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Sheltie safety reminder: leashes are for ALL dogs.

No these wounds were not caused by a leash or a fence, rather a lack of them!

Fences2Fences“Yesterday afternoon Autumn, my mom and I were taking a walk around the neighborhood when a large dog that was loose on its front lawn without a leash or any kind of fence came at us.  (No, it was not a pit-bull and the breed doesn’t matter because unfortunately any breed can have a rotten apple in the bunch.) The owner was in front of their house and the dog was lying in the grass.   There was no barking or any kind of warning before it started running at us and of course nothing to stop it from reaching us.  When I saw the dog come at us all I could do was scoop up Autumn in my arms and turn my back to the other dog.

Fortunately because of that the other dog was only able to bite Autumn’s knee and foot.   The owner was very apologetic and did pay her vet bills.  Autumn will be fine, nothing very serious, and my mom and I were not hurt.”

“I want everyone to know how important it is to have your dog on a leash or fenced, for their safety and the safety of others.  I know we think our furry kids are little angels, but you are taking a risk by not insuring everyone’s safety.

Ultimately the decision is yours and I would hate to see this happen to your dog/cat or anyone else.  Also, get to know about the dogs in your neighborhood and I like for my human neighbors to know Autumn.

There is another benefit I find with my neighbors knowing Autumn when we go for walks.  If she ever accidentally get away from us there would be a better chance of someone who knows her spotting Autumn and getting her back to us.”

Thank you Lisa!

5 Responses »

  1. I don’t understand why most people think fencing is a guarantee of responsible dog ownership. All the dog owners I know with fenced-in yards just leave the dogs out there to fend for themselves. It’s true these dogs are fenced in and aren’t a hazard to passers-by, but they’re not getting any training or the attention they deserve. The fencing is simply a human convenience. It allows people to keep a pet without the responsibility and work of training.
    My Sheltie was attacked by a dog who was tied up in a front yard, but the tie-out wasn’t short enough and I couldn’t get him out of the way in time. Luckily the bites healed well and he was OK.
    Tools like leashes and fences can be used irresponsibly, as well as responsibly. I currently have my name listed with a Sheltie rescue but I doubt they’ll contact me, since I don’t have a fenced-in yard. I’ll probably buy a pup again, and give him another great life of 14-1/2 years or more, like my last dog.
    WITHOUT a fence. Maybe an X-pen. :)

  2. The same thing happened to me while walking my sheltie and pomeranian. A loose chow mix in someone’s yard charged and attacked them. I couldn’t see the dog until he was in the street because of all the vehicles in his driveway. A neighbor helped me, but the dog was trying to pick my sheltie up by the back of her neck. He was not able to because of her harness. She was trying to run while I was trying to pick her up. I filed charges against the owner, went to court, and he paid a $400 fine and had to keep his dog confined to the yard for a year. This dog had a history of this, but no one ever reported it. I’m really glad that I did.

  3. Hugs to Autumn … I am sorry that she (and you two) had to go through this. Thank you for sharing your story.

  4. Oh..poor Autumn, and YOU! One of my pet peeves is dogs off leash and hanging out in garages, or front yards…even at neighborhood parks. People are always trying to get me to let my furkids off lead too because it can create problems between them with mine on lead, and theirs off..but the truth is their’s should be ON, and NOT mine off. It’s for their own safety…as well as our’s. Wishes for a speedy recovery..

  5. Poor baby…I hope she heals fast.

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