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I have been a bit wary of big dogs since Max was attacked by a pitbull. the pit took him round the ribs and tossed him upside down. the squeals of terror were terrible, I didnt think twice I just stepped up to the dog to try to pull his jaws open to let go. Stupid I know and I did come away with injuries but I would do it again.. My nephew kicked the dog where it hurt and he did let go. But last January when we went to Sicily a cousin has a pitbull and he was a big softy so I could cuddle him and make a fuss. The cousin has his dog for work he's a carabinieri Marshall and carries a gun so I suppose the dogs a backup. I cant say I would be too keen to fuss strangers dogs though. its only that one episode that made me wary.

 

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Big dogs, little dogs ...... respect should be shown to all sizes and breeds, they can all turn nasty.  We’ve had 4 dogs since we married 45 years ago.  A Golden Retriever who had a real Jekyll and Hyde personality and who bit all of the family except me, always when food was involved.  Then a Jack Russell who was a timid little soul, didn’t like to be told off and wouldn’t harm a fly. Then our big beautiful, loyal Rhodesian Ridgeback who, although quite stubborn, would do no-one any harm and could be trusted implicitly, she had a terrifying bark that would frighten the most horrible ‘intruder’ and then we had little Jack the Patterdale Terrier who was naughty but never argued with us or other dogs and he didn’t even think he was a dog. 
However, knowing your own dog’s personality traits doesn’t mean they will behave in public.  18 months ago our granddaughter (aged 6 at the time) was staying with her Czech granny and went to play with 2 little girls the family knew.  This family had a GSD and as all the kids were running around the garden the dog attacked our granddaughter, mauling her head. She hadn’t provoked the dog, she has grown up with a ‘Bull-Boxer’ and knows that you don’t mess with dogs.  She was rushed to hospital in an ambulance and spent almost a week in there on IV antibiotics.  Fortunately all the deep cuts were in her hair (both sides of her skull) so she has no visible scarring and hopefully no emotional scarring. This episode hasn’t spoiled her love of animals, especially dogs.  

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I am always amazed at parents letting their children approach a strange dog.  
Kai isn’t used to children, not that he would hurt them but he can be a bit enthusiastic in greeting people/dogs sometimes, not nasty just pleased to see them. If asked if he can be petted I always warn of this, but if they just approach without asking I always tell them no. 
I certainly wouldn’t touch a strange dog without getting the owners consent. But since covoid have said no to all and not touched anyone else’s dog either, just admired from a safe distance especially Fergus a young (7 months old) Irish Terrier who is absolutely beautiful. He is a red fox colour and is so excited when he sees someone/another dog he jumps up and down in the spot like he is on a pogo stick. I could certainly take him hone with me!!

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As many to this forum are pet lovers, it is inevitable that not all people are.

 

In my locality a family have two noisy beagles who bark on any occasion, typically when the owner returns home. A recent addition, a rescued labrador has a yelping bark and the sound of an opening door often starts the barking off.  

 

The dogs are seldom taken out for exercise and are mostly left to come and go in the garden via a dog flap in the conservatory.

 

The LA has been advised of this nuisance and adjacent neighbours have made numerous complaints. The dog owner is arrogant, unapproachable and blames the dog nuisance on the neighbours with the insult that ‘it’s not my problem’. However, one neighbour confronted her with, ‘it will be your problem as when your dogs disturb my sleep I’m coming at night to disturb yours.’ This caused the owner some shock when confronted so directly, but it had the desired affect.

 

Another next-door neighbour subjected to this constant intrusion to his privacy to a point of raised stress and increased ill-health effects due to the dog nuisance said to me that if the labrador comes into his garden again he intends to kill it. He keeps a one-metre steel bar and a plastic bag in his shed ready for use if the dog escapes onto his land again!

 

Please be aware of the stress and loss of privacy to others caused by dog owners who allow their dogs, who are left for long periods unsupervised, to behave in an uncontrolled manner and become an aggravating nuisance. Such examples may lead to loss of well-being and increased ill-health to others.

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Such people are not fit to have dogs....or any animal!  Personally, I'd pen the owners up all day and when they complained, I'd gag them. As to what I'd do to people who harm animals or threaten to harm them, I wouldn't like to tell you but I think the owner of the steel bar would be walking rather gingerly, if at all, after I'd stuffed it in a certain orifice!  It is NOT the dog's fault.

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I agree with you Alpha. Having always owned dogs we can’t stand barking dogs and fortunately we haven’t had to suffer that annoyance from neighbours animals, just except for one about 150m along the road that always seems to be outside behind a high fence, we have no idea what breed it is but it sounds large!  The only time our recently departed dog would bark was when the door bell rang and when he spotted a cat outside, then we’d have to let him out to frighten the cat away ...... sorry cat lovers, he never got close to them though and it was a game between neighbours cats and our dog. 

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We use to have a Sheltie, a sweet and mild tempered dog, but she certainly was protective of us. The only time she barked and shown any signs of violence was when the telephone rang, then heaven help any ringing telephone that tried to break into our house.

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Yesterday I had to take Kai to the vets, he definitely wasn’t right always a worry especially at his age. Managed to get an appointment in the morning so we walked down there. They had their lockdown rules again so I had to ring to let them know I was there, the vet then rings you back to find out what is wrong and eventually someone comes out to take your dog in. You have to stay outside. It was freezing on Saturday morning and we had to wait about half an hour for the vet to ring, by that time I was really cold. She came out to get Kai and told me to wait in my car, told her we had walked down so she asked the reception staff if I could wait inside, permission was granted I am pleased to say. They have got it set up with cubicles for you to wait in and the reception staff are encased in Perspex with masks and face shields and I had my mask as well. 
Anyway Kai went with the vet, had his bloods done and it seems he has an infection, he had numerous injections and we came away with 2 lots of tablets and a much lighter bank balance, although the insurance should cover some of it. He didn’t need his tablets until this morning.

I gave him some chicken first thing, he hasn’t eaten properly for a couple of days, which went down very well. He has to have 2 anti-biotics and 2 tablets for his stomach (he had been sick through Sunday night) every day. Nipped out yesterday and got him some wafer thin cooked ham, which he is partial to, to use to give him his tablets. Tried him with the ham without the tablet but he turned his head away, same with another bit of chicken. Left him for a while and tried again, he took the ham walked down the passage and spit it out on his mat and wandered off into the front room. 
So now I tried bribery and found myself telling him if he took his tablets I would take him out for his “gentle exercise”. Funnily enough this didn’t work!

Left him again for a bit and then tried again, still wouldn’t co-operate. So telling him this was his own good I wrapped half a tablet in a piece of ham and tried to open his mouth but he clenched his jaw so I couldn’t. I wagged my finger at him and told him he WOULD take it, I put the tablet down and carefully opened his mouth and put the tablet/ham in his mouth and then held his mouth closed gently whilst rubbing his throat. We were like this for a while staring into each other’s eyes until he finally swallowed, did the same with the other half of the tablet. I haven’t attempted the other tablet which is to settle his stomach, thought the anti-biotics were more important and he hasn’t been sick since Sunday night. We then went for a little walk. Must say he has been watching me very closely since we got back.

1 tablet down 13 more to go. 

 

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Do you think crushing them and sprinkling the powder on his food would work?

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Poor Kai! I'm sorry to hear he's not well. It must be a tremendous worry for you.

 

Tablets are such fun, aren't they?

 

I remember taking a cat to the vet years ago and complaining that I couldn't persuade him to swallow his pills. The vet, with a rather smug expression, said she would show me how it was done.  Mr Puss thought otherwise and got her right in the mouth with his claws out!

 

Vets' blood is red, too, in case you've ever wondered!

 

Hope Kai is soon his bouncy self again.

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I can never undertand why they seem unable to formulate animal medication that isn't thrown back at you (sometimes with great force) every time it's administered.The veterinary medication market is big enough, surely.

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I’m fine giving our cats their worming tablets but prefer giving liquid meds via a syringe.  Once that’s gone in their mouths, on top of their tongue, they can’t argue!

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I have to get a urine sample tomorrow before we go back to vets. Trying not to think about that!!

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Cheese being a favourite treat for our dogs, we’ve always pushed any pills into a little chunk of cheese and thrown it to them. Doesn’t even touch the sides.  However, as I was telling a few months ago, giving insulin injections twice a day wasn’t quite so easy.  

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