31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes – Day 10

Dog Attack-Suzanne-8Sept2018

31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

Please join everyone at Five Minute Friday for 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes throughout the month of October.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018


How do I get past this? Every time they bark, my heart races, even when I’m inside the house. The attack was just over a month ago and I still cringe when I go outside. I take the bat with me to the mailbox, knowing if they attack me again, I may not be able to use it.

How long are the bad dreams going to keep happening?

I know this is an attack of the devil, using those dogs to shatter my security and safety. Heavenly Father has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind.

Mine doesn’t feel too sound at the moment. This attack was the last straw, or at least feels like it.

How do I get past this?



About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native, but have been living on the Texas Gulf Coast for 14 years now. David and I have been married for 34 years. Our children are grown. Some are here at home, others are out in the big world doing their "thing". I enjoy genealogy, reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, cooking and much, much more.
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17 Responses to 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes – Day 10

  1. 15andmeowing says:

    Writing is a good way to express yourself. Although I don’t know how you can get past it when it is a genuine fear still there. I am sorry this is happening. XO

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    • Thank you, Ellen.

      It is compounded by the fact that our Petra is apparently having moments of dementia and she got very aggressive with me earlier today, too. David called her off before she made physical contact, but it was upsetting nonetheless. Thankfully she is a fairly small dog, a chihuahua/Jack Russell mix. She has come at me several times since last year when she had a weird episode happen that we think may have been a stroke. It is like she has moments of total confusion and it is during those times that she comes at me aggressively.

      Thank you for your compassion and friendship. {{{Hugs}}}


  2. Mother Hen says:

    My heart goes out to you.. Xx

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  3. Mother Hen says:

    My heart goes out to you.. Xxr

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  4. Comedy Plus says:

    Yikes, can’t something be done about these dogs? They should never be allowed to roam the streets.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    • I agree. We’ve talked to the owners and the husband said he was going to handle it. They are still over there, though. There was no point in notifying the city because they know the dogs are over there and the people are breaking the law by being over the allowed number of animals at a single residence (4 max, regardless of species). Although it is against the law for them to have over 4, the city ignores it for the most part. They did haul a bunch away one time, but by the next week, the people had gotten more dogs again. The female owner says the city people said that she can have them, but that is not what the in-print law says at all.

      We cannot have a fence adequate to protect us (we aren’t allowed to have one totally surrounding the property), but they are allowed to be over the critter limit.

      This city doesn’t care about anybody’s safety.

      Have a blessed day. 🙂


  5. ghostmmnc says:

    Those injuries are so awful! So sorry this happened.
    Have the authorities done anything to cite the owners, and to maybe confiscate the dangerous dogs? I wish you didn’t have to be afraid to step outside your own home because of them.
    Many blessings and healing light for you, Suzanne. ❤

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    • Thanks, Barbara. We know from previous experience, there’s no point in calling the city about the animals next door. They don’t do anything about it. They are consistently over the allowed limit for animals and nothing is done about it. Well, they did pick up over 13 dogs one day last year, but the next week, they had a yard full again. They are allowed to break the law, endangering this neighborhood, but we aren’t allowed to protect ourselves with fencing the entire yard to keep them out. It makes me so angry.

      Thank you. Have a blessed evening. 🙂 ❤


      • ghostmmnc says:

        That’s just not right! Not at all!!
        Wish there was a solution to getting those dogs out of there. I wonder if pepper spray would do any good against them? Hopefully they won’t come around your place any more, though.
        ❤ ❤

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        • Thanks, Barbara. I don’t know if pepper spray would be effective or not with them. I think maybe their meanness would protect them from its effects. I would probably forget how to activate it and then end up it spraying in my own face. 🙂
          Have a blessed weekend!

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  6. Being a dog owner myself, I am very sorry this happened to you. Making sure nobody gets hurt by our dogs has to be first priority. I hope you get over this soon.

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    • Thank you, Viola. My leg is much better now, though the two biggest punctures still hurt a bit. The bruising is, for the most part, gone now. The picture above was taken on the 4th day after the attack. At week 3, it was still bruised something awful, but it is much better now, a month later.

      Have a blessed evening. 🙂

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