Thank you all I will try to respond to each: @Fitzmar Dobermans
: PM'd you, but good to see you still kicking around on here. I know we talk mostly on facebook nowadays but I still have some mutual friends with that roommate and also our landlady was her grandmother
, who knows the situation and I'm still friends with, but didn't want her granddaughter's dirty laundry where other family could see it. So not something I could really discuss on there outside of "suddenly I'm moving". @ECIN, dobegal, Meadowcat
: Thank you for the compliments! I can't guarantee I'll be very active on here- Creed takes up most of my time and life takes up the rest of it
But maybe I'll remember to update more often than once every two or three years. @melbrod, 4x4bike_ped, yuki_cos, ECIN, and Cressrb
: yes, outside the context of bite sport... no one hits my dog. The only time I raise a hand to him is if I'm smacking a mosquito or fly trying to chow down! I would have maybe understood if he had bitten her or attacked her, but his sin was that he'd bumped into her leg while playing with her (much smaller) dog (who also bumped her leg, but didn't get hit). As for me witnessing it... Creed goes literally everywhere with me, so unless he's sick, he's not in the house if I'm not also there.
The few times he was sick or injured and couldn't go with me she did report that he did nothing but scream in his crate the entire time I was out, which always sounded weird to me because before I'd moved in with her he was silent while crated at my parents' house, and he's always quiet in his crate while I'm home or if I crate him at work, and my current roommates say he's quiet unless he needs to use the restroom and even then it's whining and not barking... so my thoughts are either she was tormenting him in there (which is almost worse because he would have been SICK OR INJURED to have been left home without me!), or she was lying to me. He did howl at this event while crated and waiting his turn but to be fair he was crated in a barn with other barking crated dogs, so he had reason to protest. Who knows.
In any case, once she hit him and the fight happened, the friendship was over and I found somewhere else to live because I did not want her interacting with him at all if she was going to be so unapologetic about putting hands on my dog. It's not that it damaged him in any way, tbh he didn't seem to care more than just being startled that she'd hit him (there's probably a case there for GOOD SOLID TEMPERAMENT considering everything), it's the principal of the thing. Never in a million years would I dream of hitting someone else's dog unless that dog was actively attacking me/my dog and I couldn't get it off any other way. And certainly not because I was annoyed that the dogs ran into me while playing underfoot.
And... how dumb can you be to swing at a dog that you KNOW has had some training to protect? She's lucky Creed is steady enough to not react to that and she isn't missing a hand. I know of plenty dogs that would have "hit" right back. @Artemis
: LOVED meeting you and your girl. Here's to more adventures in Vermont and elsewhere!!! I was thinking about dropping one of those photos but didn't know if you wanted a photo of yourself posted or not. Nadia did great and I'm glad to have been able to watch her grow that weekend. You girls rock!!