Yesterday, Aaron stayed home to wait for the internet provider to come and finally hook us up. He had Sammie and Emma in the backyard when the neighbor came out with her little dog to go to work. Apparently, her dog came up to our fence and started barking – Aaron rushed out, but just in time to see Sammie hop over the fence and start attacking the neighbor’s dog in our driveway.
Our neighbor rushed the dog to the vet where it had to have surgery to put in about 25 staples, some stitches, and a drain. She showed us pictures today and it was… horrible. I can’t believe Sammie would do that to another dog! Apparently it’s not out of the woods yet and has a long way to go to heal. I’m still in shock.
She hasn’t asked us to foot the bill, but she has told us that she no longer feels safe with our dog next door and has asked us to consider giving her up. She’s also considering whether to call animal control. We told her we are going to put in a new, taller fence as soon as possible, and until we do, that we will be outside with Sammie (and probably have her on a leash) to make sure she doesn’t escape our yard again. But we also told her we aren’t willing to give Sammie up.
We’ll do obedience classes, we’ll do whatever we need to in order to make sure nothing like this happens again. I’ve been crying off and on all day since we talked to the neighbor. Sammie’s my baby, and we made a promise to her that we’re going to be her forever home. I can’t abandon her!