Guest CharlesTheGreyt Posted September 29, 2015 Share Posted September 29, 2015 Hi all, I'm still quite in shock over what happened last night, so I'm coming here for advice, support, anything from fellow greyhound owners. Whether it be positive or negative, please share your thoughts. My partner and I have owned our boy, Charlie since last October. He is the first greyhound I have ever owned (but I have owned other breeds of dogs). From the start, we were very aware that Charlie has a high-prey drive. We were hoping to adopt a dog with a lower prey drive, but we fell in love with him quickly and decided to keep him. We do not have children, or other animals, so we felt that we could provide him a safe home without temptation. We have never let him off-leash, and have always been very careful, especially with the owners in and around our old neighbourhood who have small dogs that they keep off-leash. We moved in June to a quieter, more residential neighbourhood. We are now in a larger apartment with a small backyard, which Charlie has loved. We were previously on the 23rd floor of a high-rise downtown. There are even 3 other greyhounds living on my block! Since we've moved, Charlie has become very aware and excited by the cats in our area that he would never encouter in our old neighbourhood. Everytime before I let him out into our enclosed backyard, I walk out there myself to make sure there are no neighbourhood cats hanging out back there. Last night, around 8pm, my partner had Charlie out for his nightly walk on leash. We always walk him on leash, and never give him much slack as we know he will act up if he sees a cat or squirrel wandering around. He has gotten better since we moved, and usually will walk right by a cat... but as he keeps stride with the walker, he will continue to glance back at the animal. That was the best I could ask for, given his prey drive. As the days are getting shorter now, it was dark during this walk last night. Near the beginning of the walk, another dog lunged at Charlie. No harm done, but this probably got Charlie kind of anxious. My partner and Charlie continued on their walk as usual. It's hard to say what exactly happened next. It was dark, and everything happened so quickly. My partner believes that a cat in the bushes alongside the sidewalk jumped/attacked Charlie. What also could have just as easily happened, is that perhaps Charlie startled the cat. Either way, Charlie grabbed the cat, shook it violently as he does with his new toys, and the cat did not survive. My partner did everything he could to try to release the cat, but could not until it was too late. By this time, with all the noise and commotion, the home owners on the street had come outside, including the deceased cat owners. They did not get mad, likely because they were in shock. They even brought out a blanket to cover the body of the cat. Information was exchanged, animal services was notified, and Charlie was brought home so we could assess how he was doing. He is pretty beaten up. Lots of scratches (and maybe bite marks) on his neck and chest, many cuts to his front legs and feet, a small cut snout, and a couple other areas on his shoulder area that he will not let me touch. He will also not let me handle his ears in certain places like he usually would, but it's hard to tell if there are cuts there. We cleaned him up last night, and put antibiotic ointment on all the cuts. We are taking him to the vet later today. Based on all of his injuries to his chest and neck, it truly leads me to believed that the cat attacked first. We will never know for sure though. Charlie was not himself late last night or this morning. Very subdued, and would not get up to greet us as he usually does. At least he is eating, drinking, pooping normally. When we took him for walks both late last night and this morning, he was very reluctant. He refused to go too far from the house, and normally he is content to walk for ages! Instead of being his regular "energetic" self, as energetic as greyhounds get, he walked very slowly and cautiously and I had to contionusly coax him to keep him moving. He is either very sore, anxious, or most likely a combination of both. Sorry for the long spiel, but I thought it was important to give context to the whole situation. I know I haven't focused on this, but I feel so terribly for the cat owners... I don't even know what we could do for them. I would be devasted if I were them. I have owned many cats and dogs in my lifetime, and it's so so hard to lose one, especially in such a tragic way. I don't think there's anything that could have been done differently on our end, with the exception of having a muzzle on at all times. We spoke with animal services and we will most likely be issued a muzzle order but that has yet to be determined. Even though I'm in a mostly residential area, I'm still considered "downtown" and there are a lot of people who let cats wander the streets, and as a result I see missing cat posters going up weekly. Not really safe for the cats, but there's nothing us dog owners can do about that - just be cautious and aware. Thanks in advance for your help. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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