Monday afternoon I was going about my business working on school, cleaning house, and thinking about what to fix for supper when I was rudely interrupted by an unusual amount of barking outside. My dogs were out there like usual, but this was different. In the midst of that I realized I was also hearing some kid outside yelling at the top of his lungs. I thought it was the kid who is always walking by and irritating them in the yard (it’s fenced). I did my normal action of heading out the door to yell at the kid to leave them alone. I said, “Hey!” to get his attention and he turned to look at me, then yelled at me that my dog bit him.
My first reaction was not how bad he was hurt, because he has taunted the dogs a few times. (I know I’m horrible). The kid is bigger than me. And he isn’t 12. He’s a kid to me because he’s younger than me. Anyway, I’m getting off the subject here. I asked him what he was doing leaning over the fence. At that point, I had not seen the injury. He did turn toward me briefly, but then turned around again. I saw what may have been an injury, but he was so far away, I couldn’t get a really good look at it. Well the kid took off. He started walking away and he just kept repeating, very loudly, “Fuck!”
I tried to get him to come back toward me but he wouldn’t even look at me. He just kept walking away screaming over and over all the way down the street. The lady that was walking her own dog said she thought he was yelling before he even got to our yard, so I’m thinking he was lying to see what he could get. Yeah, okay. An hour later, a cop pulls up in front of the house. The injury was bad enough he went to the hospital. That’s when the report was made.
So now my big Boo is in quarantine. He’s a mastiff so he is large. He is not allowed to go out to the yard without being accompanied by an adult. Poor baby since he likes to go out and lay out under the shade tree. We also have to get a bite check 3 times in the next 10 days. And before anyone asks, he is registered and up-to-date on vaccinations.
What irritates me about this is that the kid trespasses and we are the ones who are penalized. I had the proof that Boo is “legal” and yet I am the one who has to jump through hoops. You may be asking yourself if I feel any sympathy for the kid. Not after I found out he is 19 and not mentally challenged. Who leans over a fence to pet the smaller dog when there is a monster with his hair standing up all the way down his back, barking, growling, and probably doing some lunging as warning in the same vicinity? Who does that? Really?
If you knew Boo, you would know that outside his yard, he is the biggest baby and wouldn’t hurt a flea. He has NO HISTORY of biting anyone, ever. When the cop showed up, he did a little growl and I just snapped my fingers. He sat down and was his normal goofy self. The cop said he wouldn’t have reached across the fence though. Boo is a big dog. He is 160 lbs plus. I have included photos for your enjoyment of the two babies in the house.
Here’s the only reason I’m not still pissed beyond reason. I pressed charges of trespassing against the kid. I know what you’re thinking, adding insult to injury. Well if he hadn’t been trespassing, he would not have been in range of the Boo man. It is a hard lesson to learn, but a lesson nonetheless. There are consequences to our actions every day, so there you go.