Hey yall... Havent been around much due to the sudden death of my mother. Ive been at my dads mostly or trying to get things back in order But anyways a horrible incident happend this friday (halloween) between my GSD Rudi and my aunts oversized toy poodle. Now to give you some backround on the dogs... Rudi gets along with just about everything (except unwelcomed dogs in our yard) I mean we have a kitten and 2 cats she lightly plays with, we let her out in the yard while the chickens are ranging and all she does is sniff at them. We have another dog and they get along great. She gets along with my dads JRT who dominates her but they play great, she gets along with our friends boxer puppy and another friends pit bull. She does bark at people if they make a quick movement towards her or they just walk in the door but thats her job. Tess (my aunts dog) is just...well honestly neurotic. My aunt everynight throws it in her pen with a bark collar where it stays till about 3-5 pm and returns to its pen probly around 8-9 pm. On the weekends it might get let out longer. The first time the dogs ever met my aunt brought her in her arms into my dads house where tess was barking at mary and rudi and my aunt just let her down where mary (the alpha dog) asserts her dominance. My aunt freaks out scoops the dog up and takes her home (which I heard you shouldnt pick the dog up everytime it gets scared) The next time the dogs meet they did fine except tess kept picking fights with rudi. Shed snap at her, run into my aunts lap, and presume to bark and nip at her. My dad said the only dog Tess gets along with is his JRT Gent. Now to what happend this friday... Mary Rudi (my dogs) and Gent had been playing VERY well for a good 4 hours. My aunt calls my dad to see if my dogs are over there (knowing her dog doesnt get along with anything) and he told her yes. Well she brings the dog over anyways (she lives right through the woods of my dad) So her and her daughter are walking over and just let the dog take off (instead of putting her on a leash). Tess comes hauling up the driveway after Mary and Rudi just barking her head off. Rudi, IMO and others, takes it as a threatening act and defends herself by acting out. I personally think a dog has a right to protect itself from anything coming after it in a aggressive manner be it another dog, cat, or hampster..Is it not natural instint for a dog to protect itself? Well so Rudi doesnt back down to Tesses advances and takes off after her. Being a larger dog she catches up before anyone really knows whats happening and has ahold of Tess. From what I see Rudi has Tess by the neck and is just kinda....well not slinging her but shaking her. My cousin runs down the hill (im up in the garage running after them) and kicks rudi away and grabs up Tess. My aunt takes the dog and everyone is kinda laughing at her cause no one likes to dogs for their own reasons. My aunt is yelling 'I dont think its very funny' and Im trying to appologize for what happend. She takes the dog home and we dont hear from her again. Brandon (my cousins boyfriend) later gets a call from her to come move his car shes taking her dog to the emergancy vet clinic. So he goes over there and says shes got the dog wrapped up in a towel and her tails hanging off.. My aunt was wearing a white jacket with no evidance of blood on it none on my cousin none on my dog none on the driveway, the big freezer, in the house, or in the spot it happend. Infact the dog was even crying in pain. Well later Brandon gets another call from my Aunt "Tess already has 20 internal stitches and they arent even done yet" So the next day my dad calls me 'Vivian talked to your aunt and she said tess has 57 stitches cause a tooth got hung up in her and snagged.' Well I texted my cousin trying to be nice and ask how the dog was and she was like well tess got 27 stitches and there is risk for infection. So I asked her if her mom thinks it all mine and my dogs fault (cause I wanted to call her but not if she was going to attack me) and she was like Um ya its your fault. Tess didnt do it to herself. I told her tess instigated the fight and she went on to tell me it doesnt matter who instigated it that Rudi is dangerous and Im lucky she hasnt bitten one of my kids or someone else (and just a few weeks earlier she was telling me how good rudi was with the kids and how well behaved she was and how she hates her moms dog.... ) I was just wondering if my dog was at fault. If this get dragged out to court I want to be prepared.