My sweet 13 year old corgi Bear was attacked by a neighbor's dog while we were about to step out for our morning walkies. The other dog broke her lead, ran a half block and tried to take Bear down in our own driveway. She was so forceful that she pulled Bear out from his collar. Thank God for the Corgi ruff and the fleshy "waddle" on his throat. Bear has survived a six inch wound and whiplash. My other two corgis were quickly and safely stashed away in the house - but Bear, just a little slower, did not make it to safety on time. Prayers for all corgis in distress and their owners who love them... Nancy
Sidney has been attacked four times on our neighborhood by loose dogs (and twice in public parks), so now I carry a stun baton (legal where I live, thank goodness). Attacks are scary but Sidney is okay. Gets snarky around bigger dogs now though.
Many years ago when we had our first corgi, Arnie, he was bowled over by the rott across the street. Alexis wanted to play, Arnie didn't see it that way. From that point on he hated rotties with a passion, he always wanted to pick a fight whenever he saw one. Didn't help that there was the one across the street and 2 right behind us with only a fence between the yards.
so sorry to hear that, I'm so glad he's okay, here's a speedy recovery to Bear!
Can you call your alderman or a neighborhood police liaison officer if you have one? We have done that about a neighbor who let his two big pit bull mixes run loose, pooping all over the place, knocking people down, biting other dogs, and even biting one human neighbor. I talked with other neighbors when I walked our dog and let them know to call the alderman & liaison officer for any issues with these dogs. Within a month, the neighbor put up a high fence around his yard. Luckily for us, we live in an area that has fairly strong dog laws. Look up your city dog laws and see what they say; they may be more strict than you think. If you feel safe talking to the neighbor, tell him in a polite but firm way to get a stronger harness and sturdier leash for his dog, or write him a letter stating such. State what the laws say re: controlling your dog on a leash; that may scare him into action. Maybe get the other neighbors to sign the letter with you if they will; strength in numbers. It shouldn't have happened at all, but the leash breaking once would be an unexpected accident. To have it happen several times is just negligence. What if his dog took after a meaner, more aggressive dog who fought back and harmed his dog? He'd be pretty angry, I'd think. It's for his dog's protection, too. Poor Bear! Gentle belly rubs to him. Good luck!
Chris' idea of getting all those affected to send a letter to the owner is a good one. But send it registered, return receipt. That way if there is any kind of issue you have proof that a letter was sent.
Very good idea Linda...then you have proof!
I agree with others that some type of action needs to be taken. This owner is obviously negligent if his dog has attacked not one but FIVE dogs. In my area we have a 3 strikes rule as far as dog attacks go. If your dog is labeled as a dangerous dog it can not leave the house without a muzzle and appropriate leash/harness. If it attacks again it is euthanized. While I feel bad for the owner of the aggressive dog if it comes to euthanasia, I feel strongly that others in your neighborhood shouldn't have to worry about this dog potentially killing one of their pets. Perhaps if a very strict penalty were in place this owner would be a little more responsible with his crazy dog. If nothing else I would definitely report him to animal control and file a bite report. By doing nothing you will continue to allow this behavior to continue. My dogs come first in my opinion, if one of them is attacked or harmed I won't hesitate to make sure the authorities know about it. If you are an irresponsible dog owner you shouldn't have dogs, especially if they continue to get out and attack other dogs. Sounds like this one is out to kill too, not just being a bully. Too dangerous to have out in public in my opinion.
Oh my gosh poor Bear. Hope he recovers quickly. That had to have been so scary.
Dear Friends: I learned yesterday that Annie, the labrodoodle, was euthanized earlier this week. While this was a lose-lose event, there is a small measure of relief.
Thank you for your many kind wishes of recovery for Bear. His wounds continue to heal, I am gradually reintroducing him back into his corgi family (Tasha, lying on the air conditioning vent, could have cared less; Linus sniffed Bear's shaved area) and Bear will visit Dr. Bates again on Monday.
While I have never experienced such an event in the thirteen years living/walking in our Windsor Forest neighborhood, bet your bottom dollar I will never again leave the house without being prepared to protect my three corgis.
Thank you all again. You brought me great comfort. Nancy
This breaks my heart :(
I do feel sorry for the owner but also know this was probably the only thing he could do to prevent any further issues(although a martingale might have helped). It was just too scary and would NOT have stopped:( I had to put a corgi rescue of mine down for the same reason I actually was afraid he would kill one of my own and had to be so careful...it's not a good situation.
Glad that Bear is recuperating and hope he feels like his old self soon! I also would make sure to be prepared if I were you.
That is very sad but probably a wise decision on their part. All of us at some point will have a dog who does not cope well with certain situations. But I think the question we have to ask ourselves is: "What is the likely outcome if my dog gets loose?" because ANY dog will likely get loose at some point.
If the honest answer is: he will be ok, or he will run, or he will not look for trouble but he might get a little aggressive if he's cornered/overwhelmed/confronted, then your dog has manageable issues.
But if the honest answer is "He will try to kill someone or another dog" and training can't rewire his behavior (I don't mean CONTROL it I mean fundamentally alter his reaction to seeing the target of his anger), then in all honesty the dog should probably be euthanized.
A dog who is so enraged by the sight of other dogs that he wants to kill them is not safe in a densely populated area. Three times we have been charged by dogs simply because we were in the wrong place when the dog got loose. Fortunately, in each case we had ample time to see the dog coming and put ourselves between the dog and ours, or counter-charge the dog. But in all three cases, the dog meant to seriously hurt ours. Just for being there. In all three cases, our dogs were going out of their way to communicate they were no threat, but it did not matter.
I am glad Bear was not more seriously hurt. I know the family of the other dog must be heart-broken after what was likely many months of agonizing over what to do, but in the end they did what was right for everyone.
I just hope the "breeder" of that dog is not still breeding....