Sorry but I need to rant about this as I have nobody else who would really understand. I'm sick to my stomach right now. After waiting for the rain to end I got my little girl Eden and the doggies out for our daily walk. We were in our driveway when the neighbour across the street was coming out the door with some visitors. Their dog (an Old English Sheepdog) escaped from their house, charged across the street and instantly grabbed onto Bobby's leg. I had very little time to react. None of her people went after her!!! They just stood there!!! Bobby started screeching and crying. Eden started running back to the house hysterical and Belle was trying to run away all the while I was holding on to their leads trying to push the sheepdog off Bobby. It was CHAOS. There were three teenage girls who came to us but they just looked on while I had to try and control the entire situation. My neighbour had a baby in her arms so she just stood in front of her house asking if everything was ok.
I knew this dog years before we ever got our own dogs and she was always breaking loose from their house/garden. They never walk her, they bred a litter from her and now she's locked up in the back like all of the neighbour's dogs are!!! I tell ya, it's like dog prison around here. Grrrrrrr!
I want to be able to walk my dogs around my neighbourhood without being afraid of being attacked. Several neighbour's dogs break free from their chains and run about the estate. They have never shown aggression, but this one indeed showed it! How do you avoid this type of situation and still have freedom to walk around and live without fear every time you encounter another (loose, stray,etc.) dog?
Now I must say that Bobby barked at her when he saw her coming, which he does a lot, it's not a nasty bark though, it's more of an excited one... could that have triggered her to attack him? I just wish I could have reacted more swiftly and tactfully. I really put myself in between her and Bobby. Luckily she didn't seem interested in attacking me...whew. The neighbour and the girls apologized but I'm still very upset and irritated at this point.