This morning on our daily walk Benji was attacked by a much larger dog. When we are out walking at 06:30 and I see people approach me with a dog, I will move with Benji off the pavement on to the roadway and give the people with the dog room to pass freely. I also do the same for Joggers. That is what I did this morning when I saw the girl with the Alsatian walking towards us. I took Benji off the pavement and on to the road allowing free passage. As they drew close her dog started growling and fighting to break free and the girl was struggling with it. Sadly the dog broke the harness and before anyone could react she attacked Benji. (yes I did find out that it was a ‘she’.) We managed to get the dog off Benji and she used what was left of the leash and tied it to the dog collar. Apart from being wet he seemed to be okay and I ran my hands along his back and sides and he seemed none the worse for ware. He seemed ok and I was too much concerned to notice that my right hand was streaked with blood. He let me touch him without a mummer so I assumed that he was ok, but I lifted him on my shoulder and the girl got on her way – crying by the way! I stayed where I was and let her get a fair bit away before I abandoned the walk and headed for home. By the time I walked home with him the adrenalin in him had calmed down and he was starting to feel the pain. In the house I put him down, and, with the lights on, I saw the blood on my hands for the first time. I tried to touch Benji and he snapped at me. I knew then something was wrong.
This is the Easter long weekend here and most things are closed down until Tuesday, but I called my vet’s after hours number, got through and explained what had happened. He said he would be at the clinic in 20 minutes and I was to meet him there. He opened the clinic for me and treated Benji. First thing was to shave the areas of the wounds and having done that, gave him a pain killer injection. We let him calm down for a bit then washed the wounds with a saline solution. Anyway, he is home here and I have antibiotics to give him and to clean the wound several times each day with a saline solution. Also to keep a close eye on the wounds and if there is any swelling or if they start weeping I have to
call and take him back to the clinic immediately.
So, that’s been my morning thus far. Benji is very quiet and he is here by my side. He is so quiet and subdued. Just looking at his wounds I feel so bad for him and for me. It looks as if I shall be walking on my own for a little while, which will give me time to work out a new route. “Brainwave” I just thought in a few days I can take him out again and use the dog stroller, but I will work out a different route – not that there is much to choose from.
On the news this morning a vehicle was stopped by the police. The female driver was breath tested and blew six times the legal limit. On checking, the police discovered that the woman had never owned a license. The car was impounded for a month, she was fined and she was banned for holding a license for 12 months. Goodness but we know how to sort out those law breakers. South Australia is still living in the days when a talking to by a Judge and you never broke the law again.
I went out to the store for some things for Annabell. When I got back home, unlocked the door and walked in, Benji was there, tail going and waiting for me. What a boy!