Saturday, 9 November 2013

There was no blog post yesterday because.

 There was no blog post yesterday because some days you just can't blog through rose coloured lenses.
I'll get Brent to write a blog post tomorrow of what happened - as I'm just too upset to write nicely.

In a nut shell Brent was walking our dogs - both on leads as always and a dog came flying out of a drive way and attacked. There was no dog dance as often dogs will do - just a full on unprovoked attack.

It is the first time in our life we have ever called a dog ranger. Usually we help find stray dogs new homes. I'm extremely grateful to the dog ranger and the dog that attacked is locked up.Saying that I blame the owners always, never the dog.

Stella is fine - Brent let her off the lead and she ran up the road (and sat in the middle) watching.
Mack has been treated at the vets and Brent has hurt his knee.

 Our vets and vet nurses are wonderful and took great care of Mack, he is home, has horrible wounds to the bone and  very sore.

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  1. OMGGGG!!!! Bless Their Hearts!!
    What an Awful scare!!
    I hope that other dog is now put up in his own yard!!
    ((((HUG))))

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  2. We had something similar but out here there are no dog rangers, catchers, etc. It's hills and farmland so if there's a problem the police tell you to take care of it yourself, and it never ends nicely for the dog. Fortunately we don't have it too often. Our incident was a dog that was obviously dumped. Thin as a rail, I could count it's ribs. It was large, probably part st bernard or something equally big. It was aggressive probably due to starvation, mangy and trying to kill our chickens- the cats scattered in time. It confronted my husband and no doubt would have attacked one of the kids had they been out or eating hot dogs around the fire. People don't understand that when they dump their dogs in the country, dogs that are used to a daily feeding, a nice bed and plenty to drink, they don't know what to do. They don't really understand hunting for their food and they don't have the fear of humans like the coyotes do. They end up feral, diseased and crazed. Like I said, it rarely ends up well for them. These people should man up and take the responsibility to bring them to a shelter or humanely put them down. It is so sad and so very upsetting that they put their problem onto us. I am so glad your dog was OK and hope everyone else heals quickly.

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    1. Yes I suppose out in the country there would be no dog ranger. I can't get my head around people who dump animals.
      Love Leanne

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  3. Oh Leanne how awful. I"m am pleased to hear though that both dogs are ok...hope big mac heals ok. I can't believe that would happen when you're out minding your own business. Hope Brent's knee is ok.

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    1. So greatful - it could of ended so much worse. Brent thought and acted very quickly. Very greatful it was Brent walking the dogs not the kids. But we have all got skilled up with what to do if a dog attacks.
      Love Leanne

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  4. That would have to be one of the most frightening things to happen, Brent, I guess no time to think what to do. Mack, sending lots of healing good wishes, Stella, good girl, and Leanne, hope you are feeling a little better today. Love to all at your place, Jean.

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    1. VERY frightening. It is because Brent did think fast that Mack is ok.
      Love Leanne

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  5. oh poor darling Mack, what a terrible thing to happen, especially at his age and after he'd been poorly recently. I do hope he mends good as new and Brent, what a horrible experience to have your precious dog attacked like that. Thank heavens Stella was OK, she is too tiny to have endured that.
    Big hugs all round from Aunty Kath xx

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    1. Aww Aunty Kath I just knew you would be as upset as we are. Mack is just too old for this to of happened.
      Love Leanne

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  6. Ohhh poor Mack! How ghastly! I hope he's ok? Glad to hear that Stella managed to get away, but how frightening for everyone. Hope Brent's knee is not too bad.

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    1. Yes Just AWFUL! Mack is very sore - poor old fella -
      Love Leanne

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  7. Oh Leanne that is terrible, I wondered if you were OK yesterday.... what a shame some people don't take responsibility for their animals. I do hope Mack and Brent are recovering well, take care...

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    1. Nicky you have hit the nail on the head - all dogs should be fenced and not allowed to run free.
      Love Leanne

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  8. i am SO sorry to hear this. what is wrong with some owners? tell mack i feel his pain literally since i am not totally healed from my bites yet. i hope he is better soon. hope brent's knee heals fast too.

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    1. Mack is lapping up the extra attention - but he is very sore old fella. I bet Teddy stills feel so bad.
      Love Leanne

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  9. Oh no poor mac, why can't people lock up their dogs. I'm glad to hear Stella is ok. I hope Brent isn't too badly hurt. Rescue remedy for all of you and huge from me.

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    1. LOL something a bit stronger for Brent when it was all over. It was a horrible experience.
      Love Leanne

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  10. So sorry to hear what you were all put through physically & emotionally. Something is very wrong with a dog that would charge & attack a dog the size of Mack with Brent present, especially when the dog that attacked was totally unprovoked. I can only imagine what Brent felt like to be in the middle of the attack and to see poor Mack being wounded so badly. I hope Brent & Mack recover without any complications.
    My sister lives on a rural farm and people dump dozens of cats & dogs out there each year. I don't know what these irresponsible (and cruel) owners think is going to happen to their defenseless animals - that their dumped pets will be adopted & live a fine life on a farm? Sadly, many of these "dumped" animals are eaten by coyotes, cougars, bobcats and all the other animals that hunt in the very same open fields where they put their animals out of the car. The stoopidest thing of all is that the drive to the shelter was far shorter than the long drive out to my sister's farm. Some people are just inconsiderate, irresponsible, mean & dumb as posts.
    It is sad to think that some person allowed this terrible attack to happen. I wish the owner could be identified & be forced to work at a dog shelter for a year as penalty for allowing the dog to run wild when he was a danger to people & pets. Of course, that would be in addition to paying all your vet & medical bills as well as any work Brent could not do because of his injury. So sorry this happened & glad the outcome was not worse.

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    1. Oh wow I hadn't ever thought of the animal being eaten by wild ones as here in NZ we don't have cougars, bobcats etc. The poor animals.
      Love Leanne

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  11. Oh Leanne and Brent, James and Abbey, and dear dear Mack and of course Stella, I am so upset for you. I feel quite shaken just typing this, I can't imagine how it is for you. Dear old Mack, what a shock for him especially. My love to you all.

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    1. Yep a big shock - I'm so greatful it was Brent walking the dogs. Mack is getting lots of extra special attention.
      Love Leanne

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  12. Poor old Mack, we hope he is starting to feel a bit better now. Luckily wee Stella wasn't hurt as well. We know old Mastiff fellows are just gentle giants, and don't like getting upset.

    Hugs
    Julie and Poppy Q
    xxx

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    1. Thanks - so greatful Stella got well outta the way. Not a bite on the other dog Mack really cropped it poor old fella. My hero Brent took charge, thank goodness the kids were not walking the dogs.
      Love Leanne

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  13. Aww darling. That's terrible. Kisses for you all Mx

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    1. LOL Mack sure likes the ladies to cooo over him - funnily enough it is the ladies that always seem to really like him.
      Love Leanne

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  14. We have been in a similar situation and it changed the dynamic of our lovely dog. Prayers and healings to you all....

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    1. Oh I am sorry to hear that you have all been through this. It hasnt' changed Mack - he still can embarrass us - and give other folks a laugh. On way into vets he spied some gumboots outside the door of the vets and he was gonna lift his leg... tut tut. He didn't get a chance I assure you.
      Love leanne

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  15. Dogs running free is not good. This has proven that. I hope Big Old Mac will heal. Thank goodness the dog didn't turn on Brent as well. Take care.

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    1. Dogs need to be fenced FULL STOP.Brent caught the dog attacking Mack totally off guard. We have all schooled ourselves up on what to do if attacked by a dog now.
      Love Leanne

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  16. oh my goodness! Poor Mack..and Stella..AND Brent...AND YOU! How frightening for Mack to have that happen to him at this time of his life. :-{ Even though Brent has got beaten up by the ordeal is was fortunate he was there as he would be much stronger than if it were you or heavens, forbid..Abbey. Thinking of you all and praying for speedy healing. JXX

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    1. I am still trembling we walk the dogs in this area all the time - the kids walk the dogs. The dog that attacked lives there. He is never fenced GASP! It could be a one off thing maybe all the fire works going off at the moment, more activity going on down the street than normal. Who knows what made the dog attack. But the fact is if people are going to own dogs, especially dog breeds that will get bad press they need to be responsible and get their property fenced Or lock their dog up especially when they are not home.

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    2. {{Hugs}} I totally agree! I think people should undergo certain training if there is a complaint about their dog. I really appreciated you putting up those video clips. I have felt threatened a few time when I've been out and come across a wondering dog. Fortunately, in the end they have turn tail and left when I tell them to go home (in my deep man-voice!)

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    3. I have a very strong view and opinion of this case... will share photos of the dog and outcome once it has all gone through the legal path,
      Love leanne

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  17. Oh Leanne! shocked, what a terrible thing. i am sending a huge hug to you all. hope youre all ok

    Leanne x

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    1. Leanne thank you, I am soo proud of Brent, scared that he took the other dog on - but greatful he won and the dog is in the pound - poor fella but I know the dog ranger is very kind.
      Love Leanne

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    1. Yep if you gonna own a dog, fence your property so people can walk past it.
      Love Leanne

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  19. Oh no!! I hate when there are loose dogs in my neighborhood, lucky for me they are nice dogs and my Frodo is the nasty one. He believes he's a Great Dane in a mini schnauzer body.

    Glad both dogs are good, and hopefully the knee heals quicly. I'm sorry it happened. I've heard that if you have a couple handful of treats to throw and distract a loose dog it can give you time, but it sounds like the dog had a mission...

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    1. Oh how funny that Frodo thinks he is nasty I couldn''t imagine it. If he came up to Mack all stroppy, Mack would lift his leg never bite. The one that took Mack on was a bit more formidable

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  20. I am so sorry to hear this and I hope both of your fellas heal up quickly!

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