Dog Etiquette…..

So I’ve just moved back to the UK to a small village called Meldreth just outside Royston. It’s a nice place, everyone knows everyone.

We have 2 dogs a Labrador/collie cross and a Sharpei/collie cross. The Sharpei is my dog and his name is Hunley.

He is very obedient and hates to be told off. He knows when he’s in the wrong and will spend the day trying to make up for it.

Up the road from us is a wood with a track through to the other side of the village. We have been through it on a few occasions with us dogs and it’s an enjoyable walk.

2 weeks ago I took Hunley alone through the wood and a man was running towards us, we didn’t see the dog as he was behind him but as the dog can round the corner he spotted Hunley and came bounding up to us.

Now Hunley having been hen pecked by my other dog is quite nervous when we are out anyway. He saw the dog and took an instant dislike to him because he was running at us. 

I attempted to pull Hunley out of the way and try to stop him from pulling away from me but he’s quite a strong dog and as he tried to get at this dog who was jumping around my ankles he sank his teeth into my thigh by mistake.

The man,oblivious to what was really going on called his dog repeatedly and apologised because “she should know better than to run up to people” 

Well maybe she should be on a lead then!! One of those things you think you should have said at the time but got caught up in the shear shock of it all!!

We walked off and I realised that my leg hurt. Where Hunley had tried to defend himself he had sunk his teeth into my leg. I lifted my leggings up to find a bloody patch surrounding a hole in my thigh just above my knee. It hurt but I thought It would be just a graze so we carried on towards home.

When we arrived I inspected my leg in more detail to find it was quite deep and bleeding quite a lot. 

Did I need a tetanus??? 

Doctor was closed. Walk in clinic was closed. My only option was A&E!!!

We went into royston and discovered an NHS  flu clinic open , maybe they could advise me. 

Not a chance, they gave an appointment for Monday but said if it was a problem go to A&E. Deep joy!!!!

We went to Tesco bought some antiseptic wipes and some quick healing plasters.

I spent the day on the sofa in quite a lot of pain, envisaging a trip to A&E the following day as the bleeding hadn’t subsided.

Thankfully the bleeding stopped over night and the wound has healed quite nicely.

I thought that would be a one off experience for poor old Hunley. But no our dog walking antics were not over.

This evening, not even 2 weeks later, we we’re out walking in Meldreth just me and him. We walked along the street rather than the woods this time.

We came to the part where we cut through the alley way and come back across the playing field.

On the other side of the road to us, yes the other side!!! An old man was on his driveway and had 2 corgi/yappy dogs off the lead just waiting for him. 

Hunley didn’t see them but they sure spotted us and one of them charged over the road towards us barking. 

“Oh shit”  was the first thing I said, quickly followed by “run Hunley run!!!” 

We ran down the alley way with both dogs now in tow barking at us and trying to get at Hunley. I kept shouting run and he kept turning to see if they were still there.

The old man had no chance of catching them so my only hope was that him shouting at them to come back would work eventually. 

We ran for what seemed like forever. I thought if they caught us they wouldn’t stand a chance against Hunley, especially after the last event we went through.

Eventually the dogs stopped. Hunley and I were safe. The old man shouted “sorry about that!!” 

Well he would have been if Hunley had got them. Where do you stand with that?

I think there should be a law that all dogs should be on a lead while being walked. It’s not fair on the dogs that are kept on a lead at all times to deal with the stress of another dog running over. 

I think dog owners should be more wary of how other dogs react to each other. Not every dog needs a muzzle. But it’s unfair to think that your dog will be ok with another dog.

Thoughts and comments on this situation would be much appreciated.

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