There is never a dull moment while pet sitting in Mesa, AZ. We have a dog that we walk 3 times a week for the past 3 years. Today was the first time we had ever been rushed by another dog. Here is the scenario:
It’s hot, so I had the client’s dog swim in their pool for a good 10 minutes before we headed out for a short walk in the neighborhood. We’ve been walking in this neighborhood, the same route, for about a year. (Family moved since we started walking their dog). Every time we walk, we walk by a house that has a large dog that barks at us through the window. I never thought anything of it before…we just keep walking by and I keep my client’s dog attention away from the house so he doesn’t get all heated.
Today, however, proved to be a different experience. As we walked by the house, we could hear the dog barking at us like normal. But this time, the dog darted out the front door and rushed us. As far as I could tell, the front door was open and the screen door was “closed”. Or so we thought. It seems that the screen door may not have been latched. This dog was already heated when he darted out the front door at us. He charged my client’s dog…I tried my best to stay composed and tell the other dog “No.” I yelled at the dog and pulled my client’s dog away…trying to keep the other dog from sinking his teeth into my client’s dog. Thankfully, the pet owner’s were home and the male came out running out of the house to get his dog. By this time the two dogs were heavily mouthing each other and the unleashed dog would not back down. As the pet owner tried unsuccessfully to grab his dog, I loudly said, “Grab his back legs, grab his back legs, grab his back legs.” The owner finally was able to grab his dogs back legs and pull him to the ground long enough for us to walk out of sight. I would have kept going, but I lost my shoes and sunglasses in the tussle.
As I waited for the owners to get their dog safely into their house I checked my client’s dog over to make sure there was no damage and assess the situation. Thankfully, my client’s dog was not hurt. The other dog owner grabbed my shoes and sunglasses, apologized profusely and said his dog has never done anything like that before, he is normally such a sweet friendly dog. It’s clear that when his dog (or any dog) is already heated he is a different dog.
We continued on a very short walk (mostly so I could calm down before taking him home), then went home to tell mom and dad what had happened. I think I was more shook up than my client’s dog.
Moral of the story…please keep your dog secure at all times. If anything had happened to my client’s dog, the burden would have fallen on the unleashed dog owner because he did not have his dog under control.
I am fine…my client’s dog is fine…the other dog is fine (as far as I know). I will, however, no longer walk by that house again.