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04-26-2014 12:44 AM
selzer I also think that it could happen in a crate, especially if the dog has started having some separation issues.

I cannot imagine a board/train facility having their charges running together in any manner that they may connect in a dog fight, though there are strange doggy day-care situations where they do run together. Evenso, one has to be practically inhuman to never fail in securing a gate. Why, this morning, when I had Joy in Far Field and the girls and I were getting Jenna's water, I looked out in the yard, and Joy was running back along the back fence and another dog was running alongside on the outside. Darn, it's Karma! She was in Near Field. I have forgotten to secure the gate when I brought in the last bag of dog food. She slipped right out and was having a good time.

With dogs that don't know each other, or with bitches who do, a fight can happen in milliseconds.

Did you pay for the vet bill too? Because, if the kennel picked up the tab on that, I think I would probably let it go, and if you are not thrilled with the training, I might go elsewhere for boarding in the future.

If you got stung with the vet bill too, well, I think that's pretty crappy. I mean, if the dog became ill, while in boarding, and it may not have been due to a slip up of some sort, I would expect to pay the vet. But if the dog gets injured, whether due to the equipment or another dog, I would expect the people who are being paid to keep the dog safe would pay that.

If they did, while it doesn't make things wonderful, it is true that poo happens when you are talking about living creatures.
04-25-2014 12:55 AM
The Packman If I may offer my humble opinion...first thing I would do is say the (abbreviated) Serenity Prayer. (fake it your a non-believer) Stuff does happen !

I would advise you not to talk to the owner but send a letter. That way you can sit down and write out exactly what you want, in the order you want and not second guess yourself afterwards.

You could end you letter:

You may reach me at 1-215-555-1212 if you would like to discuss this personally.

If he / she response to your request, you will know what type of person he /she is. And from there you can make a decision on ever going back there.

And I also would like to say, you did the best thing in just paying and leaving.
04-25-2014 12:37 AM
Ellimaybel I do understand the initial frustration and me being a super paranoid person I would think the worst. I like the point made of finding out where the dog was when the injury was found. That would probably answer a lot of questions without seeming accusatory or aggressive. Also the point of contacting the vet that cared for your dog at the time. Please let us know if you are able to catch anything and definitely watch for signs of infection since we all know our dogs like to stick their noses into a lot of different places.
04-25-2014 12:31 AM
Originally Posted by atstevenha View Post
Thanks everyone for the feedback. It does make sense now and it probably fast but the dogs must have been very aggressive and growling before that happens.
Sometimes dog fights happen with very little warning. If the signs are missed they are fighting very quickly.

My two male dogs don't give a lot of warning or noise. Sometimes all it takes is for the older one to show his teeth.

Today I heard one very quiet growl and knew they were going to fight. By the time I turned around they were at it. Thankfully the dogs did not injure each other. The only one who has ever got injured was me.

If my dog was injured like that at a boarding place I would be livid!
04-25-2014 12:06 AM
carmspack yes a crate can do that kind of damage.
this looks like an abrasion injury, a wire coming loose and giving a scratch.
is your dog crate trained?
04-24-2014 11:42 PM
petite It's hard to assume what happened. Am I clear that they have not answered you as to where the dog was when they noticed the injury? That would have bled quite a bit and is not a "scratch" as described. You might consider getting the name of the vet who took care of her during this incident. Ask what their opinion is on the wound, how did they treat it, etc. to get a better clue if the boarding facility is not being forth-coming about what exactly happened.
04-24-2014 12:49 PM
gsdheeler I work at a boarding kennel as a groomer, I've seem dogs tear up their noses and lips chewing on doors and chain link, also had one catch a lip and side of the nose on the side of the water buckets , it was stuck and ripped it up pretty good until kennel staff got to it. Once had a older golden pull out a canine tooth chewing on chain link. Had a cocker have his entire mouth stuck on a cage door, had to take the door off to unstuck that one. (he had been chewing on it to get out)
04-24-2014 10:35 AM
Gwenhwyfair I agree with the others, looks more like a dog fight wound.

Re your point # 2, On the top of her nose there are two smaller wounds that look to be spaced just right for having been made by another dog's teeth to me?

Things happen, dogs can be fast and unpredictable. Having said that I would rethink using this facility in the future.

If it were my dog that wound goes just enough over the line of tolerance for benefit of the doubt.....I wouldn't be comfortable leaving my dog there because A) it's not a small scratch as they told you B) your dog's behavior upon going to pick her up C) no clear answers to your qustions (your point #4)
04-23-2014 10:19 PM
atstevenha Thanks everyone for the feedback. It does make sense now and it probably fast but the dogs must have been very aggressive and growling before that happens. I think its preventable and they should had look after the dogs better. I will be speaking to the owner and make sure this doesn't happen with other dogs.
04-23-2014 01:56 PM
huntergreen looks like a puncture wound to me. if it was from another dog, it could have happened in lest than a second so the handler may have been very reactive to prevent further injury. i would also examine the crate. either way sounds like the place did what they should have.
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