~Please be aware of dogs off leash. Skye is attacked. She is okay!~


It was going to be a fun Sunday. Several days ago we purchased tickets to see a performance at our locat Budweiser Event Center. Cirque Du Soleil, Varekai was performing in Loveland!

We have seen most of the Cirque Du Soleil performances and truly enjoy them. We decided we would go to the Sunday show at 1:30pm.

On Sunday morning we woke up and decided after coffee and a walk we would have brunch at our favorite local restaurant called The Egg and I. They have excellent food and we love going there. After brunch we would then head over to the Event Center a little early and watch the arena fill up with people. People watching can be fun.

After we had our coffee we set off to enjoy our morning walk with our two “girls”. We have been walking our dogs, on this hill where we live, since March of 1987. Skye, the Keeshond is going to be nine and Kloud, the Siberian is going to be ten. They have enjoyed daily walks for all these years. All of our previous best friends have enjoyed our daily walks in this neighborhood as well.

We were calmly walking along enjoying the morning when we noticed a big, black dog in front of us. The dog spotted us and charged, attacking Skye. No hesitation from the black dog, full out run and attack. It all happened so fast.

Skye is crying as the black dog is biting her on her back and side, Kloud is howling, I am screaming and Howard is trying to hold on to Kloud while going after the black dog. I am on the ground grabbing for Skye and trying to get her out from under the black dog. Howard grabs the dog by its collar and is pulling with all his might. Finally, he manages to get the dog off of Skye as I continue to grab for her. Finally she is in my arms, still crying, as I try to calm her down and see if she is hurt.

We were both so upset that our sweet girl, that doesn’t have a single vicious bone in her body is attached. We are dazed and become angry. Nothing like this has ever happened to us before. This family has had another dog that attacked and seriously injured a neighbor and their dog. The big, black dog is one of five the owners currently have.

Our friends and neighbors that live diagonally across the street from the people that have the black dog heard the screams and came running outside. I thank them so very much for assisting us. Howard was banged up, injuring both knees and suffered a sore shoulder from pulling at the dog. They brought out supplies for Howard to attend to his wounds. They, after we requested, called the Animal Control office for us and an officer came out a little later.

In the meantime, I take Skye and Kloud back up the hill to our house to put them inside and Howard stayed holding on to the dog and waiting for the officer to arrive. I didn’t have my house key, but put Skye and Kloud on our enclosed deck and told them to use the doggie door to go inside. I wanted to drive back down to see if Howard was okay. I didn’t have my car keys, but remember our next door neighbors had a key to our house. I ran over to their house and asked for the key or garage door opener. They realized I was upset and offered to drive me around to where Howard was. I thank them so very much!

Arriving back at the scene, I saw that Howard was okay just banged up and still holding the dog by its collar. Finally, I get his house key and go back home to check Skye. She had appeared to be okay as I walked them home, literally wanting to run back to our house.

I cut away some of Skye’s fur so I could clean the area around what I thought was the only two puncture wounds she had, I used Peroxide. The animal control officer told us when he came to our house to put Neosperin on the wounds, which we did.  I also gave her an 81mg baby aspirin.

It turned out to be a difficult time for Howard, at the scene, when the lady that owns the dog pulled into her driveway, as he was talking to the Animal Control Officer that had arrived. No remorse, on her part, for what happened and that it was all our fault. I will just leave it there.

We had to fill out paper work when the Animal Control Officer came to our house. He took our statements, took photos of Skye, Howard’s injuries and my scrapes. As of now we have not heard anything else from him.

Monday morning we called our vet and took Slye in to be examined. We wanted to make sure she was okay. The vet cleaned the wounded area and shaved fur in order to get a clear picture of the extent of her wounds. We were horrified when Skye came back into the room. She was bitten in several places and she was so bruised and very swollen. She was prescribed three meds and we were instructed to keep giving her a baby aspirin for five days.

I had make the mistake of giving her the aspirin, because the vet could not give her anything stronger as it would react with the aspirin. I leaned continued use of aspirin in dogs will result with injury to their stomach.

Our vet also gave us the name of a gel that would help with the bruising. It is called Arnica Gel and I put it on Skye’s injuries three times a day.

I write this to warn others that have dogs. Beware of dogs off leash and even dogs being walked on a leash. Our love for dogs, especially for me, reduces my fear of other dogs and it shouldn’t. Howard has been more alert at the possible danger than I have been. Not anymore! Very sad, but necessary. We will, from now on, carry something to defend ourselves and our beloved dogs.

Please be on alert, it can happen so fast. I know all of you probably are, but just be extra careful.

Our situation could have resulted in a more horrific result, Skye being severely injured, Howard and I could have been bitten or badly injured.

Skye is sore, but doing well!

Skye's injuries
Skye’s injuries

24 thoughts on “~Please be aware of dogs off leash. Skye is attacked. She is okay!~”

  1. What a horrible experience for you all. Coincidently I interviewed a young farmer this week who had to walk round his land and pick up 10 dead young lambs after they were killed by a dog. And then he discovered many ewes with puncture holes in their bodies from the same animal. There’s no excuse for the ignorance of some dog owners

    1. I am so very sorry to hear your news. No animal deserves these horrible attacks. They leave such awful wounds. You are correct, there’s no excuse for the ignorance of dog owners. Dogs should not be allowed to roam freely, especially when hunting and injuring other animals.

    1. Hi Judy, I hope you are safely parked at your summer destination. Yes, it isn’t a good feeling when you have to be afraid to walk in your own neighborhood.

  2. I had a hard time clicking on the like button… what a horrific story. I’d probably need therapy after that to trust dogs again! You were lucky he didn’t attack you too!
    It’s hard to understand people sometimes, how can an owner not feel bad from such an encounter between his dog & another when his was the attacker?!

    1. I hate to say this, but sometimes (maybe most times) I prefer the company of animals over the company of people. 🙂 I have a hard time understanding human behavior sometimes. How people treat other people and animals is beyond my comprehension. I wish with all my heart and brain that there will always be caring people – like yourself! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

      1. I can so relate to what you are saying! We just went to spend two days on a farm for the weekend because we feel animals are such a peaceful presence, it gives us the opportunity that way to regenerate ourselves.
        Well, likewise…I’m glad I’ve met you as a caring person too 🙂

  3. I am so sorry to read of your horrible experience. And even worse that the owner could care less. When we still had the farm we very plainly told our neighbors that if their dogs attacked our chickens or goats that Bill would shoot them (the dogs… but should have been the neighbors)… We’d had too many sad and unnecessary experiences with dogs – especially when they travel with another and get that pack mentality. I carry pepper spray when I walk – that friendly little cuddly pet turns into a vicious predator when it can. Again… so sorry… hope everyone heals okay without further problems.

    1. Thank you Sharon. I am sorry you and your family had such horrible times with dogs on your farm. If people wouldn’t let their dogs run free, cases like what you experienced wouldn’t happen. And, it is times like these that you want to shoot the people. Thank you again for your kind thoughts!

  4. How awful! I hope Skye makes a full and speedy recovery. I feel for you both too because now your walks will not be as relaxed as they once were. … People who are not prepared to take responsibility for their dogs should not have them. I used to let my dogs go leash free in the park but the other dogs would play rough and their owners would not call them off, so I stopped taking them. My young dog has had anxiety issues since and I feel really badly about this. … Hugs to your pup. 🙂

    1. Good Morning Dorothy. Thank you for your thoughtful comment. You are probably right, walks in our own neighborhood won’t be the same, unless this household realizes they shouldn’t have dogs. I am sorry that you and your best friend experienced a bad situation at the dog park. Once again, the owners of dogs that can’t interact well with other dogs shouldn’t spoil the fun for the dogs that play well. They should not be at the dog park! Skye said to tell you thank you for the hug. She loves hugs!

  5. Not a good ‘welcome home’ story Sheila! I am so very sorry to read this. Did Animal Control take the black dog away? Give Ms. Skye a gentle hug from me. I agree with the ‘pack mentality’. That happened to me twice, two Akita’s attacked my Sheltie, Levi in our own garage and two pits attacked my Mali, Rose at the dog park no less! These type of ‘owners’?! baffle me! ……. Be well my friends ❤

    1. Hey Gale! Yes, not a good welcome home event for sure. I remember when both Levy and Rose were attacked. Both were way too sweet for anything like that to have happened. I know most people enjoy going to the dog park, but the few times I went with you and Rose, I was on pins and needles watching some of the interactions. Again, some people shouldn’t bring their overly assertive dogs to a park park. I will give Skye a gentle hug from her Auntie Gale, but Auntie Gale needs to give her a hug in person. 🙂 Love to you!

  6. Gosh Sheila, I am so sorry to hear. I’m sure this will impact your pleasurable walks in the future which is very sad. The ignorance of some people is hard to comprehend. Sending well wishes to all.

    1. Thank you Ingrid! I hope we can once again enjoy our walks here at home. Being on a hill, with one road into the neighborhood and with this house on the main corner, it will be hard to bypass this house.

      I hope you are enjoying your time back in Colorado!! We had quite the hail/thunder/lightening storm yesterday!! Glad for the rain however!

  7. I just don’t know what else to say…please know that we have the four of you in our thoughts and prayers. The trauma you all had to endure is horrific and I hope time will heal you physically and emotionally. Like you and Howard, Joe is the one who keeps an eye out and is constantly observing our surroundings. I need to join in the effort…thanks for reminding me of that.

    1. If my post makes you and others more alert, I will be extremely grateful! Glad Joe is always on alert, trying to protect his “pack”. 🙂

      Like you, I will be from now on more alert and not as trusting for sure. I can’t imagine what would have happened if I would have been walking by myself.

      Thank you so very much for your well wishes!!

  8. My daughters tiny dog was attacked and almost killed last year in the yard by 2 pit bulls who had been in trouble prior…. It makes me sick… I am so sorry… Michelle

    1. I am so sorry to hear this; I can’t imagine what your daughter went through. My baby was bitten numerous times on her side and back, but is doing well. Swollen and sore.

      Almost killed is horrifying. I don’t understand people that have pits. I love dogs with all my heart, but pits I don’t get. This black dog looked like a lab, pit mix. Big head like a pit.

  9. What an awful experience for you all, especially your beautiful, sweet Skye. I hope that black bully dog is put down. I’m not sure what I’d do if he’s still around after this attack. But you can bet I’d do something!!

    Katie and I have been rushed by off leash dogs twice, but luckily she is small and I can pick her up. Still, like you said it happens so fast you can hardly think. The first time it happened, I was so scared I dropped her! Katie was so scared, she was actually screeching. Just awful.

    Now when I see a dog coming, I scream at them, GO HOME! NO! NO! NO! GO HOME. BAD DOG! Usually they will stop and most times turn around, but not always. I have a walking stick that is pointed at the bottom, and that’s a good thing to walk with. I would have no qualms spearing a dog that was attacking us. I also have an animal deterrent spray attached to my leash handle. And a whistle, too. Hopefully I won’t ever have to use them, but I sure will if needed. The animal spray is available at pet stores.

    Poor, poor Skye. I hope she will heal soon and won’t be afraid after this awful experience. 😦

    1. Hi Barbara! So sorry to hear that you and Katie have experienced these type of situations, but with a better outcome. I also have been able to stop a dog by yelling, No, Go home. This time it didn’t work. I can’t trust a dog off lease ever again and it upsets me. We are going to try some of the aids to hopefully prevent an attack. Thanks for sharing what you use.

      A friend wrote about an article in a local AZ newspaper:

      “Right after I read your blog I read in our newspaper that a young woman on the east
      side walking her three Chihuahuas was bitten by a javelina that charged her. She picked the dogs up when she saw it coming but fell and dropped them. Then the javelina attacked one dog. By that time 11 more javelina appeared. The dog is critical
      but I think it’s going to make it.”

      Please be careful, Katie is such a little girl!

      I hope you enjoy your weekend and thanks for writing, it means a lot!

  10. So sorry to hear about this Sheila but thankful that the injuries were not worse for anyone. Sadly I am not surprised at the reaction of the owner…very sad.

    1. Hi Luann, in one way in does surprise me of the attitude of people and in another way it doesn’t. I keep hoping that our culture is not heading for disaster. It is sad that this incident has caused me to not trust dogs or maybe I should say their owners!

      Have a wonderful weekend!!

      1. So sad that it is typically the owner or the parent who is at the root of the problem. I am a positive person but events like these are so difficult to read about.

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