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First off, I would ask that they not bring their dogs over to my house. It's your house and it's your dog's house and no one should bring other animals over unless it's totally ok. New dogs should always be introduced to one another in "neutral" territory. I would flat out say: "we love having you over, but you'll have to leave your dogs at home from now on, b/c "Fluffy" isn't comfortable with them."

Second, I'd hope to hell that they leash up their crazy dogs. that's just totally unacceptable. If someone flippantly told me that I got bitten by their dog b/c the dog was a rescued dog, that's no excuse. If you can't control the dog, you shouldn't have it as a pet. I think I would call her on it and say it's serious.

Third, never take your dog with you when visiting her. Your dog will be safer and more secure at home than with you at her place. It's not worth the risk.

I got so mad the other day at this old man who was walking his little fluffball (very small dog) on the other side of the road, without a leash. Cubby and I were walking along and the minute the other dog saw us, the man said "Don't even think about it" well, of course the other dog ran across the street right in front of a taxi. I nearly had a heart attack. I gave him hell rant.gif but he just shrugged and said "She's great and always listens, except if there's another dog around". Well wtf.gif are you doing walking around a neighbourhood for without a leash on your dog? YOu need to live int he country. Sorry, it's just a major pet peeve (LOL) for me (people who don't use leashes) because that's part of the reason we can never go for walks in the woods or parks sad.gif focus.gif

I don't know if that really gives you much concrete stuff to go on. Honestly, I dont' think there's much you can do about her, but you can control what you do.
Thanks for the advice. We're hoping that she'll catch on when we refuse to stay over there b/c of her dogs, and that we're not going to bring our dog b/c of her crazy dogs.

She really needs to get them into obedience training asap. It's kinda funny because we were talking about that show "At the end of my leash" with the guy and his extreme tactics of fixing dog problems. My friend said "Yeah, I don't like that guy's method, he thinks its always the owners behaviour that needs to change before the dog changes"

Ya think!

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Originally Posted by kevsgirl View Post
First off, I would ask that they not bring their dogs over to my house. It's your house and it's your dog's house and no one should bring other animals over unless it's totally ok. New dogs should always be introduced to one another in "neutral" territory. I would flat out say: "we love having you over, but you'll have to leave your dogs at home from now on, b/c "Fluffy" isn't comfortable with them."

Second, I'd hope to hell that they leash up their crazy dogs. that's just totally unacceptable. If someone flippantly told me that I got bitten by their dog b/c the dog was a rescued dog, that's no excuse. If you can't control the dog, you shouldn't have it as a pet. I think I would call her on it and say it's serious.

Third, never take your dog with you when visiting her. Your dog will be safer and more secure at home than with you at her place. It's not worth the risk.

I got so mad the other day at this old man who was walking his little fluffball (very small dog) on the other side of the road, without a leash. Cubby and I were walking along and the minute the other dog saw us, the man said "Don't even think about it" well, of course the other dog ran across the street right in front of a taxi. I nearly had a heart attack. I gave him hell rant.gif but he just shrugged and said "She's great and always listens, except if there's another dog around". Well wtf.gif are you doing walking around a neighbourhood for without a leash on your dog? YOu need to live int he country. Sorry, it's just a major pet peeve (LOL) for me (people who don't use leashes) because that's part of the reason we can never go for walks in the woods or parks sad.gif focus.gif

I don't know if that really gives you much concrete stuff to go on. Honestly, I dont' think there's much you can do about her, but you can control what you do.
I agree with everything kevsgirl said!

Just because you dog is a "bully breed" doesn't mean they have to be a bully! AND knowing that they are a bully, the owner should do everything possible to AVOID situations that could be bad for the dog and others.

Daisy is an aggressive breed (half pit). Normally she's a mush! Everyone she's met LOVES her. But there are certain things we avoid because that is when the "other" side of her comes out. She is rarely allowed to play with balls and sticks as she gets aggressive, but we don't blame the breed...we blame the spoiled furbaby...we're just a bit more cautious because of the breed. Also, no Tug of War, as it makes her a bit hyper and a little more aggressive.

We have friends who rescued a Pug. He's a sweet dog, but could out of the blue snap at you for no reason. Our friends reprimand him and tell people not to put their face near the dog. But they don't shrug it off as "he's a rescue".

So, basically...the dogs might have issues being rescuses and you don't know what happened to them before, but your friends really need to take responsibility for their dogs. To keep them and everyone else safe.

Ok, I think I'm done ranting/rambling for now lol

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Ok... so just when i think everything is calmed down.. i get this message...

 

June 25 at 3:59pm

Iâ€m so sorry Aim,

I just made the call no other Dog will be hurt nor will any child.

Thanks for being understanding.

D.

 

I immediately call her and explain that she may be irrational. At which point she informs me that this is not the first time that Sophie has hurt another animal - and recently, she attacked another little black dog.

 

I calmly explained that destroying an animal is not the way to go, but finding a level of control may be the solution.

 

Last night my FI and I were talking about the situation and he reacted by saying "Jack isn't the first?!?!?" and then HE was upset - being that it had happened previously and the owner was not attentive while her dog played with the other dogs. His reaction got me thinking and I realized that if this is pattern behaviour, maybe it really would be best.

 

This morning I get this:

 

June 25 at 9:48pm

Amy,

After making that call and crying for hours, I started to do more research. Sophie is a typical terrier and is vocal and confronting. They also made it known that they don't get along together. I also found out that 3years ago when she fought with that other dog it was a terrier as well. I didn't even pay attention to it because it had nipped at Sophie so I thought she was just out to get it back. This has been the worst decision I have ever had to make and My family thinks I am making it to quick. As I am crying outside tonight Sophie is playing with the small dogs next door. She has never shown that aggression anywhere else but camp and with your dog and that one other. So do I end her life for that I don't know. It is not just me involved it is my kids too?? I have to really think about it??

 

Hope you understand where i am coming from.

D.

My gut reaction was to respond - and interject some of my epiphanies from last nights conversation with my FI... but I have not responded.

 

? of the day... should I respond? or let it go?

 

I am so involved in this that now I am beginning to get angry - I kind of feel like she is looking for my approval. But now that I know that my baby Jack isn't the first, my pity is wavering.

 

Advice?

 

PS> Sorry for keeping this going for days and days...

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OMG!!

 

Ultimately it's your friend's decision. But you should phone her up and talk to her about this.

 

You wouldn't want her to think in the back of her mind that what happened between your dog and her's was the reason her dog was put down.

 

Call her.

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Yikes! I just caught up on this blog and the whole situation is very awkward. What ended up happening? Hopefully you and your friend are okay, but I would definitely be pretty riled up to know that my dog were not the first bitten by her animal.

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Update:

 

Jackson's staples have been removed and he is healing nicely! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR KIND WORDS AND THOUGHTS.

 

As for 'D' and I - we haven't really talked since - but simply because of scheduling. We are still friends, and at this time she has chosen NOT to put down her dog (Sophie).

 

I am really happy about that because I really didn't want that guilt on my shoulders.

 

I really hope that D can keep Sophie undercontrol around other dogs, and that no one else needs to go through this.

 

If this were to happen again, the next dog owner may not be so understanding. Especially where vet bills are concerned.

 

Thanks again for letting me vent and for all of your support!

 

/A.

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