Not the kind of story you want to hear about, but.Thank our lucky stars that Barbets have long wooly coats.
Ruffa was also attacked by a pitbull/amstaff type. Why also? Because my Billy the kid,( Booly Wooly aka Guyguy's brother) also in Stockholm, was attacked a couple years ago. Why do a say "a couple?" because I have no contact with the new owners after he was given away to them. Another of my pups, this time in Alsace last summer, was attacked, too.
Keep in mind that many Barbets are so nice in character and disposition, not an aggressive bone in their body that, as I have said before, they would just stand there and be eaten alive and never defend themselves (male or female), like in the photo below( or the video I posted yesterday). This is really important.
Please pass this on.
Also remember that when a dog starts attacking another one you will not be able to separate them.http://ruffa.doggyblogg.se/r763/Portratt-Ruffa/3/
The full story is written in Swedish, but here is a translation done by google:
"It is inconceivable that Ruffa is alive today, and still somewhat shocked, I can only feel awe and gratitude.
At midnight on Monday Karl-Johan took Ruffa out for a short walk. It would prove to be of crucial importance that it was not me who went out with her, as was intended. On the way home, about 20 meters from the outer gate, was a party across the street with a big dog who ripped out the dog-collar, and directly attacked, as soon as he saw Ruffa. It was incredibly scary, and the dog that was a cross between amstaff and pitbull was extremely aggressive. The whole street was awakened by all the screaming and the loud noices - but nobody could do anything. It was impossible to separate the dogs, and Karl-Johan fought alone in trying to fight the dog; that he would let go of Ruffa. Finally he managed to lift up the dog in a front leg so that it released its grip on Ruffa in which she ran away. The panic grew, however, two seconds later when the fighting dog made himself free and ran after her. Little Ruffa was only a few meters ahead, and all were convinced that she would not have a chance. They ran into the dark night... all very quit..
I'm heading down the stairwell when this has happened, and through the windows I suddenly can see Ruffa show up in the backyard, running like I never seen her done before. She was running for her life and my hope is lit. But seconds later, I see how close the other dog is, and my hopes goes out again. But now a miracle happens. She's in her backyard, which she knows so well, and she must have taken some sharp turns between all the bushes so that he lost her in sight, and then she left the backyard a different way than they had received.
Probably she ran to the backyard to see if she could come home via the back door, which was often wide open. It was closed now, and it was probably lucky because it probably had not rescued her. When I shortly after came out in the backyard I can only see the attacking dog, and I'm yelling for someone to come to leash him. For all I knew Ruffa could be laying, seriously injured, under one of the bushes, and he seems to be willing to end its attack at the first opportunity. He seems to stay because I show up, and stays relatively close to me all the time. In the end, a young woman comes to put the collar on him.
When Ruffa leaves the backyard, she can see Karl-Johan, who stands 100 yards out on a narrow path, and she's running for her life and then leap into the Karl-Johan's embrace. Since it still does not feel safe - the dog is still loose - they try to hide themselves as best they can. Someone called the cops and a police car shows up and gives Ruffa a lift home. Once inside the stairwell she lies just down, understandably incredibly shocked. Many neighbors who have awakened, and who know Ruffa well, are doing everything to keep her calm while we try to see how wounded she is.
The night was spent at the animal hospital where they could tell she had two large wounds with a fist distance between them. The skin has been lifted so the wounds are in contact with each other. They checked the pulse and heart, but it sounded nice, and her mucous membranes also looked nice, which excluded the internal damage if I understood correctly. They sewed the wounds and put in drainage tubes.
The owner of the attacking dog called himself the police that night and reported the incident and also stated that the dog would be put to sleep the following day.
The incident was shocking, but we directed all our energies on getting Ruffa healthy, alert and happy again! We went to many areas were we knew she would meet other dogs - and it turned out to the very best..."
The story says a lot about the barbet mentality!!!