On November 1st Wynston was attacked by an off-leash Boxer while we were on a walk. I’ve been keeping our Facebook friends updated, but of course I also want to pour my thoughts and feelings into writing as my boy recovers. Here’s an update on Wynston since the dog attack.
An Update on Wynston Since the Dog Attack
The days since Wynston was attacked have been difficult. Aside from his physical injuries, the most heartbreaking part of the situation is the mental trauma that my son is experiencing.
I was both surprised and happy to see that Wynston did fairly well at the 2018 AAWL & SPCA Walk to Save Animals on Saturday. He was safe and secure in his stroller, which allowed him to observe and enjoy the event despite potential fear. Wynston didn’t become apprehensive when large dogs approached his stroller, and he even wanted to greet a few calm big breeds. I was being extremely cautious, but it seemed that not all hope was lost. Overall, Wynston did phenomenally at the event. It’s our daily walks which have been a struggle…
We cannot go on full walks for about another week or so due to Wynston’s front leg ailments. However, we still need to go outside for potty breaks since we live in an apartment. This has proven to be a somewhat daunting task.
Since the attack, Wynston has started wincing at the sound of the leash and he’s been hesitant to go outside. When we’d finally make it outdoors, his tail would be down at first, and he’d become startled at even the least aggressive noise. Our walks were short lived, enough for Wyn to do his business, then he’d hurry to get back inside.
I’ve been using positive reinforcement to reward Wynston’s positive behavior. I’ve been teaching him (again) that the leash means a walk, which means we get to go outside, which means we get to be in the sun and enjoy the fresh air! We are back to basics. It makes me sad, but I’m being as positive as I can.
But good news – today we had a breakthrough! I went to PetSmart where I bought Zuke’s mini trees treats (shaped like Christmas trees 😉 ). I packed my pocket full of them before our evening walk and gave one to Wynston as we were heading out the door. Immediately he knew that I had a delicious snack in my pocket, and they were for him!
Once we were outside and his tail was wagging, I gave him a treat. He went potty, I gave him a treat. He saw dogs from a distance, he focused on them, but he kept walking and his tail was up – he got a treat. I rewarded any signs of happiness and positive behavior. By the end of the walk, Wynston seemed to be feeling SO much better. He had pep back in his step again!
Today Wynston also had his first play session since his attack. Petsmart for the win – again! I got him the CUTEST stuffed lamb. He was thrilled about his new present, and my heart become so happy watching him play. I took an adorable video and posted it to Facebook. You won’t want to miss the cuteness!
We had two major breakthroughs today, and I’m pleased with the progress. I just have to keep up the positive reinforcement and support my son in any way I can!
I want to once again thank the 28 people who donated to our GoFund Me account for Wynston’s vet bills. I also appreciate everyone who shared, commented on our posts and sent messages of prayers. We love you all SO much.
Remember to enter our November Gratitude Basket Giveaway in the meantime. There’s a toy box of pet products worth $175 up for grabs!
Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart.