Wow--THAT was Really Scary!
Yesterday afternoon was nice so we went to the dog park with Jack. When we got there there was a golden and a GSD in there owned by the same people. The GSD was barking at us, but lots of dogs seem to bark at approaching dogs I've noticed and do fine once the dog comes in--not this time.
The two other dogs ran down to one end of the park so I released Jack at the gate and he ran down to play. As soon as he got to the golden, the GSD ran over and jumped him, growling. Jack didn't cry or anything--I started down there quickly and was calling to him--he got away from the GSD and ran up to me. The GSD caught up to him, tackled him, and had him up against the fence yelping .
By the time we got down there the owners had gotten the dog off of Jack. I checked him over and there was no blood just lots of slobber on his head so his face must have gotten it good. But the attacking dog was STILL loose and the people (mother and teenage daughter) could not catch him. We were up against the fence and I was afraid if we moved towards the gate Jack would be more vulnerable so I wielded the prong collar and leash like a weapon and had Jack behind me while the dog kept circling us trying to get to Jack and the girl tried to grab the dog.
Even better, the mother was scared of the GSD and so would grab him if he got close but just shoo him with the leash. They finally rounded him up and took him to the car. They were very apologetic and very concerned about Jack's well being--which was nice, because I would have had a whole different attitude about the whole thing if they had been asshats. When I told them there was no blood, they were like "Oh good--well, he's never drawn blood before......"
Apparently this was the first time the GSD had been to the park and they promised me it would be the last. The mother kept insisting the he was the daughter's idea to buy and that he needed to go to a home with "a man or a police force or something" because he was too much dog for the daughter.
I felt kind of bad for the GSD after that. He had the look of a working line dog and the mom said the daughter didn't do much training with him. He was probably just a dog bored to tears that didn't belong in the dog park. I told the woman that my other dog was not good in the DP and that not all dogs are, and it doesn't make them bad--they just have different needs.
It ended happily though--they stayed with the golden, who was a good playmate, and someone else showed up with a lab, and a good time was had by all.
Scary though--never had something quite like that happen at the park....
Sally--8 yr old pit bull mix
Jack--6 yr old Labrador
Sadie & Runt--12 yr old calico DSHs
Pickles & Kiwi--3 yr old white winged parakeets
Yoda--1 yr old Quaker parrot
Solo--12 yr old Senegal parrot
Sheena--Quarter Horse--3/24/86-6/23/11--Rest Easy Sweet Girl~
Labs do it in the lake.