We had a disturbing incident today at the dog park. Tierce loves jumping up on the benches and until an hour ago, I didn’t have a problem with this.
Unfortunately, this time, he jumped up and got his leg stuck between the slats. This picture isn’t a great example because this bench has slats close together, but some of the benches have slats further apart.
I was watching Tierce play halfway across the field, but didn’t see when he leaped up onto the bench. I and everyone else heard him, though, when he jumped down and his right hind leg fell through the slats.
For a horrible moment, I was running towards him, screaming, “TIERCE! TIERCE! TIERCE! TIERCE!” Like all Shibas can, when the need arises, he screamed like a piercing train whistle and about five people ran to save him.
I must say now that I’m very proud of my little boy, because despite having his leg wrenched, he did not bite or try to bite anyone who picked him up or held him or fed him treats (as one gentlemen did – Tierce gobbled down the treat and went back to screaming). He was a very good boy.
I called Mischa to drive us home, because I didn’t want to carry Tierce all the way there, nor did I want to make him walk/hop home. Once he got home, he was able to weight bear, so we’re not rushing him to the vet right away, but he’s not going running or for long walks for a few weeks. He’s sleeping on the couch right now, a very demoralized Shiba.
I’d like to approach the City about having the benches covered at my own expense, but I’m not sure if this will be allowed. Perhaps a letter? I’m not sure; I’ll have to look into it some more. Tierce shouldn’t necessarily have been on the benches, but he’s not the only dog that jumps up there and perhaps this will keep things a little safer.