Charlie Blue Gets Attacked
Two weeks ago the unimaginable happened. Something happened that that we never thought about, and certainly never worried about. Two weeks ago, our sweet Charlie Blue was attacked by an off leash dog.
My husband, Ian, took Charlie for a walk in the evening on the Greenbelt, which is a path that runs along the Boise River. He took her to one of our favorite spots by the river—a spot that we often fish at with our two young children. A jogger came to this spot with her off leash dog. Charlie was on leash. Ian said it happened so fast, and before he knew it the other dog was on Charlie’s back. Charlie didn’t fight back. Ian had to kick the other dog to get it off of her.
It was dark by the time Ian and Charlie returned home. We didn’t realize how serious her injuries were until the next day. I took her to the vet immediately. The vet put six drainage tubes and several staples in Charlie’s back.
Our friends and family were outraged. We were flooded with questions and advice. Many people said the dog’s owner should pay for Charlie’s vet bills. Many people were concerned about the mentality of the other dog. Had it attacked other dogs in the past? Would it attack other dogs in the future? Would it attack people? Children?
At the time, Ian didn’t think about questioning the owner about her dog. He didn’t think about getting her contact information. He just wanted to get Charlie out of the situation and back home to safety.
Some people were concerned that this incident might change Charlie, but it hasn’t. She is just as friendly and loving as she ever was. She still likes to say hello to other dogs and people on our walks. She’s still gentle with our children. She’s still Charlie.
Charlie’s recovery is going great! The drainage tubes have been removed and the staples will be removed at the end of the week. She’s been busy soaking up sun beams by the sliding glass door, interacting with squirrels, and snuggling with our daughter, Sophie, on the couch.
We definitely learned a huge lesson from this experience. I am thankful that Charlie’s healthy and happy and just as sweet as she’s always been.
Posted on November 6, 2014, in Livee X Blue, Previous Pup Update and tagged Charlie, Charlie Blue, Dog Attack on the Green Belt, Sweet Girl remains sweet after attack, The recovery. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.