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Old 11-09-2006, 09:54 PM
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The first time Chester let me know he could open a door, and they went hurtling off up the street like banshees - `freedom!!' written all over their body language. It took me about 45 minutes to get them back, they were young puppies, but big and very strong. The only reason, I think, they didn't run off into the far horizons was because the people up the end of our street's rabbits had got out (AGAIN) and the dogs found them irresistible. Gave me enough time to get to them, grab them, and drag them back to the house. But I had an asthma attack after that and was so sick I needed two days off work! More from fear than exertion I think - I was just sick with terror.
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Old 11-09-2006, 09:58 PM
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Too many to post over the last 60 years !!! When you have dogs ( as with kids ) things always happen !
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Old 11-10-2006, 09:15 AM
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When Skye was still a youngster I noticed a bump on her side one night. It didn't seem to bother her and was really no more than a slightly raised spot. I noted it and thought okay we'll have to show that to the vet. Off we went to bed. By the morning Skye was covered in huge raised bumps. There was hardly any normal skin between them. Not knowing what this was I walked her down to the vet and sat there patiently waiting to be seen. There's no reception. You just go in and wait. Those with appts go first.

Luckily the vet popped her head out, saw Skye and flipped. She yanked us into the surgery gave Skye a shot of cortisone and told me to walk her slowly for half an hour and come back.

She had had an allergic reaction to something which brought on urticaria. I didn't know it at the time but her throat could have swollen up and she could have choked to death. When I went back and the vet told me that I was in shock. She had another two episodes but by then I knew enough to call the vet first and state I am coming in on an emergency, drive to the surgery and burst down the door. After that Skye seemed to just grow out of it. Scary as hell, though because we never knew what she was allergic too or when she might have another attack.
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Old 11-10-2006, 09:54 AM
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oooh, RD, that's awful!! we've got wild toads all over around here but I have no idea if any of them are poisonous!! fortunately the only animals I've seen Moro and Midas messing with are the wild rabbits that sneak into the backyard sometimes.

I was scared when I got Midas because of how badly infested with ticks he was (literally hundreds and hundreds of them, to the point that dozens of the fatter ones were just falling off and crawling around the backseat of our car while we drove him home)... I was afraid he would have lyme or another serious problem, but he has recovered like a champ and you can't even tell he ever had a parasite problem now, his coat is beautiful!

With Moro the one big scare was when she was about 4 months, I had her on a walk wearing a collar with her leash instead of a harness...she had done fine for about half an hour walking, and we were right next to one of the busiest streets in town, when she suddenly ducked backward and her collar slipped right over her head... I yelled "Moro!" and she froze and I grabbed her and slipped it back on, and we walked back home just fine... it was just scary knowing that if I had been a few seconds slower, she would have been mere feet away from running loose in downtown traffic.
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Old 11-10-2006, 09:56 AM
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Yes Grammy....I could think back to past dogs and come up with a few, but I'll just mention one of my current dogs: My scariest moment was when Jose, my male Chihuahua ran a black bear off my property and was so intent that he couldn't hear me. Luckily the bear ran and didn't stop to take a swipe at Jose. And luckily bears can outrun dogs. Luckily this bear was young, like a yearling. And Jose gave up the chase very quickly and came back. Whew! Very scary. Another time he and Lyric together ran another bear off. Luckily it is rare that a bear hangs around here. (I'm a poet)
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Old 11-10-2006, 10:07 AM
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I had only had Duke for 4 days and it was his second day in the crate while I was at work and I came home to Duke (who was only 4 months) with his body outside of the crate minus his back leg which was stuck in the crate door. I have no clue how long he was like that I was gone for 9 hours. I felt horrible but thank god nothing was broken but he did end up with nerve damage which luckly cleared on its own. Needless to say he has never been crated since. Oh and when he was about 7 months at the dog park he got man handled by a 200 pound Newfie, he only weighed about 50pounds. I was more in shock than anything it took 4 grown men to pull the dog off of Duke. He wasnt hurt just scared and I wasnt mad or anything things happen it ws just more shock than anything. I had never seen this Newfie even run let alone do anything close to that. Oh and one more after Duke was neutered he was in bad shape but I woke up one morning to him bleeding and pussying from his last stich and I freaked cause I didnt know what was happening. But now nothing really fazes me when it comes to Duke. He's my little freak. lol
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Old 11-10-2006, 11:07 AM
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My scariest moment was just two days ago! Bent, Em and I were out in the yard at about 7:30 and they were just going out for a potty break. I was standing there with treats for when they were finished. Emma apparently has something against people with grey hair. She barks like a maniac and growls ( we're working on it).. so one of the elderly men in the neighborhood was out for a walk and she started barking as usual. We're in a fenced yard but there are two loose boards that she can slip through. I never had an issue with it up until that point though. She DARTED out without a second thought. It was super dark out and I was calling her name hoping she'd turn around and come right back. I had to put Bentley inside before I could go after here and I kept hearing her little bark get farther and farther away. I ran around the block looking for her and was in tears when i got back to apartment and there she was sitting by the gate looking up at me like "what did I do mom?". Let's just say she's been going out to potty on leash now.
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Old 11-10-2006, 11:10 AM
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Oh I JUST remembered another one! Bentley was my first dog ever and when I was training him I had him exclusively in the kitchen and there were baby gates up so he couldn't get out. I was at the computer when I heard a SCREAM that's the only way to describe it. He had his little paw somehow caught between the little openings in the gate and was stuck! I couldnt find scissors or anything to cut him out and meanwhile he was still screeching. I was bawling and finally i pried the plastic apart enough that he could slip out. He limped for about 20 minutes and I was so upset. I'd only had him maybe a week and I really thought he was hurt. Turns out he was fine... but I've definitely switched the brand of gate I use.
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Holy those are some scary stories im glad i've been lucky!!!
I hope i never have to go threw any of that,if i do i know where i can go for advice and aftercare info.
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Old 11-10-2006, 02:33 PM
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I have 2 off the top of my head. One was when Millie had gotten stung by something and her face was swollen. It alarmed us so we called the vet. Then she started to bleed out her nose. We rushed her to the emergency vet. They said the sting was a different issue than the bleeiding and after doing bloos tests they realized she had tick fever. They said it was just the pint where it was starting to show and would have been fatal untreated. With the medications, Millie has reached a fukl recovery.
The other was when we went to the neighbor's house and brought Millie like always, though this time in addition to Harley and Rocky there was Xena, a rottweiler who belongs to the neighbor's sister. Xena is really unsocialized, she lives her life in a back yard, this was like her first time out in a long time. She seemed ok with the dogs, but all of a sudden she lunged and went for Millie's neck. She had a dead grip on her neck and was shaking Millie around. I was blinded and I just jumped on her and screamed and hit her as hard as I could. My mom was up trying to hit her eyes, and the neighbor (a huge guy) tried to get Xena to let go by using all his strength to pry her jaws open.
She only let go of Millie to take a bite out of Jason. It was terrifying. It wasn't a normal fight, it was just an attack on my bab girl. I'm so eternally grateful Jason was out there, because we wouldn't have been able to protect Millie. This was a time where it called for brute strength.
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