Yes. I am yelling in my title .... and I will probably owe a lot of apologies by the end of this but I do not want to ever have to say this again:
LEASH YOUR F&^%$#@ DOG!
Sorry for the "foul" language [apology #1] but I am so fed up with people that think it is okay to NOT have their dog on a leash.
A beautiful, sunshiny day and Wallene took Spot and Scooby for a walk. ON LEASHES. Because that is what responsible pet owners do.
She was strolling along with them when a neighbor friend came rollerblading down the street carrying her dachshund, Coco, in her arms.
Don't even ask me how weird I think that is -because, well.........just don't. The point is she was carrying her dog and did NOT have a leash on her.
She skated up to Wallene and with no warning set her [teacup] dachshund in front of Spot and Wallene. May I repeat: With NO LEASH. Our daughter was completely caught off guard and before she could ask the neighbor to pick the dog back up....this is what happened:
Scooby was sniffing behind Wallene on his leash and didn't notice Coco right away.
Spot and Coco were doing the usual doggy butt sniffing when Scooby came around Wallene's side and saw Coco.
He immediately picked Coco up in his mouth. Hard.
He didn't shake her but he wouldn't put her down either. We don't know if he thought he was protecting Spot or if he thought Coco was a dog toy [she is less then half the size of Spot - about 7 lbs] but Wallene and the owner finally managed to get Coco out of his mouth and the poor thing ran away.
I have to mention here that Scooby is huge. Most of you know that, but it bears repeating. You can't miss our 120 lb wonder, but he is also an incredibly gentle dog. His breed [Chesapeake Bay Retreiver] is known as a gentle, non aggressive breed. I have absolutely no idea why this woman thought it was a good idea to put a 7 lb dog down in close proximity of our dogs without a leash.
The woman scooped up Coco from underneath a nearby car and skated off. When Wallene arrived home she told us what had happened and Pooldad went over to talk to them to see if Coco was okay. They were on their way to the vet and although very polite they did say they thought the pup might have a collapsed lung.
Turns out Scooby broke two ribs and bruised her lung but Coco will heal. Thank goodness.
Here's the thing - we provided them with our information but I will be damned if I am paying one cent of that dog's vet bill. Who in the heck rollerblades with a dog [is that not dangerous to begin with?] and where the heck was her leash? I realize a leash might not have made a difference in this case but it would have at least given the owner a chance to yank her dog back before Scooby picked Coco up.
I sat last night [and here tonight] waiting on Animal Control to show up and quarantine my dog. I also realize that now I have to muzzle Scooby to walk him. Not too terribly happy about that, but I don't want this to happen again because someone is too stupid to not restrain their own dog.
Argue with me, tell me you are right to let your dog off the leash or that leashes are only for residential neighborhoods [like ours] or that the only person that should ever walk Scooby is Pooldad [because he outweighs him] but I don't care. We take every precaution with these guys - we know our dogs - and act accordingly, but if you present your dog up in an unsafe manner - then our dogs and we are NOT responsible.
When your dog dies as a result of your carelessness do not blame me.
Sorry [apology #2] for the angry rant, but the thought of Coco being hurt and us possibly losing Scooby because someone was so stupid just hurts.