My world is changing forever and I can't do anything about it.I attended a Swap Meet with M.O.M. & M.O.D. this weekend . They allowed us dogs in the building and I spent my time under a table in the sale booth.
Everything went well and I was taken outside often to do my duties.
On one of the return trips back to the sale booth, a nice lady with 3 little girls...they looked about 2, 4 and 5 years old approached M.O.M. and I and asked if the girls could pet me. Of course M.O.M. said Okay.
Everything went okay for a minute or two then I realized the little girls were getting very close to me. I tried to move back a little to show them I was a little scared but the tallest one leaned down and got closer to my face.
In a moment of panic I lunged at this stranger and without thinking I bit her in her face.
Instantly I heard M.O.M. scream my name as the little girl screamed in pain.
And my world is now changing.
My lower jaw poked a hole in her lower lip and my upper teeth made a 2 slight marks just above her eye.
Of course there was blood all over the little girls mouth and M.O.M. immediately pulled me into the booth and tied my leash to the table leg then hurried back to the little girl and her mother.
I thought M.O.M. was going to faint right there! She said "I am soo sorry" over and over again to the mother as the little girl cried. M.O.M. gave her a tissue to help stop the flow of blood.
M.O.M. followed the family into the restroom to put some water on her lip. The lady was kind to M.O.M. as M.O.M. couldn't stop the tears coming from her eyes. The lady said that everything was okay and her little girl will be okay and she even gave M.O.M. a hug! She stayed until the family headed home.
I knew immediately when M.O.M. returned to the booth that my life would never be the same again from this moment forward.
I know how it feels when someone says or does something that they instantly knew they can never take back. She marched me out the door and put me in the car, slammed the door and walked away.
M.O.D. had been out of the building and knew nothing about this incident until he returned. He was not happy with me either.
I know they tried to carry on with their day but M.O.M. was so upset.
And then things got worse for me.
Several hours later M.O.M. saw a uniformed sheriff coming down the aisle and she knew exactly who he was looking for. She smiled pleasantly at him as he approached her asking if she had a small black dog! "Yes" she said. He asked about the incident and explained that it was reported to his office and he is just asking a few questions about it. And could he please see the guilty dog.
So they came out to our car and M.O.M. opened the door so he could see that I really was a sweet little dog. He then asked if I had proof of my Rabies shots and fortunately I had my collar on that holds my Rabies tag. He was very pleased to see that and said that the mother was really just concerned if my shots were up to date.
He said he would call the mother to let her know and that she had said she doesn't want to file any charges or get me in trouble (tooo late for me!!).
Then M.O.M. had to fill out a statement about how she thought the incident happened. The nice man told M.O.M. just what the lady had made in her statement and M.O.M. knew the lady had told the truth. M.O.M. wrote just about the same thing in hers.
The sheriff wanted to know all about me,,,how long had she owned me, what is my typical attitude, had I ever done anything like this before, my breed and my age. Even took several pictures of me.
He told her that he thought everything would be alright but there could be a possibility that they could list me as a "Dangerous Dog" and if this type of thing EVER happened again that I would then be deemed a "Vicious Dog" and would have to be disposed of.
As the interview ended M.O.M. thanked the man for his kindness to her and I could tell as she quietly put me back in the car that I was in very deep trouble. I saw a tear slip down her cheek as she shut the door and returned to the sale building.
Of course the drive home that evening was one of silence for me. And I could feel the anger and fear in her voice as she and M.O.D. talked quietly all the way home.
So today starts the beginning of my different life. They will be putting up a gate so I must stay in the backyard and not have access the the yard next to the sidewalk. And I overheard M.O.M. telling M.O.D. that it is time to do a strict refresher course in my training.
I will try to do my very best to do just what they want me to do and be happy about it too.
A very important message to all my dear dog freinds all over the world....
No matter what you think...do not ever...ever...injure a human in any way. The consequences are very painful and it is even more difficult to earn your peoples trust back again. I will regret this day and my actions for the rest of my life.
My actions have changed my entire life forever.