Help, I don't know what to do:
I have experienced a frightening situation and feel fortunate that the outcome was not bad. While out walking Bella (my 1 1/2 yr old female Basenji), a nieghbor's Pit Bull "slipped out" the door. She (the Pit) ran straight to us and proceeded in powering over Bella by mouthing and growling… she was all over her. It was dark and I was in a panic, I tried to pick up Bella, but couldn't get her picked up. I grabbed the other dog by the back of the neck and it did not try to bite me, but kept pulling loose and harassing my girl. Bella was screaming and so was I!!!
Finally, the owner came out of the house about the time Bella pulled the leash out of my hands and started running from the other dog. The owner called his dog down and I checked my girl for any painful areas... and there was none, thankfully. The owners were very apologetic. They continued to tell me that thier Pit is not aggressive and if she meets another dog off-leash, she will play with them. But sometimes she can be intimidating because she is large and "jumps after" the other dogs too quickly. (I worry if they are being honest or not for fear of losing their baby).
I don't believe in dog breed banning legislation, but this incident really upset me... My son did say that the dog has been out when he walked by before and it is friendly with people. I hate to think that we can no longer walk this part of town with Bella again as it is the prettiest part of town where we can see the river.
I am sorry this is so lengthy, but I really need to bounce it off of you all and see if you have any insight on this. Oh yeah, and my Bella is not an aggressive dog and has never initiated a fight with another dog. She will try to fight back if threatened, though... only she is no match for a Pit Bull!
She even plays with my friend's Wienmeraner and Golden Retriever (at the same time) and has no problems.
The thought has occured to me that she was trying to protect me since I am her human and the other dog came at us so fast. She is prone to stay closer to me if we walk after dark, previously I thought because she is afraid… now I wonder if it is to protect me?
Thank you in advance,
Lisa (and Bella)