Monday, June25, while outside with my 13 year old doxi Natasha, I noticed a doe and her 2 fawns in the neighbors yard. thought my dog was on my right side, I was looking for her so I could take her in the house as she hadn't noticed the deer yet, and I didn't want her to chance them.As I'm looking for my dog, all of a sudden I noticed the Momma deer charging toward me, then she stopped and reared up and started wailing her front legs wildly, I heard my dog screaming/yelping, took off running and got clear up to them and actually had to hit the deer before she took off.
As you can see by pictures, she tore up Natasha's back along her spine pretty good. Luckilly no broken bones, but this is the third day and even tho' she can walk, she won't, and when she tries her right leg folds under her. She's just now starting to eat a little meat baby food, few bits every couple of hours.She still has no control over her bladder.
This story needs to be told because the "town deer" always come up in our yards,and are so used to people that they don't really pay them any attention, but will usually take off when animals are around. But this time of year, they have their fawns with them, and that Mommy protection mode kicks in. My dog wasn't even aware of the deer being there, she was too busy tunneling thru the brush, pulling weeds ect,yet she was attacked, and luckilly survived. I was told by a family member that I should try to make people aware of this because just a field away from where this attack took place is the Coquille dog park, and the Coquille 5th street park.
I've seen these deer come up in yard for years, getting braver and braver and coming closer to yard. And I understand that a Momma is going to protect her young when she feels they might be in danger, but my dog never even saw the deer til it was stomping her, and if I hadn't been standing so close and was able to get to her quickly,(altho it seemed like slow motion) she very likely would have been killed, and I don't don't this to happen to someone else's dog or child because people weren't made aware. I never dreamed that the deer would attack my dog unless my dog was coming after her or her babies. But she did, she saw my dog and that mommy's instinct kicked in and that's all it took, my dog didn't need to do anything, a mommy felt her babies were in danger, so she did what any mommy would do, she protected hers. Unfortunitly, my lil one was the one who was at the receiving end of that protection attack.
I know this isn't written well, and I'm not sure if it will do any good or not, but I do know there are other people who believed like myself that as long as you leave the deer alone, they won't bother you, and that if a dog does start toward them, they'll run unless cornered,not true as I sadly found out. I don't know if Natasha will ever be able to walk normal again,but I do know people need to know if they see the deer, especially if babies with them, take your pet inside.