Hi, guys! Happy Friday! Boy, do I have a story for you. I'm still feeling pretty shaken-up and helpless after it. Ughhh, story below...
So, our morning started out like most days. I woke up, fed Murphy, and ate my breakfast, which was overnight oats made with ground pumpkin seeds, SFH Churro protein powder, banana slices, collagen, unsweetened almond milk, and a big old scoop of sunflower butter.
After breakfast, Murphy and I went out for our morning walk together. On our way home (we were actually in our driveway), I heard our neighbor yell something. I turned around, and I immediately saw her pit bull running towards Murphy and me. This dog is known for attacking other dogs in the neighborhood (yes, this has happened multiple times before), so I quickly picked up Murphy to protect him. As soon as I got him in my arms, the pit bull lunged at us, grabbed Murphy in his mouth, and pulled him to the ground. I immediately went into "Mama bear mode" and started to fight off the pit bull the best I could. The dog was so strong and had quite the grip on Murphy. I just kept yelling "no, no, no" and tried to break them apart. It was quite the scuffle, and I honestly thought Murphy was going to be ripped to shreds. The pit bull was so rough with him! Murphy didn't have any major injures, but his fur is kind of weird on one side of his body, so I think there might be some inflammation there. Man, it was so scary. Thankfully, my neighbor was able to get her dog off Murphy before it really hurt him, but, holy cow, it was a stressful situation. And the poor dog had surgery the day before! I felt so horrible for him. And, of course, I was PISSED at my neighbor. Let me explain...
Like I mentioned above, this is not the first incident with her pit bull. In fact, multiple people in our neighborhood have reported her and her family for being irresponsible dog owners. We have a leash law in our town, and their dogs (they have three) are constantly off-leash roaming the neighborhood. The other two dogs mostly keep to themselves and just poop in our yard, which obviously makes us mental, but they got into a fight with a different dog (being walked by its owner) right after Murphy was attacked. WTF, right? Apparently, our neighbors don't think the laws apply to them. And, truthfully, letting their dogs out, off-leash, an hour after Murphy being attacked is so obnoxious and just goes to show you what type of people live next door to us.
So, after everything happened, I came inside and told Mal. He immediately called the police, so I could file a report. The policeman, who arrived to our home, was really nice, but it didn't seem like there was much he could do. He said a "crime hadn't been committed." Apparently, if the dog bit a person, we'd have a case. He did, though, put me in touch with the animal control officer in our town, who, again, was very nice, but there wasn't all that much he could do. The animal control officer said he could give the family a fine of $25, which seems kind of silly, considering it's not a lot of money, and I doubt they'd pay it. He also said he would put in a request to require that the pit bull be muzzled whenever it's outside. But, unfortunately, like the leash law, it's hard to enforce. Plus, like what happen yesterday, the dog escaped from the house, so I'm not sure the requirement would even work.
Obviously, Mal and I are not comfortable with these options, considering we live right next-door and have a three-year-old that often plays outside. We ended up calling the town manager, who said we could write a letter to request a hearing with the town selectmen. At the hearing, if we had a strong enough case, the town could potentially require that the dog be removed from the house. It's a long shot, but it doesn't seem like we have a ton of options. Has anyone gone through a similar situation? Anyone know what our other options we might be? I'm not usually someone who makes a big deal about things, but I'm truly scared to be outside with Murphy (and, obviously, Quinn). I'm thinking about carrying mace for my walks with Murphy and when Quinn plays outside, which is horrible to think about. I can't believe how unsafe I feel in my own neighborhood and yard. So, yea, that's how Thursday started.
Just as I finished giving my statement to the police officer, Kerrie arrived at my house to pick me up to drive down to the Cape for a video shoot. She brought me Starbucks!
About an hour later, we arrived at the Cape to make some promo videos for our Post-Summer Slim Down and other meal plans we're launching this fall. If you don't already follow Designed to Fit Nutrition on Facebook, be sure to like us, so you can see our videos! (I'm laughing so hard because the stool that I'm sitting on is super wiggly!)
Once we wrapped up the videos, we stopped at Subway for lunch and to make the next edition of "Best Shitty Choice." FYI: These videos are on our Facebook page as well as our YouTube channel. We visit eating establishments that typically don't offer the healthiest choices and share our top picks.
When I got home, I immediately gave Murphy all sorts of pug love. He's had a rough couple of days.
Then, Mal and I headed out together to take Murphy for a walk and protect him from the aggressive pit bull.
After our walk, I made myself a little snack - guacamole with carrot sticks and the most amazing BBQ Quinoa Chia Chips from CVS. Seriously, keep an eye out for these babies and try them if you see them!
After that, Mal and I headed to Whole Foods to buy a few things for dinner at our friends' house. They just had a new baby, so we didn't want to show up empty-handed.
Then, we picked up Qman from preschool and drove to their house. We had drinks and apps and got to meet their new baby girl! 🙂
I love pub cheese in a weird way and ate a bunch of it!
For dinner, I had Caesar salad with grilled chicken and bacon ranch potato salad on the side. (Sorry for the sub-par photo. I had already started eating when I thought to take a pic.)
We spent a few hours at our friends' house and then headed home. Mal had his Fantasy Football Draft, so he went out with friends and I put Quinn to bed. When Qman was in bed, I put on a face mask (working on my post-summer pigmentation) and enjoyed a bowl of Pumpkin Spice Cheerios.
After that, Murphy and I headed upstairs to snuggle in bed. I worked for a couple of hours before hitting the hay. What a day.