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Rocky just had a fight...

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Jamie, May 11, 2010.


  1. Jamie

    Jamie PetForums VIP

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    I was walking Rocky round our local field and there was a young boy (aged around 12 I think) walking his dog. His dog was around 3 times smaller then Rocky, I don't know what breed.

    They had a football with them and Rocky loves footballs. Rocky went up to them and this dog just went nuts at Rocky. It took about a minute to get them apart. I grabbed the smaller dog as he was the aggressor. The young boy took his dog and realised that Rocky had bit a decent size chunk of his ear off and there was blood dripping from the wound.

    I apologised to the boy, who was getting a bit tearful, and gave him my number to give to his parents incase they wanted to call me.

    At the end of the day, Rocky was just defending himself. He has never attacked any dog before, it's just not in his nature.

    Am I obligated to do anything else?
     
  2. Jamie

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    The other dog looked a bit like this...

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  3. dobermummy

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    hope Rocky is ok...

    you did everything you needed to do and i think giving the lad your number was a good idea, even tho rocky wasnt to blame that way the parents can phone you if they want.

    were both dogs off lead?
     
  4. staceydawlz

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    jack rustle type...i think it was no ones fault just one of those things that hapen!x
     
  5. Jamie

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    Yea both dogs were off the lead, I always have Rocky off the lead, he has too much energy to stay on the lead! But he has never gone for another dog.

    I felt really bad as the boy was a bit emotional. :(

    I just don't want them phoning me asking for vet bill money :frown:

    Rocky is fine, I've checked him over and he doesn't appear to have any injuries. :)
     
  6. staceydawlz

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    say no....both dogs were to blame and their dog started it!x
     
  7. Jamie

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    I've posted the same thread on another forum and 1 of the replies was this...

     
  8. dobermummy

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    i wouldnt pay their vets bill, it was a genuine accident and neither dog was totally to blame imo.

    i do think this incident does show why children shouldnt be walking dogs on their own :)

    edited to add... Im glad Rocky isnt hurt :D
     
  9. DKDREAM

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    im so sorry to hear this. I personally think all dog owners should learn by this, I think all dogs should be on a lead when walking if their is other dogs anywhere. Just because your dog is ok with dogs didn't mean the other was and seeing as though the football was the small dogs it might of had a fight with rocky because it guards things maybe. I am just so sorry its happened. Their was fault on both sides. you could offer something towards the vets bill but you shouldn't pay it all.If they ring see what their attitude is like maybe?
     
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    I think you did has much has you could hun... you gave them your number and thats more than alot of people round my area would have done. If parents call you then make sure you make it quite clear that neither dog was to blame, its just one of those things that does happen from time to time!

    Glad your dog wasn`t hurt... real shame the other dog was! xx
     
  11. Jamie

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    I guess I'll have to wait and see if they call and take it from there.
     
  12. DKDREAM

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    that's all you can do. was anyone else their? incase the young lad tries to blame you?
     
  13. Jamie

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    There were plenty of people in the field, but none who would of seen until they were fighting because of the noise. I was there when the kid phoned his mum, and he said that his dog started it.

    I'd aslo like to add that as soon as I got hold of the small dog the fighting stopped. Which proves Rocky was only defending himself and not being aggressive towards the other dog.
     
  14. GillyR

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    Oh what a shame!! like others have said this does happen....no one is too blame, and if someone needs to take the blame, then it is down to both of you.....your dog approached first....both off lead, the other dog attacked first.

    If it were me, i would offer to pay some towards the vets bill. I think that is the right thing to do.
    These things happen sadly.
     
  15. EmCHammer

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    I have a dog that doesn't like big strange dogs coming up to him esp if incoming quickly and will react at them - most of them run off in horror! he won't bite but will slobber and growl. They generally are the softer dogs he will do it to so they won't stand up back to him.

    On the odd occasion the dog has had a go back all noise and slobber generally and we have had a scratched ear.

    The way I see it is that I am annoyed that someones dog run up to my dog and this happened as i am working hard with him to socialise BUT on the other hand I do my best to keep him at distance from others when out so most people can keeptheir dogs away. Not talking about dogs meeting on a path or something.

    So I find it annoying, am upset that its happened as a setback for us but see it as six of one half a dozen of hte other - their dog came up when it should have been controlled and also they should have been concious of a dog maybe being protective when toys are involved (talkign of dogs coming from miles away, not 10 ft btw) but my dog started it. I wouldn't ask for vets fee's or anything unless their dog had done major damage - ripped ears almost seem to happen by accident I think in spats.
     
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