I would first of all like to say thanks to everyone who has sent me twitter messages, blog comments, and facebook messages. Not forgetting just people talking to me face to face. It was much appreciated. Last night I even got a call from my main guide dog mobility instructor! She was horrified as was everyone else. She said to me that the fact that the guy didn’t come over and that he phoned and said that Ushi had attacked his dog spelt guilt. She said though that I should get out as soon as possible. She said that if i need, someone can come up and assess Ushi. She wants someone to go with me for the first couple of days just to build up my confidence again. If Ushi has any problems at all i’m to contact them and they will come out. She also recommended that i get the dog wardens number in my phone should I ever need it again. Most importantly, she said she was there to support me which was great.
I must thank all the guide dogs staff so far that have spoken to me. They have been amazing.
Anyway on to today.
The police came at about 10 o’clock this morning. They had a good look at Ushi and they said that she seemed fine. They said that they know who it might be, but that it would be very hard to prosicute since it might not have been deliberate and the dog could have just got off it’s lead. They said though that the fact that there was no real attempt to get the dog was bad. They are going to speak to our estate association to see if they heard anything and since they reported it they want to know what the craic is with that. They are also speaking to the dog warden. If Ushi has no injuries, they are going with attempted criminal dammage. They said though that they will deffinetly speak to him, and give him a caution if there is evidence against him. They say that the dog warden might even be able to go further with it if they have found something else. I was a bit worried about it happening again if nothing could be done, but they said that he probably wouldn’t want it to happen again since it would cause another investigation. They will come back after I take Ushi to the vets to take an official statement. Fingers crossed though that they do get something else to go on. I don’t want to be worrying all the time if it will be about!
I’ll write more when I’m back from the vets.
We went to the vets at about half 2. While we were waiting to be seen, a dog came towards Ushi, and she backed away a little. I think she is still a bit shaken about the whole thing.
When we went in, the vet gave her a thorough check. He said that everything sounded fine which was good. Dad thought that she would be lifted onto the table, but the vet said that the floor would be better so that it wouldn’t cause her too much stress. The poor girl started trembling though when the vet started to look at her! Some reassuring helped her out there though. I don’t think she likes vets too much.
I’m so glad that she hasn’t any injuries. Thank god!
When we came back to the house, we were waiting for the police to come out again. They later phoned me to say that they got another witness to the attack, but he didn’t know if they would be so keen once a statement was taken. He says that apparently it was a colly that attacked Ushi, and not a staffy. Why would those kids have said it was a staffy then? And get this-the owner apparently pulled the dog off Ushi. If he did, why the hell did he not have the balls to help me! The police will ring me later in the week. They don’t want to get a statement from me if the witness doesn’t come forward. I mean if the witness doesn’t give a statement. I think they really want to catch the guy!
Let’s hope these next few days go alright. I’m getting my sister to come with me tomorrow just to make sure that nothing bad happens, and so I can build my confidence up again. I am really nervous about it. Especially since the guy hasn’t been caught yet!
Hopefully it all goes alright though and we can get back into the swing of things.
I was going to blog today about
For the Iresh blog awards 2011, but I guess that will have to wait….
Today was just an ordinary day, so I thought. I headed out as usual for my quilting course at about 10 o’clock this morning. It was a nice day. Thankfully it wasn’t raining!
At the top of our street there is a dog that usually barks as we go by. I don’t mind it as the owner of that dog has it well secured and it’s nowhere near me. I had just past that dog as usual, when I felt Ushi getting distracted. I corrected her, and she wasn’t paying attention, so I stopped to give a firmer correction. I heard a man say “come here” to his dog, and the next thing I knew, the dog was growling and trying to get at Ushi. I just dropped the harness, and screamed. There was alot of growling from the other dog, and then I heard a couple of yelps from Ushi. The fight only lasted about 30 seconds thankfully, and then it must have walked away. I was crapping myself at this point. (Not litterally though lol). I got up to our second down kerb and started patting her to make sure she wasn’t hurt or anything. These kids came over and this is how the conversation went:
kids:”Are you okay?”. Me:yeah is Ushi alright? She was attacked by that dog. Kids: “That’s our dog. are you not used to seeing dogs fighting?”. Me:no. (what?). Kids:”do you know where you’re going?”. Me:yeah. Me:yeah. Another kid comes over: “what happened?”. Other kids:”Our staffy attacked that dog.”. Me:I thought it was on a lead? Other kids:”yeah but he let it go when he saw you.”. Me:Oh right! (In shock!). Kids:”Where did you get that dog?”. Me:she’s a guide dog. I then went on my way.
I spent the whole way to our destination reassuring her and just telling her what a girl she was. I think it was more for my benifit than hers though.
The owner of the dog didn’t even bother his arse to come over. It was his kids that made sure I was alright. What kind of a dog is that to have around kids? I’m so glad that Ushi didn’t submit herself to the dog though. She tried to get away naturally, but she didn’t submit. She would have been alot worse off if she had done!
After the quilting, I got my dad to walk home with me just in case. He recommended we phone the police so that was what we did when we got home.
The police said first of all that it was the dog warden who needed to be called as I wasn’t attacked. So we called them and they said that while it wasn’t an offence, the fact that he clearly let the dog off the lead was. Back to the police again. (the dog warden had said that there was a report of Ushi (a labrador) attacking this mans dog. What? I explained that Ushi deffinetly wouldn’t do that since she is so submissive and that. I was a bit worried at this point, so while dad was waiting for the police to take him off hold, I rang guide dogs for a quick chat. They said that they didn’t get any complaints from the dog warden, and that the chances of Ushi actually attacking another dog were extremely slim. They said that they would record it and that if it started to affect Ushi’s work they would come out and see what the craic was. They said that it could take a few days before I start to notice any changes. They said that the most important thing to do was to get her to the vets just to make sure there were no hidden injuries. (I couldn’t get an appointment today, so we’ve made it for half 2 tomorrow). We both agree though that it was probably the owner covering his arse.
The police are coming out tomorrow morning.
The dog warden said that if the staffy was his, or he knew of it, he would have it put down tonight. (They can’t arrest anyone yet). They are going to visit the two houses they thinnk have the dog. They say if it starts to affect us, he can take the owner to court. Both the police and the dog warden are paying a visit to the owners home. They said that if the guy tries to say that Ushi attacked his dog, that the dog warden would “laugh in his face”. They deffinetly aren’t taking it too lightly.
The dog warden says that I am to monitor her for signs of shock (apparently she will have pale gums). But going by the way she ate her food and munched on her nylabone, she seems alright. Touch wood anyway!
I am to ring guide dogs back tomorrow after she has been seen by the vet and all.
I will let you know how it goes with the police and all. Thank you so far though for all the kind mentions and well wishes. My confidence has deffinetly taken a beating today. I don’t think i’ll work her tomorrow. I think we both need a day of “confidence boosting”. As if i wasn’t scared of dogs barking enough already! Now I have even more reason to be!
I’ll let you know how tomorrow goes.