Flashback / Dog Attack

Today we walked a route that as a family we have been on many times before, but today must have been the first time since September 2010 that we actually past it by foot. There is a particular spot about a mile away from our house that holds terrible memories for our family, memories that we don’t really like to talk about, that caused us to have nightmares and changed our family statue. We have passed the spot by car and by bus hundreds of times and I alone have walked by it but not with the boys. As we walked over the spot Jak started breathing heavily and tears welled up in his eyes, his cheeks went red and he started crying ‘There’s still red on the floor mum, the blood is still there’ I turned to him and held him tight, reassured him that it was just a mark on the floor and was not what he thought it was. You see 2 years ago we was walking the same route with our 6 month old puppy Snowdon to take Jak to his weekly Drama class. As the sun was shining on that day and the drama group was near a park i thought it would be nice for the boys to take Snowdon to the park before his lessons started, they loved to run around with him and Snowdon was very energetic and enjoyed running around in the park. As we was nearing some shops we saw two dogs up ahead crossing the road they was not on leads but they was near a few young lads so i assumed that the boys were the owners. I was wrong. The dogs were on the street without no owners and no lead, they had spotted us with Snowdon and zoned in on him, crossing the road they came up towards us. I instantly wasn’t sure of them so i picked up Joseph who was 3 at the time, within no time at all the two dogs were circling Snowdon and us I tried to pull him away with his lead but one of the dogs chose that time to snap and attack him, he grabbed him by the throat and locked his jaw on him. I was screaming for help, cars were passing by but no one was coming to help I shouted at the Jak to take Joseph away, he grabbed his hand and ran towards a lady that had just jumped out of her car to help. She held on to Joseph but Jak came running back to me, He was a little 7 year old boy who was trying to protect his mummy and puppy, he jumped onto the back of the dog that had held of Snowdon, I don’t know what he was thinking but i pulled him away and told him to go. Snowdon was yelping, there was blood coming from his neck I was pulling and yanking at the other dog trying my best to get him off of my dog. Snowdon was that scared that he pooped on the floor while he was being thrown about by this bigger dog. The sound coming from the two dogs was ferocious, they were snarling and growling. I was till screaming for help and a man came over from the so he grabbed at the dogs jaws trying to pry them open, more people was now coming out of their houses trying to see what the commotion was all about. At this point the other dog bit onto my leg, me left calf, i felt the sharp pain and shook my leg hitting the dog with my fists. The man who had the other dog had managed to get him off of Snowdon and i do believe that this was the only reason that the dog let go of my leg. The man led the dogs back to a house on the opposite side of the road, he must have known who they belonged to, maybe that was the only reason they stopped attacking us. Everything was a blur, Snowdon was shaking and blood was teaming from his neck, he had two puncture wounds and animal faeces smeared all over his white fur. Now that the scene was safe the boys came running over for a hug, at this point i had no idea i had been bitten i just thought that the dog may have bruised me it wasn’t until the lady said she was calling an ambulance along with the police that i looked down and saw blood on my leggings. I thought that maybe it was Snowdons but then i felt pain shoot through my leg, i sat down with the boys around me consoling them and our puppy. We was all shaken up, the boys were crying uncontrollably and Snowdon was shivering. I called my brother and a family friend for help and they arrived just as the ambulance did. My leg wasn’t too bad and wrapped up but i didn’t go with the ambulance to the hospital as i didn’t want to upset the boys even more than they was so i promised them i would make my own way there once i settle the children down and get Snowdon seen to.

The above pictures were taken 4 weeks after the attack, bruising and swelling stayed for 4 months

Jak and myself suffered terrible nightmares for weeks even months, It took a while for me to pass other dogs in the street. I never thought it had affected Jak as much as it has done until today. The whole experience was horrific, heartbreaking, frightening, causing us to fear other dogs and even my own. It has left us with scars externally and internally. My scars are on my leg but Jaks are obviously in his heart and head. So many questions went through my head that night of the attack What if Joseph was standing there? What if it was Jak that got bit? What if it was worse than what it was? The bite to my adult leg was nothing to what it could have been if it was a 7 or 3 year olds leg or arm.

A good thing did come from me being bitten and that was how the antibiotics had zeroed out my pill and how i fell pregnant and eventually gave birth to my Oliver.

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10 thoughts on “Flashback / Dog Attack

  1. That’s terrible Hun, wow I never knew u had experienced such an awful ordeal. Your one strong lady and jack a strong little boy.x

  2. My goodness that must have been utterly awful for you all. How was is not classed as a crime… surely it comes under the dangerous dogs act, although I know it’s far too late for that now anyway. Dog aggression is a terrible thing and owners who can’t control their animals shouldn’t have them.

    1. The police looked into and after months they told me it wasn’t a crime because the owners didn’t know that the dogs had got out of their back garden and that they had never attacked dogs or humans before, I was gutted to hear it as now it may happen again. The owners didn’t even apologise to us. X

  3. What an awful memory for you all but one that happens a bit too frequently for comfort. One year when we were on an annual trip to Center Parcs there was a puppy staying in the villa next to ours. The puppy played out back and one day a lady came along with a greyhound who was not on a lead. The greyhound pounced and this poor pup did not stand a chance. My husband ran to help as we heard the screams from the children who owned the little pup and the yelps from the pup. It took quite a long time to get the Greyhound to release the pup with my husband wrestling the dog and punching it in the pace to let go. It was the most awful sound and trauma to witness. I can’t imagine how awful it would have been for you and poor Jak and Joseph. Thak goodness the dog did not attck the children but it could have been so different. Oliver is certainly the blessing though – he’s gorgeous 🙂

  4. Dispite knowing who the dogs belonged too and the address of the owner the Police and local authority did nothing and the dogs are still alive. We will have to wait untill another child is mauld and or killed before we do any thing.

    1. Yes Audrey Apparently it wasn’t a crime and your right it always takes something much worse for them to take action. I haven’t seen no sign of the dogs though since it happened so I have no idea where they are

  5. What a horrible thing to happen. Of course he still remembers it, you don’t get over trauma like that easily. I still shake when I go past the pedestrian crossing where I was run over in Spain and it was 21 years ago. I’m glad something positive came out of it, it’s a lovely way of thinking about it.

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