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Nice walk ruined...

Post by jonb » 23 Apr 2015, 15:56

...after a not great day yesterday my other half is off work today and taken advantage of the weather to take Roker up to her favourite spot over at Linacre Reservoir. We recently found a new path put in by the Chesterfield Ramblers which takes us a nice way back to our house.

Anyhows i've just had her on the phone to me at walk in tears as she was following one of the maps that was in place and heading across what looked like a walking path towards a stile following two blokes with number of dogs. All of a sudden they've turned round and started shouting at my wife about how she shouldnt be there etc and it was a path then one of the dogs has gone for Roker and got hold of him. My wife couldnt get the dog off Roker and the outcome appears to be these marks on his face :-


Never had a hint of an issue around there before and its completely knocked them both for six as it was just her and Roker. Apparently he seems to be ok in himself as they are walking back but i need to check him out when i get back to see if its a trip to the vets or not.

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Re: Nice walk ruined...

Post by Willow Dood » 23 Apr 2015, 16:22

Poor Roker. I do hope that he will be ok. His eye does look a bit painful. I would take him to the vet just to make sure. They might give him some antibiotics to ensure that he doesn't get an infection. Wishing you all well. xx
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Post by Rob-T » 23 Apr 2015, 16:31

Would agree that a precautionary trip to the vet wouldn't go amiss particularly with the wounds being so close to the eye, don't want an infection kicking in around there.
Don't like the sound of the overall incident either to be honest. Lone female with her dog is verbally harassed by two males with multiple dogs then her dog attacked severely enough to require veterinary treatment. A word with local police might not go amiss.
Did the men offer any assistance during or after the attack, did they offer an apology for their dog's behaviour.
Hope both your wife and dog are ok


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Post by jonb » 23 Apr 2015, 17:12

By all accounts they did nothing other than shout it was private led and to go away, still investigating whether it is or not, the just stand shouting their dogs to come back as they went for Roker. Wife has some scratches from trying to get them off Roker as well on her hand and back.

I've got home to see them both and it doesn't look quite as bad as the photo but might look at taking him tomorrow to be safe.

A friend of ours is a local policewoman and another friend is one in Sheffield. Probably speak to them to get their take on things. I'm also going to wander up there in Saturday to check it out. This is the entrance to the "private field"...looks like a footpath stile to me so easy to assume it's ok...


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Post by Ianto! » 23 Apr 2015, 17:45

So sorry to hear that your wife's had this horrible experience, jon... Us women shouldn't have to be fearful of where and when we take our dogs walking. I must admit that I've only been to Linacre once with Iant and it felt a little threatening (though it was getting late on) so decided not to go again until the OH came too... I hate being made to feel like that!! :evil: It's amazing how these bullies are so big and macho when they see it's a lone woman... Even if she was on private land, there was no reason to allow their dog/s to attack poor Roker.
I'd let the vet check him out as he may need antibiotics - and if your wife was nipped, I'd get her to see the Dr., too. My vet once advised me to go to the Dr. when I took one of my dogs in for the same reason.
That looks like a squeeze stile to me... it's not just 'a hole in the wall', the edges are definitely man-made...(though it may just be for sheep to pass from one field to another...) I hope this doesn't stop your other half from enjoying her lovely walks at the Reservoir with Roker. If she feels the need for company to get back up there and you're not around, I'd be happy to bring Iant along as Roker's wing-man. :D
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Post by Bren » 23 Apr 2015, 20:03

What kind of low life are these people. I would definatley take Roker to the vet to be on the safe side. Also I would get the police involved, This incident was bad enough but it could of turned out worse. I am sure there was no need for there action and definatley no excuse for there uncaring attitude. Hope Roker and your wife are feeling better soon and this does not carry any longer effect.


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Post by val&finn » 23 Apr 2015, 22:22

I quite agree with Bren - you should take it further. After all there was no need to become aggressive towards your wife, one of them could have walked over to her and explained that she was on private land (if indeed she was which is not yet proven) and point out how she can get back onto the path she wanted to follow. I am sure that the threatening tone and the shouting by the men was picked up by their dogs and caused the attack on poor Roker.

So they caused it and then did not offer any help, so they should be taken to account. Do take Roker to the vet asap not onlyto get the injury sorted out but also to get it documented. Fortunately you already have the immediate record of how he looked after the attack.

All good wishes from us to Roker and your wife!

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Post by campfaz18 » 23 Apr 2015, 22:50

What a horible experience for both of them.

We hope they are both feeling better now. Nat said that she can't bare looking at poor Roker's wounds. It is something I dred Jacob being attacked.

I would definitely mention it to your Police Officer friends. It may have been your wife's mistake but neither she or Roker should have been treated so badly. What if a small dog or a child had been attacked.
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Post by Pollydoodle » 23 Apr 2015, 23:17

This link may help if you don't have already. Scroll down and there is interactive map with rights of way on it, shown for Chesterfield and Linacre area.

Any confrontation as your wife experienced is unsettling to say the least. With Roker being attacked and her nipped etc I hope there is no delayed shock and they are both okay tonight. Take care.

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Post by swardie » 24 Apr 2015, 06:51

What a horrible thing to have happened to Roker and your wife. Hope his scratches heal soon.

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Post by jonb » 24 Apr 2015, 08:49

Cheers guys....thankfully they both seem to be fine last night and this morning. I took Roker to Dog Training last night just to socialise him with other dogs that he's familiar with and he was playing with them before class without a care in the world. We've also been out this morning and he was playing with his ball and straight in the river on the park like normal.

Its not going to stop us going to Linacre as in the 18 months or so we've been going up there we've never had an issue and its just a really nice place to go. I'm planning on going back up there tomorrow morning partly to double check where they went and also to get him back up there sooner rather than later.

His eye seems to have cleaned up quite well so hopefully no lasting damage there either.

I had a quick look at the Chesterfield Ramblers website yesterday at work but intend to check it out again and double check where the paths go.

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Post by kathiedoodle » 24 Apr 2015, 11:03

Dear Jonb
Very upset to hear your wife and Roker had such a disturbing outing, something like that can really shock the system, so hope your wife is ok today. Roker as you say seems to be resilient, hope today's walk went well. There are some real nasty people about, it's so sad. All the best and hope wounds both physical and mental heal quickly.

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Post by Liz!! » 24 Apr 2015, 20:41

Watch the eye very carefully. Infections near eyes can be deadly - because they are so near the meninges, and meningitis can be a result. I would tbh still go to the vet.
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