Lindsay Marks 6 p.m., Dec. 5
In San Diego during the fall it is always nice to walk your dog since the weather is usually warm with a mixture of cool wind that goes perfectly with an afternoon stroll. My mom and I usually walk our dog, Herbie, in the late afternoon. We have had Herbie for four years now and he's been part of our rollercoaster. My mom takes care of Herbie almost like he is her fifth child and because of that he follows her everywhere she goes.
There are a lot of dogs in Serra Mesa and most are friendly. A few are not. Unfortunately Herbie knows both kind.
I still remember the look on my poor dog’s face after he got attacked by a much larger dog two years ago. Herbie is barely 12 pounds. I remember the sad tone my dad had after he picked me up from school. He said Herbie had been attacked and that he had to be taken to the hospital. I cried when I saw my little dog still in shock once I got home.
My mom said she was walking Herbie near Melbourne Avenue when she saw a big dog inside a truck. The dog was hooked to a long cable. My mom didn’t see the long cable until it was too late and the big dog followed Herbie. Instead of smelling him, the big dog growled and took Herbie in his mouth and started shaking him around. Herbie’s hair was everywhere. The dog wouldn’t let Herbie go. My mom screamed for help but nobody heard her. Luckily my mom works at a school and has to carry a whistle, she blew the whistle and the owner came out.
The owner was able to get Herbie loose but he tried to act like it wasn’t a big deal that Herbie was bleeding and suggested it was my mom’s fault for letting him come too close to his dog. My mom got his information and had to carry Herbie home as his blood covered his fur. My dad had to come home and take Herbie to the hospital where they stapled his wounds.
It took a while until we could walk Herbie again and we have to cross whenever we see larger dogs. I think everyone has a story, even dogs. Herbie may be smaller than most dogs in our area but he's a survivor and that makes him stronger than most dogs in our area. -Bianca Sanchez-