Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Quad Cities, IL
My dog got bit :(
Ugh! I am NOT a happy camper right now. My husband had some friends out and one brought his dog (a german shorthair pointer). The GSP had gone after my male husky, Zero, one other time but they were both loose at the time so I wrote it off as new dogs meeting and not getting along.
From that time forward Zero is always chained up when the GSP comes over to avoid any issues. Now the GSP has been coming over for one day a week for nearly a year so I thought any issues had been resolved and he just stays out of Zero's area. Zero is tied to the tack room door to the barn so he can get in and outside and is away from the majority of the people and the other dog. I had considered kenneling him in his crate but don't feel it's right to lock my dog up just because someone else can't control theirs and there hadn't been any other issues.
So yesterday, half way through the day, the GSP saunters up to Zero's area where Zero is passed out sleeping inside. Zero heard me call the GSP to get him out of that area and stood up. As soon as he walked out the door (his chain still had a good 10 ft to stretch he literally was just standing outside the door) the GSP confronted him, stood up to him, and started growling.
The only thing I could do was remove my 3 year old son from the area since he's my first priority. I couldn't get around the GSP to get to Zero and the GSP had no collar on so I couldn't grab him. And then BAM the GSP attacks my husky. Let me make it clear that during the entire fight Zero never fought aggressively, only defensively. He would fight back when the GSP pinned him but as soon as he got up from the ground he would back away and the GSP would go after him again.
I finally yelled at the owner since he hadn't come over to help me yet and all he did was yell at his dog which just seemed to egg on the fight. They finally moved to where I could get a hold of Zero's chain and as soon as I touched it and said his name he once again backed off and sat down beside me.
The GSP did not have a single scratch on him which proves my boy wasn't fighting aggressively. I've watched this dog take down huge raccoons and various other wildlife when I've needed him too, I know he could tear up a thin skinned dog like that. He didn't want to fight. But Zero did manage to get bit. His left left about 2 1/2 inches above his paw got a severe puncture wound, if you separate the hair you can actually see tendons through there clear as a bell.
I cleaned him up and bandaged it (which he's leaving on thankfully) while he laid down and played with our other friends 12 week old puppy. Meanwhile the guy just let the GSP loose again!!! I was pissed! No apology, no putting the dog away/tying him up, just yelled at him and let him loose again. GRRR!
Needless to say he's received a message from my husband to a) not bring the dog out again and b) that if a dog fight should break out again we will not attempt to break it up and his dog will be shot if that's what's needed to protect my animals.
And just for good measure here's a picture of my Zero, he doesn't look like such a big wuss in pictures lol!
Challenge me, Dare me, or even defy me. But do NOT underestimate me...
For on the back of my horse nothing is impossible!