Just had a nasty scare.

@MsTickle (24994)
Australia
April 13, 2010 5:36pm CST
It's a beautiful autumn day here with the sun shining and the dew sparkling on the grass and plants. The air is still crisp after a cold night. I was outside with little Roxy walking round my huge front yard and I decided to pot up some petunias that had grown on the grass. I heard a familiar rumble and looked up to see 5 huge cotton pickers being towed by tractors coming through town. There is an electric cable that goes across the main road and it hangs low. The pickers would clear it but they all stopped and the smaller truck accompanying them drove up to give the all clear. It was at this time that I noticed 2 German Shepherds running along behind the smaller truck and then skulking across the road. Roxy barked and they came over at a run and jumped up on my fence barking savagely. Lucy went berserk in the back yard and Roxy continued to bark. The dogs came to my gate and again jumped up on the fence. Lucy clears the fence easily and I was so frightened. By now, Roxy was cowering on the ground. She started to come to me but again the dogs raced at the fence, barking madly. I raced up the porch steps calling to her but she was cowering still and truly frightened. I raced back and grabbed her and brought her inside and called the local copper who was thankfully on duty. He is more often NOT. He said he'd come have a look and he was at my place a few minutes later where I was waiting for him. There was no sign of the dogs. It was as if they disappeared. It's my guess they were in the back of the truck and jumped out when things slowed down then when things began to move they must have gone with the truck. There were kids playing outside across the road, my friends dog was tied up outside with no fence just a few doors away, she was barking at them too. I shudder to think what could have happened. These dogs were being aggressive, not playful. Here I am, about 15 minutes later and my heart is still pounding. Have you ever been set upon by dogs or been in a similar scary situation?
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
13 Apr 10
My heart is pounding after reading this What a terrible situation! I am scared stiff of dogs and I would have frozen stiff on the spot (I think). I can quite understand yuor concern about the children playing further up the road and a good job that the police soon got there. Do those cotton pickers pass regularly? Could the police wait for them next time if it is their regular ruote because sooner or later some harm will be done by those dogs. To answer your question, no I have never been in that situation as far as I know but something must have scared me when I was younger which I now no longer recall because I am petrified when I see a dog
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
14 Apr 10
It's cotton picking season so the equipment is a common sight on the roads. I live in the largest cotton growing area in the world I think. Cattle and sheep dogs and hunting dogs are also a common sight but they are always secured on the vehicle. It's an offence to have an unsecured dog on a vehicle. These were not working dogs, I think they may have been guard dogs. Sometimes, workers come a long way to pick cotton and they have to park overnight as they are not fast moving vehicles. I'd say these were guard dogs left to mind things while the workers sleep in a pub or something. I hope the copper went after them and caught up with them. He could have done so easily, but he's not too bright. It's sad to think you have such fear of dogs. They are wonderful animals - usually.
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@Hatley (164469)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Apr 10
hi mstickle that even had my heart pounding just picturing it. I once had to walk past this house that had a huge German Rottweiler chained with such a long chain he could come right out on to the sidewalk. I always walked out in the street til I got past him and his reach. finally one day he got loose and I just froze. I could not move but the owner come out and took him inside .the next day the same chain and the huge dog sitting on the sidewalk snarling at me. I stood there and got mad, I ran at that dog waving my arms and screaming at him, he cowered and crawled along till he got to their front door. the woman come out and yelled at me, and I told her just where to go with that and hurried to catch my bus to work.After that I never had anymore trouble with that dog, in fact he finally let me pet him and I found out he had been abused before these people bought him and was having a hard time learning to trust p eople again.so I got to bringing him dog bones and other dog treats. so we did become friends.
@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
14 Apr 10
That's just amazing Hatley. What a wonderful story...fancy it coming to that...I'm thinking I might have been afraid of that dog for always. I'm such a scaredy cat. Although one day I was out walking and a dog came out of a yard and started barking and snapping at me. I help up my hand and stamped my foot and said NO in a stern voice. He backed off but kept coming back and I kept stamping and shouting but I was not able to gain any ground to get away..I thought it would be a bad move to go backwards. I called the copper that day too and when he went to investigate, the dog bit him. What an idiot.The whole town wanted to give the dog a medal for bravery.
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• United States
14 Apr 10
dogs,i've usually had no problem telling to "git",but i did have a coyote in my yard in arizona that was windowshopping my cat.as the complex had some stray cats around,i decided to shoo him away. he went 6ft and stopped,staring at me defiantly.now that pissed me off,and i grabbed a big stick. the front tenants were laughing at me for months about the "crazy lady chasing the coyote down the driveway"
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
14 Apr 10
Is a coyote a wild dog? That would be like a dingo perhaps which is the Australian native wild dog. They are quite dangerous in the wild and to be avoided at all cost...is this the same as a coyote? You were very brave if that's the case, you crazy lady you. I think I know where the dogs came from. Way down the road is a house by itself with high fences giving the family total privacy. There are signs posted in relation to the dogs and the people have a video camera set up as well. I think it was their dogs that must have somehow escaped. Apparently the dogs were also harassing the goats in the paddock across the road as well and the copper was over there making enquiries I've been told. It will be interesting to see if anything comes of this.
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• United States
16 Apr 10
yea,they're not quite as aggressive as a dingo,mainly because a lot of them have lost fear of people.but they are bold and crafty.if they breed with domestic dogs and become coydogs,they can get aggressive tho. it was crazy of me,but i didn't think of it as i had kitties to protect. he never came back tho there was easier fare in the dumpsters out there where i often saw them.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
14 Apr 10
Oh my gosh this must of been terribly frightening for the both of you! Poor Roxy. How is she now? Nice to have such a good copper dopper too btw. How are you feeling now? The behavior of those dogs was totally uncalled for. One thing that drives me nuts is irresponsible dog owners! Roxy and I sometimes run into dogs like that when we are out walking never mind approached at our own fence line! I would of been hugely annoyed. I think for Roxy, she may be frightened to go to that location again for awhile, especially since she is just new (since last Christmas, right?) I would take her back to where she was when the incident first occurred and make it a fun spot for her so she doesn't associate that part of the yard as a scary one. We should never have to be scared to be in our own home, inside or out, even for a dog. Surely this was a commercial company, was it not? I would be tempted to report them to animal control just in case it happens again. By the sounds of it MsTickle, both you and Roxy are lucky it didn't turn into a blood shed should those dogs of cleared the fence! Your fright was felt here. I feel for you and Roxy too. I hope that she is okay. Take care, both of you.
@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
14 Apr 10
She was fine as soon as she got inside thanks Evr. I threw her Piglet, her fave soft toy and she immediately began a game, then went to sleep a little while later...she'd been playing with an aerosol can top before we went out and having a wonderful time chasing it from lounge room to living room and back again. We've been out since the incident and she seemed no different. Actually, she's seemed more jaunty today then usual...from early morning, 5:50am in fact when she came and woke me up...lol. It was just before Christmas that I noticed her in the street, looking skinny and bedraggled. I tried to coax her to me but she would back off or take a wide berth and run away. I wasn't able to get close to her until I found her soggy, in an exhausted sleep on a wet pair of old jeans in my friend's shed. I just picked her up and took her home. She was shivering and pitiful. I gave her a warm bath and got her dry and warm and gave her some food. She didn't seem to be hungry but she was glad to have a cuddle, I'm sure of that. I think the cotton pickers might be on sub-contracts. I don't know how it works. It would have been easy for our copper to go after them as they don't travel fast and he likes an opportunity to speed after the bad guys. I think I'm over it. I sure got a big fright. I can't help thinking of the possibilities of what could have happened. Roxy could have been killed...that's a given. My friend's dog, Blinky, another little terrier who thinks she's a huge dog and the boss of everything, could also have been a goner. Strangely, they ignored her even when they were closer to her than us and she doesn't have a fence. Thanks so much for your concern - we'll be watchful. I thank goodness for my fence.
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@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
14 Apr 10
Indeed thank goodness for your fence and that Roxy appears unfazed. It could of been much worse. Although since the dogs didn't seem to go near the dog without a fence, I am wondering what their motive really was. If you felt that the dogs were aggressive, it was better to be safe than sorry. i know my little one will bark and growl at other dogs in the park but not because she is aggressive but because she wants to play. She would never bite, not even a flea. I am glad you two are alright and sprung back okay. The story of Roxy's rescue warms my heart. Thanks for sharing.
@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
14 Apr 10
First off, I am so glad you and Roxy are okay. I hope the police find those dogs and make sure they do not hurt anyone. I have had situations that were scary but not one like what you described.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
14 Apr 10
Hi royal, nice to see you. I think I realise where the dogs came from. I think they belong to people who live further down the road. They have 2 Shepherds and they are kept behind high fences always as guard dogs. They don't get to see out. That explains why they seemed so ill at ease and why they didn't jump my fence.
@GardenGerty (104242)
• United States
14 Apr 10
I do not remember ever experiencing anything like that. I have seen packs of wild or escaped dogs running loose in the country. No one will go after them, but farmers will shoot them if they get after their chickens or their livestock. I imagine you were very scared. I understand people sometimes needing guard dogs, but they should be secured when traveling.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
14 Apr 10
They seemed to me to be quite predatory GG, the way they skulked around, sniffing here and there as if they were hungry or something. That and the mad barking and rushing the fence was just horrible with little Roxy barking at them then getting scared when they rushed at her. They definitely should have been secured.
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
14 Apr 10
Hey MsTickle! I am just really happy to hear that your babies are ok! I would have hated to hear that those nasty dogs would have gotten a hold of your Roxy or Lucy! I think that it is really terrible that those kinds of dogs are allowed to run free and terrorize other dogs! I am so glad that you were able to call and get that taken care of even if it was no longer a threat to your dogs! I hate that people don't care about other dogs when they're taking care of whatever business they have! I hope from now on that you will be able to keep your dogs safe from these animals!
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
14 Apr 10
Hi Opal...Lucy was in the back yard which has very high fences to keep her in and others out. The fence goes down about a metre as well so she cannot dig her way out...she is safe. But she can see what goes on everywhere and she had her back up. Roxy is just a little pup and so she stays inside with me. She loves to go out the back and visit with Luce and the goats but I'm always there to keep an eye on things. If that dog had come over the fence, Roxy would have been killed, I'm sure. The dogs appeared out of nowhere and disappeared while I was ringing the copper, so I'm guessing they belonged to the guy in the smaller vehicle. Dogs in vehicles are supposed to be secured. Maybe they were playing but it was still very aggressive from where I was standing and very scary.
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• United States
14 Apr 10
Wow what a scary situation to be in. I am so glad that you and your dogs safely escaped any harm. Thank goodness I have never experienced anything like that...I would probably have had a heart attack
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
14 Apr 10
I'm well and truly over the scare now whiteheather but when I think about it, I get a shudder. The bigger dog was the one jumping on the fence and I'm sure he could've come over if he tried but he didn't. The fence is a thick, wire grating type and only about a metre high.
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@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
13 Apr 10
That had to have been terrifying. I am so glad that it wasn't a disaster, it easily could have been. Poor Roxey. I'm afraid of dogs running loose, you never know what they are liable to do. I'm not afraid of dogs that people have and I go visit. I have had dogs charge up to me barking wildly like that, it scares the daylights out of you. I have also been chased by dogs while riding a bike. I have some petunias that survived the winter and are blooming, they look so pretty.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
14 Apr 10
Hi Polly. You can bet I was scared, both for Roxy and myself. I'm glad they disappeared...I just hope the copper went after them and caught up with them. They travel slowly so he could have done so easily. The petunias are self sown and plain white. We're heading into winter here but come spring, they will have masses of flowers and the smell will be glorious...it's been lovely in past years...the scent comes in through the front door.
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@qamarep (4448)
• Pakistan
14 Apr 10
may be you should nt let her go out of the home again while you are in..
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
14 Apr 10
Are you unable to read and comprehend...what part of "I was outside with little Roxy walking round my huge front yard" (which is in the first paragraph) did you not understand?? Your too short reply implies that I neglected my pup. I resent that very much. Kindly read the topic thoroughly before you comment in future.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr 10
It's ok MsTickle this Person does not like Dogs he thinks they are dirty and bring diseases in the House he told me in my Discussion that I did about the Dogs playing That was his reply to me It looks like this Member just seems to give these short responses everywhere
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
14 Apr 10
As one who likes to walk and most times has a dog with me, I have had some scares like that. The worse was when I was a kid and walking my dog and this German Shepherd attacked her and even got my arm before it was over. (It wasn't bad, just a puncture wound that took 2 stitches.) Today, when I walk my neighbors dog, a German short hair, who is old, there is this little dog that last year would come out of its yard and bark, trying to attack my neighbors dog. I would tell the little dog in a firm tone to go home, and though it didn't go home, but it didn't attack either, just kept barking. Then this year when the dog came at us, I was surprised and didn't tell it to go home before it ran into the older dogs leg. (My neighbor says her dog has this growth on her leg). So when this happened and I angrily told the dog to go home, it did, but I noticed my neighbors dog limping. I told my neighbor this and if she wanted to complain, that I will back her up. But she didn't. so then I ran into this older gentleman who also walks his dogs and he said he knows the dog I was talking about and said to be alert and when the dog comes out us again, to spread my arms out and tell it to go home and it will. I haven't tried it yet, but I will, next time. I really do think if you are going to allow your dog to run around,that it should be trained to stay in it's own yard or at least leave other people and their pets alone. So if I were you, I'd make a complaint, or tell the local cropper that if those dogs come at yo9u or your dog again, you will make a complaint, and then follow through if it does happen again..
@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
14 Apr 10
I think I've realised where they came from. I think the copper twigged straight away because he headed down towards where they live. They are normally kept in the yard...this is the first time I've ever seen them. I'm pretty sure we won't be seeing them again. You take care now.
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• United States
14 Apr 10
Oh that's good, because there's nothing like being afraid to step out into your own yard..
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr 10
I am glad that Roxy and you did not get hurt I am mad at the owners as they should have got the Dogs and got them under Control I can well imagine how scared you where, well I know how scared you where, 3 years ago I had a boxer Dog jumping up on me trying to get Gissi who I had picked up The Owner eventually got him, I had a right go at her It frightened me very much as Gissi was getting mad at the Dog because he thought the Dog was attacking me, so Gissi was trying to get the Boxer it was awful Hope you have got over your Fright and Roxy to
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
15 Apr 10
Hi gabs, I remember you telling us about that day. Yes, we're both over the shock and I think I know where the dogs came from. They are trained guard dogs and it's doubtful that they would have attacked as there are children living with them. These guys had somehow escaped and were in unfamiliar territory. They probably wanted to play but felt a little threatened as well. When a dog has been confined to one area like these two are, it's so wrong to let them out on their own in the great big world.
@kellyjeanne (1576)
• United States
15 Apr 10
Yes, that is a scary situation and I'm so glad that your fence protected you and Lucy. I have had many scary situations with dogs myself. I remember one instance when living in Florida. I was walking back from a buffet type restaurant. I only lived about a quarter of a mile away so it was a short and pleasant walk. All of a sudden I saw two large dogs come racing toward me, both barking wildly. Immediately, I stood still and yelled very loudly and forcefully, "Stop!", all the while maintaining eye contact with one of the dogs. Because there were two dogs I could not, of course, maintain eye contact with both dogs. Just one of them. They immediately stopped in there tracks and both walked toward me in an obedient manner. Without any fear I resumed walking. Then an interesting thing happened. The dog with whom I had maintained eye contact followed me like an obediant pet and was very friendly. In fact, at one point I had even turned around to talk nicely to it and even petted it. The other dog, with whom I did not maintain eye contact had crossed the street still eyeing me suspiciously. Here are the reasons for each dogs peculiar behavior: First, it's important to know and remember that dogs are pack animals. One main reason why those dogs were barking and running toward me like that is that I was considered a part of another pack. Therefore, not to be trusted. By immediately not showing fear and forcefully commanding them to stop I was showing them my dominance over them. My actions had made me an immediate dominant force of the pack. The dog that I had maintained eye contact with immediately knew his/her place in the pack and followed me like an obedient subserviant member of the pack. S/he was subserviant, yet, confident in his/her place in the pack. My actions had assured him/her of his/her place in the hierarchy of the pack and therefore, I had gained his/her trust. The other dog's actions were also logical. Because I was not able to maintain eye contact with that dog s/he crossed the street and was cowaring and eyeing me in a suspicious manner because s/he was still unsure of hisher position in the pack. When you are unsure of your place in any given situation (whether human or animal) you are insecure. What's really interesting is that I've had a number of instances like this with dogs, yet, (thankfully), I'm not afraid of them. I love dogs, but, I do have a soft spot in my heart for cats though! LOL! Another thing that is good to know as a dog owner. Because they are pack animals it is very wise to remember that they look upon you as the pack leader and each member of the family has their own specific hierarchy in the pack. You (as a good pack leader) must let the dog know early on that you are the dominant member of the pack. Dogs that misbehave a lot or are not obedient to you haven't learned this lesson and they must be taught. I don't mean by beating them, punishing them or abusing them in any way. If you watch the pack leader in a wolfpack you will notice that, for the most part, the pack leader will remind the other members of the pack of their dominance, but, the pack leader never does it in an abusive manner. It is mainly done in a simple matter of fact way. Any out and out fighting that you may see in a pack usually stems from mating issues (which isn't very often because the alpha male and alpha female are mates) or a male/female might fight for the right to be the alpha male/female and this may happen only because it may very well be time for a new alpha male or female. But, disputes aren't very often and only seem to happen when a change is needed in the pack. Well, enough of my ranting. I'm glad you and Lucy survived your ordeal and that those dogs never return to cause anymore trouble for you or your family. Have a great day! Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
15 Apr 10
Hi kellyjeanne,. Even though I'm aware of all that info you gave me, when it was 2 unknown dogs I thought attacking me in my own home, I was too afraid to think clearly. Actually, Lucy was safe in the back yard...it was the puppy, Roxy and myself in the front yard that I was scared for.
15 Apr 10
Jeez that's really scary hun. I have always been quite wary of dogs since I was a young child. A neighbour had 6 poodles which yapped and snapped at everyone who got close. As kids we always played in the street and when those poodles were in the garden we all stayed well clear of them, they were aggressive in a pack.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
15 Apr 10
When I was a little kid, my parents took me to visit my aunt and uncle...I don't remember my brother and sisters being there...for some reason it was just me. I remember being told before hand not to ask for anything but I became bored so I asked if I could go outside. My Mum gave me a dirty look but my aunt said OK but not to go near the dog who lived under the house. I explored a bit but I was still bored then I spotted a ball under the house. It was about 2 feet under. I got down to reach for it and this dog, a German Shepherd cross I think, came at me and bit me on my top lip...maybe it was more of a nip but there was blood. I was frightened and so I screamed, then I started to cry because I knew I was gonna get it for disturbing the dog even though I didn't mean to. Not only did I get nipped and scared but I copped a cuff over the head and a lecture on disobedience as well. PLUS, the humiliation of it all. Story of my life hun.