Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Day Polo Got Attacked

I am still shaking as I write this. I am hoping that blogging will help calm me down.
After work I took Polo out for a walk around the neighborhood like I do every day after I get home. Today was particularly yucky however because it had been pouring down rain all day long.

The raindrops were still coming down and the puddles on the cement were larger than I life.
I thought Polo would just go to his usual tree and tinkle real quick and then run back into the house. Like me, he hates the rain and being wet.

Today was different. He wanted to go on a walk in the rain. Blah.
I reluctantly took him around the neighborhood and my patience was running thin. He seemed to want to get into everything! Of all days. I was soaked as was he.

Out of nowhere, a dog that we have seen for years in his yard came barreling at Polo.
The dogs was snarling and growling and trying to attack Polo. He was going for Polo's neck!
What made it worse was that the dog was twice Polo's size.

I thought, "Oh my gosh! He could really injure Polo. He could kill Polo if he really wanted to!"
So many things were going through my mind. I was terrified.
I screamed as loud as I could and tried to grab Polo. Polo was in defense mode and was barking back. Polo was trying to get away from me and get at the dog and I was trying to scoop him up. Finally, after what seemed like ages, I picked up Polo. Polo would not stay still; he was trying to squirm out of my arms. With all the commotion going on, I slipped and fell on the wet grass. I didn't even care. I had Polo away from the teeth-barring dog.

I then began to wonder how I was going to get out of this predicament.
Would the dog start jumping at me and try to bite me?
Should I run?
Should I walk away quietly?

I didn't have to figure it out. To my surprise, the dog stopped the snarling. The dog stopped trying to attack. The dog actually looked quite sorry and scared that he was in trouble. He looked up at me with big brown eyes and didn't know what to do. I looked around and saw that the dog had escaped through a hole in the fence. I started walking back over to the dog's yard, with Polo tucked under my other arm. The dog followed me nicely. He began to pace outside of his yard. A neighbor came outside and helped me get the dog back into the fenced yard. The neighbor then went and notified the dog owner's while I escaped with Polo.
I was so scared. As we walked back to our house, Polo kept looking back to make sure the other dog was nowhere to be found. When we got inside I dried Polo off and felt that his heart was beating so fast. I settled him down and then changed my wet clothes.

Whew. What. a. day.

Have you ever experienced something like this? What did you do? What would you do?

12 thoughts:

Ms. Megan said...

oh my goodness!! I am so glad the both you + Polo are alright!! That could have ended quite horribly!

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Yes! Thanks heavens it just ended up with me being shaken and Polo being fine:)
Thanks for stopping by!

Ashley said...

Glad your both okay! Situations like that are always scary. I bring training treats with me when I walk mine for two reasons my dog is more reactive to commands when food is involved and they are also handy to throw at approaching dogs you don't know. More often than not those treats will distract the other dog long enough for you to pick yours up and start to slowly back away, never run. Sometimes once they know you have treats they will even respond to your commands.

Lena Leson said...

Oh Gina, I'm so sorry! I was pet sitting a dear friend's pup and she was attacked by an enormous dog while we were out for a walk. In my panic, I kicked the other dog back, scooped up Boots and told the owner, who was so consumed in her phone that she didn't even know her dog was off its leash, that she should pay more attention!

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks for the great suggestion! I will be sure to do this in the future! Really great tip!

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

What's up with owner's being so involved with other things that they can't pay attention. That really bothers me because had the owner been responsible, chances are this would not have happened.

Watkins35 said...

oh honey, what a horrifying experience for you both! I'm always so wary of other people's dogs, they seem to go from nice to nasty so quickly & poor Dusty seems to bring it out of them (he's almost always getting 'attacked' in doggy training, but at least that's 'controlled'). Yikes, I don't know what I'd have done, all I've ever read is never make eye contact with them, or if you do, look away so they don't think you're being aggressive. Maybe your falling over just spooked him enough, or he realised you were hurt?
I'm so pleased it wasn't any worse & hope you both recover soon! lots of love to you both xox

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks for your comment and for sharing your experience with Dusty. In some ways I feel good that I am not the only one that has experienced this and that my feelings and freak out were validated by your comment and others also. However, with that said, I also feel really bad about those pups who are not so lucky and end up getting severely injured. I also feel bad for the pups who are brutal towards other dogs. I can't help but blame the owners but I know that that is not entirely fair.

Regardless, I just have to be VERY careful in the neighborhood when I walk Polo.:(

Chrissy Farnan said...

I'm so sorry you both had to go through that. I experienced the same with my moms dog and Sebastian. We were visiting and her do attacked Sabi bit him right through his ear. We had to keep them separated the entire trip and unfortunately Sabi was the one locked up. It was awful.

Watkins35 said...

absolutely! you just never know do you? and you're right, sometimes it's definitely irresponsible owners which is disgraceful, other times it's definitely that natural wild streak coming out! Take care honey, & I'll say a prayer too xox

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Oh no! Chrissy, that is terrible because then Sabi probably felt that he was bad:( I have been in that situation before too when my brother's dog attacked Polo. It is just a tough situation all around. Thanks for stopping by!

christine said...

OMG GINA! That is such a horrible experience. My heart dropped as I read it. I wouldn't have known what to do if that happened to me and my little pup...maybe would have done the same. So happy that you and Polo are okay and no one was harmed...maybe just a little rattled.

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