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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Mon, Oct. 12th, 2009 06:31 pm
Burrs...ugh!

Dahlia and I were on our walk this afternoon and stepped onto the grass to avoid a woman and her rather enthusiastic young pit bull. What does the woman do? Stop on the sidewalk near us and say "Should we cross the road?"

Um no...why don't you just KEEP WALKING?

And the dog is training at the (retractable) leash to greet Dahlia. She told me he was friendly and I said that Dahlia was too. Well, on THAT she released the button the retractable and the dog RUSHES Dahlia, jumps on her head. She rears up and growls/air snaps near him and he tries to go after her (not sure if it was in play or not), but I backed her up and the woman finally got the intelligence to yank her dog back. Her response "well, he's usually friendly." My response? Well, I wasn't quite sure how to tell her that her dog was rude and ignorant of proper canine greeting behavior and freaked Dahlia out.

But...

To top it off. In order to get away from him she backed RIGHT INTO a big bush with burrs in it. She had TONS in her fur. I pulled all the ones out of her back end and hips. But...they all got into her tail. Like 10 of them or so in a big clump with her tail fur all wrapped around it.

OH NOES NOT THE GIGANTIC TAIL OF DOOM!!!!

I ended up rushing back to the house where we attacked the tail with a little bit of scisssor work and a lot of brushing. Dahlia was NOT a happy dog and ended up laying in my lap with her ears back and her eyes looking all buggy while David got it out (plenty of experience from his last dog). Her tail just has a chunk of it out near the base, but the rest looks ok. Poor girl!

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stubberella
stubberella
Lisa Eskra
Mon, Oct. 12th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)

Burrs are the work of Satan -- I'm sure of it! Poor Hope gets them stuck in her paws. It's obvious the previous owners of this house never used the yard. It will take us years to clean all the damn things up!


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Mon, Oct. 12th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)

Oh no! In her paws? Awful. Dahlia just got a bunch all over her back end and a huge group in her poor tail. There was a giant clump of them in it. I really thought she was going to lose her lovely tail. I'm glad David could save it!


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vomitrocity
vomitrocity
Null
Mon, Oct. 12th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)

Fucking retractable leashes need to not exist.

I'd have yelled at the idiot woman.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Mon, Oct. 12th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)

We do use a retractable occasionally. I used to use them when Dahlia was reactive, believe it or not. It was more comfortable to hold onto when she was trying to go nuts and I could tighten it up so she had less than a foot to move in. So much easier. But you HAVE TO USE THEM THE RIGHT WAY. And people can't do that.

The woman was mortified so I just kind of let it go.


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