3 months ago, Pixie was attacked by a very large, unleashed dog during our normal nightly walk. Pixie as you know is my 5 pound toothless chihuahua mix (you can read about why she's toothless here).
We live in Los Angeles in a crowded city so I always keep on her leash no matter what and we rarely run into unleashed dogs. However, that night, I took Pixie out later than usual because I was binge watching something on Netflix. We were going through our neighborhood when all of a sudden I saw a very black big dog running towards Pixie. The dog got under Pixie's belly and threw her in the air and tried to chew on her like a little toy. This happened so fast all I could do was pull her up from her harness. The idiot of an owner came running towards us and he witnessed this all happening in terror as well but of course much too late. He apologized profusely but his dog ran towards another dog and he had to chase him down. I was in such shock and it was so dark I literally ran home with tears running down my face as I could feel Pixie trembling in arms like I've never felt before. We got home and all I could do was hold her in my arms. My little Pixie wouldn't even eat her favorite treat. She just trembled and I swear she was crying.
We were EXTREMELY lucky that Pixie was physically fine. It was luck and her leash and harness set that saved her life. If you own a small dog, I highly recommend that you change your dog's collar leash to a harness. If Pixie wasn't wearing a harness, I wouldn't have been able to pull her up so quickly. Everything was just instinct and if I had pulled on Pixie's collar, it's quite possible that I would've hurt her neck very badly. Also, I use a normal leash. If it was a retractable one, once again, I wouldn't have been able to pull her up the way I did. Her leash and harness saved her life.
I don't blame the dog for attacking Pixie. Maybe this dog came from a really bad situation just like Pixie and he reacted this way out of a traumatic experience. But I do blame the owner of the dog. I think he's a huge idiot and I hate him. I completely understand that some dogs do extremely well unleashed and that you want to give your dog the freedom of walking around town on their own will. I get it. I wish the same for Pixie. I also get it that there are amazing places in this world where your dog can enjoy being free without getting hurt. But (this is a huge but!), a lot of us live in a city where there are dogs, other animals, kids on hoverboards, and cars. We have got to be respectful of that. Please leash your dog at all times and please go buy a harness for your little pup if you don't have one already. You just never know because honestly, I never thought it would happen to Pixie and it did.