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Old 05-04-2007, 01:23 PM   #1
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Unhappy Lucky got bitten by a greyhound!!

Took Luck for a walk earlier, and on the long track we passed a lady with two young children and a greyhound. Both our dogs were on leads, but as usual Lucky strained to get a sniff, she can't bear an opportunity to pass her by. I asked the lady if it was ok for Lucky to say hello, as otherwise she would set up a right old racket - I assumed that, being a greyhound, her dog might be a bit nervy - and she said yes.

After a brief and friendly sniff, we went to go on our way when without warning the greyhound grabbed Lucky by the head and started violently shaking her. Lucky was dangling from the dogs jaws squealing like a banshee, the greyhound was snarling, the two kids started bawling and screaming in panic and the dogs owner just stood there, mumbling "I'm so sorry...." whilst patting ineffectually at her dogs face.

I'm afraid I took the big plastic handle of the flexi-lead and smacked the greyhound firmly upside the head. It immediately released Lucky, who stood there wagging her tail, while me and the woman moved the dogs apart and tried to calm her screaming children - the whole episode was extremely noisy and frightening, but probably lasted less than 15 seconds.

It was only when one of the terrified children pointed and wailed, "Mummy you should put that ON!!", when I noticed that she was HOLDING a muzzle in HER HAND!

I checked Lucky over quickly and to my amazement, found nothing on her - no blood, just a bit of dog spit. The woman was a bit of a drip, so I reassured her that Lucky seemed fine and not to worry - dogs will be dogs, and these things happen. I tried to help her settle the children by showing them that my dog was okay, which did seem to quieten them a bit. It turned out that she had only had the greyhound a week, and had just collected it from the vet having had her neutered. She said this was the first time she'd been able to take her out.........

Why on earth wasn't the dog wearing the muzzle? I was too shocked to ask actually, I was blaming myself for letting Lucky go and say hello in the first place. When I got her home and was able to check her over properly, I found a very nasty puncture wound on the side of her neck - there was virtually no blood, just a deep, canine-shaped hole. I took her straight to the vet, who pointed out that half an inch further down and her jugular would have been ruptured. She gave her a painkiller and some antibiotics, and said she had been very Lucky!!

I could do with a stiff drink, but sadly I don't drink alcohol so a good old cup of tea will have to do! And poor old Lucky......earlier in the week she bolted into a rapeseed field (her reasonable recall fails miserably when she gets a whiff of pheasant), and managed to take most of the skin off her face running through the crops. She's had a tough week!

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Old 05-04-2007, 01:30 PM   #2
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I wouldn't blame yourself at all. You asked permission even. If anything, there was a muzzle for a reason and she should have had it on the dog. I'm just glad your dog is alright. I can't imagine how terrifying that would be even if it only lasted a few seconds.
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Old 05-04-2007, 01:32 PM   #3
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I'm so sorry to hear that but I'm glad Lucky is okay!!

One time I was walking Sydney when she saw another dog and started pulling and her collar came right off of her head! (I have since then tightened it) She looked like she just wanted to be friends but I don't think the other dog was not so sure. Luckily, there were no bites. *whew*

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Why on earth wasn't the dog wearing the muzzle? I was too shocked to ask actually, I was blaming myself for letting Lucky go and say hello in the first place. When I got her home and was able to check her over properly, I found a very nasty puncture wound on the side of her neck - there was virtually no blood, just a deep, canine-shaped hole. I took her straight to the vet, who pointed out that half an inch further down and her jugular would have been ruptured. She gave her a painkiller and some antibiotics, and said she had been very Lucky!!

I could do with a stiff drink, but sadly I don't drink alcohol so a good old cup of tea will have to do! And poor old Lucky......earlier in the week she bolted into a rapeseed field (her reasonable recall fails miserably when she gets a whiff of pheasant), and managed to take most of the skin off her face running through the crops. She's had a tough week!

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It is awful that you and Lucky had to experience this. I hope that your dog does not carry any lasting fears of meeting other dogs on walks because of this!

But I think you answered your own question about why the Greyhound was not wearing a muzzle "The woman was a bit of a drip". Her children seem to understand better that their dog needs a muzzle than she does! I doubt she will make THAT mistake again, which is about the only good thing that might come out of it!

By the way, no one would blame you having something stronger than tea after going through that!
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I would have done the same thing. Do not feel bad about hitting that dog.

Glad you and Lucky are ok.

Rudy was bitten last year by a Golden and then about two weeks later that same dog bit Jenna and ripped her back leg open. Had I been near I woudl have booted that dog. Jenna was on her own property adn this dog came from next door. Grrrr.... make me mad I tell you and poor Jenna had to endure stitches and the pain that went along with the bite.

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The reason she had a muzzle is probably because when you have a sighthound and going to run you put a racing muzzle on. If a dog gets up in a greyhounds face, they can be offended quickly, but I do not see that happened as you were already walking.
Your dog wasnt hurt because it was a caution warning. If the grey wanted to hurt your dog, other than dog spit, it could have. The fact the child was carrying a muzzle did not mean the dog was vicious. We all carry them for when we let the dog run loose-..
I am NOT defending the grey. I am just saying- people misunderstand that a dog in a muzzle is not always because its vicious. It can also be for the breed, in this case it was, and common to use in allowing the dog to run loose.
Sighthounds get easily offended when a dog gets up in their face. They do not like what they see a " pushy behavior" because if nothing else- they dont act like that and do not understand it.
I am glad your dog is fine. I am not sure how big your dog is, but with all large sighthounds, we watch our dogs around small dogs. And if your dog was walking ahead, it could have been a short reaction to chase. Thats also why the grey didnt hurt your dog- just detain it. And a dog grabbed at the back of the neck, a "scream" is a way of telling the other dog- " I GIVE UP.."..

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Not having seen it myself I cannot say for sure, but it sounds to me like this Greyhound took Lucky for some kind of prey. Grabbing and shaking while Lucky was squealing? And the owner not able to control her dog? From where I am sitting this woman has perhaps taken on more than she was aware of.
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Actually it was likely more of a case of the dog not being socialized properly around other dogs. This is the case in so many dog to dog bites as was the case with Jenna.

Socalizing a dog at a young age is extremely important and loads of people do not do this. They get dog and have NO clue as to what to do next. Either they do not care, are new to dogs, or want a dog to be aggressive.

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I think I woulda done more than smack the grey with the leash... you're a kind hearted person.

Glad your dog is ok.

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Glad your dog is going to be OK after a bite like that. Glad you got Lucky started on antibiotics early to avoid abscess too. Whew, I hope that person learned a lesson about her new dog. Yikes, the outcome could have been so much worse.
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