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zorya


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.

well, technically the dog aimed for me after the cat disappeared, my dog just got between us to take the brunt. so i would put it more in the category of "went after a human aggressively" than not. but often large dogs go for smaller dogs out of prey drive, which is the same reason that they will go after kids. in most cases after starting attacking on smaller dogs an aggressive dog will move to children next. dogs attack each other out of predatory aggression and it's often a short leap from correcting other dogs to correct all perceived social animals below the dogs social standing if the behavior isn't stopped or otherwise corrected with training. this is why the adage of the dog biting children after biting dogs exists, once the dog perceives that the predatory behavior is acceptable to other dogs (in not being corrected right away, most humans use the wrong form of correction for these kinds of incidents) they often will start to display it to other animals (and to a dog, humans are just large animals).
there weren't any rocks or ANYTHING nearby. basically the other owner and i couldn't let go of the dogs because otherwise both were going to reposition to do more damage. the owner hit the other dog in the face with the metal end of the leash for like 5min, but the dog wasn't even phased. pitbulls were bred to be able to use that blood lust to hold on when used in bear and bull-baiting, regardless of what was going on around it. i actually think this dog was probably a staffordshire bull terrier or at least mixed because of it's size. most pitbulls come up to like just above my knee, and this dog was pound for pound as big as zorya and came up to almost my waist. staffordshires were bred in with mastiffs thru the years to increase size when the breed was being developed.