I was born and raised in California, so snow doesn’t blow my skirt up. I don’t think that is too surprising. I am an avid walker and I don’t own a treadmill and I live in Idaho. Are you starting to get the picture yet? We were really lucky last year, we didn’t get any snow! I was so happy and until a couple of days ago, I was really hoping it was going to be the same thing this year. How could I possibly believe that? ROFL….
Well we got our first snow a couple of days ago………..YUCK! I was out and walked in it and have done so for the last two days…………..but today when I got out there with Stella, I realized that the side road had melted into one big sheet of ice. And since I am trying to get over a knee injury, I am just not willing to take a chance on walking on ice over pavement. No --- way!
So you say, so what? My problem is I have an 8 month old Mini Aussie Shepherd who needs exercise. That’s my problem, it’s been difficult enough the last few months having to put up with a couple of nit wit neighbors who refuse to install fences or keep their dogs under control. I had the problem when I was walking by myself, but add Stella to the equation, the problem has intensified.
There is something about walking a dog on a leash, and when a loose dog encounters you, they feel that the dog on the leash is fair game, and they instantly want to go for it. I just spent a couple of minutes checking back on some of my blogs, and was more than surprised so see I haven’t mentioned anything about being attacked and charged by my neighbors dogs.
It’s something I had to contend with when I was in Nevada, and I was not real happy to find the same problem here in Idaho. But the problem is much more severe here in Idaho. I counted the other day, and there is a possibility of being attacked from seven different houses where I walk.
I have had an ongoing problem with one neighbor from the first day we moved up here. He is very cavalier in attitude and in other words does not give a dam. Not until about 2 weeks ago, when I called him on the phone and informed him that the next time his dog or his son’s dogs attacked me, I was going to shoot them. He no longer waves at me, but I was more than a little surprised this morning when I was really hoping to use my new “Bear Pepper Spray” on his again charging/attacking dog, he actually opened his front door and called the dog off! I can’t believe it………………..a first! I’m still in shock!
The thing about being a regular walker, you know all the dogs in the area, and if you are smart, you get to know their names. Believe me it helps sometimes. At the moment I only have major problems with two out of the possible 7. The other loose dogs, have learned to back off and aren’t really that interested in biting me or my dog. But that still leaves me with the afore mentioned neighbor, and another who also has multiple dogs. This other man I have actually reported to the sheriff’s dept., he’s a real piece of work also. Has made it perfectly clear to me that he will let his dogs loose whenever and however he feels like it. That is the mentality I am dealing with. Now you might be asking what kind of dogs? Well they are NOT Chi hua hua’s………….but labs, mixed labs, and an aussie shepherd mix.
Let me state for the record right here: I am not afraid of dogs. Never have been, never will be. But at the same time, I’m not going to allow a dog to attack me or my animal. And you must keep in mind, that these men have never come out during the attacks, they only show up after I have stopped it. Chivalry is dead ladies, sorry to tell you that but it’s true.
Now you might remember that I mentioned earlier that I was prepared and almost anxious to spray a dog this morning with bear spray? That is correct. And from what I understand, if you spray an attacking dog with bear spray he won’t be interested in messing with you again. I have never used bear spray on a dog, but rather than shoot an animal dead, I am willing to take a chance with the bear spray. I bought some when I first moved up to Idaho, but a friend was working for the forestry dept. where there were bears and I thought she needed it more than I did. Well I have changed my mind, and I carry it every time I walk. Dog ownership information for 2011 shows that family dogs comprised 65% (20) of the attacks that resulted in death; 74% (23) of all incidents occurred on the dog owner's property and 29% (9) resulted in criminal charges, up from 15% in 2010.
The Owner is Liable For Your Dog Bite
Dog owners have a responsibility to the general public. Dogs should never have the opportunity to bite innocent people. It does not matter if the dog has a history of aggression. The owner is liable for the dog bite. With recent dog bite cases in the news, the public has a heightened awareness for potentially dangerous situations. Unfortunately, many dog bite cases occur with virtually no warning.
Dog bites are often due to handler or owner negligence. Not properly restraining a dog is a large reason for many dog attacks. Owners of vicious and dangerous dogs may often try to blame the victim. The idea of placing blame on the victim for somehow provoking the dog is unacceptable. Provoked or not, dog owners must restrain their dogs for public safety.
Extreme caution should be exercised around breeds particularly well known for violence. Pit Bulls are known for the extensive amount of tissue damage they can inflict on victims. Certain circumstances can be more dangerous than others. Dogs on chains are often deemed more dangerous than others. Walkers should take care never to approach loose dogs
Dog bites often occur when a dog is on the loose. Many dogs have been known to escape their yards or enclosures to attack their victims. Many attacks occur when dogs begin fighting. It is not uncommon for a menacing dog to attack a responsible dog owner’s leashed pet. This can become fatal for the pet that is attacked. This also puts pet owners in a dangerous situation. Many responsible pet owners have been grievously injured while trying to save their own pet during an attack.
This is no joke, so if you or anyone you know is going through the same problems, tell them not to hesitate to contact the authorities. Although it may or may not do any good. I think you should take the full situation into consideration and act accordingly. I have wanted to write an article in the paper, but I don’t think it will do any good. And I will be deemed a crazy old lady. Well maybe I am, I guess most old ladies would retreat to the safety of their home. But I have a God given right to walk outside, and I’m not going to give it up!
p.s. and until the snow melts or we get a new pack of fresh snow, me and Stella will be seen making laps on our 2 acres. Yee Haw! Have fun! I knew there was a good reason why we have spent the last 5 years cleaning up this property!!! :) BE CAREFUL…………..HAVE FUN!