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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-23-2008, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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I hate loose dogs

Alec and I took Gryff to a festival today. We had Gryff on his leash, as always. So, we were running over to a section that had just started when I tripped over a loose dog who was chasing after us. I nearly hit the ground. I don't know how I managed to stay upright, but I scooped Gryff up and hobbled around for the next hour. I don't know what I did to my foot, but it really hurts. The dog had no leash and no collar. Luckily, he just wanted to play, not eat my dog. I had no idea where it's owners were. Stupid people.

Okay, rant over.

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Angry I could'nt agree with you more.

I couldn't agree with you more. I had the Cr*p scared out of me today while taking Tika for a walk around the block. This big Pitbull named Caliber jumps a chain link fence and charged me, I nearly peed myself. Tika on the other hand was so ready to protect. Tika is huge, almost 8 lbs LOL She starts lunging at this dog, like let me at him. She would of been a bite sized snack. I quickly scooped her up and regain enough of my wits to try and not look frightened and yell at the stupid dog to go home. Thankfully he listened. After I stopped shaking enough to think straight I was spitting angry. This dog is always jumping that fence. I've see him do it from my balcony. I will probably start carrying a stick with a tennis ball on it or umbrella. I am not a big dog person, at all. I had a bad experience when i was child. I called animal control, but haven't heard anything yet. My heart still races when I think about it.

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Me too! We have several families in our neighborhood who let their dogs off the leash and think it's funny when they run all over. It's not funny, it's scary when your dog is 1/4, or even 1/8, the size of theirs! Makes me so angry!!!

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We have that too and well--it just pisses me off! Big hunting dogs...they poop like elephants in MY YARD! One day I'll quit bitching and say something---but for now(they are not mean and wear shock collars) I've started throwing their poop over on their side. It hasn't did any good,but it is kinda like venting! One day they'll be out there I bet and I'm not yelling head's up! I'll get the last laugh!

They have a big 5-6 hole garage and it's like playing "Annie-Over"

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We have endured several attacks, but 2 very close calls. Once from a loose German Shepherd: My son was walking Stella and it ran from the front yard and charged them. Luckily Stella hid under a car as the Shepherd nipped at her rear. She recovered, but is still petrified of large dogs. This happened 2 years ago and my son is still scared to walk the dogs. The 2nd incident was a neighbor's Golden Retriever that picked up my Italian Greyhound (God rest his little soul) by the head and shook him relentlessly. He had some puncture wounds, but did recover as well.

We also have a 3 lb. Chihuahua in our neighborhood that often attacks, but my girls aren't really sure if he's a dog or what, so he usually lets up when they refuse to scrap with him.

I am also bewildered by people who allow their dogs to approach us on a walk as they tell you that their dog is not usually friendly. Hello!!!! I'd prefer not to offer my dogs up as a litmus test for Cujo, but thanks.

I have to say that it is disappointing to have to always be on guard when we are out walking. I have learned to tell some people in advance that I would prefer not to do a meet and greet.

It just burns me up.

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post #6 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-23-2008, 06:00 PM
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I'm glad you and Gryff are at least okay! To be fair, maybe the dog's collar snapped and he got away from his owners. That happened to me with Vinnie one time at a park. He saw a squirrel and launched himself after it and his collar snapped in two. It was a new collar, too. He ran after the squirrel and I called him back, my heart pounding. Luckily he turned and came right back and jumped onto the picnic table bench beside me. You can bet he got a huge piece of my sandwich for his quick return!

Hope your foot is feeling better soon.

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dog walks and loose dogs...

Don't get me started...what do you do when you have dogs that look and hop like little rabbits or sheep...when other dogs are loose on their property "protecting" it? Or how many times have we been on walks to have a dog come racing after my two only to have the owner say...oh he is friendly or worse yet...I cannot believe how my dog attacked your dog! Do we need to carry Pepper Spray?

My neighbor actually had a dog come out and leave her and her puppy blood-soaked. The poor dog (now a dog) is still terrified of all dogs. It turns out our neighbor is a police officer, and the attacking dog was trained to do so. How is it that an attack dog was in the front yard?

We have been chased by pit bulls, and other dogs off leash more times than I can count. It has been hard to keep Riki calm around other dogs that are large. I have spent a lot of money on training to get him not to bark so he won't be killed. A havanese with a dalmation bark has no bite to back it up.

I think we are sort of targeted by their rabbit like walk and hop...many dogs have a high prey drive...and off leash it is any dogs land.


I have written an article in our local paper called I am your neighbor, perhaps your friend. I have a dog who deserves the right to walk past your home on a sidewalk. Please keep us safe. You would want to walk past my house without being attacked. Can I be assured the same from you at your home?

Now think of it...would these same attack dogs go for a child?

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All I can say Is "Amen to that!" It is the most horrible feeling for us, let alone how are small dogs must feel at the end of it! People need to be far more responsible and accountable than they are. Grrrrrrr **%$#@*****&***
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I think the trick is to stay calm. At least it has worked for us in the past. Of course they were not pit bulls or something,but labs. One seemed quite vicious and came after my daughter and I with Vin and Quince. I told Lacy NOT to pick Quincy up,she gave a quick correction to him for asserting himself with barking and I gave a loud and quick "hey" kinda like Cesar-----OMG-------it worked. I stayed calm and we avoided any trouble. People here let there dogs out loose at night. We walk in the middle of the street under street lights so the loose dogs feel less territorial.I realize your areas are more populated and your situations are different,but I wouldn't hesitate to hit,kick,pepper spray or whatever it took to protect yourself and your dog. Without a doubt I'd call animal control or the police if something happened.

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Yea, I have ZERO tolerance for this. If you live out on a ton of land, and wanna let your dog roam. Well, can't say too much about that. But, nothing makes me more upset then people in residential areas that let their dogs off leash. A medium size hound dog went after Cooper about a yr ago. We were in the yard with him, on a leash. I got Cooper inside, caught the dog and called the owner. They lived just a block away, but said they let him out when they're doing yard work. And that he always comes back. I think it's irresponsible, and down right disrespectful to the people in the area. AND to the dogs. I chalk it up to not really caring much about your dog, if you're going to risk him getting run over, or lost.
I called animal control on that dog, and let them get slapped with a "dog running at large" ticket. I learned their name the following Wed. when they were written up in the police report section of our little paper. Turned out to be one of the kid's teachers. Oops!

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