From my desk: 09/23/2022

So yesterday was a traumatic day! Brody woke me at 7:30 like every morning, to go for his morning walk. I dressed and leashed him and set out like any other morning. We got around the mailbox and the dogs next door were behind the 8 foot fence barking. We moved closer to the middle of the road and as we walked in front of the side of their house, 3 giant pit bulls came out and starting attacking Brody. I fell to the ground and the female owner was screaming trying to grab the dogs. Nothing was working, it was horrible. I was screaming at the top of my lungs. Luckily, some neighbors came and the man was able to get the dogs to respond to his voice and got them inside. At the same time, Brody was able to run away and by then David had heard me screaming and was outside too. Brody was bleeding profusely!

We went to an animal emergency room about 35 minutes away and they quickly hooked him to an IV to give him pain meds and a sedative. After a few hours they were able to put their hands on him and evaluate the injuries. He was lucky…sort of. His back left leg from the hip down was mangled pretty bad. It wasn’t until later that they were able to confirm those were the only bitten areas. He had one very bad puncture and one other bad bite then countless small bites that were too many for them to count.

Brody just got home. He is in horrible pain. He has two drains to keep from retaining fluid in the two bad areas. He has a cone on. He won’t let me leave his side, which is okay. When we got home from dropping him at the ER the neighbor came over to say they put two of the dogs down. They had been getting increasingly aggressive and she didn’t want to ever see something like that happen again. I was saddened and relieved at the same time.

I have NEVER witnessed or been involved in something so horrific. If the other neighbors hadn’t come out I believe Brody would have been killed and I would have been wounded too. We realize that all of our neighbors are good people. Brody will heal. My PTSD is now elevated again but I have my writing, my art, and my family and friends.

26 thoughts on “From my desk: 09/23/2022

  1. That’s horrible! I was walking my German Shepard wolf mix Smokey and three kids when a huge group of small white dogs off leash w owner all ran up to attack him. He was big but very gentle. I was screaming at man and kicking the dogs away. Horrid experience. Why people think they should go off leash is ridiculous. You never know how an animal is going to react. Smokey could have easily made a meal if some of them but he didn’t have that personality.

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    1. With these three dogs they busted out of the screen door! They were huge! Each was over 150lbs! The biggest, was the meanest and he scared the hell out of me. The owner was on top of him trying to get him under control but she couldn’t do anything. If the other neighbor hadn’t come out…apparently, he responded only to men.

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  2. OMG Christine. Poor Brody. Glad the dogs were put down, but though I hate to say it as I love all dogs as a rule, it should have been all three of them IMO. Brody won’t forget that attack and will need lots of love and reassurance for months. Sending you positive vibes for your ordeal too.
    Maya is big, some 32kg and doesn’t have an aggressive bone in her body, but because she’s a german shepherd, some strangers think she’s a threat. Little dogs bark at her, some try to nip, and one jack russell got hold of her jowl and started shaking. I was furious with the owner for letting his dog do that and he let go pretty quickly, but Maya did nothing in retaliation. We give that guy a wide berth with ANY dog he walks.

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    1. I wish they had gotten rid of all the dogs and you know me too, I love dogs. I always had GSDs so I am not afraid of size or anything….Well, I wasn’t before now. They kept one of the dogs that is supposedly harmless but it was trying to get its nose through the fence yesterday and I was scared to death. PTSD. I have a feeling that aggressive looking dogs are going to scare me for a long time. When I was first with Bob, my first husband, he came home one day with a cute black dog. I asked what it was and he said GSD. Growing up my grandma’s GSD went after me and I was terrified of the breed. Now I love them.
      This morning I was walking Brody and on the block in front of me this guy was walking a large, pit bull looking dog. I slowed down to avoid “meeting” at the corner. I turned the corner and so did he and I started to panic. I know Brody can feel that so I kindly asked the guy to just stop for a second so I could get a head start. I told him my dog was attacked and is nervous. He started yelling at me that his dog is on a leash and if I just kept walking it wouldn’t be a big deal. I told him I was sorry but I was nervous too. He angrily came back at me saying it wasn’t his problem and he wasn’t going to stop because I was afraid. After he passed, and his dog pulled a lot on the leash, we continued behind him. He turned the next corner and stopped at the second house to put his poop bag in the garbage. I looked over and he screamed, “Yeah…” I ignored him and walked away. Do people have no compassion? I wasn’t asking much. I wasn’t nasty or rude and I didn’t say it was his dog in any way. I want to leave a note in his mailbox apologizing for asking for a bit of sympathy after a traumatic event.

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      1. Oh Christine, this must be so hard for you and Brody. Some people are so ignorant. We have one guy who has two dogs and they are both horrible and twitchy. He’s on a mobility scooter and Hubby encountered him today with one of his dogs and he sped up deliberately. Hubby was chatting to an elderly lady we know, also on a scooter and has a little dog which is cute but cut the conversation short as this guy’s dog was snarling and barking at Maya and she wasn’t doing anything. He walked away as quickly as he could and the woman went off in the other direction. I’ve had dealings with this guy too and crossed the road to avoid him. Thing was he did too, so I crossed back, as did he. I ended up walking in the middle of the road. He is not a nice man at all and nobody here likes him, or his dogs.

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    1. They kept one of the dogs that is supposedly harmless but it was trying to get its nose through the fence yesterday and I was scared to death. I went in the house and got some screws to screw down the part of the fence the dog was pushing its nose through. PTSD. This morning I was walking Brody and on the block in front of me this guy was walking a large, pit bull looking dog. I slowed down to avoid “meeting” at the corner. I turned the corner and so did he and I started to panic. I know Brody can feel that so I kindly asked the guy to just stop for a second so I could get a head start. I told him my dog was attacked and is nervous. He started yelling at me that his dog is on a leash and if I just kept walking it wouldn’t be a big deal. I told him I was sorry but I was nervous too. He angrily came back at me saying it wasn’t his problem and he wasn’t going to stop because I was afraid. After he passed, and his dog pulled a lot on the leash, we continued behind him. He turned the next corner and stopped at the second house to put his poop bag in the garbage. I looked over and he screamed, “Yeah…” I ignored him and walked away. Do people have no compassion? I wasn’t asking much. I wasn’t nasty or rude and I didn’t say it was his dog in any way. I want to leave a note in his mailbox apologizing for asking for a bit of sympathy after a traumatic event.

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      1. I am truly sorry to learn of this incident. PTSD is real and you don’t have to apologise for it. Ignore this heartless, unkind man. Seems to me that folks who keep pitbulls are very ferocious too. Avoid and calm self.

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  3. Wow! I guess Brody being there possibly saved you from serious harm. I wonder about the owners, how long they had the dogs and if they had been trained to be aggressive. Glad everyone is “okay,” so to speak.

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    1. Yes, apparently they had the dogs for about 2 years. They said that in the past 6 months or so they had been getting out and getting more aggressive. They kept one of the dogs that is supposedly harmless but it was trying to get its nose through the fence yesterday and I was scared to death. PTSD. This morning I was walking Brody and on the block in front of me this guy was walking a large, pit bull looking dog. I slowed down to avoid “meeting” at the corner. I turned the corner and so did he and I started to panic. I know Brody can feel that so I kindly asked the guy to just stop for a second so I could get a head start. I told him my dog was attacked and is nervous. He started yelling at me that his dog is on a leash and if I just kept walking it wouldn’t be a big deal. I told him I was sorry but I was nervous too. He angrily came back at me saying it wasn’t his problem and he wasn’t going to stop because I was afraid. After he passed, and his dog pulled a lot on the leash, we continued behind him. He turned the next corner and stopped at the second house to put his poop bag in the garbage. I looked over and he screamed, “Yeah…” I ignored him and walked away. Do people have no compassion? I wasn’t asking much. I wasn’t nasty or rude and I didn’t say it was his dog in any way. I want to leave a note in his mailbox apologizing for asking for a bit of sympathy after a traumatic event.

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  4. I am so sorry such an awful thing had to happen to you and Brody. Many years ago we had a cross breed [no idea what the father was like] who loved us, but became more and more aggressive towards others. We kept her locked up, but as she grew, the fence just wasn’t high enough and she got out. She bit someone. A person. We had to have her put down. I still cry when I thing of it, but sharing our lives with animals is a contract with the world, that neither we, nor they, harm others.
    Please give Brody a gentle pat from me and Mogi [chihuahua cross]. Hugs to you.

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