Attacked by a Mastiff

So, I’m on my last round at the park and in the distance, I see the lady who used to walk her big mastiff, Jack. He’s probably 200 lbs. Always mellow. But I haven’t seen her in a good six months and right before that she had bought another mastiff, a female. So when I last saw them Maggie, the young dog, was maybe 4 -5 months old. So she was at the park and the lady was walking them separately.  She finished walking Jack and then got out the younger dog. I was coming around toward the baseball field (which is fenced) and she was walking the dog on the grass, a good 15 feet from the path. But the dog took off after the geese  ( which were on the other side of the fence)and just about pulled the lady over. She was on a leash and had a muzzle on. Then I’m passing by and say hi, haven’t seen you in awhile and she says no, they have been walking up on the canal. So I say Hi Maggie and the next thing is she growls and runs at me, lunges at me, knocks me over and is growling. The lady pulls her back and she does it a second time. Well, I was still on the ground at that point.  I was pretty shocked and struggled to get up thinking Shit, did I break a hip or what???? But I was tweaked in my back but seemed okay. She apologized and took off the other way. Now, I know this lady from the park and she is a responsible pet owner. she’s an ER nurse too.  But this was clearly unprovoked at another person.  That would be it for me with that dog.

So I’m sore and bruised but I still have a face and an arm which if the muzzle wasn’t in place I’d be in the ER no doubt.

A very weird way to start my day.  But I’m okay!! I’m just hoping tomorrow I’m not more bruised or worse.

11 thoughts on “Attacked by a Mastiff

  1. I love dogs but would report that one. Because it is going to happen again and the muzzle suggests it’s happened in the past. I would feel terrible when read it in the news.

      • I think I agree with Craig on this one-if only because from your description it sounds like should it happen again she will not be able to control her own dog. and that’s always a bad thing, killer mastiff or not.

      • I still haven’t decided, but even though I had seen her many times with both dogs, I actually don’t remember the muzzle last time I saw them which was maybe around 6 months. So maybe in the interim, the puppy got more aggressive. Who knows??

  2. That dog will hurt someone sooner or later. Even that lunge without teeth could cause serious injury to a child or older person, well, any person. Report it! The presence of the muzzle means it has tried to bite before.

  3. Yikes! I have an English Mastiff, and typically, they try to avoid physical activity. (And, they don’t need a lot of exercise anyway, not sure why she’s walking them. As I type this, my guy is snoring on my couch.)
    Was this an English Mastiff, or another type? It’s the English Mastiff which is dubbed the “Gentle Giant,” and with good reason!
    In any case, if she is a responsible owner as you say, you won’t need to do a thing….she’s more upset than you and will not let it happen again. Glad you’re o.k.

    • yes, I believe it is with the blackish face. She’s under a year and was bought as a companion to her other one. It was certainly strange as I even called her by name just moments before.

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