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One Should Never Assume...

Posted on 6 October, 2019 at 14:30
LILY and I were just coming home from a walk on her path when I saw a man working on a roof with his dog laying in a dog bed in the middle of the lawn. I did not notice the dog until we were almost beside him. The dog was doing a very hard stare at LILY, but he was not moving. It looked to me like he was tethered and I thought (hoped) that the man would be responsible enough to make sure that his dog could not reach the sidewalk. The dog also looked like he was out of shape and maybe older like LILY, so probably was not too interested in instigating anything. LILY used to be extremely reactivate, but she was calm, just walking along beside me and totally ignoring the man and the dog. I was attentive, but not super concerned as LILY was on the opposite side of me totally minding her own business. To our surprise, the dog shot out from his bed behind us as we walked passed causing LILY to quickly scoot forward (not so good for a senior, arthritic dog with hip dysplasia...) and if the dog had not wiped himself out on the sidewalk, LILY likely would have been tackled. The man called his dog's name a few times because the dog WAS NOT in fact tethered (or maybe the clip from the tether broke??) I think the jolt from wiping out caused the dog to get his brain back and we were already in front of the next house by the time he shook himself off, so he listened and headed back to his bed. I am very impressed that LILY didn't miss a beat - she didn't even look back, but just kept walking beside me. Has anything like this ever happened to you?

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5 Comments

Reply Sandie Bilik
19:46 on 6 October, 2019 
We once had a dog race off their owner's lawn and go for our lab/husky's throat. The owners were there but didn't react right away. My husband literally had to block the stitching dog with his leg, practically kicking the dog away. Our dog didn't really react back or get aggressive.
Reply Kathy Finley
23:28 on 6 October, 2019 
Blog looks like it is working. Never had anything like this happen.
Reply Andrea Davis
17:41 on 7 October, 2019 
Thanks Kathy - replying to see how this whole thing works... I didn't receive any notifications about anyone commenting, but I am not sure if I am supposed to or not LOL! Technology...
Kathy Finley says...
Blog looks like it is working. Never had anything like this happen.
Reply Andrea Davis
17:46 on 7 October, 2019 
Wow! Good that your husband had quick reaction timing. Super frustrating when dogs are off leash on their property - resource guarding and all.
Thank you for commenting too! I am replying and hope that I can figure out how everything works as I didn't receive any notification that there were comments. Maybe that is normal??

Sandie Bilik says...
We once had a dog race off their owner's lawn and go for our lab/husky's throat. The owners were there but didn't react right away. My husband literally had to block the stitching dog with his leg, practically kicking the dog away. Our dog didn't really react back or get aggressive.
Reply Joyce
10:33 on 11 October, 2019 
Over the years I?ve had this happen several times. Luckily all my dogs have been pretty good about it, all different breeds mostly seniors, all rescues so you never know fully their response. It?s extremely frustrating and the owners always seem to answer the same way ?Oh their friendly!? Says you I don?t know your dog! Running at me! I?m not scared, however super protective of my own fur children. Don?t make me do what I don?t want to, it?s not the dog I want to react to it?s the poor parenting.