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zorya, originally uploaded by hep.

yesterday i was walking my dog on the fire road that borders our property (and one of our cats was walking with us, tho not on a leash. our cats and dog are friends.) when a gigantic pitbull came barreling down the mountain and grabbed zorya's face and throat and started savaging her. luckily for her she is a giant malamute with a super thick furry ruff, AND she is shedding out her summer coat and growing in a 2x as thick winter coat, AND she has an extremely thick leather collar, so she was mostly ok. she has some puncture wounds and lots of hair ripped out. it took 20mins to pry the other dog off her with both me and the other dog's owner (who had let her dog run offleash because she didn't see anyone around) holding both of them and trying to lever his jaw open with a variety of sticks, ropes, etc. luckily she took the brunt of the damage and the cat took off and was able to hide. it took me quite a bit of time later to convince him to come out of the bush and go home. all of this happened about 20ft from our front door.

i haven't been taking zorya to the dog park for awhile because other dogs always insist on attacking her (which causes her great sadness) often running from the other side of the park to where she is alone (on leash) specifically and with the sole intention of fighting her. now i am worried about even having her in the yard. this is the 3rd time in six months that she or another animal has been attacked by offleash dogs in our yard. i am also never leaving my house without my phone again. i actually walked up to the front door with her on the leash with the intention of getting it, but i didn't want to upset grep who is still convalescing on the couch from her surgery on her kitty abscess. zorya won't attack the cats, but she will try to sniff all over them which would offend grep's delicate sensibilities. so i turned around and did not get it. NEVER AGAIN.

then our internet was out for 24hrs. so what did i miss flist? plz catch me up.

That sucks :(
We took in one of my dad's friends for Thanksgiving a few years ago and he brought his dog with him, a border collie, and the second it saw Boston (my dog, pitbull) he latched onto his throat. Took 2 grown men and me to get him off Boston and then I kicked him into the pool because he kept charging. Dick dogs have dick owners. The dude didn't even offer to pay for the vet bill or say he was sorry.
I'm glad your dog is okay!

In other news: I got your card in the mail! I'm not gonna lie, it was pretty damn impressive. I enjoyed the photos and the update! :D Happy Holidays!
WTF man, isn't there a leash ordinance? I would be so enraged, honestly. Is your yard fenced?
there is, and it mostly is but is open on some sides due to our driveway, etc. we are, however, completely surrounded by open (private) land that many people in the neighborhood insist on using as an unofficial dogpark regardless of how many chickens of ours they kill. it's an on-going problem. we have fences but dogs don't understand fences and they can get through them if they really try anyway. usually zorya can handle any dog that steps to her, but this dog seriously matched her for size and she is 100lbs.
aww pobrecita! asshole need to keep their dogs on a leash. it drives me crazy that i can't take my kid to the park without dogs running up. you never know and so of course i have to regard all unknown dogs as potentially dangerous and ugh

yeah fuck people who dont leash their dogs

get well soon zorya and grek
Oh my GOD! I'm so glad to hear she is all right. How on earth can people act like that? I am so outraged for you!

I love animals so much, and I have been surrounded by animals my whole life, especially big dogs. But if, god forbid, my dog EVER attacked another person or animal and did not stop as soon as I called to her, I would put that dog down. That type of blind aggression and lack of control is unacceptable, especially in large dogs who can easily kill a person.

I'm so upset by this, especially because my dad's dog is a cold-weather dog like your Zorya and is the sweetest thing ever. She gets genuinely happy to see other dogs, and I'm just imagining how emotionally upset she would be by an attack, even if she was not badly hurt.
i have like ten because i am a pro photographer. all nikons. mostly the stuff i post to lj is taken on a d50, or a d5000. occasionally a d300 but i usually leave that at the studio. i usually use a bunch of wacky older lenses tho which gives this stuff a unique sort of charm. i am really fond of super old manual prime lenses from 1957-59.

i am always super down to either talk shop to other photographers or help people who want to learn about photography! i really love it and i love talking about it hehe!
she is so sweet. she is like a lovebear.

im all for offleash in the dogparks, etc. that is totally a valid place to run your dog. but i mean, a residential neighborhood where hella people have pets and small kids isn't. drives me nuts.
we have them but, it's a SUPER small town and everyone thinks their dog is a unique snowflake. i won't even let our dog offleash IN our yard because i know that dogs don't understand what fences are and she can jump most of ours.
dang Zorya is HUGE! i was thinking of a scenario like that and I would've probably just picked up the little pug and kicked the pitbull but yeah...I can't pick up a 100 lb dog. Glad to hear she's all right.
yah totally. it also didn't help that it was on a hill and the pitbull was BIG for a pit. im only 5ft so carrying the dog means its only like 4ft off the ground. i did carry zorya up the hill (its a pain in the ass but doable. like carrying one of the kids now. i use a dog fireman's carry hehe) back to the garage. mostly i think she was mad i wouldnt let her get her licks in, but i didnt want things to get worse or for the other dog to get a better throatgrip.
Your doggie is such a adorable, fuzzy face. I love her! As bad as this was, I am SO glad she wasn't seriously hurt.
Extra treats for Zorya!
OMG I am glad Zorya is ok at least a little bit. That is scary... Maybe you can carry a stun gun and if it happens again stun the dog?