September 19th 2006 8:00 am
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Dozer will be put to sleep today due to his agressions. Dozer is unable to get over his past, his fears rule his life. He will now have no more fears, he will be at peace.
For any one who reads Dozer story please learn about breeding dogs. Sadie (Dozer's mom) should have never been allowed to have pups, she should have been spayed. No one even knows who fathered Dozer.
Many of us grew up in a time when many dogs lived on chains and so it doesn't seem like an issue but it is an issue so please learn why dogs should not live on chains.
Please do not let Dozer's life and death be for nothing, learn all you can and share every thing you learn with every one you can. Please help make Dozer's life and death mean some thing.
Dozer will be dearly missed and lovelying remembered.
August 10th 2006 8:52 am
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I first meet Sadie when she was still a puppy and going to her second home. Short while later I heard that my brother-in-law had the dog and this worried me as he beats his dogs. Then I heard that Sadie had had pups and killed all but one pup and because of this was in need of a home. I went to see if I could have her. When I got their I seen another young dog tied to a tree with no shelter, no food or water, and covered in mud. I asked about this Dog and was told he was Sadie's son named Dozer, he was app. (8 months old at the time) and had been in the house for a while until he chewed things up. He had been tied to that tree for app. 6 months. They had also wanted to get rid of him. Sadie was also tied out. She had shelter but no food or water. I brought both dogs home with me ,that was over 4 years ago. As soon as we got the dogs home I discovered that Dozer had 2 chains around his neck and one was growing into his neck.
Sadie has not shown any food or toy aggression and she seems to love people even kids. Dozer has had food and toy aggressions. I don't know if he would be aggressive with people or not. I don't know if either dog would be aggressive with other animals or not.
Times that Dozer has been aggressive. When we first brought the dogs home we feed them and I was standing close to Dozers dish he snarled and snapped at my leg. When Dozer was app. 3 years old he had a tennis ball and when we tried to pick it up he growled and snapped. Also when he was 3 he had a mark on his belly and when I tried to look at it he growled and lunged at me. He doesn't like to get vehicles, in June when he had to go to the vets when he knew we wanted him in the vehicle he put his tail between his legs and lowered his head, when we still tried to get him in he growled, snarled and snapped. I have been working with him and this week he jump into the van on his own. Also around June he had a dead chipmunk in his area when we tried to remove it he snarled and snapped. Up until recently if I made eye contact with him he would growl. He has never yet bitten anyone.
These dogs are still chained outside and have been the whole time we've had them. They have shelter, food and water. They get daily walks, play and grooming. I might be getting a kennel donated to me. I don't know if they can be kenneled together safely or not. They can reach each other, the only problems they have had are over food and toys, they have never wounded each other. I want to improve these dogs lives and have been searching for help. I want to find out if the are safe to kennel together and if the are both safe around, people, kids and other animals.
I agree that I made bad choices and wrong decisions. I made these choices and decisions from the heart instead of using my brain. I agree these dogs need a better life then what they have now.
I have a social disorder which causes anxiety attacks, it is next to impossible for me to go places or talk to people, either face to face or on the phone. I have many health issues, 2 of which are thyroid disease and Rheumatoid arthritis and I am steadily loosening my strength. I have little money, I no longer work, my boyfriend supports both of us. Are the good excuses, no, they are just the facts.
My oldest daughter, her husband and 3 year old daughter live with me. They pay half the house hold expenses and my daughter helps take care of things that are hard for me due to my social disorder.
My boyfriend (been together 10 years) does not help with the dogs, calls them mine but then fights with me over all most ever decision I make about the dogs.
So you can dislike me, call me a bad stupid person and you can point out all the things I’ve done wrong but none of that is going to help Sadie and Dozer. I can’t go back and change any thing, I wish I could.
Do I have what it takes physically, emotionally, mentally, and financially to give these dogs what they need and deserve?? Probably not! I just don’t know what else I can do.
At least 80% of my day is spent on these dogs, I don’t have time for myself or other house hold members, human or animal. I get up in the morning, I feed my puppy (a mothers day gift) then I go out and spend app. 1 hour with each dog. Then I come in and spend app. ½ an hour training my puppy and tending to my 19 year old dog. Then I spend my time online trying to learn all I can and e-mailing rescue groups and such and being on the phone with places trying to find help. Around 1pm I spend app. Another 2 Hour with Sadie and Dozer. Then app. Another ½ hour with the puppy and older dog and then back to the computer and phone. Then around 5pm back out with Sadie and Dozer for app. Another 2 hours. Then app. 1 hour with puppy and older dog. Then back to computer while I watch the dog whisper shows that we have taped. Then some where between 7pm and 9pm I spend about an hour with puppy and older dog and then I go to bed. I even eat my meals at the computer.
I understand peoples anger and I accept being judged but I do love these dogs . I am doing the best I can.
July 14th 2006 11:47 am
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My doggy mom (Sadie) just couldn't handle the stress of being a mom (poor girl) so she killed her pups, I am the only one that was saved. Our owner got pretty mad at her. They took me inside to live with them and left mom outside and really didn't go see her much anymore.
Boy they really liked me, played with me all the time. Then I guess I did something to make them mad because I was put out on a chain as well. I was only a couple months old. I had no house to go in to get out of the weather. My area was full of water and I was wet and cold. They never checked my chain as I grew and so it started to grow into my neck. No one would even come in my area because I would get them muddy, I didn't mean to. That's how it was for 6 months and then one day these strangers came to see my doggy mom. I was scared and growled at them but they came over to see me any ways. I cowarded way down, I didn't know how to act. They got all muddy but they didn't seem mad. The next thing I knew the unhooked from the tree, put me and mom in a truck and we left. Boy was I scared, I was glad my doggy mom was there, she didn't seem scared of these people at all.
When we got out of the truck they tried to dry me up some and then gave me some food. I wasn't use to people being close when I ate so I tried to bit them, I don't do that much anymore. But I still don't like my doggy mom near my food.
The first time my new mommy tried to walk me, I didn't understand what was going on. I got scared and growled at her. She didn't get mad or give up and now I like walks. But I still snarl and snap when I am scared. And I am scared of anything new or different. I don't do well around childeren, strangers or other animals. I do get along with my doggy mom sometimed tho. Which is a good thing because we share a buth tub as our water dish because we chew and tip over anything else they try as water dishes.
I've been here all most 4 years now and I hate to think what would have happened to me if they hadn't took me into thier family.