Tussles and Scuffles

I work tirelessly with both Rose and Analaigh to make sure they are good pit-izens. We aren’t perfect, no one is but…

It is incredibly frustrating when other people’s less than tireless work negatively affects my girls play-time.

One such event occured on Sunday at one of the 2 dog parks we frequent. Dog parks have become a treat for the girls to run free with other friendly pups on the weekend as our weeks are spent working on and off leash together, away from distractions.

Sunday morning a dog entered the park and got spooked upon greeting. He lit into one dog, chaos ensued, and my nosy Rosy popped in to see what the fuss was all about and got a full dose of nasty. It was a pretty substantial tussle but no one was seriously hurt. Rose took the brunt of Bullet’s bad mood with two small teeth marks on her right cheek .

Dogs will be dogs and sometimes they’ll scuffle. Some scuffles are less impactful and others, less aggressive than others, easier to break up than others.

Here’s my problem…

I believe that if your dog is the aggressor and tears into not 1 but 2 (or more) dogs then the responsibility is on you to control your canine, address the behavior, and LEAVE the park.

Bullet did not leave the park, though, but not for lack of *trying*. The response to his bad behavior was more bad behavior: he just plain refused to leave. His owner tried, half-heartedly, to chase him down but Bullet leaves the park when Bullet is good and ready and not a second sooner. So after his owner declared, “Oh well, dogs seem to get over it quicker than we do,” Bullet was rewarded with a few more hours at the park.

Rose did not, in fact, get over it quicker than I did so we had to leave.


Do you want to know how we left?

I said, “Analaigh, Rose, COME” and they came because my commands are not optional.


For the record, it is posted at most parks that you must maintain control over your canine.

If he doesn’t come when you call, you don’t have control.  

I’m just sayin’

My Project 365: A Dog A Day (Day 10)

Day 10

My Project 365: A Dog A Day

I will select a dog a day to share here.

A dog that is sheltered or fostered in the continental US.

A dog that needs a loving home.

A dog that wants a second chance.



[shelter info at bottom of post]


ID# 0920703


3 years old

25 lbs

Entered the shelter as a stray

Message from Brooke over at BruisedNotBroken: This little girl was on the euthanasia list two nights ago but is STILL ALIVE.  However, if not rescued, she will go right back on the list ASAP 😦  ABIGALE is only 25lbs and is said to be losing weight at the shelter.  Poor girl is terrified and stressed, with good reason, and needs help ASAP.  PLEASE CROSS-POST!

A volunteer writes:  Oh my rabbit ears!  Abigale is a petite little girl with great big rabbit ears that stand at attention.  Her tail never stops wagging, her coat is shiny and healthy and she is as sweet as can be.  She was thrilled to be out for a walk on a bitter cold day and even posed like a rock star for a photo shoot, as cold as it was.  She is totally people oriented, and also seems to like other dogs.  She appears to be housetrained, is good on the leash and easy to be with.  Abigale is calm and relaxed and will fit into any living situation.  This sweetheart is waiting in Manhattan for her forever home.  Be sure to meet her when you are there.  

This dog is located at the Manhattan AC&C (326 E 110th Street, NYC 10029). Please act quickly and GO DIRECTLY TO THE SHELTER to adopt (open 7 days per week from 8AM-7PM, adoptions opens at noon). If the dog is on the euthanasia list, you must CALL THE SHELTER to let them know that you are coming (212-722-4939 keep hitting 0 until someone picks up. Do not leave a message when the recording picks up — keep hitting 0 until your hear a voice!). If you absolutely cannot get to the shelter, please contact participating rescue groups to see if they can assist you: http://www.animalalliancenyc.org/about/apos/atoz.htm.

On behalf of the dog before you, THANK YOU!