Tucker was attacked at the dog park!
Two disclaimers before I continue:
1. I am a firm believer that pitbulls are not bad by nature, but irresponsible humans have given them a bad name.
2. Tucker is a pit mix, so I obviously have nothing against the breed.
That said, I do not blame the dog at all. I am furious with the owner.
It was after 7 and getting pretty dark, so we rounded up the dogs, put their leashes on them and headed toward the gate, on the opposite side of the dog park. There were a total of 5 dogs left. Ein, Tucker and Colleen (with me and Lucas), a 6-ish month old black lab with his mom and dad, and a pit bull with it's owner, who was standing near the get clear on the other side of the park, not paying any attention to her dog. That's it. Everyone else had already gone.
Earlier, we had noticed that when Tucker was trying to play with the pit, it was playing very rough and kept throwing Tucker (who is VERY submissive) over onto his back. The owner never corrected her dog or told it to play nice.
So our dogs were all on leash and the pit was still off leash. Out of no where, the pit (who didn't look quite big enough to be full grown yet) ran up and attacked Tucker, who was doing his best to try and get out of his collar so that he could run away. Tucker didn't fight back, didn't try and defend himself while the pit growled at him, snapped at him, and was trying to bite his neck. I was fussing at Tucker not to get out of his collar (though he managed to get free anyways) because I was afraid that if he got out and ran off, the pit would follow and there would be no way that I could catch up with the two of them before the pit caused serious damage. The pit's owner stood on the other side of the park and WATCHED while Lucas and I tried to break up the fight. After we stopped the fight (fortunatley without injury) and the pit started to run off, she called his name (only once) and put his leash on him and left immediately. Never corrected the dog or fussed at him for being aggressive and attacking our dog. Never tried to help break up the fight. Never came over to see if we and Tucker were okay. I was SOOOO furious! Fortunately, I did a pretty good job of keeping the pit from being able to grab hold of Tucker and he has no wounds. He is very shaken up, but physically fine.
If we ever see them again, I'm going to remind her of what happened and tell her to keep her dog away from us. If the pit does attack any of our dogs again, we will call the police and if she leaves before we get there, I'll make **** sure to get her license plate number.
Again, this dog was just a puppy, so I don't blame the dog for being bad. I blame the owner for not teacher her dog that this is not appropriate behavior. I feel so lucky that Tucker is uninjured. Please everyone when you go to the dog park, be careful and make sure to keep an eye on your babies. You never know when something bad may happen. I certainly never expected this and totally panicked.