Tragic and Sad Days

Discussion in 'General Mastiff Discussion' started by Bailey's Mom, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. Bailey's Mom

    Bailey's Mom Super Moderator Staff Member

    We've all heard the saying: "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye." And, I guess we acknowledge accidents can happen, especially when people are not being careful. But what if it happens to your dog? What if the dogs are just playing -NOT FIGHTING - "playing", running wrestling with each other, with their parents walking nearby indulgently enjoying the game, and then it happens...a poor little puppy is yipping in pain and his eye is gone. It's like the air is gone from your lungs and all you can do is grab your pup up in your arms and run to the car.

    This is what happened last Monday at our local dog park. It was a beautiful day, breezy, warm, sunny...a great day to go to the dog park. Bailey and Kaleb both played with the little yellow lab named Thor and they had a blast. Our dogs also played with the younger black lab that was Thor's sister. Both dogs were sweet, well behaved, funny and adorable. There was no aggression or negative behaviour in Thor. He was a playful delight, and played with everyone. The other puppy was unknown to me, but was younger than Thor and had the look of a blondish husky-type dog...maybe 7 or 8 months old. Thor was approximately 14 months old, but was very small for a lab.

    To Thor's parent's credit, they came to the dogs aid immediately, took Thor and Raven to the car and followed the other pup's parents to their car, exchanging particulars and offering to cover any medical bills.

    This was a gut punch...I was in shock. I drove us home in silence with my hand over my mouth. Lisa and I didn't talk all the way home. Poor Bailey and Kaleb, they didn't know what happened or why all the fun stopped and why they were ordered into the truck.

    It was a really tragic event. I feel for these people, both sets of parents. I feel so badly for them. I hugged my girl tighter....you just never know. You just never know.
     
  2. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    I always worry about things like that. Boxers are very rough and vocal players. They use their paws to grab and pull, and they like to play bitey face. I've always worried that one of them would hook an eye with a nail or a tooth. Thor's people handled it well. I hope the pup is okay. Luckily dogs adjust very well to things like this.
     
  3. Michele

    Michele Super Moderator Staff Member

    I am not a fan of dog parks.
     
  4. Nik

    Nik Well-Known Member

    I hadn't realized that was a boxer thing but Kahlua definitely fits that. We have a rule that when Kahlua starts trying to play with Diesel we order her to go get her ball. If she has the ball in her mouth she is less rough with him. If she doesn't he comes away with little cuts all over him and while he is super indulgent of her he will run and hide behind our legs when she gets too rough with him. So now whenever they start playing we immediately yell "Kahlua ball" and then they are chasing each other around the yard with her mouth safely occupied with a ball and her paws on the ground.
     
  5. Nik

    Nik Well-Known Member

    That is so scary! I'm glad the owners stepped up though and offered help. I had a close friend whose very gentle and sweet German Shepherd was attacked (and not in a playing sense) by several dogs in the dog park (all the same owner) and those owners didn't try to help break it up and took no responsibility. My friend and her husband couldn't try to stick around or chase them down to hold them responsible because they needed to rush the husband (who got the dogs off of their's) and their dog emergency care right away. Everyone ended up fine after emergency surgery but it was a very expensive dog park day for them and makes my blood boil just thinking of the owners of those other dogs ducking their responsibility in every way possible.
     
  6. DennasMom

    DennasMom Well-Known Member

    Dang it! OUCH!!

    Fun stuff often has risks associated with it. Glad the puppy parents all remained calm and responsible and took care of business when the unthinkable happened. :(

    Very sad day. A good day to go for a calm, relaxing walk in the woods to regroup, and remember than while bad things can happen, there are doctors. vets and lots of good people around to help us all though the bad things. And dogs are very resilient. I hope the puppy that lost they eye wasn't dependent on that eye for future work and can still enjoy a full, loving life with his family.
     
  7. Sheila Braund

    Sheila Braund Well-Known Member

    Wow! Poor pup! Michele, I agree with you....I'm not one to take my dogs to the dog park. You just never know
     

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