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My painful last memories of Will
ON a walk with our dog, Will, we were both attacked by another dog.
Will would have been 16 this December, he was almost blind and deaf and ‘creaking’ a little on his hind legs but had a real zest for life. We were at the back of Rainford Cricket Clubhouse, heading for the iron bridge, at around 7-7.30 am on Tuesday when I noticed a dog racing towards us and didn’t like the look of its body language, so I was forced to hastily picked Will up: this dog was a Staffordshire bull terrier.
l spun round several times trying to protect Will and prevent this animal getting a grip. This dog bit Will and Will screamed; at one point this dog seemingly had Wills leg in its grip. I shouted loudly “can someone get this dog on a lead please.”
By now it had my jacket sleeve in its mouth. It tried to bite my legs and as I had Will in my arms I also tried to shake the dog off my legs. At one point I almost fell over but somehow managed to stay upright.
A man and a boy (of around 5 years old) appeared; seemingly the man was the owner. He reacted when he saw the dog was not only trying to assault my dog but in the process was assaulting me. This man was unable to restrain the dog immediately.
Eventually the owner got the dog and handled it by its collar. Unbelievably he did not put the dog on a lead. This was despite me asking him more than three times PLEASE put that dog on the lead. I could see that this powerful dog was potentially about to break free.
This man fumbled for what can only be described as a slim piece of rope to handle the dog which was extremely ready to ‘go’. At this point I burst into tears at what had happened and what could also have happened if I had fallen over….
Next morning, Will woke us at 3.50am and we sat with him in our bedroom. We didn’t take him to see the vet immediately after the incident as there were no visible signs of hurt except a red and slightly bloody stomach where the dog managed to do some damage.
The vet administered anti-biotic injection as he considered there was a threat of infection from this dog’s assault, he was also given pain killing injections as he was clearly bothered by something. By mid-day Will was clearly in distress and the call to the vet was a very painful one especially as Will was, by now, screaming in pain. The journey to the vet also seemed like an age and one which I will sadly never ever forget - listening to him screaming.
In short, within the space of a few hours he’d seen the vet twice, the second time was his last. Who also knows how much longer Will would have lived as he was a ‘good age’, but it was like losing our teenager as we were together for 15 years.
Good age or not it doesn’t help the pain of losing him. I am very sad that Will didn’t make it for another walk and I feel very sadly robbed of our last ever walk in the most awful memory of his last couple of days I could ever imagine.
To the owners of bull-breed dogs I urge you NOT to let your dog off a proper lead; I urge a muzzle for this dog whenever out in public. I speak with experience with bull-breeds and other dogs. Dogs are PACK animals with certain traits when, if activated - and it doesn’t take much - can be lethal.
Dogs really are miracles with paws... they are fabulous but owners please be aware, your dog may be a house angel and great with kids but they can be ‘street/field devils’. Every dog owner has the ‘right’ to a safe passage when they take their dog out; I can never have that day back with Will.
Rest in peace Will …. A very sad Rainford resident.