|09-26-2013 03:35 PM|
I saw the owner and small dog a few days later. She's doing good. Lots of holes and a little skittish, but good all things considered. Unfortunately the owner of the husky did not give correct information, and I imagine we will never see him again at that park. Thank you everyone for your kind words.
|09-25-2013 02:54 PM|
Why did the other owner say it was the small dogs fault? Did the small dog do something that might have instigated the fight? OP kind of only spoke of the one side...the "right" side according to OP. But usually when someone's bigger dog attacks a small dog, they don't blame the small dog unless that small dog was growling or doing something that could've set off the bigger dog.
I read the part about the husky posturing...but a lot of dogs posture. And I'm not saying the small dog would be in the wrong for standing up for itself...but I can see how the husky owner could miss the fact that his dog is posturing (a lot of people don't know what posturing is) and then see the small dog growl or snap at his dog and therefore it is the small dog's fault.
By the way...my dog has prey drive, it always worries me when people bring their little dogs into the large dog area. It only takes one weird dog in the dog park to send a small dog into what I like to call squeak mode which sends anything with any amount of prey drive into prey mode...and then I have to have the control to protect another dog which shouldn't be in the area in the first place. Last time I was at the dog park...a 4 month old GSD puppy sent a 10 lb something into squeak mode...and then the rest of the big dogs joined in...luckily I saw this happening and had called my boy over and had him by the collar before it started...but he still wanted to go after the small squeak toy running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
|09-25-2013 12:44 PM|
Sorry to hear this. I don't think you have any reason to feel guilty. You tried to help, but got out in time to save yourself injury. Good on you.
Sadly the husky owners sound exactly like people who a) probably shouldn't have a dog and b) certainly not a breed as independent as a husky. My husky is super prey driven and I know to keep him away from smaller animals, small dogs included. Shame on the husky owners for failing to recognize their dog's tendencies, failing to intervene, and certainly for not having the sense/manners to apologize after.
Glad you're okay, and hope the little dog pulls through well too!
|09-25-2013 08:36 AM|
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First of all, glad YOU didn't get bit. Second, you did the right thing. I feel for the small dog, but how did this goof think the little dog was to blame? Guess it really doesn't matter. I guess it's a matter of perspective.
This reminds me of another thread talking about thier GSD being kicked by another pet owner. While these situations are not similar other than both happening at a dog park, this is one instance I would have kicked the snot out of the husky and then kicked the snot out of the owner. Every time I read one of these dog park threads, it reinforces why Cruz and myself will never participate in the crazyness of a dog park again.
|09-25-2013 04:08 AM|
|Sarah~||You did your best, that's all anyone can do hope the dog is ok. I agree, it's the husky owner's fault, if that was my dog attacking another one I'D be the one jumping in risking being bitten. Even though Eko is DA I've never had to do that, since I KNOW he has this problem it would be my fault if I stuck him in a situation where it could happen.|
|09-25-2013 02:46 AM|
If anything, I'd feel guilty for not knocking some teeth down that idiots throat. You did what anybody else would've done by letting go.
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|09-22-2013 02:50 PM|
You should not have been put into a position where you had to intervene in the first place. So please don't feel guilty.
The dog park we go to have separate sections for small and large breeds which I think is good. However, people do bring their small dogs into the large breed section. One time this aggresive small dog was chasing and nipping at the other dogs and ended up getting hurt. Both dogs involved had the same owner. I kept thinking why on earth would you bring dogs with this dynamic to a public dog park?
|09-22-2013 02:31 PM|
Yes I hope the little dog is alright. I only know of one dog park with a separate enclosure for little dogs in my area, but it was built directly under power lines and dogs with metal collars get shocked. You see a lot of small dogs in with the big dogs (which most of the time works out ok).
And doggiedad that wasn't at all the point of the story the point was I was very sad and frustrated last night that I missed my chance to protect this little dog and the owner was in tears holding her little dog while the owner of the attacking dog was yelling at her telling her it was all her fault. It was an emotional statement, perhaps exaggerated. But take from it what you will I guess.
|09-22-2013 05:30 AM|
In regards to not being able to protect the pup. Its reflexes. You cannot blame yourself, you did alot more than most people would have done. This is all the fault of the husky owner.
|09-22-2013 01:58 AM|
I am so sorry to hear! That is no good. Seriously some people frustrate me sooo much. There are many out there who just shouldn't own dogs, or need to get over their pride and get some handler training courses in before they do! I am happy to hear the little dog wasn't killed that's why I am against little dogs being in the same parks as big dogs. They need separate parks so they can play with dogs their own size in a safer environment. One bite can do so much more damage to them and it is so much easier for them to get smashed and severely injured when "trying to get in on the action". I don't say this naively either. Before I owned Shepherds my mom had and has Papillons. I love those little pups just as much as I love my big ones which is why my Shepherds are not allowed to play rough with or around them. They can roll around calmly in the grass with them and Nikkia knows how to play tug gently with them. It's actually pretty cute.
But seriously I am sorry you had to experience that. Don't stress too much the pup was fine and reflexes are reflexes you can't always control them I am sure I may have done the same thing. I hope that idiot has to pay their vet bills and I hope his dog doesn't suffer because he has a delinquent owner who won't have him properly trained.
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