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Living With Humans, by Sara

Requiem for Max

May 18th 2010 1:16 pm
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Max the pitbull is dead. It really wasn't his fault, at least not the way I see it. He's a dog. Dogs are known to bite, particularly if they aren't properly socialized. I also don't know if he was neutered, but he should have been.

Max made news because he bit two people. A court in Alameda, California determined he was a danger to society and ordered his destruction. Just hours before his scheduled execution, his people busted in and busted him out.

Max was ultimately tracked to Reno, confiscated, and ultimately returned to Alameda where he was euthanized.

If Max's people do get another dog, I hope they take the steps necessary to train and socialize it. Over the years, I've had Huskies, Akitas, and now a pittie mix, and a sweeter dog you'll never meet.

Could she potentially bite? Of course she could. Would she? Probably not. But I won't take the chance of leaving her unsupervised in situations where it could happen. She's a dog, it goes with the territory. That said, I have taken every possible precaution to see that we don't have an incident by, among other things, having her spayed, trained, socialized, leashed in unfamiliar situations, and because we live in an apartment building, introducing her properly to any new tenants who move in. I also make sure she's kept away from those tenants who are either timid of dogs or don't like them particularly. I immediately leash her if we're out in the back and a tenant who is not as sure of her comes out. I have instructed the building's kids on how to react when they see a dog.

It is up to us, the humans, to protect our furry charges -- and that includes taking the steps necessary to insure that they are the best canine citizens possible.

Rest in Peace, Max. Run free at the Bridge where no one can neglect or hurt you again.


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Barked by: MerryBelle Noelle Pie SSW (Dogster Member)

May 18th 2010 at 2:31 pm

So very true Sara. Our humans are responsible for us and it is they who are accountable for our actions. If they are irresponsible then they should not be allowed this privelege of having us share their lives.
Barked by: ♥The Tater Tots! (Dogster Member)

May 24th 2010 at 12:41 am

High Paws to you, Sara! Very well woofed!
Barked by: Pepper - CGC (Dogster Member)

May 24th 2010 at 9:11 am

Thanks for the update. I read the story when his folks took off with him but didn't know how things turned out. Sorry to learn he was put down. Very sad.
Barked by: Lil Bear (Dogster Member)

July 4th 2010 at 8:07 am

Very well said Sara! I's a little guy an I'm nervous around peeples I don't know. When the peeples asks mama if I bite she tells them "He has teeth." Then she 'splains that I am young and scared of strangers. If they still want to try to pet me they must go REEEEAAAALLLLLYYYYY slow. Most of the time they jus moves on. Sometimes one of the peeples will take the time to gets to know me, then I likes to meet new peeples.
It's up to the peeples to teach us how to act right.

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