Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sausage Dog Stroll Safety

On Friday I received horrible news from my best buddy Weezer Bob in Arizona. He had gone on a walk with his momma and sister Bella and they were attacked by a big doggy that was not on a leash. Bella suffered serious injuries and died.  Bella was recently adopted from a shelter and had already suffered a great deal throughout her life.  She was finally in a great home with loving parents, Weezer Bob, Bella and Toby the Cats.  She enjoyed laying out in her yard and soaking up the sun.  She loved her brother and was almost healthy enough to go to a park that her family told her about.  Because a careless human didn’t restrain their doggy, Bella never made it to that park alive.  This was a senseless tragedy; a death of a sweet girl who was just starting to really live. So, for Bella, my momma and I decided we should discuss keeping safe while going out for walks.

Love your leash!

Never, ever go out on a walk without wearing your collar and leash.  You are so much safer! Your collar should have all your contact information on it in case you accidentally get loose.  Your collar, preferably a comfy harness type, should fit you well and not be too big or small.  I highly recommend Hug-A-Dog Harness because of the way they fit. 

Some people think doggies should be able to run free and I love running free at my grammy and grandpa’s house because they have a huge fenced in yard but it is very dangerous to run in public for several reasons.

First of all, you could get lost or hit by a car.  Since us wieners are so cute, we may even get dog-napped!

There are mean, mean people who may poison you because they don’t like doggies.

You may come across a bigger dog or wild animal that will eat you!

You may be mistaken as dangerous and shot or killed by a person or policeman.

Finally because it is illegal! …..or is it?

You would think that if your parent just let your run around wild it would clearly be breaking a law but in fact only 2 states Michigan and Pennsylvania have strict statewide leash laws. Other states regulate only vicious and in heat females but most have no statewide legislation instead leaving it up to local governments.  You can check your states laws here. Leash Laws

Please check with your city/county for local laws. If no leash laws exist in your town, consider submitting one in Bella’s name so we can all be safer.

Be Seen!

When you go out on your walky with your parents be sure to wear an outfit or bandanna that is bright and can be seen easily.  I love my clothes but many of you prefer to be “au natural”. Even if you hate clothes, be sure you and your momma/daddy have bright clothes on that will make it easier for cars to see you. 

If you like to take your walks in the early morning or night, a reflective tape or blinky light is a must!

Protect your Paws!

It may seem odd but doggies need to wear shoes too sometimes.  If you are gonna be walking on a very hot or cold day be sure to wear booties, shoes or socks. These little thingies are sort of annoying at first, I admit, but on cold mornings they sure make the pee walk more bearable.  My momma tried all different types on me but the ones I like best are little rubber material that stretches over my paws.  They are biodegradable and reusable. Here is the link.

Stay Warm! 

On cool and cold days be sure to wear a sweater or coat so you don’t get too cold. I have too many to pick a favorite but keep in mind if you are on a budget, Wal-Mart sells reasonably priced coats and sweaters that are very fashionable.

Know your surroundings!
It may get a little boring walking in the same place but by knowing your neighborhood or walking route, it adds safety. You will learn where the aggressive dogs live, become more social, and gain confidence.  If there are doggies in your neighborhood that run loose be sure to have your parents call the authorities.

Walk Softly but Carry a Big Stick!

As Bella’s story reminds us, some people are very insensitive and will let their animals run free.  Your parents need to be prepared. They should always carry doggy doo doo bags and a cell phone. I have received many suggestions on what is the best protection for your parents to have but I have not needed to use any of them yet, so I will just list everything. A big stick, a whistle, an umbrella, an ultrasonic transducer, a taser, citronella spray, a gun, mace, pepper spray, a cane, or a bat. Obviously, some of these items may require a permit or license of some sort and your parents should feel comfortable with their decision and be able to use the item but this is a personal choice.

If you are attacked, the best defense is a good offense.  Because it can be difficult to protect more than one doggy at a time, your parents may need to walk you separately or have a stroller to tuck you in quickly.  If all else fails, it is better to be laid on than lifted in the air because of the risk of falling.

Bella’s mommy did everything she could to save her and she should be very proud of herself. I know Bella was.

In honor and memory of Bella, I ask that you share these suggestions with your friends and please if you have information to add, please leave a comment.




  1. tears....Bella is so beautiful. I am so sorry for the whole family. God must have wanted her really badly. Thank you Karli for these walky tips and info. You are a special friend.

    EllyMay and Mommy

  2. There is a spray called HALT that the local animal control department here uses, it comes highly recommended. Some doggies will go right through traditional pepper sprays and they don't have as far of a range. HALT goes to 12ft I believe and normally is good for stopping them. Just BE CAREFUL they say it can damage human eyes, so only use it if you are in a bad situation, no playing around you silly hoomans!

  3. Such a terrible tragedy. One time my mommy and I were in my great grand parents house, and a family member brought their untrained, aggressive American Bulldog. Mommy was holding me and the dog jumped up and had my head in its mouth. I'm ok, but now I'm scared of big dogs. RIP Bella
    Dachshund Nola

  4. Made me cry abt Bella, I remmy i read her story.. So sad.. Im scared to death, I had my doxies walked without leash many times for around the block, but now no more , I use leashes on them.. Thank u so much for the story abt u and Bella and ur family.. Bella is very beautiful and gorgeous and precious...

    Love , Judy Lee


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