Zoey got attacked thanks to a stupid, irresponsible dog owner AGAIN!!
Why does it always happen to my baby?! 😦
We were walking to the forest and a 12-ish year old girl came out of a driveway walking a Border Terrier. We moved ourselves and Zoey onto the grass verge so the girl could get past and carried on our way. The Border Terrier had other ideas and dragged the girl (who obviously had no control over the dog) to Zoey, immediately latching onto her face!!!
Zoey retaliated by growling at the dog, and it let go and the girl dragged it forwards. This all happened in seconds, from the dog pulling to Zoey to letting go and being moved on. I only had time to say “Hey!” to the girl, in a very pissed off ‘wtf do you think you are doing?!’ kind of way, and the girl turned around and said “I’m so sorry…”
Kind of fair enough, it wasn’t her fault, she shouldn’t have been allowed to walk a dog she couldn’t control. Thankfully we saw what driveway she came from, so were able to go knock on doors until we found where she lived. I calmly and politely informed the mother what had happened, and she apologised and asked if Zoey was okay. Zoey didn’t have any visible injuries and was wriggling away at the end of the lead to say hi to the person, bless her 🙂 So we said yes, accepted the apology, and moved on. Hopefully the mother won’t let her child walk the dog again!
I’m really worried about Zoey’s ongoing socialisation with other dogs. We see hardly any dogs in this village, and 95% of the ones we do see are dog aggressive. There are no nearby play groups or dog socialisation classes, the dogs we walk either don’t particularly like dogs or are rude puppies, and we don’t know any friends or family with a dog (with the exception of my partner’s parents and their dog is dog aggressive…)…what can we do?
For now we are going right back to the beginning and playing the ‘Look At That’ game with Zoey. Every time she sees a dog I’m going to click the clicker and give her pieces of cooked liver, her favourite. If she gets to interact with a dog, she gets more of the good stuff. For everything else it’s just normal, boring, every day treats.
And for every dog that approaches her off-lead, I’m going to shout them to get their dog. If they can’t, I will warn them I will kick their dog if it comes close to us. I don’t care what they think of me, it has been proven time and again that I can’t trust other people and their dogs.
I am SO MAD at myself too for being unable to prevent it from happening. Seeing another dog hanging off your baby’s face is the stuff of nightmares, and the fact that Zoey had to resort to growling (which she had every right to do) when I should be there to prevent her from needing to react like that makes me sad 😦