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You've brought a tear to my eye. Thank you.
Last edited by Olive Oil; 18-05-2015 at 20:52.
So update if you are interested. We spoke to the owners again, their dog is ok. She needed an operation because there was a tear in her vulva. We offered to handle the money side of things directly with the vet which they appreciated. The vet actually halved the bill because he said we were being very responsible. I can't believe it!
The owner even said "we'll see you down at the park"
I hope she recovers well and the family are ok. I'm still a bit stressed, but probably nothing compared to them.
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That's great Olive.
That's great news
Great news! Kindness begets kindness.
It's great that you wanted to take on the financial responsibility. As a vet I don't think I've seen many cases where that happens. Most people just pull their dog away from a fight and disappear with no concern for the other dog and certainly no will to pay the bill. That's probably why the vet was generous reducing the bill as it's nice to see a caring owner. X
With regards to trusting her around your son, dog aggression and people aggression is different, and one often does not indicate the other.
One of my dogs is dog aggressive and will never be trusted around other dogs, but he is fantastic with people, including kids. If you're at all worried, it might be a good idea to talk to a behaviourist or read some good books to really learn about dog body language. It's extremely rare for a dog to attack without any warning whatsoever, but most people miss the warning signs. It can be as subtle as the position of the ears or stiffness in the body. That way, you can watch how your dog is reacting around your son (and other dogs in the future) with more confidence to know what to look for.
Glad the other dog is ok and the people were good about it. Hope you're feeling a little less shaken by now too!
Thank you for the tips. I'm still quite shaken up, my dog has never reacted this way and it scared me. My gut doesn't want to trust her just yet. At the moment they have been segregated to the other side of the house and the backyard. We will continue to walk them every day and socialise them with my son, but with me right by his side. I will look up some dog behavioural literature. This has been a massive reality check.
Also when we walk them, she'll be wearing a muzzle and they won't be let off the lead.
Thank you to all for your insight and kind words. Will update you if there are any further developments.
Olive, i must say. You are a damn good human being.
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