Ouch!! Poor little girl! Im really sorry and can't imagine Itzy in that situation, it's so scary.
I am so sorry to hear your story. I would have been terrified, as you were. Poor little Daisy, so innocent and trusting. If you have any friends nearby who have dogs that Daisy knows, I would have them come visit in a few days, so that she can know that not all dogs are going to hurt her. I know you must feel sick about this, as I certainly would, and it breaks my heart for you and Daisy. You should go to the park(without Daisy) and find the owner of that dog, and give her a copy of the vet bill. She should be responsible for it-and ask for copies of her dogs shot records. She should not get off so easily. If her dog has done this once(that you know of) I would say there are certainly chances that it will do it again at the park-to another dog. Dogs know a submissive position, and it attacked anyway. Praying that Daisy will not be too traumatized by this, and that she heals well. You will be scared from now on-I know I would be.
“It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough,all the components of my heart will be dog,and I will become as generous and loving as they are"
Ouch!! Poor little girl! Im really sorry and can't imagine Itzy in that situation, it's so scary.
I am just so very sad for you & Daisy and it will take time for both of you
to recover from the trauma so please be your own best friend and be extra
loving, kind & comforting to YOU~I know you'll do these things for Daisy<3
My own Cami had a 1/2 grown, shelter cat thrust suddenly in her face about
6 months ago. Like Daisy, she is the most gentle, loving & motherly dog to every
one & every animal. She was so excited & joyful while the kitten was terrified.
It attacked her viciously and thankfully, I had reached her from across the room
and was pulling Cami back while my son was pulling his immature gf (still holding
her new cat) away...Cami had a deep bite beside her nose and scratches just
missing her eye. When attacked, Cami just froze and never made a sound or tried
to bite back. The look in her eye was so wounded, I cry each time I bring it to mind.
Cami was shaking as if she had epilepsy & as I enveloped her in my arms, continued
to tremble for several minutes. I cleaned her wounds and she healed just fine.
These bullies are so incredibly sensitive & loving, due to their size, facial expressions
and loud breathing...combined with meeting dogs, face forward with no fear brings
unwarranted attacks. And you're so right about dog owners having no clue what their
own dog's signals mean and acting accordingly, it's just so wrong!
Cami is back to her loving self to every one & every thing and just a couple months back
cuddled a stray kitten my son brought home and slept with for 2 weeks while we found
a suitable home. I pray the same complete recovery for Daisy & for you. GOD bless y'all.
My 1st bully, Brutus
RIP beloved boy.
This pisses me off to no end. I have owned an Amstaff and an APBT and any owner of these breeds who are worth a damn should KNOW that although these breeds are intelligent, loving and very devoted to their owners they are instinctively dog aggressive. They were original breed for dog fighting and its in their genetic makeup. I love those breeds but NO ONE should have one unless they are very responsible pet owners. Shame on those so called men that stood by and watched it unfold, especially if the owner of this dog was a man. But either way the owner of that dog is responsible for the actions of their dog. And after taking care of my dog like you did I would have been back up to the park to try and find out whose dog it was. I don't suggest you do this but I would. Apologies are okay as far as it goes but its not enough, as the responsible owner for not having control of their dog they should make financial amends. The main thing though is that your dog is ok. I'm thankful for that. A really game Amstaff or APBT is very difficult almost impossible to deter once it starts fighting and especially if the dog has a lock on the other dog like this one did on yours. You are fortunate that it wasn't worse. Very irresponsible owner of the pitbull to say the least.
So sorry to hear that this happened to both of you. This is exactly why I am scared to death of bringing Shakespeare to a dog park. I don't have enough experience with dogs myself to be able to handle that kind of situation. I hope you are both doing well.
Do you live in Tracy, CA? We live in Pleasanton, and I am looking for some other bulldog families to meet up with. . The only bulldog meet ups that I've seen are in Alameda and SF which are both a little too far for us. Let me know if you'd like to meet up sometime!
Shakespeare-- 10 weeks old
Hi Sue, I'm so sorry you and Daisy had such a bad experience at the dog park. Poor Daisy, I'm so glad she didn't get seriously hurt, and hopefully she will forget her experience and continue to be social and friendly. She may be a little shy or skittish for a little while. I also stopped going to leash free parks, because of a few unpleasant and frustrating situations that happened to my guys, although they weren't as serious as your attack. We've had other people's dogs constantly hump and growl at our female Blosssom, this is so frustrating and I end up having to leash my dogs and leave. If your dog isn't fixed and is constantly humping other dogs, then you shouldn't bring them to a leash free park, the same if they are aggressive to other dogs. Another time a lady came to the park with two young Husky dogs, they weren't puppies but were still young. She asked me if my dogs were friendly, and I told her yes, and asked her if hers were, she said yes. My dogs had on new sweaters as it was Fall, and a little chilly, her dogs ran over to Blossom and pulled her sweater off over her head, and then had a tug of war with it, and ripped it. She couldn't catch her dogs, or control them. She gave me the sweater back, and I told her it was a brand new sweater, and now it was ripped. She quickly left the park with her dogs and got in her car and drove away. I guess she thought I was going to ask her to pay for it. Lol. The last time I was at the park nothing bad happened, there were about 8 dogs and my two, and they were all playing great. There was a lady standing beside me, and we were talking, she had a really cute French Bulldog mixed with an EB, and I was commenting on how cute he was, and she was loving on my guys. There was a really friendly Black Lab, that was its a young guy, he was playing with Blossom, and I noticed his fur was full of Dandruff, and his coat was really oily. The guy he was with, didn't look like he had seen many showers either. Everytime the dog ran by us, we could smell a really pungent odor coming from the dog, we both commented on it, and how bad he smelled, and we were outside, so you shouldn't have been able to smell him. After we left, and were back in the car, I was so grossed out because of the smell on Blossom from this dog, she smelled so bad. When we got back home, we had to bath her right away. Although nothing bad happened, and no harm came to her, it got me thinking about the dog parks in general, and the potential diseases that can be contracted. We don't know which owners haven't kept their dogs vaccinations up to date, or if all owners have dewormed their dogs, so other dogs could potentially contract diseases, worms or other parasites from the feces. That's another thing that peeves me, when dog owners don't clean up after their dogs in the parks. Here in Canada, at the leash free parks, the city provides poop bags and receptacles at the leash frees, so there is no excuse not to pick up after your dog. Our dogs go there and either step or roll in the grass, and get covered with other dogs feces, or you step in it with your shoes. I've decided not to go to these parks anymore for these reasons. I have two EB's, and they are siblings and litter mates so they generally will always play with each other. I will continue to go to the EB Meetups once a month, as we enjoy those, and like you said, the Bulldogs all seem to get along.
It's unfortunate that the irresponsible dog owners ruin the parks and fun for other dog owners. These parks are supposed to be for everyone's enjoyment, and if you know your dog is not sociable, not fixed, not vaccinated, aggressive, or you're not willing to clean up after your dog, then you shouldn't be coming to these types of parks with your dog. Here in Canada, there are actually fines for not having your dog licensed, vaccinated, and for not scooping up poop after your dog.
LEARN A LESSON FROM YOUR DOG, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS YOU, KICK SOME GRASS OVER THAT AND MOVE ON.
Oh my gosh I'm so sorry to hear this happened to your baby but I'm glad nothing too serious happened!!
I'm always worried about this with Barkley too. He loves going to the dog park and is just like Daisy in that he loves every person and dog he meets. He is the friendliest, nicest dog and would never hurt a fly. When we do take him to the park, there are some dogs that just don't seem to like him for whatever reason (he can be kind of annoying I think, with wanting to sniff and check out every dog). He's had a few dogs growl at him and usually he will go submissive and that's that.
This past weekend we took him to the dog park and this was the first time taking him after having him neutered a month ago, so I was curious if the other dogs would be friendlier now. For the most part it was fine except there were 2 dogs around Barkley's age, one was a pit/boxer mix who just wanted to keep causing trouble. Barkley would just walk by them and the one dog would just run up to him and start barking and then the other dog would join in. Every time they did this, Barkley would just go submissive and cower and look so afraid, I felt so bad for him but even after he did this, the other dogs wouldn't stop barking at him and the owners had to take them to other side of the park.
A little while later, another bulldog came and the dogs did the same thing to him, except this bulldog stood his ground instead of cowering, but was good and didn't try and bark back or anything. Finally after that the owners took the dogs and left and everything was good after that.
I love taking him to the park and I know he loves going but I hate now just being so worried about him the whole time and feeling like I have to watch him like a hawk in case anything happens! Like everyone else has said, I wish people wouldn't bring their dogs who they know can be even a little aggressive to the dog parks!
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I have many friends who hate the reputation they have, and post all kinds of stuff on Facebook about how misunderstood they are. But without fail, it is always the pitbulls who are volatile and ready to attack, at the dog park. Whether its the one everybody says is "sweet" who suddenly starts lunging at Baxter for no reason, or the ones dripping phlegm off their fangs as they viciously bark and pull on their owners leash, ready to kill anything that gets near it ... its always the pitbulls. I used to be afraid to offend people on this topic but Im not anymore. Unless every one of those owners is beating their dogs silly every night, the fault is not with the owners. Sorry.
EDIT: I take it back. The owners are at fault for one thing. And it astounds me that they can be so insanely clueless. Don't bring your dog to a friggen dog park. You idiots. (sorry im mad). If you know how your dog is, why the heck are they there in the first place? People are so clueless. Anyone who has a dog who has EVER attacked another dog, knows its possible to happen again. There's one dog at our dog park that has attacked several times. Yet the owners keep bringing him back. Why? I am still new to the Dog park so I am still in that stage where I keep my opinions to myself. But I can feel it coming on where my mouth is going to let loose. Baxter has been attacked almost every single time we've gone to the park. Its wearing me down.
I'm so sorry for little Daisy but glad she is OK. Being attacked is a scary thing but lucky it wasn't you and your girl is alright. Dog parks suck and so do many of the owners that go to them. VikingGirl nailed it with her description.
People aren't clueless...They just don't give rip - Me first you last. That's the way it goes these days - There is a severe lack of respect in general in society which is why we have all the stories that make up this thread with more to come I am sure.
There was a little terrier at the open space (wilderness) walking park down the street from my house not long ago that was mauled and killed by a pitbull and the owners were like 'we're sorry'...Meanwhile the elderly woman with the dead dog was left standing there stunned. I do not know what became of this instance, I hope she got some sort of compensation or something besides 'we're sorry'...WAJ
Many years ago, maybe 25 or so, I was walking my Malamute/Husky mix down the street a few blocks from my grandma's house and we were mauled by a dog that just bolted out of his house from across the street. It was bad. My dog Bear was cut up, I was cut up and I ended up having to stomp this dog to end it. What happened next is what amazed me...As this dog is limping back across the street throwing up blood and hacking the owner comes running out of the house yelling at me and screaming, what had I done to their dog like the whole thing was my doing...'Uh what did you say?' I became almost instantly enraged and announced that he was next and to come and get it...He went back into his house and shut the door. Me and Bear continued home covered in blood from the fight. This was 25 years ago...I love animals and would never intentionally harm one UNLESS the animal is coming after me or mine and every time I take JOE or Bea or any dog on a walk I always have the scene from that day in the back of my mind and a stick in my hand. It sux.
Note to unruly dog owners:
I love my dog more than I love yours. End of story. So if your dog is out of control be prepared for what comes next as I am a firm believer in self defense. Whatever it takes.
I was walking through Lowes the other day and there was a pile of dog cr** right in the aisle smeared around. C'mon people. Really? You bring your little doggie to the store and let it cr** all over the place and walk off like it didn't happen shrugging your shoulders. You and your lil doggie must be some kind a special...
Have a great day and be safe out there. Kick A** if you have to
I personally do a lot of stereotyping when I go to the dog park. If the owner looks sketchy or a particular dog puts me off by appearing too "gamey", I don't go in until they leave. There is nothing wrong with following your gut feeling about something. I have promised myself that if either of my dogs ever show a hint of aggression to another dog I will remove them from the park as well.
I hope your baby recovers and this does not make her afraid of other dogs.
I'm so sorry that happened to her. this is why I never, ever take my bullies to an off leash park. You never know who will be in there and most people do not watch their dogs the way they should. Plus I wanted to add, the best way to break up a dog fight without getting hurt yourself is grab both dogs by the hind legs and lift them up off the ground if you can. they will turn loose and this keeps you from getting bit. A pit may take some time to turn loose but if you can get his front feet off the ground too, it helps. I hope she will be OK and have a speedy recovery. Bless her heart.
Have a Great Bully Day.
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