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Candy had the worst day

Today has been so rubbish for my poor Candy! She was booked in for her booster at the vets which meant taking 2 buses that took just over an hour. Needless to say she was very uncomfortable with everybody walking back and forth so on the way back we decided to sit in the normal seats where she could hide away. We had to wait a while for her appointment and she was so uncomfortable, I went round the back and got her some water (the other staff didn't know I was bringing my dog in and didn't know it was me so I had a few people freak out when I went into the staff only door ) which she drunk a lot of but was soon fed up again. She had her appointment pretty fast, got told she was fat (not because of us! We've been working on cutting her weight with daily walks twice a day) and then got poked with a nasty injection. She didn't wince though, she dealt with that just fine. I guess on the 11th shot you must get pretty bored huh?

We came out of the vets and got on a bus for about 25 minutes. Jack had to pick something up from a health centre so me and Candy waited outside. Luckily that didn't take long but she certainly didn't appreciate all of the idiots in the town centre (neither did I, somebody just got mugged!). We walked back to the bus station and as we approached it I noticed another dog, a staffy. I'm definitely not one for picking on a breed, I'm all deed not breed, but the thug that was walking it told me it wasn't going to be a pleasant dog. At first I thought it was leashed, but nope. We have a leash law here and the Neanderthals were happy not to abide by it. As soon as this dog saw Candy it came running over in an aggressive manor. It went for Candy and as soon as it touched her I shoved her into a shop doorway I was passing I had to literally kick this dog square in the face and it STILL wasn't giving up. It's owner came over and punched and kicked it over and over again until it got off and thankfully Candy wasn't hurt. I however was. Not physically, but emotionally. I should NEVER have to hurt an animal and most certainly not because some vile human beings fight them and such. It not only needed a leash, but a muzzle too and if ANYTHING had happened to my old girl I would be dragging him to the vets to fix it. All he said was "sorry love". I went ballistic and many foul words later he had scrambled off back to his hole. Candy wasn't hurt, as I said just, but she was SO shook up. She didn't want to move at all. I managed to get her to the doorway of the mall and Jack went inside to grab some lunch. I burst into tears about what had just happened and some guy handing out leaflets came running over. He told me I was brave for putting my dog first even though I could have gotten hurt badly. I said I acted completely on impulse. I may be shy most of the time but NOBODY harms my kids. He was very comforting and stayed with me until Jack came back out, I couldn't control my shaking and I thought I was going to be sick. I felt SO guilty about that guys dog but at the end of the day it seemed like it was used to it. I don't get it. He KNEW his dog was like that as well, so why didn't he just leash it!? Poor Candy

I got on another bus and took her to a park she hadn't been to before so she could experience something nice. When we got there, we saw another staffy that was a spitting imagine of the one that had attacked her. She lay down on the floor and wouldn't move. I could not get her to budge. This dog was lovely too and it was a shame because it didn't mean any harm. She had her ears down, tail in between her legs and wouldn't come to me what so ever. I bought her some tennis balls which I had remembered I bought with me so I got one out and she was soon in a better mood. We had a really nice walk around there after that and sat in what little sun we had for a bit. She had some more to drink and I gave her some treats

On the way home I popped into my grandparents to see the rest of the flock and she was so pooped. You know when dogs look depressed? She stayed like that for hours. Wouldn't do anything but hide up the corner (she's actually doing it now at the foot of my bed). We got on one last bus to get home and when we got off, she tried to sniff a guys leg. He shoved her away and said "get that filthy f****** thing away from me, disgusting!" to me!!! Poor baby! She looks SO sad! She loves to say hello to people and all she got was a shove! Horrible, horrible man. Candy is definitely not filthy or disgusting. She's well groomed, beautiful and smells awesome (pet head products of course!)

What a rubbish day she has had!!! I had to share it, because I needed to rant

Here she is about an hour after the attack



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Awwww poor girl and poor you! I was walking in the woods by my house one time with my dog.. She was off leash but we were near my home and there was usually no one way back where we lived... There was an old woods trail there and on this day some one decided to train their sled dogs on it ( it was winter ) he saw us and asked me to hold my dog.. So I did even tho she was just sitting by my feet... As he mushed his dogs by me , his lead dog turned lunged at my dog and grabbed her by the thigh! I kicked it and it let go with out injuring my girl... I was flabbergasted!! He never said anything, no sorry or anything... He just mushed his dogs away... Thankfully he never came back.
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Makes me wonder what goes on in peoples minds at times. They seem to think it's always you in the wrong and I'm here like you cannot control your animals!
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Aww Daisy, Candy is so lovely. Poor girl and poor you. I am abit like you about dogs. I know some fabulous Staffy's and some pretty awful ones. If they had normal jaws they may not be such a problem, but with that jaw that locks they are a real problem.

I had a neighbour that had one and he was a trained pig hunting dog. The neighbour removed his front fence and would insist on bringing the dog out front without a lead. One day I was out in my front yard and my Tramp was out with me with a couple of my friends. I have a fence and the gates were closed. Idiot next door comes outside with his dog and one of his mates. His dog runs down the footpath to my place, idiot next door does not even call him back. Dog tries to jump the gate and I knocked him back 3 times. He got over and grabbed my Tramp around the neck. Idiot next door was just laughing. His dog would not let go and luckily their was a piece of wood handy which I used to belt the dog till he let go. Thats when the idiot came down upset that I had hit his precious dog. Poor Tramp could not bark for 3 days and for the rest of his life he had a hoarse voice. Luckily he had lots of hair around his neck at the time and that protected his neck somewhat.

I rang the police and reported the incident and made sure they took a written statement and talked to the neighbour. I did not want his dog destroyed but wanted it on record that his dog was a problem. Any further incidents would result in the dog being euthanased. He then had to wear a special striped collar and could only be walked on a harness and not just a normal lead. And they are not allowed out front without a harness. That is the law where I am for a possible dangerous dog.

My worry was that if some poor kid was walking their dog on a lead past this rotten dog and it attacked the kids dog and the child tried to protect their dog the child would get savaged.

I always get upset with people who have not just these dogs but also dogs like German Shepherds, Rotties, Dobermans etc. and if you try to pat them they say don't do that I am training it to be a guard dog. I then get angry and tell them in no uncertain terms that you don't need a dog to be anti social for it to be a guard dog. My dogs are well socialised and would lay down their lives to protect me and my possessions. They do it out of love and not fear which is how it should be. Years ago as a teen we had a Shepherd and a Foxy. Everyone woud worry about the Shepherd and not the Foxy who would sneak underneath and grab ankles every time. The Shepherd would just stand there tail wagging wanting to be friends. But if you came in the night it was a different matter, he was a guard dog protecting our property as my dad had trucks and we lived at our business. If we had a visitor who the Shepherd did not quite like he would sit between the visitor and us, making it quite certain that they were not to come any closer.
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Poor Tramp! I'd have been fuming it's the ignorance of the owners that makes my blood boil more. Cannot believe how inconsiderate they are. Sadly, most of the bull breeds are put into the wrong hands. Jack has a great little staffy called Molly and she's a real sweetheart. Diesel, the 'Irish' staffy (apparently it's a name given to pits to avoid them coming under our dangerous dogs act but I cannot see how people can't see it with him. He's the perfect example of one in his looks but he came from a shelter, and if they didn't say anything then I'll be very upset if somebody does now) is an absolute gent. He's fabulous with people and loves nothing more than a good cuddle. Loves to sleep with you too. But show him another dog and it's another story. He was used as a bait dog when the rescue got him and the people who had him as the bait dog had set him on fire. His entire back was hairless for a few years and now has some very bristly, thin hair growing back. It's still noticeable

I totally agree with you though, especially about the thing with kids! I know how hard it is to break up a dog fight and I've seen the wounds that come out of it. Very, very nasty. I didn't mind risking that though. Candy's life > a broken arm any day!

One thing that has made me feel better about posting here is knowing I'm not the only person who has protected their dog by laying it in to another! I feel horrific, sick to my stomach about kicking it in the head but what if I had just stood there? No chance. It bought me a few seconds and that's all that matters to me. Jack didn't have a clue what was going on at all, he just heard me screaming and shouting all kinds of things at this guy and then a dog was on Candy! He just stood there mouth wide open, not knowing where my sudden burst of adrenaline and anger came from. I can't believe I acted so fast still. I'm in shock! It was in full public display too. I felt terrible for swearing in front of everybody and being so violent but it was that or let my dog get torn to bits. She's not a 'flight' animal, but also not a fight. So she just seems to take it really
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That's what my dog was like too... She was 1/2 black lab, 1/2 border collie... She would just sit there and cry while getting eaten and expecting me to save her.
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I know what you mean Daisy. As I said I have known many Staffy's that have be lovely dogs and get on with other dogs really well. But unfortunately the type of people that obtain Staffy's and other Bull Terrier types are the wrong kind of owners completely. Many people over here get them to hunt pigs and that makes them dangerous. They also cross breed them with some of the larger breeds to develop Pitt Bulls and they are probably the most dangerous in the hands of the wrong people. They all seem to inherit that jaw locking ability and when they lock onto something it is nearly impossible to get them off.

Don't beat yourself up about kicking the dog. When I belted the neighbours dog over the head with a lump of 2x4 timber it just shook it's head, more like a flea had bit him than a lump of wood. It was the only way I could get him off Tramp. Nothing else worked. I knew I was in a very dangerous situation and that I could have been bitten as well. But yeah adrenaline kicked in and I have broken up dog fights before so I sort of knew how to get hands in at the back of the necks to grab collars without being bitten. Mind you the 4 big stong males just stood there looking stupid and doing absolutely nothing.

Over here with the Dangerous Dogs Act it is now illegal to breed Pitt Bulls and any dog that is classified as possibly dangerous regardless of breed must wear a special striped collar and be on a harness to be walked and also I am pretty sure they have to be muzzled as well. Greyhounds always have had to be muzzled when being walked, not because they are really dangerous, but if they see something like a cat that will run away they will give chase and grab it. Luckily baiting with cats is a very rare thing over here now with greyhound training.

Mind you that same rotten neighbours dog also killed one of my cats. It was actually the uncle of my current cat Socks. He was one of the best cats I have ever owned, especially around the birds but Socks is great around the birds as well.
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poor Candy and you! that must've been terrible. how can people be like that?!
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Poor you.guys!
You should've called police. Mite be a kid next time.
No wonder that dogs aggressive. Being treated like that.
There's a lot of dog fighting down here.
Peoples dogs nicked for bait dogs.
My brother got bitten by a pitbull. So he pulled.its legs apart to get it off.
It was on his thigh. The owner tried to sue!
He then went after my bro which was a stupid move.
My brother is huge!
Needless to say both dog and human now removed from streets as he's doing a stretch for assult.

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It's rare to see a greyhound here without a muzzle. I can imagine small fury things turn into dead furry things! And your poor cat! I'd of murdered it!!! Two times it has hurt your animals and one fatally? URGH

Kate, I don't blame your brother. Diesel's jaw is enormous and if he clamped down on me I would easily be in A&E. good job he's a wimp!

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Diesel has muscles on his jaw muscles!! That is one seriously strong looking jaw on that dog!!
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Not everyone is a dog or even a pet person. I try to keep mine away from people so they don't get shoved.
I have a dog named Candy she is a black lab/retriever mix.

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Awesome I'd love to see a pic I do too but on the bus the aisle is very, very narrow

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Some dog owners are really reckless. Their dogs are like weapons, and they have no respect towards other people or animals. They should be punished for their behavior.
In Germany the laws are stricter. Dogs like staffies have to wear a muzzle, and you have to take a test at the Veterinary Office if you want to keep dogs like this. You really get problems if your dog attacks a human or a pet.
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That sound sensible. They are a status symbol here.

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