We live on a country highway, while outside working yesterday. Abby took off after something, most likely a deer, she ran out in front of a truck that had a trailer behind it hauling hay. I saw everything. The front of the truck hit her then the side of the trailer. The driver never even hit the brakes. I, of course could not move all I could do was scream her name. God was watching Abby. She limped back toward us as we ran to her. Luckily she was o.k. She's sore today of course. We love Abby just like our kids. Thank God she made it. I hate to tie her up outside but recently she's been out of control. Running after everything, birds, deer, horses. She's bit us three times in the past week. Refused to be bathed, something she loves. The only changes we've had were the new dog that showed up a few weeks ago. Do you think dogs act out, like children do, when even a minor change takes place. yes we did take our dog to the vet right then. As farmers our vet is closer than our personal doctor. He even makes house calls when we need him...........thanks. Abby is bruised, being the reason she is sore today. She's laid up on the couch like a queen.
***Edited By: Rebecca76 on 6/19/2008 12:32:07 PM*** Reason: abby
Yes dogs can react poorly to an addition of another animal and act out with bad behaviour, but more importantly, you never mentioned bringing Abby to the vet after the incident. I hope you have done so, because even though she may appear fine and just "sore" she may be suffering from internal injuries that can be fatal. By the sounds of the hit, if the driver didn't even hit the brakes it was a bad one. Dogs are very resilient animals and may seem fine when they are not. It is a survival instinct to keep going even though they are badly hurt. Please take her to the vet. You say you love her like a child; would you not bring your son or daughter to the doctor after being hit by a truck??
You said she has been out of control and running after things. You also stated that you live on a country highway. Country or City, a highway is a highway and vehichles travel at higher rates of speed on them. She needs to be controlled when she is outdoors. Fence, pen, kennel. I do not recommend anyone chaining a dog, but if its just long enough for her to potty, then its far better than letting her run into the paths of oncoming vehichles or being attacked and even killed by other animals. I agree with the others on seeing the vet immediately. Internal injuries can be doing serious damage to your pet, long before she shows any symptoms.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
I dont know what to believe. In one post she says pit bulls are aggressive as if she has met every one of them in the world and then in another she has a pit/lab mix but then again in another it is a boxer/lab.....
One post says the neighbors let coon hounds run loose and in this one she lets her dogs run loose....
In one post all cats first litter of kittens die and in another she has 2 cats and dont contain them either,even though the neighbor has loose coon hounds and she lives on a highway,but wants people on a forum to tell her hoe she can keep her cats in her own fields......
Hey I know maybe you can put up a stop sign and they wont go past it,maybe a no trespassing sign will keep the nieghbors dog out too!!!!
How about be RESPONSIBLE for your pets ALL of them and confine them so they dont get hit by a car or attacked by a coon hound,Im sure when one of them get attacked by a coon hound it will then turn into a pit bull who attacked them.
Looks like a few missed the POINT!. The question was, Do animals act out like children. What causes them to act up and change their behavior. But for those of you that care enough not to trash others. Abby is doing great. She up and running. Very spoiled dog. LOL.
Now I understand where the other post came from. Rebecca, you have to know that people on here can read ANY other post you have written, and in doing so, if things don't add up, then your gonna get called on it. So, instead of just saying that this forum is not nice and side stepping the issue, explain why your post are inconsistent. Also it seems really hard to believe that you "forgot to mention" in the first post that the dog was fine and you had brought her to the vet right away. It just doesn't seem like something you would forget to mention. JMO.
Rebecca, it sounds like you need to fence in your yard immediately. The next time your dog runs out onto the highway may be her last time.
You are responsible for her training and her safety. Would you allow your own children to run loose all over? Of course not. They might get hit and killed. So please get a proper fence up immediately and keep your dog safe.
Then you can concentrate on the training that is obviously very much needed for both her and you. Trust me, we have all had dogs that were not "push button". A responsible dog owner will take full control of the situation and be proactive over it :)
Has Abby been tested for worms lately? a sudden change in personality can be caused by a toxin emmitted by whip worms possibly brought in by the strange dog arriving a few weeks ago a dog that is used to being bathed and hasn't had a biting problem in the past doesn't usually just wake up one morning and think I am mad about this other dog and I am going to give my owner grief over it