You could have really gotten hurt - glad you’re OK - but everyone here knows you’re a guy who always does the right thing…
Potentially helpful tip - I have a friend who has Beaucerons - beautiful dogs. Her puppy was attacked by that breed whose name we shall not mention, she waded into the battle, got bit, the attacker wouldn’t back off - so she slid, make that shoved, a finger up his bum. Stopped him in his tracks - She had read about it, and it worked.
I asked, by the way - she’s a tough gal - didn’t even spit on it first!
We got up early yesterday, opened presents, had coffee and the kids all agreed we'd take the dog to Harvey Bear park for a long walk so he'd be well exercised when we had to head off to my wife's aunts for dinner.
We arrived at the park and started walking toward the trail. We passed a lady and she stopped us and said, 'I know the park is really big, but, there is a wild dog running around attacking people and dogs and biting them.'
It is a huge park, so we decided to keep going and just go the other direction. About 10 minutes into our walk... sure enough, out of on of the trails came a dog, off his leash and clearly 'on the hunt'...
As he drew closer, my son asked 'hey, what are we gonna do?' I said, 'if he comes to attack, drop the leash so the pup will at least have a chance.' I won't mention the breed of dog, but it is one that folks would be concerned about. He was about 70 lbs or so.
In a moment, he was on us and dove at our 1.5 year old golden, who dodged and growled and was probably freaked out. It was by no means a fair matchup. as the attacker dove in again (with us yelling and trying to block) I reached down and grabbed the attacker and pretty much slammed him to the ground, and dove on the dog, my son followed by pushing the dogs head to the and we pinned the dog down.
He was very strong and intense and just crazy. Had he gotten loose, it would have been a really bad situation. I told my daughter and her boyfriend to take our dog and walk the loop.
I called 911 and after about 30 minutes, a ranger came, he said he was dreading coming because he thought the dog would be loose and he did not have any equipment and was afraid of being bit. Another ranger came, and 15 more minutes went by, she also did not have a dog stick... at this point, we were pretty banged up and cramping from wrestling this dog.
Finally, a sheriff arrived with crate and the four of us managed to get the dog in the crate without getting chomped. The sheriff and rangers took our statement and were very grateful that we'd done what we did and how it takess everyone helping to keep things safe. As we walked out of the park (my entire body was aching and a TON of adrenaline) there were 5 people giving another sheriff their statements (their dogs or they had been bitten) and they all cheered and thanked us for subduing the dog.
When we got in the car, my daughter just kept saying, 'you guys almost didn't come, if I had been alone, that would have been really bad' but, we decided to just be happy not more dogs or people got hurt and that whoever let that dog loose was the 'bad guy'.
I got a text from the main ranger this morning asking if she could call and I said yes, (I was taking kids to the airport) and she said that she and the sheriff were going to nominate us for a commendation. Too funny.
I took a couple aspirin this morning, I've got some big scrapes and bruises, just glad to be drinking coffee and getting ready to watch a little football.
It was a bizarre experience to say the least.
Well done, I have seen a few bad dog attacks in my time...anything you can do to stop it is a big deal.
As a postal carrier, I get attacked about 1-2 times per year. Not because they are bad dogs, but just the circumstances that surprised the dog or something that creates the situation. Thus far, it has been a pit bull, a doberman, a terrier, and a chihuahuah, with the last ones being the most aggressive of any breed. So far, I only lost one encounter (the doberman) who nearly took my big toe and left me with many stiches to my arm. Funny part is that me and that dog were always good friends and would toss a ball around a little nearly every day, but on that day he reacted in the opposite fashion and charged me when the child opened the front door.
I had a policeman shoot a pit bull that chased me 4 blocks while out running and was attacked by a pack of coyote once in the middle of Iowa (hard to believe but true), so I am familiar with how bad such events can end up.
You did a very good thing, accept the praise as it really is deserved.
John I laughed till I cried and am thinking of making this my new computer wallpaper ,
I told her next time punt that little ***** like a football.
Forgive for taking this a bit off-topic, but to those who suggested having a firearm, I agree. Anytime I walk in Ft Worth's extensive bike/jogging trail system, I'm "carrying". Not specifically for dogs, but more because there have been a number of muggings and assaults, and not just in what you'd assume are isolated areas. One cyclist was attacked by three "thugs"....he was beaten and robbed, and his bike was thrown into the Trinity River. Pure meanness. While I, fortunately, have never been in a situation where I needed my "protection"......one never knows. Glad your tale had a happy ending. (it could easily have gone another way )
I neglected to mention, I also usually carry a "walking stick" of sorts. Again....never needed to use it, but it would be first choice if an aggressive animal attacked. Any firearm would be absolutely "last resort".The world sure has changed. Not for the better.