Unfortunately Stella was attacked at the Dog Park.
We had been getting really weird vibes whenever we goto the dog park. We'd always show up and someone would shout something along the lines of "My dog doesn't like Huskies hold on while I leave".
Stella had been pretty hesitant of dogs in general, but we had made some good progress in the past few Dog park trips. She recently started playing with other dogs! Thankfully, though hesitant she never exhibited any signs of aggression just the typical "I'm overwhelmed please sniff me and let me be on my way"
This past Sunday we made a dog playdate with a coworker who's dog was in a similar boat to Stella. Again, upon arrival someone told us to hold on while they leashed up their dog and left. (Ok wtf? Don't go to dog parks)
Checking again everyone said they're dogs were fine. No aggression at the first gate - as soon as we step in the rush of dogs come and do their thing - awesome Stella even sniffed back! Just before Stella could go off and have a little fun a curly haired terrier type dog rushes over and corners her. Not even deciding to take the risk we rush over to remove her from the situation - but before we could get there the dog started attacking her. (All in the span of 10-15 seconds).
The initial attacks weren't bad, just a few little nips. I got Stella in the air, and began to remove her from the situation.
The people in control of the other dog where not the dogs owners (WHY DID YOU TAKE THE DOG TO THE DOG PARK). Before I could get Stella away from the situation they released the dog, because they "Didn't know how to get the leash on" (The person was apparently relying on their 6 year old child to come in to leash the dog) the dog jumped up got my hand really bad once, and then latched onto Stellas hind leg. The dog would not let go, and fearful of causing tearing I was forced to place Stella on the ground after receiving a plethora of panic bites - not her fault her bite inhibition training clearly worked.
Multiple full bottle splashes, wheel-barrels, uneducated hammer fisting (By the not owners even when told it wouldn't stop it), and finally a gum pinch was what got the dog to let go.
Stella ended up with a "Largely superficial" 2 inch laceration on her hind leg which was closed with stitches at the animal ER. I ended up with a few slices which warranted to be closed, but couldn't be because they're dog bites - so a full course of antibiotics for me and Stella.
Dog parks are ruined for us. I think we made a mistake, and I'm not sure they're even safe. Thats on us.
Whats the deal with this "Our dog doesn't like Huskies?" nonsense. Has anyone else experienced this?
I apologize if this ended up being a rant. We're super frustrated. Stella is such a kind playful, happy, goofy dog.
Ultimately we're to blame for taking her to the dog park, and it kills us knowing now she's in pain. Hopefully this saves someone else from this hell. It could have been much much worse.