Not a Good Morning So Far…

Not the best of mornings so far my Minions.

I was walking Teddyji this morning and we were about a half mile from the Ashram when we were attacked by two larger dogs.

Let me start out by saying that we’re both fine.

I had seen the dogs in the distance, and I probably should have turned back as soon as I did, as I could tell they weren’t with anyone and they were running loose.

But, stupid me, I thought that they would just sniff Teddyji and leave us be.

No such luck.

As soon as they saw Teddyji they became aggressive and went for him.

I scooped him in up in my arms, which the experts always tell you NOT to do, but, I was sure that had I left him on the ground he would have been hurt or even killed.

Both dogs started jumping for him, and I kicked at them to drive them away.

The entire time I did this I was screaming for help.

And no one helped me.

Granted, this was at 6 in the morning, but, we were near four houses and I must have woken up someone with my screaming!

So much for good neighbors.

Finally, the dogs either got tired of me kicking at them, or they heard their owner call, because they both just ran off down a side street.

If I hadn’t had Teddyji with me, I would have gone after them to see where they lived in order to report their owner to the police.

As it is, I have no idea who owns them.

I did a drive around the neighborhood after I got Teddyji back home, but, there was no sign of them.

Nor have I ever seen them before today.

At this point, I don’t know if I should change our walking route or start carrying pepper spray or a baseball bat.

The whole ordeal has left me very shaken.

I’ll keep you all posted if anything further develops.



  1. AZ said,

    August 31, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Eek! I hate it when dogs are just allowed to roam. I think you should probably change your walking route until you find out where those beasts belong. I’m glad you and Teddyji are okay.

  2. Mel said,

    August 31, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    You still should report the incident to the police. Even if they can’t identify the owner yet, having a report of the dogs roaming at large will give them more to work with if someone else gets attacked. Also, it’s very possible that there have been previous reports, in which case the police may already know about these dogs and may be able to take action. I’m glad both of you are okay. I end up having to treat the results of these sorts of cases too often, and it makes me more than a little wary when I take my Tuck out in public areas.

  3. Lemuel said,

    August 31, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    I agree with Mel – report it to the police – STAT!

    As for your reaction, whether right or wrong, I would have done absolutely the same thing. My gilr would have been in my arms immediately.

    I am quite thankful to hear that both of you are fine.

  4. August 31, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    You poor darling! I can’t even imagine how much that spooked you. And poor little Teddyji, so much smaller. I always worry for small animals. Thank god you were there!

  5. Debbi said,

    August 31, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    OMG I’m so glad you both are alright. I wonder if a female dog might be in heat someplace near. That will bring dogs from miles around.

  6. Halo said,

    August 31, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    am sorry mean dogs came. scary. don’t like mean animals. glad you did not get eaten.

  7. Raybob said,

    September 1, 2008 at 2:24 am

    So sorry! That’s scary. Pepper spray AND a stick – I speak from experience doing long multi-day bike trips.

  8. urspo said,

    September 1, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    I go away for a week and all heck brakes loose.
    I have known cases of people losing their dogs to more aggressive and bigger dogs while out on a walk. so you are not wrong.
    If this is a neighborhood where you usually walk your pooch, then pepper spray is not a bad idea to have lest it repeat itself.
    I presume the people who own those beasts are not good people to begin with, so ‘reasoning’ with them probably won’t do much – stick with pepper spray.

  9. Greg said,

    September 2, 2008 at 11:38 am

    You did the right thing with Teddyji. I say pepper spray, mace, a baseball bat, anything to keep those dogs at bay.

  10. Patti said,

    September 2, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    SO sorry that happened to you! I would have done the exact same thing. How could you leave the poor little thing on the ground???!
    I would jump on a ‘gator to save my dog. Not kidding.
    I hate people who let their big brutes run loose. I hope they get into some serious trouble as a result.

  11. Steven said,

    September 4, 2008 at 11:27 am

    “At this point, I don’t know if I should change our walking route or start carrying pepper spray or a baseball bat.” I don’t know if I would go as far as carrying a baseball bat, but I would consider doing BOTH the other two. Or at least vary the walking route. If it becomes too “routine”, then other “animals” may go for Teddyji’s owner, especially after taking over control of his baseball bat.

  12. Greg said,

    September 5, 2008 at 8:02 am

    Leash laws are in place for a reason. I hate when people ignore them, or feel like their dog isn’t included. Sorry for your experience. Pepper spray sounds good (goggles for you and Teddyji, tho, just to avoid unpleasant pepper spray incidents)–practice with the stuff, tho, so you don’t blind yourself!

  13. Lotus said,

    October 22, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    How awful! 😦

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