Afternoon hike with a little too much excitement!
Hi all! My son Luke and I took Fenway (will be 5 months on 2/10) and our rat terrier Tango on a hike Saturday afternoon. Our house is surrounded by pasture that they explore almost daily, but on Saturday we decided to load them in the car and take them a few miles down the road to another part of the farm so that they could have a fresh new place to explore. We had a grand time hiking through the fields and in and out of the woods. We don’t have very many “pretty” places here in our part of Mississippi, but we certainly have lots of room to run and play.
After a good long hike we decided it was time to head back toward the car. Little did we know that was only the beginning of our adventure. We rounded the bend and standing there was a stray female pit bull who was obviously starving. She was nothing but bones. Now, I’m not typically fearful of animals at all, but the idea of meeting an emaciated pit bull out in the middle of nowhere with my pups and my 6 year old son frightened me just a bit. Fenway bared his teeth and barked and growled but stayed right by me. Tango, the rat terrier, however, thinks she’s as big as a rottweiler and took off right at the pit bull snarling and barking and jumping all over her. They tangled up for a few moments and Tango came out with blood streaks smeared on her. (Still not sure where the blood came from through because Tango was not hurt. Must have come off of a wound the other dog already had.) I had told my son to stand still beside me in hopes that the dog might not be interested in us, but lo and behold she ran right at us and jumped up and put her paws on Luke’s shoulders. At that point, despite the fact that she really didn’t seem to be intent on harming us, I was really uneasy. There was constant nipping and snarling and barking between our dogs and her and I had no idea what might come of it all, so I put Luke up on a round hay bale out of harms reach and I climbed up with him shortly after. The pitt bull tried to jump up on the hay bale at us a few times, but each time I pushed her down with my foot. Then, wouldn’t you know, she laid down right beside the hay bale and stayed there. We stayed put for a few minutes and then decided to attempt to make it to the car. I picked up a big stick and put Luke on my back and carried him as far as I could all the while with the pitt bull trailing right along with us. Then I let him walk beside me and she ran all around us, but never acted out toward us…only snarling at Tango who wouldn’t leave her alone. Getting in the car was another adventure in itself. Fenway, of course, came right to me and loaded in the car nicely, but Tango had no interest in leaving yet and wouldn’t come within arms reach of me. This was made even more interesting by the fact that every time I would squat down to coax her to me the pitt bull would meet me face to face and then intercept Tango and run her away. Ugh! After what seemed like an eternity of this I finally got my hands on the little squirt and off we went.
What a day! My hearts goes out to the pitt bull as she obviously was stray and hungry, but boy oh boy! That was enough to raise my heart rate just a little. Oh and by the way, I have a friend who doesn’t have children who regularly takes in animals that wants me to take her to try and find her. Might be a rescue case. :-)
So, after much ado…here are some pics.