I just need to vent. Last night, out of the blue, Jack attacked Jessie. Which is weird, because she constantly jumps all over him harasses him...she'll take a Nylabone that he's got between his paws, and he won't even react. Once in awhile, he'll grrr and snap....but that's it. We have been amazed at his patience, considering he's 6 and not a mellow fellow (Cattledog mix) and she's 1, with boundless energy, sometimes a bit of a brat (Shepherd mix - maybe Border Collie.) We've only had her for 4 months.
But last night he really laid into her. She was trying to get away the whole time. My hubby finally pulled him off, but it took about 10 seconds because in his judgement, it didn't look like he was really hurting her. I would have done it immediately, but of course, I couldn't do anything but back up and yell...(I could've smacked him with my reacher, but I know from experience that he doesn't even feel it.)
So the whole rest of the night, she was totally unlike herself. She limped a bit and wouldn't leave our sides and definitely wouldn't go near Jack. She snapped at my hubby when he touched her shoulder.
Now she's at the vet being examined.
When we had Jack and another male, they'd occasionally mix it up. It always seemed to be Jack who started it, but then they'd both get into it, and they were much more evenly matched. Jessie is not only young, she's 20 lbs lighter and considerably smaller. And she wasn't fighting back! It makes me SO SAD!
The only thing we can think is that my husband was telling Jack, "Yeah, Jack, whose bone is that, that's your bone!" - just joking around, a few minutes before. Nothing else was going on at all. Stupid literal-minded dog. Just when I was starting to like him better - I'd been throwing the ball for him every day, and the frisbee for Jess...I know, can't judge him by human standards, but I'm SO mad at him today!!
Thanks for listening.