I always thought of my backyard as a relatively safe place for my dogs to be. Yes, I’m aware that bad things can still happen to my pups back there but I didn’t think of anything major happening…until last night. Yesterday my neighbor’s 70+ pound dog jumped over the fence our cinder-block fence (a fence that was built taller than normal because she is a known jumper). Now normally, when Molly comes over to visit, I tuck all my little Pomeranians inside and wait for her to go back home but yesterday she stuck around. A few hour later I saw her running across my yard and disappear, I made the mistake of thinking that she had gone home and opened my doors to let my dogs out.
My trio run to the side of the house, barking furiously so my husband goes to check on them. Sox and the neighbor’s dog start to fight and before he can get to them, the large dog picks Sox up in her mouth by his throat and Sox starts wailing in pain. Mol won’t let Sox go, my husband Tim tried to unhinge her jaw but no dice so he pushes her ribs strong enough to make her gasp for air and drop our dog.
Sox is alright, his biggest injuries are some bruising and a small wound. All things considered,it could have been way worse. I hold no ill against my neighbor’s dog – I know Sox lunged at Mol’s face before she picked him up and my neighbors apologized and offered to pay for the vet bills. This incident did however make me realize that I have to keep an eye out on my dogs – even in our own backyard.