Collie Mix dogs like Kash, are not fierce fighters.
Shelly was playing with Kash, a beautiful collie mix dog that we rescued, in the lawn of the motel we were staying at in Northern California, when out of the weeds in the adjacent vacant lot, a homeless woman and her dog stepped out.
Kash immediately went into protect mode and charged the big Pit Bull/Junkyard Dog. The other dog did the same. By the time Kash realized this was not going to be a butt sniffing meeting, he turned to run away. Too late.
The vicious homeless dog had a good 30 pounds on Kash and was all muscle. I was across the lawn from them but saw what was going to happen and started screaming at Kash to come. Shelly was already screaming and running towards the dog when the big brute tackled Kash and the rolled in the gravel. Shelly got there just a few yards ahead of me and did a header face first in the gravel! Kash was screaming, Shelly was screaming and I was screaming enough to scare the killer dog to let go. Kash ran over to Shelly with a big patch of fur hang off his back leg, and I ran toward the bad-ass dog to run it off.
Kash was just screaming his high pitched wounded bark, an awful sound. People came running over to help, with one lady telling us to stay away from the homeless lady as she is crazy and dangerous. We quick ran back to the motel room and got some cold wet washcloths and applied pressure to the wound. We got Kash calmed down a bit and I went for help finding a vet.
After 15 minutes I located a vet, the closest one was back in Oregon. So we carried Kash out to the van and heading through the night (a Sunday no less) to meet the vet at his office. It took about 30-45 minutes of driving a dangerous mountainous road but we arrived the same time as the vet. He immediately calmed us down and said it didn’t look like any permanent damage, just a 6″ X 6″ piece of his “suit” was torn and hanging. Several puncture wounds and no major muscle damage. We were told that collie mix dogs like Kash have thin skin. Kash was lucky.
This all happened when we were on a 28 day, 7500 mile road trip across the country via two lane roads. Our van was set up to sleep in with a memory foam mattress and a memory foam dog bed so we could sleep in it if we wanted or could not find a motel that allowed dogs. We still had 12 days to go and Kash had to wear a cone around his head!
Kash is a trooper, and Shelly is a Saint. She takes care of Kash like nobody else! She is awesome despite her own injuries when she fell trying to get to Kash. Thank goodness they have both healed for the most part, just a bad memory exists. (The only downer of the whole trip)
More on our trip traveling with our collie mix dog named Kash. I have a lot of stories and photos. Stay tuned.
Thomas and Kash