Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Shock Shock Horror Horror

Today, I went running with Mum while she rode her bicycle on our usual route along the Sammammish River Trail in Redmond. Something most unexpected happened, and it really upset Mum a lot.

As we were riding along, (Mum riding, me running) a lady with a full grown boxer came from the opposite direction. Immediately, the boxer showed a dominant stance, and when she spotted me, she charged forward and broke free of her leash and collar. Her collar was too loose and she could easily get off. She ran toward my side to sniff my "gu gu jiao" and then promptly started growling. She then jumped on me with her mouth wide open with teeth baring. Mum had thought this boxer just wanted to say hi, but when she saw that it was turning aggressive, she let go of the leash so that I could dash away. The boxer's owner was frantically calling her dog but the dog was deaf to her. It was obvious this owner did not have control over her dog. I was just madly shuttling from side to side, trying to avoid getting bitten and charged. Mum tried to stop the dog by grabbing it, but it sure could run fast. Mum almost caught hold of it but missed several times.

In the midst of all this, Mum didn't utter a single word, she just went for the boxer. The boxer's owner on the other hand was frantic and yelling all over the place. Finally, Mummy grabbed hold of the boxer's neck and stopped the charging, and waited for the boxer's owner to come and get her dog. The dog was obsessed and crazy. Mummy was so shocked she didn't have time to respond. She came over to me, checked me over, picked up her broken bicycle bell from the ground, looked up and in that instant, the boxer and the lady just disappeared.

Not a single apology, not a single "is your dog ok?". Nothing. Nada. The boxer lady just fled with her dog. Mum was so pissed and shaken she could barely contain it. She just couldn't believe that we were under attack by a complete stranger and she didn't even stop to see if I was ok, or if she needed to compensate Mum for her broken bell. Mum dropped the bike when she tried to stop the nasty boxer from attacking me and in the process, broke her bike bell. The whole thing could have been prevented if the lady had used the right collar on her dog. What a shame!! The lady didn't even have the basic human decency to see if we were ok.

Fortunately, I was fast enough to dodge any bites, and Mum was smart enough to release the leash so I could run away from the crazy unsocialized Boxer. Also, with all my Airedale coat, being wiry and tough, that probably prevented me getting any real bites. I may have lost a chuck of fur here and there, but no big deal. I think Mum felt more hurt and upset that I got attacked than if she herself got attacked. We called Daddy on the phone to tell him what happened, and he said we should just head home. I was very happy to go home. 11 miles was quite enough, thank you Mummy.



At 1:07 AM, Blogger Cassidy said...

Sorry to hear about your scary experience Kimi. Mummy be being very careful to make sure me only meets well socialised doggies who be OK with puppies so me no has any scary experiences. Maybe lady be ashamed, but it still be very rude behaviour.

Me hopes your next bike ride with mummy be less eventful.

Cassidy x

At 2:13 AM, Blogger Maggie & Mitch said...

Wow! This was sure scary! Thank goodness you're okay and that your mom is one smart lady, Kimi! That Boxer's mom should be ashamed of herself! She's as rude as her dog is!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

At 3:05 AM, Blogger Amber-Mae said...

Gosh, that was scawie but I'm glad you did not get bitten. That Boxer's owner was very rude for not apologising. I hate it when owners just stand there screaming for their dogs to let go but do nothing about it. Instead, it's someone else who has to do the job of getting hold of the maniac dog from attacking someone else's dog. I was bitten once by a mean male Dalmatian. He bit me just above my eye. I did not fight back becoz I was in shocked. The Dallie was a rescue so can't really blame the owners but I'm happy that they're bringing him for training & today, he behaves better around other dogs. I wouldn't say he's friendlier, his muzzle is always on every week at the training grounds but he no longer wants to attack other dogs. Be careful of crack dogs next time...

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

At 9:15 AM, Blogger Kimi Wagner said...

Hi Maggie and Mitch,

You're right, the boxer's Mum is as rude as her dog is, I guess its a case of 'like mother, like daughter'.


At 6:38 PM, Blogger Noah the Airedale said...

What a shock for you Kimi and your poor mum. Some people are just arrrggghhhhh so stupid!!!!!!!
The same thing happened to us. On a walk one day we were approached by 2 rotties who came out of their yard growling and barking. I, Noah was forced to grab one by the neck and shake it until they both ran off. The owners were there and said nothing, not sorry not anything.
Some people are plain rude.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess & Lucy

At 1:13 PM, Blogger Finni said...

Blimey, that was very scarey. That was one dominant girl boxer! I have been in a couple of scraps but every time my mum and the other dogs owner have stopped us, made us sit and checked that each other and dogs were ok before heading into opposite directions. To just disappear is just rude!
Hope it hasn't put you off bike rides!
Finni xx


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