My Dog was Attacked by a Pitbull
My Dog Recovering after being Attacked by a PitBull
According to Wikipedia: Pit bull is the common name for a type of dog. Formal breeds often considered in North America to be of the pit bull type include the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier
My Dog Joey is one of my Best Friends
My dog Joey and I have a deep connection that started the day we met. My sister and her daughter adopted him at the Humane Society. I was having a garage sale the day they picked out him out, but once we met, it was a friendship made in heaven. I was sick at the time, which meant Joey and I spent hours together. I can honestly say that Joey is one of my best friends and the thought of not having him around is too painful to think about.
The Daily Walk with my Dog Turned Scary
I feel that as a responsible dog owner, bringing my dog for a daily walk is very important and much deserved. This past Thursday as Joey and I headed back towards the house, I heard some dogs barking which is nothing out of the ordinary in my neighborhood. By the time we got to my driveway, I could see my neighbor coming out her front door. She had her two pit bulls on a double leash as she headed for her car. I went to the mailbox with Joey in tow and heard a loud scream from my neighbor across the street. I turned around to see what was going on. In my horror, the two pit bulls had gotten away from Nicki and were running towards us. I was hoping the dogs would heed the calls of their owner and go back home. I wasn't sure what I should do, but figured running wasn't the answer as that could just escalate the situation. If Joey wasn't fifty plus pounds, I would've picked him up. The next thing I recall in my state of panic, was the female pit bull attacking Joey. I was screaming at the top of my lungs as was my neighbor. I tried pushing the pit bull off Joey while Nicki was putting all her body weight into pulling her off. The screams and cries of my dog were heart wrenching and I sobbed as I tried to save him. At one point of the attack, the pit bull pulled Joey down on his back in the middle of the road. Joey was pinned down by a dog that was built like a brick house. The strength of this act caused his collar to come off and I went flying in the air and came down like I was sliding into home plate. My shoes were thrown in opposite directions in the road. I remember my other next door neighbor running out of her house to help. At this point my dog was no longer screaming or crying and I was so scared he was dead or just giving up. By the time my neighbor Nina got there, Nicki was somehow able to get the dog off Joey and pull him back to her car. Those first seconds after Bella was taken off, were the scariest, wondering what I would see. I scooted on my butt over to reach Joey, and to my great joy and relief, he was alive. I sat there sobbing and holding my boy in my arms. Nina sat with me as we tried to calm Joey down. His heart was pounding out of his chest and he was whining. We looked for cuts and wounds and reassured him he was alright and a very brave boy. Amazingly, we only found one open wound on Joey
Off to the Animal Hospital
We brought Joey to our local animal hospital to get checked out. They had to sedate him due to his high anxiety following the attack and his fear of being at the vet. They looked for cuts and wounds and found the one we saw on his upper left leg. They gave him stitches to close the wound. My dog is on two medications: a anti-inflammatory drug used to decrease pain and inflammation, and a anti-biotic to keep him from getting an infection. We were grateful that our neighbor's who own the dog, paid for the vet bill. It was the right thing to do and we appreciate it.
Joey Exhausted after Receiving Sedative
When we got Joey home, we got him all cozy and set him up on a soft flannel blanky. He was limping and his leg hurt too much to lay on his favorite couch. He slept most of the night because of the sedative, but that didn't stop us from giving him lots of love. He's getting stronger and limping less every day. Were both still pretty sore but that will resolve itself soon enough. I am so grateful my best friend wasn't killed. From now on, I will always walk with something to protect us from a dog attack. If you have any suggestions, let me know. I've been using a spray bottle with water in it since the attack.
Sad Situation all Around
Nicki came by to see how Joey and I were doing soon after the attack. She brought some first-aid products she thought we may need. She looked pretty worried and upset. I gave her a big hug and told her It must have been as traumatic for her as it was for me and my dog. I'm a dog lover and I'm sure the fact that she and her husband's dog is capable of such an aggressive attack, is hard to swallow. They got Bella when she was just a puppy and it wasn't until a year ago that they started seeing aggressive behavior in her. They'll be bringing her into the vet this week and realize they may have to put her to sleep. It's just a sad situation all around. Nicki and her family are very special to us and I'm sure they feel really bad for what happened. I wont let this dog attack affect our relationship and hope they know that.
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