LIFE'S LESSONS ARE PART OF LIFE!!
On Sunday, our two Goldens got two walks: A 6km excursion with the Boss, in the early morning, and another in the afternoon with the youth in our household.
Max, was his usual playful self all day, but I could see a bit of fatigue showing through towards mid afternoon.
As you know, Max is a robust and statuesque nine-year old Golden. We are impressed with his general health and fitness, but I suppose we have to accept that he is getting on in years. His stature however, has always seemed a threat to other dominant dogs and often, on our walks here in the neighbourhood, he has been attacked without provocation. We have been attacked at least 5 times over the years!
I have put it down to Max being regarded as a threat to those dogs who remain behind their fences and gates and NEVER get walked! I suppose one can imagine how frustrating it must be, for a dog, to never see the outside of it's property. So when another dog - and it's pack- walks past them every day, they wait for that one moment when their owner is off guard.
The moment when they can slip out of their gate...
Well on Sunday it happened, yet again!
A boerboel took a leap of faith past his open gate, charged up the street (about 50m) and attacked my dog. Max was soon on his back and forced to seriously submit whilst my family (and Max's pack) looked on helplessly. We know, in these circumstances, to simply drop the lead and allow him to defend himself.
On the positive side, this is the first time in Max's life that he has been forced to seriously 'submit' . .. And I am thankful that he did!
Luckily he is unhurt but I think that his dignity has taken a serious blow. He is totally 'wiped out'. He's even omitted the early morning nose snuggle which wakes me.
My dog is really pooped!
I have told myself that I must accept that he is getting on in years. This means that my role as his protector must be firmed-up! I need to be even more vigilant in avoiding these wayward hounds on our streets...
But How, I ask when other owners continually refuse to look after their animals?!
MAX'S MOM IN SOUTH AFRICA