Well… Sunday, we had another encounter with the biters. One charged out at us, and while I guarded Gg, Sissy stood her ground, sweetly indignant that such a rude creature would rush her/us. Before I could react, the dog that bit Gretchen over a year ago joined the fray, and Sis was pinned down in the middle of the road.
The other dogs’ owners rushed out and I thought we’d escaped with only emotional trauma and some bite-bruises. We headed home post-haste, with Gretchen in the throes of a full-blown panic attack, and an hour or so later, I realized Sissy did have a small puncture wound on her belly/right rear leg area. She did have some significant soreness Sunday night, but fresh apple cider donuts made the world a better place. (I’m sure the wound cleaning and Neosporin didn’t hurt either, but what do I know?)
Was this one of our last trips to the trails?
Devastated isn’t the word for it. Both girls are ready to walk again, but I am not. Tuesday, we did take the trash up to the road front and then walk the road to our property line, but Gg turned around right at the line and made it clear I’d promised we’d only walk that far. Sissy was rarin’ to go further, but it was raining and I didn’t want to cause a setback with her stellar recovery. (I couldn’t even find the wound last night; I thought it was just a glob of dirt at first glance.)
I honestly don’t know what’s next. I don’t want to discuss the legal ramifications… just whether or not I dare walk my dogs ANYWHERE again. There are simply too many loose dogs on our road. I could drive them to the trails we have access to, but Gg hates the car almost as much as she hates to be left behind. Clearly, I cannot keep my dogs safe and that is something I’m struggling with too.
Sissy proclaimed her recovery complete yesterday, but Gg is still extra-anxious and I am just … distraught. We love our walks and runs, and most of our neighbors are truly wonderful, but there are at least three who feel it is their right to let their dogs roam, and they don’t seem to care that I have no confidence in their notions that their dogs are friendly enough, and clearly, the leash law doesn’t apply to them. I can’t put an animal control officer on speed-dial either, so … again, I’m at a loss.
How am I to exercise two very active dogs if we don’t walk? I can go run on the elliptical, but they can’t, and their efforts to do yoga with me aren’t appreciated either. Is there a website where I can find truly dog-friendly walking paths?