June 29th 2013 7:45 pm
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....to Dutch! Yep,our doggy boy is 4 yrs old today! He went out to the dog park to celebrate with his doggy friends. Mom said that he had a really fun time until some new people showed up with a great big Boxer. Mom was sitting on one of the benches with April,a lady who owns a white Pitbull named Buddy. Dutch and Buddy were off at the far end of the park chasing each other and playing as they have done many times before. The Boxer came over to Mom and April and they were petting him and stuff. Mom said that he seemed like a nice dog.
So Dutch and Buddy came running back to Mom and April(this is their normal behavior. They play for a while and then come back to get a drink and to rest.) They had both just gotten their water and went to sit by Mom and April when the people that owned the Boxer yelled something. Mom and April couldn't tell what it was 'cuz it was really windy out there. Out of the blue,the Boxer turns on Dutch. Buddy ran to hide by April because he's been attacked by other dogs before and he got scared. Dutch quickly got between Mom and the Boxer and he stood his ground even though the Boxer was biting him. Dutch was NOT going to leave Mom and April unprotected. The Boxer's Mom comes running over and starts screaming at Mom and Dutch. Something about Dutch and Buddy being vicious. (Ummmm what??? They did nothing wrong and neither of them is even remotely vicious.) Mom says," Lady,I don't know what you guys yelled to your dog,but YOU are the ones that set him off and you had better just keep him over in that area where you were. My dog isn't hurt,but I will NOT allow any one to use THEIR dog to bully or attack my boy. You said that you had never been here before when you first came in...apparently you ignored the clearly posted signs at the park entrance about how first time park goers are to keep their dogs leashed around the regulars until it has been agreed upon by the other park goers that it's ok for the dogs to greet each other. You didn't do that. You released your dog immediately upon entering the park and then yelled something to him that made him instantly aggressive to two other dogs who just happen to be a Pit and a GSD. I believe that you fully intended to start trouble and trouble is what you got. Now go away because your yelling is clearly making your dog more agitated." The woman swore at Mom and April and also said nasty things about Dutch and Buddy. The other regulars came running over to tell the woman and the man to keep their dog in their area as well and said that if Dutch was hurt that they would testify that they witnessed what you did.Four of the regulars said that they very clearly heard the man yell,"Rocky get 'em!!" and that's when Rocky the Boxer went after Dutch.
So,finally the woman took her dog back over to the area that they had been in. About 15 minutes later,the man brings Rocky back over on a leash and starts parading him back and forth in front of Dutch ....taunting him. Dutch just sat at Mom's side and didn't flinch. Mom told they guy to leave the area before he gets himself and his dog into serious trouble. The police will come,your animal will be labeled as dangerous,and you will be banned from all public areas when the dog is with you. He said some nasty words and walked off.Everyone else was so mad! Mom and April got up and took Dutch and Buddy to the other fenced area of the park with the rest of the regulars. Again, the man took his dog off leash and said,"Rocky get 'em!" and that dog ran up and down the fence line trying to get at any dog that he could. What most everyone didn't know was that another park regular,Mike,and his dog had been standing just outside of the park and saw the whole thing and he had already called the police. The police show up..3 cars...and started questioning everyone. They told the man and woman to get their dog and leave the park or they would get a police escort out of town or else they would seize the dog and the owners would go to jail for trying to harm others with their dog.(turns out that they were tourists and the man had a warrant out on him from another state so he got cuffed and taken to jail anyway)
What a way for poor Dutch's birthday to turn out. He was playing and having fun with his friends and some bozo stranger shows up and ruins it all. It's pretty sad that some people have to be such troublemakers and spoil the fun for everyone else.
Happy Birthday Dutch! We love you very much and you're such a good boy!
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