After our encounters with the cranky terrier, I changed the walking route Toby and I take each day so that we could avoid trouble. Turns out, trouble has it in for us anyway.
Toby and I were nearly home after a beautiful early evening walk. Our path took us through the parking lot of one of the local churches. Normally church lots are empty on Thursday evenings, but this day some guy decided to use the lot as his own personal off-leash dog park. His pack of spotted monsters took one look at little Toby and flew over to growl at him and bite at him and even flipped him over. Poor Toby had no idea what to do. He was spinning around like crazy to make sure none of the monsters could attack him from behind.
Eventually the irresponsible human came over to try to bring back his dogs. None of them responded to his voice commands, and he resorted to yelling, hitting and kicking them. At least one of the dogs turned and bit him. After all that, he didn’t even utter an “I’m sorry” to us.
It is amazing how stunned you can be in a situation like that. I don’t know if I had had Dog-B-Gone spray on hand if I would have had the presence of mind to use it. I got Toby out of there as quickly as possible, not even thinking of getting the guy’s license plate until it we were already home.
The next day, I ran into a neighbor and told her about the attack. Her yard abuts a different church’s property, and she said that two days before she had found a guy running his dog off leash. She yelled at him that he had better put a leash on his pet. From her description, I think it was the same guy that I ran into the next day.
I am so irritated by these idiots. If you want to run your dog off leash, there is a dog park one community away. Just take them there. Of course, if this guy’s brood is as unfriendly to others as they were to Toby, he should keep them at home on a leash. Maybe train them a little so that they come when called.
A few years ago I remember seeing a bra advertised that would sense if person’s heart rate were elevated suddenly. If so, it would notify the police. I wonder if they have something like that in dog collars?
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Oh, poor Toby! Glad he didn’t get hurt!
Me too. I think I was more upset by the incident than he was. It was a long time before my hands stopped shaking.
Those dogs have a really bad human – not only has neglected training them, but he kicks and hits them (abuse). And he doesn’t bother to apologize after they’ve attacked Toby and flipped him over! I’m glad Toby wasn’t hurt.
I was thinking about how this irresponsible owner is making his dogs mean by his behavior. If the guy doesn’t wise up on his own, I hope someone can notify the police about what he is doing.
Toby would have beat them up but he’s above that.
The insufferable puppy has been telling “You shoulda seen the other guy” stories all week. – Geordie
The other thing I never have the presence of mind to do is whip out my phone and catch a photo. Not in the middle of the melee, of course, but at least when he is in retreat with his unleashed pack. Animal Control can act very swiftly when they have that kind of evidence. I’m glad Toby is all right. (Praying for Geordie as well!)
I have ben practicing with my phone so gathering evidence might be more of a reflex.
I was excited when I saw there was a post titled “Six Pack Attack.” Finally, a story about beer! But no, again disappointed. And then Max got real growly after hearing his buddy Toby was set upon by a bunch of hoodlum dogs. “Not acceptable,” says the Malt! Maybe if you were hanging out near bars or liquor stores (with six packs), you’d meet a better class of canine. Those church dogs need some preachin’.
Geordie has been extolling the virtues of beer for a long time, trying to get me to try it. I think you are right that I should quit hanging around these church dogs and get down and dirty with some sinners! – Toby
It is such a sad world. Your mom has to find a very private area to walk in. But what could be more private than a church? KIsses
At least I got lots of sympathy biscuits after the incident! – Roly Poly Toby
I can’t believe the number of people who say their dog is “under voice control” or “friendly” when it is clear that their dog is neither.