.  Any prevention hints that anyone has would be greatly appreciated.
Comment by Natalie, Lance &Tucker on September 25, 2011 at 3:23pm
Comment by Natalie, Lance &Tucker on September 25, 2011 at 3:16pm

Yes, go ahead and vent away, wow, how scary!!!  I am glad that there were not any major injuries.  I would think you would want to let go of the leashes, I believe that is what I have read in previous posts.  Dogs can become more aggressive while being held back on a leash.  (Not saying yours were being).  

 

Make sure you always carry a cell phone on you, in case you need to call someone to come get you and your dogs.  I am glad a neighbor came out to your rescue! 

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