Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Eastern Ontario
Dog Problems. What Can I Do!?
My neighbors dog is really starting to scare me. I don't know what breed he is, I just know he's big and he's mean. He usually sits by the fence and barks his fool head off whenever anyone steps outside. Recently, he's started to act more vicious; the hair on his back rises, he starts with this really loud growl and stands with his head through the fence whenever I ride by with the horses. Besides the fact that it's super annoying and I've already killed him a thousand times in my head, it's made the horses a little more tolerant. Today, my mum and I were riding together, me on my gelding and my mum on her new horse, it was going really good. The dog had decided to go away for a while, so I went all the way down to the end of the field, and it happened so fast I didn't even have time to do anything. The dog came around the garage, just flying, teeth bared and barking. By the time I had seen it, so had my horse and he jumped sideways, nearly sending me out of the saddle. Then the dog came through the fence, onto our property and came after me and my gelding and he did not look like he wanted to play. Since he was on our side of the fence I didn't think twice about driving his head into the ground with my horse's hooves, so I chased after him, screaming at him, all the while the neighbors stayed inside, absolutely oblivious to anything that was happening. When I had chased the stupid thing back to his own side of the fence, my mum had already dismounted and handed her reins to me and told me to take the horses back to the barn. Halfway up the field I turned back and saw that the dog was going after my mother. She was just about to throw her helmet at the dog when the neighbors finally came outside to see what was going on. I have never seen my mum so angry before. She yelled at them, clearly telling them that she was not happy and then we left, went back to the barn and untacked. It's not the first time the dog has come through the fence, but it is the first time he's come at me and the horses with viscous intent. Obviously the neighbors wont do anything, so what should I do? My mum said the next time he comes over and she can get her hands on him, she's going to lock him in a stall and call the pound. After today though, I doubt she would get away uninjured. I was thinking about putting my saddlebag on and filling it with rocks, so the next time I can whip rocks at him. Later, we were telling a close family friend what had happened and she suggested carrying an airsoft gun. I don't really want to kill the dog, but I don't want myself, my mother, or my horses to be victims of a dog attack, what seems like the more logical root to take?
Thank you for feeding us years of lies. Thank you for the wars you left us to fight. Thank you for the world you ruined overnight. But we'll be fine, yeah we'll be fine.