Since I've been at home, the coyotes have been crazy. Out at night making kills (they scream and make the most horrific noises when they kill something) and during the day they have been hanging out by our house when the dogs are out. And they are very big!
When I was walking the dogs the other day I heard them rustling in the woods and following us. So I decided it wasn't safe to walk them by the woods. Today I thought I was being pretty clever by walking her around the other block instead. Towards the end of our walk I heard some rustling and before I knew it Maddie was being attacked! BY A DOG! Apparently there is an irresponsible neighbor who doesn't tie their dog and it roams around. It came out of nowhere and just began mauling Maddie. I was completely terrified. I couldn't get the dog off her! Maddie kept herself between the crazy dog and me, so I wasn't able to do anything. I got one kick in and soon the dog was gone. But not before it did some damage. Maddie's hair was all tuffed up where the dog had tried to make her dinner, and I saw that she was bleeding. She immediately crawled over to me and laid down right on my feet. After giving her a big hug I was able to get her to limp home
Here is a bad picture of her paw. The dog had bitten her foot and separated her pad from the foot. A big deep gash:
She was so sad. Just laid down and wouldn't come inside
I took her to the vet to get some antibiotics and to clean the wound. The location of the wound wasn't amenable to stitches, so we will be doing warm water soaks and amoxicillin twice per day.
Here is sad wounded Maddie
I'm just hoping that this doesn't make her timid or aggressive. Maddie is the most social dog I've ever had. I've never met another dog or person that she doesn't love. It just sucks!
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