Semalu Posted April 10, 2015 Report Share Posted April 10, 2015 This is a "how much do you love your dog" stress test. The moderator can decide which topic this post should reside in. It is a bit of a mixed bag.This is a story about the consequences of letting your dogs run free without a leash and what I have learned from the experience.Easter Sunday morning I went for my usual morning walk, only this time taking a different route, eschewing the beach and all those campers, for a walk along Prolongation Colon, west of El Eden. Its a nice neighbourhood.I saw three loose dogs sleeping on the road side in front of their home. They were nice dogs, 2 golden labs and one golden retriever. I like those breeds a lot and had little concern about walking past them, knowing them to be friendly breeds. I admit, I am someone who tends to avoid walking on the Malecon these days because of so many dogs not on a leash. I was swarmed there once and have since decided to stay away, sticking to the beach. So, as a precaution, I kept to my side of the road as I passed these 3 dogs.To my horror and now my deep regret, as soon as the dogs saw me they jumped up and attacked me. Biting my legs, backside and arms. I was able to fend them off but was knocked over, with the weight of the 3 dogs on top of me. As soon as I was down the dogs immediately reverted out of pack behaviour mode and into friendly tailwagging retriever mode.To make a long and rather tortuous story short, I ended up in hospital and am now in a back brace with a fractured L1 vertebrae for the next 10 weeks or so. I was lucky, so far I have avoided surgery and am expected to make a 100% recovery. No nerve damage.Now, here is the stress test for how much you love your dogs. This is what I learned while in hospital.First, because this was an attack, the hospital is obligated to fill out a police report that I had to sign. I was told the common occurence is those dogs will now be picked up and destroyed. I am debating if I should warn the owner family.Second. I am being very strongly advised to sue the owner family. Apparently in Mexico, when something like this happens, the family is responsible for all medical expenses, any lost wages or out of pocket expenses etc. In the event of a long term or permanent injury, it is their responsibility to care for me for the rest of my life at their expense. I could go after their house, car etc etc. Spencer may be able to back this up or elaborate on it. I admit I was and am still pretty loopy with the painkillers I am on. I may have missed something.This family is lucky, I have good insurance, a very understanding boss and little inclination to ever want to see that family again. So I won't sue. I will simply go quietly nuts while housebound with a very uncomfortable body brace for the duration of this spring and summer. When I am better I will carry pepper spray and a big stick while on my morning walks.One of you may not be so lucky if your dog should one day revert to pack mode while running free "playing" with other dogs. I remember that swarm of dogs on the Malecon and how quickly that too could have gone bad. So ask yourself if you love your dog so much that you would prefer to let him run free and are willing to risk paying for someone like me for the rest of your life. Just saying... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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