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Bit by a Boston & Yelled at By Some Guy

It was a weird week for Mina and me at the dog park* Mina is, oddly enough, the picture of perfection off-leash. I have worked very hard for her to be able to go off-leash, and she is a marvelous example of a well-behaved dog. Put her on leash, though, and well...that is why I am contacting trainers!

Last night, Mina was attacked BRIEFLY by a Boston Terrier. The dog latched onto her face, quickly let go, Mina snarled, I said "leave it", Boston's mom said "No! Come" and we went on our merry way. Mina can take some of the blame as her method of getting dogs to play with her often involves running at them full-force, leaping away at the last second and letting loose a few "follow me" barks...but the Boston zigged right when Mina zagged and so Mina ran into the dog, causing the Boston to "bite" her on the face. Mina isn't like the often-glorified "they won't start it, but they will finish" Pit Bulls - she won't finish much of anything...she's a licker not a biter, a loser not a dog fight winner (yay for her)...which is why she gets to be off-leash at the park (my previous Pit foster was a different story).

Following is evidentiary material of how dangerous Boston Terriers are and why they should be banned. Seriously, the dog did remove some hair but nothing more than that. The sad reality is that had the dog attacked, really attacked, Mina would NOT have defended herself. I am glad the Boston's mom trains her dog well, and that Mina is also well-trained off-leash (heh, on-leash is a WHOLE different story), otherwise Mina might actually have been harmed. I know some people might read that and think "yeah right, a Pit Bull actually GETTING mauled?!?" but I can only vouch for the submissive nature of my Mina-dawg.

Okay, I mentioned how Mina's method of getting dogs to play with her needs some MAJOR fine-tuning. Well, we were at the park, when she tried her bark method on a large black Lab. She was running in circles, barking, running away trying to get the dog to play with her, and being a nuisance. The dog didn't seem interested so in my most authoritative voice I said "Mina, COME here right now"...knowing Mina would respond to the "come" and ignore all my other jibberish. She did, I was pleased, and we were about to continue on our walk when the Lab's owner started yelling at me.

My heart paused for a second - usually when I get yelled at it is because I have a Pit Bull, off-leash, who is making devious plans to eat Maltipoos and eviscerate Labranoodles, and who should be immediately executed with a large bat. But this guy was yelling at me because *gasp* I called my dog away from "play-time". "She was only trying to play with my dog!" was what he yelled. Imagine my momentary loss of jaw control. I sputtered, actually sputtered, and felt quite embarrassed that I didn't let Mina continue her fruitless, loud endeavor at getting the Lab to chase her. I apologized profusely and explained that most people didn't really care for a dog trying to play with another dog clearly not WANTING to play (if that made any sense). Mina wasn't doing anything bad to the Lab, but it was clear the Lab wanted nothing to do with her, and I thought it best to just call Mina and continue on our walk. But it made me feel good that the guy saw Mina for who she is - a dog who just wants EVERY dog to like her, nothing more, nothing less.

*dog park defined as the hundred some odd acres of hiking trails where dogs can be off-leash, not to be confused with the few-acred enclosed dog commons where misbehaving dogs reign supreme (and where Mina does not set paw in).

In other dog park news - Mina was chased by a toy poodle, jumped on by a Bichon/Poodle mix, gnawed on by a Ridgeback puppy and spent copious amounts of time running with a) any dog who would run with her; b) any dog who wouldn't and c) any imaginary dog she could conjure up (my only explanation for Mina's love of JUST running). She also enjoyed the company of a gorgoues sorrel quarterhorse (my guess for breed of horse), and spent an exorbitant amount of time rolling in "stuff". Also, being the aquaphobe that she is, she managed to go THREE-INCHES deep into the nature-made, pseudo-pond that the park offers for several months out of the year. Granted, it was a mistake on her part going into the water, as she made the assumption her Rottie-buddy was a water-phobe like herself and would not be caught dead wading in muddy water. She was wrong. The look of horror on her face when she realized she was ankle deep in water was priceless.

That is all.



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Apr. 10th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
Yikes. Ugh, I never could stand little yappy dogs. LOL, some people think that's funny - "WHAT? You like Pit bulls, but you don't like small, sweet dogs?" I tell them that I've been bitten/almost bitten by more small, "sweet" dogs than big dogs. In fact, I've never been lunged at by a dog over 23 lbs. The long, jagged scar on my right wrist is from a West Highland terrier. Glad you and Mina are okay. :)

Well, I'm happy the guy wasn't a biased idiot, but really, yelling at you? Sheez, what side of the bed did he wake up on? It's your dog, how did he know you didn't just have some urgent matter to attend to? I'd have just ignored him, you don't owe him any explanation. ;)

LOL, I can imagine the look on her face, water isn't Kaisa's favorite thing either. I'll get the hose out, and she'll bite at the stream of water that comes out. Silly girl.
Apr. 11th, 2005 02:58 am (UTC)
I still don't get why people think having a yappy, bitey small dog is humorous...

It was odd he yelled at me, but I am ever-thankful it was for reasons other than wanting Mina dead! You are right, though, I really should not have felt guilty or embarrassed. :)

When I bring the hose out, Mina runs in abject horror, though she is ever-polite as I clean her muddy paws. Kaisa could teach her a few things about royal water "chewing". :)
Apr. 23rd, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)
Hello there. Wandered over from pixidoxical's journal, and our mutual love of dogs.

I've got a rescued pair of Irish Wolfhound mixes, and while they're a handful in terms of exuberance, they're the picture of good behaviour. We don't have any parks like you where I live, and I can't fathom taking them to the parks we do. They're largish, gangly, and very exuberant, but they're also extremely submissive and shy.

They've been attacked by smaller dogs on our daily walks, to the point where there are people I'll cross the road to get away from. One guy actually thought it was cute when his shitty little dachsund/beagle mix bit on to Sprocket's lip and hung on. Sprocks was so upset, crying and trying to drag away. I had to thump the dog to get it to let go. The owner was upset- saying that Taffy was just playing. Excuse me?

It is never appropriate to have your dog maul another one, no matter if she's smaller. Small dogs are not cute when they bite. Small dogs are excellent football sized critters that get great air time when they try to bite my girls.

I've had enough of small dog owners who think that just because their dog looks like a hairy arm ornament that excuses their behavior. My girls' favorite playmate is a gigantic rottie- and she's as pleasant as can be. I will preferentially go up to a pitt or rottie over a bichon or a poodle- much less likely to end up with bloody puppies of my own.

Sorry for highjacking your journal, but this really touched a nerve for me.
Apr. 10th, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
Hehehe - I love your clarification of the dog park! I can now settle my goosebumps down as I was shocked that my mostest bully loving and knowledgeable beyond words LJ friend was taking her little Mina to one of those horrid dog parks. Whew, I feel better now:)

I am so glad you had a great day and the Lab owner saw Mina for her true self and not her misinterpreted exterior. As a bully owner, I think that we take such little vicotories to heart. We all store those little things for long periods of time to get us through all of the bad stuff.

Hugs and kisses to Mina's bite wound. Maybe we should just ban Bostons??? I'll call the papers now .. just kidding as I do like those little pups.
Apr. 11th, 2005 03:03 am (UTC)
LOL, while I LOVE the idea of an enclosed off-leash dog park, I don't think it is a good place for well-behaved dogs (or bully dogs). The hiking area, though, seems to be perfect for ALL dogs, bullies included (well, of course excluding hot/hyped dogs). Mina has several bully buddies that she zeroes in on at the "dog park", but I am proud to say NONE of the bullies set foot in the dog commons.

I was very proud of Mina and it did feel good (later on, after the embarrassment) that there are people who see Mina as a dog, not SOLELY as a potentially dog-aggressive Pit Bull.

Hehe, I do love the Boston Terriers...even the grumpy ones who gnaw on Mina's jaw! Mina's wound has now scabbed over. The one thing I do worry about with Mina is her high tolerance for pain - I rarely ever know when she is in pain because she copes with it so well....
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