I honestly have to say that I was very surprised at how well our trip went, especially with the dogs since we never really take them a lot of places. But, there was one bad experience that left us feeling rather disappointed…not with our dogs, but with other people.
We took a day trip up to Tahquamenon Falls and State Park in Paradise, MI. It’s a really nice place to walk around and the dogs were being very well behaved and loved all the attention. They seemed to like everyone, including all the other dogs that were visiting that day.
As we were walking the path to the Lower Falls, we passed a couple who had 3 beautiful Huskies with them. We commented to them how gorgeous they were (2 were black, and one was red) and one of the black ones, and our girl Schatzie sniffed noses, as dogs tend to do. A very friendly greeting. Our two were leashed and also had Pug Harnesses on. Two of their three were leashed. All of a sudden, their red Husky let out a horrendous scream and attacked Schatzie, getting her nose in it’s mouth and holding on tight. The gentleman had the dog by it’s chain collar, and struggled pulling it off. After the dogs were separated, they walked on, still struggling to keep their dog in control, and did not even utter an apology our way, or ask if our girl was ok. While Schatzie was slightly shaken up, and on edge the rest of the day, she walked on with us to the lower falls, while other tourists would continue to stop us and tell us how well behaved they were. Some who had seen the attack, asked if they were okay, and commented that the Huskies had issues earlier with other visitors.
We finished our day off uneventfully, and took a lot of great pictures. Schatzie did have a small cut near her eye and her nose, and did walk back to the car with the scent of the other dogs keeping her nose to the ground and walking with purpose.
I am thankful she was not hurt more than she was, especially since the Husky owners were not in the least phased by their dogs behavior, nor interested in making sure our dog was okay.
It was a great outting despite this incident and I am very glad our unplanned outing was such a good day for us.