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Friday, July 16, 2010

Mugsy Was Mugged!

You all remember my Aunt Renee's dog, Mugsy, right? He's the tough little guy who made it through an abusive beginning (running wild in the woods and had to be caught in a trap, rehabilitated, and ended up as my Aunt, the pet photographer's, right hand man). Yep, that's the one.
See my previous post on Mugsy here: boccibeefs.blogspot.com/2010_02_01_archive.html

Well, just the other day, Mugsy was attacked by a Rottweiler whose owner had left their gate open. Aunt Renee and Mugsy were walking on one of their usual routes, and out of his yard and onto the sidewalk dashes the Rottweiler, growling and snapping and biting at Mugs! Aunt Renee tried to keep Mugsy away from the attack by turning Mugsy in circles on his leash and....well, screaming at the top of her lungs for the owner to get her dog under control. When the Rottie was finally back behind his gate, the owner agreed to exchange contact information. A bit later that evening, Mugsy was rushed to the emergency vet with a number of bleeding wounds.

See poor Mugsy below after wracking up a $450 vet bill...(footnote: the vet called the owner of the Rottie directly and she paid on the spot, as well she should :-) )

           Mugsy, still in a stupor from pain medication

Here's what Parental Unit, Aunt Renee, Mugsy and I strongly recommend from this "teachable moment": If you choose to own what Cesar Millan refers to as a "powerful breed dog" you must take extra precautions to have that pooch under your control at all times-and that includes walking on a leash and making sure (like double and triple checking!) that your gates are closed and fences secure if your dog is left unattended.
And...all doggies need exercise commensurate with their breed and natural activity level, but most large and powerful breeds need a TON of daily exercise to drain their excess energy, and a long daily walk with their "pack leader" is a must!

Mugsy is now doing fine, but as we all know, it could have been much worse. So please, if your beloved dog is large enough to do some real damage to another pooch or human, (and even if it's not!), please have your four-legged best friend under your control at all times-Mugsy and I say thanks in advance for your effort-we're not the fightin' kind!


Maggie Mae and Max said...

Oh Poor Mugsy!

Glad to hears that he is doing better now but what an awful thing for him and his mom to have to go through.

That is very good advice too, thanks for reminding all of us Bocci. :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Duke said...

Oh no! Poor Mugsy! What an awful thing to have happen! We're sure glad that he's going to be okay. Your advice is absolutely spot on!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Bocci said...

Thanks my "M" named friends, Maggie Mae and Maggie and Mitch!
Those kinds of things can be traumatic for the human too, Aunt Renee said she was up the entire night!

Your buddy,

Anonymous said...

Ernie (Nanette's boy. French bulldog) is here on my desk reading all about the horrible adventure that Mugsy has had to endure and further more Ernie is very upset at seeing the gash on Mugsy's hind leg! Oh how dreadful. I'll bet Mugsy won't be able to do any tail wagging for awhile! We knew this neighbor lady who owned a sweet tiny Chichuahua who got growled at by a Rotty and was NEVER the same - those big old mean doggies need to practice PEACE! from Auntie Nanette & Little Ernie.

Bocci said...

It is not a pretty picture, Nanettte and Little Ernie! Even poor Mugsy's tail got shaved, cause he had a bite underneath his tail that had to be treated...Oh my, it was nerve-wracking for all involved!

THanks for stoppin' by you two!

Your buddy,

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Good grief. We are so sorry that happened to Mugsy. We hope you Mugsy and everyone starts to feel much better. That is a great lesson to learn for everyone. Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

TwoSpecialWires said...

Moma felt sick to her stomach and couldn't really carefully read all of this post. We're hoping Mugsy is doing okay ... and we hope no one has nightmares (we might) or develops walk-phobias (we would). And we really hope the rottie's owner learned a very very important lesson.

If only Mugsy had not had to have been the subject of the lesson. It's so wrong. And we are so sorry.

Jake and Fergi

Bocci said...

Thanks for your good wishes, Holly! We were hopin' to help people a bit...
Your buddy,

Bocci said...

I think Parental Unit got a bit of a "walk phobia" today, for sure!
Sorry about your Mom getting sick to her stomach! Mugsy is doing better, although still a bit stiff...

Your buddy,

Anonymous said...

What an awful thing to happen to Mugsy.

Bocci said...

Yes, poor Mugsy! But I just heard from him-he's milking it for all its worth-lying on the couch, watching TV and eating bonbons!

Your buddy,

Marg said...

Poor Mugsy but thank heavens the owner of the other dog paid the bill. That must have been really scary for Auntie. Glad he is all right.
Hope you have a great day Bocci

Anonymous said...

I sure hope Mugsy is all better soon what a horrid thing to happen & thank dogness the other dogs Mom paid up reasonably and without fussing. It must have been very scary for Mugsy and his Momma.
Hope you have a good weekend Bocci


Bocci said...

Thanks for stoppin' by, Marg, and my new friend, the Divine MIss Molly!
Yes, thank dogness the owner of the Rottie was reasonable and paid up!

You all have a great weekend too! We're going to a pet fundraiser today-lots of pictures to follow!

Your buddy,

MUGS/Renee said...

Hi to all!
I'm Mugs....thanks for all your kind wishes. I feel much better, but the
bites are starting to heal and itch! Renee and I are not walking down
that particular street anymore. I heard her say she might start to carry pepper spray....she does not want to hurt any attacking dog, just drive them off. I say HURT them and defend me!
I'm embarassed to say this is my 3rd dog attack, well 4th if you count the bull mastiff at the dog park who turned into a snarling mass on top of me, yet when pulled off, left not a mark.....lots of drool and saliva tho. We were walking behind a school 2 years ago and there was a park nearby. I was on a leash and 2 off leash dobermans came
running towards us and the male attacked and bit me. Then, last year, a pit bull came dashing out of his house and you guessed it, bit me.
I'm starting to develop a complex.......

Lorenza said...

Poor Mugsy!
I am happy to know he is doing well after that scary episode!
I hope the owners of the Rottie will be more careful.
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Bocci said...

Hey, thanks for droppin' by cousin Mugsy! Glad to hear you're feelin' better enough to write a post. Don't worry, I've been attacked a few times, myself-remember the 3-legged white German Shepherd dog? It's not a reflection on you, my pal, it's all about them... and their owners :-)

Your buddy,

A MilShelb Mom said...

Oh no! We just found you through the blog hop. What an awful thing to happen to poor Mugsy! You're right. People need to keep up with their 4-leggers.
~Milly and Shelby

Bocci said...

Thanks for droppin' by and becoming a "Follower" Millie and Shelby!
Yep, it's not always easy, but keep up-they must!
I'll stop by your blog in a few...

Your buddy,

Pup Fan said...

Poor Mugsy! I'm glad to hear he will be okay.

Thanks for visiting my blog... I'm following you now too!

Bocci said...

Great, Pup Fan! Glad you stopped by and talk with you soon!

Your buddy,


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