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Hi Everyone,

I have had a very busy weekend after moving house, Buddy bless him seemed a bit bemused by all the removals but once he was in his new home he settled very quickly. The first night (Sunday) went very well and bless him he came up stairs about 3am to wake me as he needed to go out and then again at 6am. So Monday morning we went out for our first walk in the area and thats where it all went wrong. Poor Buddy was attacked by a Rottie, I could see the woman trying to get her dog back so promptly called Bud and put him on the lead, the woman failed to put her dog on the lead and before she could do anything he escaped and launched himself into Bud, biting him around his back end and rolling him over. After lots of shouting managed to get the Rottie off and poor Bud fled. He did come back to me without too much fuss but very shaken and confused by it all. 8O

The woman then told me that she'd only had the dog a week from a rescue and didn't know what he was like with other dogs yet. Don't you think this is irresponsible? Surely you would keep the dog on a lead until you knew what he was like? Do you think I should report it? :-x

When I got Buddy home my partner and I checked him over and found large puncture wounds on his back, we took him to the vets and he's had some antibiotics and pain killers hes also been clipped and am having to bathe it twice a day to keep it clean and ensure they heal from the inside out. Back to the vets tonight for a check up.

Whilst the wounds will heal quickly, poor Buddy has been affected by this and now seems to think all dogs are going to do this and he's very scared. He's been back out on the same walk but it saddens me to see him so frightened. :(

Has this ever happened to any of your doggies? Corbin
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Oh no, poor Buddy! Sorry no advice, just sympathy. Give him a cuddle from me and the girls (Ruth and Lottie). Would have thought it was common sense to keep under control a dog that is an unknown quantity around other dogs, especially one as powerful as a rottie.
 

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Poor Buddy - must've been awful to see. A large Rottie came up to Corbie on his walk last week (Corbie's currently kept on a lead as we've not mastered the Come command yet), but luckily that one was ok, although it started to growl when his owner tried to put it's lead on, which gave both myself and Corbie a fright.

I have to agree that it was irresponsible to have that dog off a lead if the person didn't know how it was with other dogs - especially such a large powerful dog. (that's possibly why it was in rescue in the first place)

Hope Buddy makes a speedy recovery ... big hugs to him :D
 

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Hi guys,

Thank you for your sympathy, I shall give buddy lots and lots of extra cuddles from you all.....It was very scary to see Buddy unable to defend himself, he's only 7mths and he doesn't have an aggressive bone in his body. I think I was in almost as much shock as Buddy, not a good start for him in a new home.

I was also thinking if you've only had a dog a week and you don't know what its like, how do you know what its like with animals or people, it could have been a small child, it makes cringe thinking about it.

Thanks again. Corbin :p
 

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Hi Corbin
Poor Buddy and poor you.
It depends on where she got him, but I'm surprised she wasn't given some idea of what he was like with other dogs, but in any case, I don't think she should have had him off lead until she had got to know him better anyway and him her too.
With regards to Buddy, I know this sounds like I'm being mean, but the best thing to do in these situations is to not make a fuss. Obviously he needs medical attention, but you're right in thinking he needs to overcome his fear. First thing is to try to treat him as if nothing happened. The more concern and worry you show, the more he will think he is right to be afraid. The other important thing is to give him plenty of good experiences with stable dogs asap. I know it's difficult in a new area, but if you don't know anyone, I would call around some local trainers and see if they can help, either with dogs they know, or even if you can sit in on one of their classes.
Hope he's well soon :)
Wanted to add, that when you're out walking and come across another dog, be very relaxed about it. Any anxiety you are feeling, he is likely to pick up on, particularly if he is on a lead.
HTH :)
 

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Hi Corbin,

Really sorry to hear about what happened to little Buddy, must have scared both you and him a great deal. We haven't had this happen to us before, but i agree totally that the women involved should never have had the dog of the lead in the first place. I'm sure the lady involved has learnt by this incident, and it is hoped that she will keep the dog on the lead from now on..to think it could have been a child is an awful thought, yes.

As far as reporting the dog, i'm not sure what to advise on that side of things. Did your vet mention anything to you?

Lablover has given some good advice, i think it's very important that Buddy mixes with other dogs asap, maybe a friend who has a dog might be able to bring them over to you for them to play or perhap meet up.

I wish Buddy a speedy recovery, and hope you and him can return to enjoying walks once again.

Best regards,

Julie
 

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Hi Corbin,sorry to hear about buddy,hope he's better soon,i agree with lablover,get him out and about and socialising asap,i have been in the same situation a few times over the years and not making a fuss and being too protective is easier said than done ,but the best thing to do. As for reporting it, i would at least ring the dog warden and tell them as if anything else happens it will help if anything serious should ever happen with another animal or child, hopefully nothing will but you never know and i think it's better to be safe than sorry.Lynne.
 

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Sorry to hear about Buddy, hope he makes a full recovery soon.

A similar thing happened to Shadow a coupke of years ago. It was a lovely summer day and we were walking around a reservoir just ootside Burnley. As we passed a house that backed on to the path, a large St. Bernard barhed and jumped up at the gate holding him in the garden. Unfortunately, the latch on the gate gave out, and the St Bernard came bounding out snarling and barking. Shadow just stood there, wagging his tail thinking it was a new playmate, but soon realised when I shouted at him to come that all wasn't well. The St bernard launched himself, knocking poor Shad to the ground and trying to sink into his throat Without thinking I went shouting and screaming towards them, i had to get him off Shad, and luckily, the st Bernard was obviously not prepared to take on a lunatic (luckily for me!) as he got off Shadow and ran back to the house, just as the owner came out. He was very apologetic and went and got some wet wipes from the house, as when I tried to calm a shaking Shadow, my hand came away from his throat area covered in blood. The owners offerd to pay for any vets bills and were genuinly apologetic.
Once again, this was a rescue dog, who they had only had for a couple of weeks. With it being a Sunday, when I got home, I had a look at Shadows throat and found one puncture wound and after ringing the vets out of hours, they advised to clip the hair, and bathe it twice a day to keep it clean. Fortunately, Shadow recovered 100%, although since the incident he has started going white around his muzzle- must have been the trauma and shock, although he still thinks that every dog is a new playmate!

Cheers

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Hi Everyone,

Thanks for all your replies and good advise as always! Its great having support through all of this, thanks again!

Buddy went for his check up at the vets last night and the wounds are not healing as fast as the vet would like, poor Bud is having to wear a Buster collar when I'm at work in the morns to prevent him licking them, hes not keen! If it hasn't healed by next wednesday then the vet will have to stitch them up. Bud is still scared when he sees another dogs coming his way, I have been trying not to show my anxiety and have just treated meeting other dogs like nothing has ever happened, but he cowers away from big dogs, once we've passed hes off happy and confident.

Friends are coming over the weekend and they have a Border collie who he loves so hoping he will forget his troubles. Will be going to dog training on Tues and have spoken to the trainer and she is popping over tomorrow with her dog for some socialisation. Its very strange seeing our confident boy become a nervous lad its quite upsetting really.

I have reported it to the local dog warden so the incident is at least on record, not having a name or address its all a bit vague but the warden was very helpful and understanding.

I ought to get back to work.....so Bye for now Corbin :p
 

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Hi Corbin (I hope I spelt that right my memory is shocking! lol)
Just to say hope Bubby gets well soon and that you're ok as these things are traumatic for the owner aswell seeing their pet who they love hurt!
Big hugs from me, Toffee and Popcorn!
Chris :wink:
 
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