The bite

Waffles, my daughter's pug, at the Utes pool.
Waffles, my daughter’s pug, made it on “We Rate Dogs” a popular “pupper” site on Twitter and Instagram. Waffles got 13 out of perfect 10 rating — and more than 75k likes for this photo taken by someone on my daughter’s college team.

What would you have done in our place? Would you report the dog and/or ask the HOA board for restriction of some kind? How do you think the owner should corrected Star?

68 thoughts on “The bite

  1. I think you handled the situation well. Our HOA is on top of dog complaints so I’m disappointed in yours for not responding stat. I don’t know much about having a dog, so I can’t say what the owner should/could do. Stay safe.

  2. You handled the situation perfectly. It must be reported. This dog is a definite danger, and I do know something about dogs. This dog is likely to turn on its owner. Very sad. It is not the breed,it is the owner not knowing how to handle the dog.

  3. Wow! There’s a backstory to this EA- there has to be. Someone has to be encouraging that dog to be aggressive. I don’t hold to the idea that a PB is instinctively mean and aggressive and it seems Star was not for a long time so… As to the owner/walker I would want to know more about her and also about who she surrounds herself with and why and what the real story is.

    • I just found out her husband left. Maybe the dog is feeling stress or protective? Also there may be more to it as you said, that the dog is encouraged to be aggressive.

  4. We had obnoxious neighbors with a nasty dog. I sternly talked to them the first time their dog lunged at my dog. The second time I reported them. The husband was all sorts of Pisces off saying things I did, and I asked if he’d like to review the Libby camera to ascertain who was right or wrong. I told them the dog had to be muzzled in common areas and if it wasn’t i would call the humane society and report the dog. Luckily they moved

  5. Wow — so sorry about your husband and the bite, but seems to me you did everything right. Like Deb I’d be curious about the owner but not so much that I’d avoid responding as you and your hubs did.

  6. Aww, that’s sad. Sorry for your husband. I think you handled it perfectly, especially since your husband was bleeding. I would like to think that if my dog did that, I would be apologetic and proactively following up to make sure your husband was okay.

  7. Absolutely, the dog needed to be reported. What if he had bitten a child. Something seems strange. Maybe something she’s doing at home with the dog is off, so the dog gets aggressive out of the home.

  8. I think n you did the right thing here. It’s not right for the owner to just stand by and let the dog bite or attack other people.

  9. Yikes! I’m so sorry to hear that your husband was bit, though I think you did the right thing. My boyfriend was bit on his waist by a neighborhood rottweiler who had always been gentle and submissive and he didn’t end up reporting the dog or anything… in retrospect, I wish we had.

  10. I’m surprised she didn’t say anything to her dog. I think you made the right decision. Buddy was attacked by a pitbull years ago while we were out for a walk in our neighborhood. Fortunately, I was able to pull him up onto my chest, and the dog was dragged back by its owner. However, it made me never want to walk around my neighborhood again. 

  11. I have to say the reaction of the dog’s owner disturbed me the most. The fact that she did not say anything or reach out to your husband is weird. Your instinct to stay on your side of the street was correct. She should be reported. I know that we went to a public place to get rabies shot for our pug and there was a pitbull and another big dog who my husband identified as a dog bred to fight and very expensive with a muzzle around its mouth. I was petrified for the pug. In our area, we have some scary dogs. When I walk the pug, I carry a dog mace.

  12. Holy smokes – that’s awful. When Miss O was about 6 months old, I was carrying her in a front pack and a dog who was running with young kids from his house tried to bite her kicking legs. I turned my body so he bit my butt. I told the father of the family just so he knew and he handled it beautifully and we’re super friendly now. The reaction of the owner matters so much. It sounds as if she’s under stress but still. I hope your husband’s hand heals okay. And Waffles is adorable!! ❤️❤️❤️

  13. My thought about the owner is that she didn’t know how to react, was frightened into inaction, and perhaps also afraid that she’d be sued. We had a seriously aggressive, and very nasty Sheltie in my neighborhood. I’d see Abby and her “mom” coming and immediately cross the street. Once when I took my dog to the vet, there was Abby with her “dad”. The minute I walked in the small room guess what—Abby ran and ducked behind “dad’s” legs and cowered. I found that very intriguing. It’s no fun walking your precious puppy when there is a dog terrorist in the vicinity. I’m just glad that it wasn’t worse than it was, but still……

    • I’m with you. I cross the street or turn around when I spot them. Weird that Abby was cowering under dad’s legs at the vet. Maybe these aggressive dogs are scared and insecure?

  14. You certainly did the right thing. I hope the bite was not too deep or painful. She should not have that dog if she can’t control it. Or at least not be walking it in the neighborhood.

  15. If your neighbor can’t control her dog she should not be outside with it. Keep him in a gated space for everyone’s safety. I’m sure the dog is reacting to all the unrest at home and acting out aggressively. I’m amazed the neighbor didn’t say anything? She must be in a bad place. Hope your hubby is okay. Everyone should feel safe walking in their own neighborhood, you did the right thing by reporting the bite. Hope she adjusts her behavior with this dog. Hugs, C

    • Thank you, Cheryl. I think she’s in denial. She definitely cannot control the dog. We found out there is another neighbor who got bit. That’s two that we know of. I’m not sure if the other people reported it. My husband is healed. It was a puncture wound thanks to his quick reflexes to get out of the way. He said if he was slower, his hand would be gone.I have more on the dog bite story tomorrow — the drama continues. If you have time, check it out.

  16. So sorry about your husband, but I think you did the right thing. I don’t like to stereotype pit bulls, but my chocolate lab has been attacked by two different pit bulls. One was at a dog park. My dog was playing with another dog, and the pit came out of the blue, finding my dog’s neck immediately. My daughter and I were screaming for the owner because he or she was nowhere in sight. Finally, the owner, a man, grabbed the dog and apologized. But aggressive dogs aren’t allowed in the dog park. That was the last time I went to a public dog park because often owners aren’t watching their dogs.
    The other time was on our street. A neighbor who we didn’t know was dog watching his friend’s pit bull. Well, the pit bull got out of the yard so the neighbor was running down the street trying to catch it. I was walking my dog in the same direction, and when the pit bull saw my dog, it charged towards us and attacked my dog. Another scary encounter with a pit bull. I was screaming because I couldn’t separate the pit from my dog’s neck (the place they go for first, apparently). The guy ran to us, finally arriving, grabbing his friend’s dog who he claimed was usually friendly. Sigh. Anyway, after these two encounters, I can feel the fear creep up my body if I see a pit bull on our walks. I can’t help it, but I try to stay calm. My dog isn’t a barker; he just trots along, so he didn’t provoke either attack. If he had, I would have done something about it.
    And like you said, it makes me wonder what would happen if a child was walking a dog, or a mom was pushing her stroller.
    Sorry for the long comment. You got me going on this subject. And I have to add that I know not all of this breed are aggressive, but when things like this happen, it’s really hard to think differently.

    • I appreciate your comment. You described your pit bull experiences precisely. My husband tells me the same line that pit bulls aren’t aggressive and can be good dogs. “It’s the owner’s fault.” My experience makes me scared to death of them! I don’t care if it’s the owner’s fault or not! We had the best dog ever, a yellow lab for 15 years. Angus was the poster child for our local Guide Dogs, but didn’t pass their tests. Thankfully, he became ours.

  17. You need to report it to more than just the HOA. Not sure who exactly, but you need to create a legal record in case it happens again, or worse, the dog kills someone.

    • We did. We called the County twice. First after the bite. Second when they didn’t follow the 10-day house arrest/quarantine orders. There is now a record on the dog. Also, they sent out someone to the house to tell them they were serious about following the 10-order.

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