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07:47 pm: Dog!
I've been waking up mid-afternoon because I don't get enough sleep at night and this afternoon I managed to get up at 1:30pm, although I'd planned for noon. I woke up at noon with a neck & head ache and took some tylenol and went back to sleep until 1pm, but still needed a bit more and got up at 1:30pm.

I deposited my check, got the week's money, and got groceries. More than I usually spend, but half the bill was cat litter. I came home and paid bills and bought some things I put off until I had the check.

Spirit did very well last night -- she came out and sat on my lap even though Loki and Junie were both already in the living room. I'm pretty sure she saw Loki, but I'm not sure she could tell that Junie was up on the crenellations. When I got home from the grocery and abandoned the rolling cart in the foyer for the recliner, she came right up into my lap.

The vet called me back and suggested a brand of litter called Cat Attract -- she said it's helped a lot of her clients to get cats back to litter boxes. I also ordered (from Amazon, where all this was cheaper) a CleverCat Top Opening Litter Box, which is apparently loved by every human who has one.

As I was just getting the groceries out of the back of the van and into the rolling cart, a neighbor and her new big black dog came near and he slipped the collar and dashed over. I managed to sit first, so he couldn't knock me over, but I had to insist he keep his mouth and paws out of my bags. The neighbor came by a few minutes ago to tell me that the dog pulled her so hard she just landed on her face on the ground. The doctor thought she might have a broken bone, but the x-rays don't show it. She just has bruises, but big bruises. So she's having the friend who asked her to take him to come back and take him away. Can't blame her.

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From:anghara
Date:December 29th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
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It sounds like the dog needs TRAINING. And a firm hand.

It's understandable if someone doesn't have the time or the inclination to attend to this - but that person probably shouldn't have accepted the dog in the first place (and there HAD to have been a history there, you wouldn't just get stopped in the street by a stranger and handed the business end of a leash and told, here, have a dog... and if she knew what kind of dog he was before he came there...)

I"m not deprecating your experience of being nearly knocked over, or her bruises, but I'm saying that this dog is now LABELLED AS INTRACTABLE and will probably wind up being dumped or destroyed. And I still maintain that all that a dog like that needs is training and a firm hand. A sharp SIT!!! from a handler he obeys would have stopped him in his tracks.

Glad you're okay though.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 29th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
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She was told he was really loving, and he had been until today. I was trying to figure out what was new today, but she didn't think anything was. He scared her so much I don't think it's possible for her to keep him. He didn't bite or bark, he was just out of hand.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 29th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
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I don't know if she's ever had a dog before, even, but she's too scared to keep him, even if she went to training right now.
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From:heleninwales
Date:December 29th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
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It's really important that the dog and person are a good match. If he physically pulled her over, then she's always going to be a bit scared of him and the dog will know. It's not the dog's fault that he wasn't properly trained when he was too small to do this sort of thing, but your neighbour was right to give him back. The original owner needs to find a better solution to a problem he has caused. I suspect that he didn't tell the poor woman the full story about the dog's history.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 29th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
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The dog came from a friend of her friend, so it was an even longer chain of talk. She said he actually went so fast that he pulled her into the air and then she fell onto the sidewalk. When she came by last night, her face was badly bruised and her pants had been cut up to the knees because her lower legs and knees were so swollen.
From:etumukutenyak
Date:December 29th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
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Proper training as said above, plus the proper kind of collar/head piece. We have labs, and we use the Gentle Leader (tm) -- it works wonders. A child can stop a dog without fear of being dragged. Before we got the first one, our mixed breed (lab x golden) used to pull my partner off her feet.

Sounds like a basically good dog, without the proper handling or training. I recommend getting in touch with someone like Lab Rescue to rehome the dog properly. ;-)
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 29th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
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I'll mention that to her when I see her, but I think she may have given him back already.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 31st, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Glad you didn't get hurt in the dog incident. And I hope your neighbor is okay. Ouch!
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 31st, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
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I haven't seen her since she stopped by to check on me and tell me what happened at the doctor's. She has varying hours and while I do sometimes see her coming home, I can't predict it.
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From:capemaynuts
Date:January 1st, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
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I get so nervous whenever I see a small or older person with a big dog. No matter how well trained a dog is, they can get distracted and unintentionally pull their owners down. I know that my parents' dog has pulled down my mother and very likely has pulled down my father, though he won't admit it. The dog is an extremely affectionate and loving lab mix. He would never purposely hurt my parents, but he gets distracted and then yanks on the leash. My parents adore the dog, but I live with the fear that the dog will accidentally cause one of them to be seriously hurt. I wish they had listened to me and gotten a smaller dog when they decided to replace their beloved Teddy.
Ida
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 2nd, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
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I think a lot of people just get taken with a type of dog. I was following an SUV the other day that was almost covered with stickers for Russell Terriers (plus a sticker with a waving flag and NATIVE over it).

My neighbor walked the dog today, so either she wasn't able to give it back or has decided to keep it. I'll have to ask when I'm in a situation to get outside while she's close.

I'm always worried about dogs because they can make me fall over. I just checked outside the living room shades (flashing lights -- turns out to be fender bender instead of anybody sick) and almost fell over turning back. I was able to grab the top of the TV and stabilize. So imagine what happens when a dog jumps up.
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