I started to write this as a pit thread, but it’s not the dogs fault, and the family was so apologetic that I just can’t maintain the rage needed to make it Pit worthy, so read on…
Mrs. Stone loves taking long walks every morning and evening. Tonight, she was walking down the sidewalk only three blocks from our house when two dogs ran out of the yard, across the street from her, and attacked her.
She turned her back on them and pulled her arms in close to her chest. One of them only barked at her, while the other one jumped at her back. After pawing her a couple times, they turned away and started back across the street. But as soon as she turned her head even a little bit, to look at them to make sure it was safe to leave, it jumped at her again. The next time it left, she waited a moment and took off running down the street. It didn’t follow. (Her intention the first time she turned her head, was to slowly walk away, so as to not entice it to chase her. But after the second attack, she was too frightened to manage that and just fled.)
She came home to me (sitting at the computer, my normal position) with a torn dress and a combination of anger and fear in her voice telling me what had occurred. A quick examination of her back revealed no damage, no bleeding, and no scratches, just 3 holes in her dress.
A quick call to 911 brought a call from the animal control officer (who said she needed the exact address where it occurred) and a police officer to our door. The officer gave us a ride to location where it happened and we found a group of people on the front yard. Two adult couples and three little kids (ages 3, 4, & 5, perhaps). After describing the dogs, one couple admitted they had two dogs matching those descriptions but insisted they had been inside all evening. And even if they had gotten outside, they insisted that their dogs would never attack someone as my wife was claiming.
The man went inside and brought out the dog… loose… no leash… and it trotted up looking cute and friendly… until it lunged forward, growling and barking and attacked the police officer!!! It nipped him on the shin, the officer swatted downward with his hand, startling the dog, who took off into the back yard.
Yeah lady, there’s No Way that Your Precious F’ing Dog could have ever attacked My Wife! (Ok, just a bit of rage left in me)
The man retrieved his dog, (with a death grip on its collar this time) and put it in the house. The couple was very apologetic, falling over themselves left and right to say that it had never happened before, they would never let it out without a leash again, etc. etc.
It ended with them giving us a check for $50 to buy a new dress with (it was a ten year old, plain, frayed cotton dress… but it was also her favorite dress that she had brought with her from Odessa… in the 3+ years I’ve known her, she’s worn it more often than any other piece of clothing… Darn, we should have asked for more money). The officer will be making his report. We will be making a report with the animal control officer (now that we know the address). And we’re going to leave it at that. I don’t know what the animal control will do in this situation.
IF they were telling the truth, and it’s never happened before, then I can forgive them. If they were lying… then they are good actors, because they really seemed sincere.
The dog I’ve already forgiven… but not forgotten… It attacked two humans within a half hour period. My wife was walking, minding her own business, on the opposite side of the street. It had no conceivable reason to attack her. The officer was just standing there, not even moving and it attacked him. … I love animals and always hate to hear stories about dogs having to be put down… but… I just don’t know… If it had been a child… I hate to think about it. …
Going off to comfort the wife again…