Near as I can figure this is what happened as briefly as possible. I was in garage. Heard chihuahua, Seamus screaming, yelping. In bedroom, Cat was under bed growing. Seamus was under the bed freaked out and I could see blood and moisture on his coat around his mid section. Blood was not flowing, just redness on coat. Norton the Lab was in the room. Poop and pee on bed-probly from Seamus I booted Norton out and managed to get Seamus, he yelped in pain. Norton came running back in and put his nose up to Seamus. I whacked the crap out of him he went and got on his bed. Seamus at vet now with a hernia of sorts as the doctor described it. Teeth did not break skin. X-rays negative. Little guy is getting surgery to repair the hernia. Doc says he should be fine. Waiting to head bac from vet. I think what happened is Seamus jumped on bed, freaked cat out, cat attacked seamus, he has a couple scratches on his belly. Norton, heard commotion and got into it, picking Seamus up. Small varmints, rabbits, quail etc. have never survived Norton catching them even if I interrupt right away. Clearly if Norton was angry, predator or whatever and got Seamus in his mouth, Seamus would be dead. It may sound naive but I think Norton was trying to help Seamus. Regardless, bad news either way. Norton is about seven, Seamus is about two and they have lived together along with our other animals in peace. Norton growls at the other animals occasionally if they mess with him if he wants to be left along. Seamus routinely licks Norton's eyes, mouth and generally cleans him up. Perhaps one should never trust big dogs around little dogs even if they live in peace. Norton is not much of a play with other dogs, dog. My young lab and Seamus play pretty hard some times. Sooo. I'm not sure what to do about Norton, crate him when they are unattended. Put in an electric fence and boot him outside and crate him if he has to be inside. Take him to the pound (its a no kill shelter). I just don't know. Keep Seamus separate from the other dogs when unattended? Perhaps the lesson is big dogs can severely mess up little dogs and you never can tell when it could happen. Norton is not a vicious, fighter or anything. He is just a Lab that shadows me and loves to go on runs. Thoughts? Thanks MF Wanna kill these ads? We can help!