First off I want to apologize for the length of this post. I am sooo upset I can hardly type. Its been a pretty rough day for me. Walking the dogs daily has been quite a challenge and adjustment for me. They have for the most part adjusted, but still get very “excited” from the other dogs in the neighborhood. This morning I was walking Rufus and on the corner is a house that has two tiny little Yorkie pups. They are barking at/to Rufus as we start to walk by. I tell him no and to leave it and he stands there very intent on the two. We start walking again and he pulls just a little and SNAP the slip collar I use for control breaks and he goes charging acrossed the street to the Yorkies. OMG! I think crap hes going to see them, then run off and I am never going to catch him. He decides he wants to play. He play bows with the little girl and they start a game of chase while I am screaming at him.
The lady starts hitting him and screaming – at this point they are still playing but it is annoying. Then they get tangled up in the tie out the yorkie is on and the dog starts screaming. When Rufus had his head down the little yorkie ran around him 3 times so the tie out is wrapped around his neck and when he picks his head up the yorkie is dangling from his neck squalling and covered in slobber. The tie out snaps and the yorkie runs off and the woman is about to faint. She is screaming at the top of her lungs and the whole neighborhood comes running. Why do women scream, just scream at the top of their lungs durring stressful situations? It just makes the situation worse! So Rufus is standing there with the other Yorkie looking at everyone like “hey whats up” and the lady is on the ground bawling and cradling the female Yorkie. The husband comes out and she’s screaming and crying.. I ask is the dog ok.. she says she sees no blood but its all wet from being in Rufus’s mouth. I tell her he was just slobbering (saints do that – alot) and he didn’t have her in his mouth, she was hanging from his neck. She continues to insist that Rufus attacked her dog and she has to take him to the vet that instant. She goes inside and slams the door while I am standing on the lawn with her husband. I am in tears at this point and assume she is going straight to the phone to call the ACO to have him picked up. I told him I was so sorry and I hoped the pup was ok and that if Rufus had intended on hurting her, she would be dead (Rufus is 160 pounds the yorkie is 5 pounds). He is all concerned that Rufus is agressive towards children etc, I said he is sooo friendly and he loves people and that they just got tangled… it was a huge accident. We say good bye and says I should check back in on the pup later. I am just gutted!
I go home and tell my hubby what happened and he says that I should just leave it alone. That there is nothing I am going to be able to do to smooth things over. Most little dog owners just don’t like big dogs. I am so upset and figure the ACO will be at my door any minute.
We decide to run to the store about an hour later and guess who I run into, the husband. OMG! He sees me and asks if I am feeling any better and I burst into tears again. He says the Yorkie is fine. They looked her over good and not even a scratch but she is taking her to the vet tomorrow to be checked out anyways. I am just sick because now the neighborhood is going to think Rufus is a vicious dog that “attacked” her dog and had it “hanging from his mouth” – Trust me lady, if he did, there would have been alot more than slobber on the dog.
I bought the little Yorkie a gift bag full of treats and toys and a card from Rufus saying he was sorry he was bad. I went to take it to her and she was out, but I talked to the husband yet again. He assures me everything is ok and for me to come back later to give her the bag.
I am just so upset this happened. I can’t believe that his collar snapped. I have been using that brand/style of slip choker collars for years and never had any problems. This is a brand new one and has only been used a few times for walking. The ring just broke and popped off and he wasn’t really pulling. I am going to have to buy a better collar for walking them. I really hate prong collars, but I think with all the distractions in the neighborhood, it might be the best thing for Rufus’s safety.