This is for all of you dog owners out there. As most of you know I adopted a big fat old lab a few weeks ago. I have not had any problems with her, she is loving and great with the boys. I leave her in the backyard in the mornings for excersice then go home at lunch to let her in so she doesn't get too hot. Apparently she has been getting out of my yard, I have no idea how but I came home a few days ago and she was on the front porch, I came home yesterday and she was in the backyard BUT the was a letter from Animal Control .
The door hanger said my dog was running at large, tried to bite the neighbor and the officer. So I call animal control (immediately on the defensive) and told the officer that my neighbor antagonizes my dog (they don't like dogs)...well it was a different neighbor. Apparently Sandy (the dog) was in a neighbors backyard and growling at her. The animal control officer said Sandy was very aggressive, so aggressive she couldn't even catch her to take her in, she just got her back in the yard and that she would be sending me a summons. She went as far as to call her "Cujo".
So, naturally I am very concerned, I have a 7 and 3 year old in the house with this dog. I did not raise her so I don't know her personality THAT well. She has been wonderful with the boys and myself, not even a growl. I think she was scared and reacted, the officer told me "she wouldn't have that dog around any child"...I have had Sandy out in the front playing with other kids and dogs on the street and have never seen aggression. My gut says she was scared and wouldn't do that to me or the boys, but I surely don't want to wait and find out.
Any thoughts on this? Am I crazy to keep her around the boys? Could she have just been scared and protecting her home?? Any thoughts or suggestions, please!!