My most willing, cute, undemanding, loyal and easy going model is on the mend after being attacked by a large dog while hiking last Sunday.
It happened on the summit of a local small mountain, Mt. Cube which is a two mile hike from the base. We had been subjected to this other large golden retriever type dog on the way up -- it keep bothering us for food. Its flaky owner seemed to think it was ok to just let her dog run loose and stick its face in the face of other hikers. She even gave our dog a treat without asking. Not only did this cause our dog to start following her but it probably set up the events that would occur later.
At the summit we stopped for an apple, sat away from the other people and put our dog on the leash. The large dog appeared behind us and then leaped over my son, knocking him over and pounce on Tiki our twenty pound Westie. They tumbled down the rocks and into some scrubby vegetation. I grabbed a stick and gave the large dog a whack on the hindquarters and it released Tiki.
Tiki was in shock and had puncture wounds on his leg as well as a slash on his chest. I carried him down the two miles. Incredibly as we neared the parking area, the women and her dog came down the path and caught up to us. Let me just say we had some words. She wouldn't give me any contact information and must have wanted to get to her car before we could find out who she was. At one point the only thing that would get her out of our space was when I pulled out my camera and started snapping pictures of her. The camera can be a powerful defensive weapon! What a lunatic.
Seven stitches later, a large vet bill, long nights and nursing time Tiki is on the mend. Except for the pain in the butt cone around his head, he's doing fine although I'm sure he'll suffer some psychological damage for while.
I don't think I'll ever go hiking again with Tiki without a can of pepper spray for vicious dogs and maybe their lunatic owners.