|Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"|
My Little Dog, a- heartbeat at my- feet.<3
|Barked: Sun Jan 27, '13 7:03pm PST |
|Some of you may recall me mentioning a friends dog a few times.. She was reactive with strange people on her leash, but off she was good. Protective of the small children(under 1, and 2) and well behaved other than the reactivity issues. She was a little under socialized, so she was iffy with strange dogs dependent on the dog.. But overall, not a bad dog by any means. She was a Shepherd Collie mix.. A three year old, beautiful dog, loyal as could be, watching over her family.
She is dead now, due to some very unfortunate, idiotic circumstances.
Perhaps it was denial..
She moved to a farm with her family which was the best place for her, with the issues she had. And it was the best place for their puppy too, and even their children.
Yesterday, however... She killed another dog. A Bichon/Shih-tzu to be exact, of whom belonged to the mother-in-law. Who she'd known for the past two years.. Apparently, she'd been harassed by this dog many a time, and had repeatedly had moments where she went after him to tell him off - never carrying it any further than that. But it kept building up. Instead of taking it as a hint to keep the dogs separated, when the signs became subtle, the owners assumed all was good again... It was not..
Yesterday, while the dogs were outside with the children(about 7 years old - two of them), all unsupervised... One of the children came running to find adults saying, "Sierra killed Tom!" They rushed outside to find disaster. A bloody mess. A small dog torn apart, but still barely breathing, and a scared and very, very upset Shepherd who ran and hid.
Tom was not killed. In fact, it appears to have been her finally losing it on the little dog, going after him and doing more damage than was intended. She did not kill him. His wounds did shortly after.
Sierra hid. My friend went to her, knowing the father-in-law was grabbing the rifle and held and kissed her dog, tears rolling down her cheeks as she tried to understand what had happened.
What happened? Dogs who should NOT have been left unsupervised together, much less with children, were. A dog got fed up and attacked. And both dogs are now dead for it because the owners didn't take the signs that WERE CLEAR prior, to separate the dogs and keep them that way.
Two good dogs are dead.
My heart is broken... I was expecting her to bite a dog, or perhaps a stranger on her leash, but never something so far. I repeatedly tried to get them to see past their denials and they never did... And now, because of it... two dogs are dead.
I can't help but feel so many regrets over the situation, for not PUSHING HARDER to get them to see her issues, and get them to be more pro-active about it... I can't imagine being in that situation, I can't imagine seeing those dogs die so horrifically... Both are now buried on the farm.
And my friend is confused about what happened, why it happened, what she could have done wrong. Is it cruel of me to have pointed out that they should have been separated? Is it cruel of me to be angry with THEM for this situation? Tom never would have ended up dead if they had kept the dogs separated, or had supervised their time together, and Sierra would not have either.
Perhaps I'm being too cruel and cold-hearted with the owners about it.. I love my friends, I do... But I do not feel they are fit to be dog owners. They're in denial about their dogs issues, get dogs without doing any research about the breeds(they're the ones with the Irish Setter puppy and never walk her!), don't walk them, etc...
Sierra.. You were a good dog.. You didn't deserve the end that happened for you, and neither did Tom.. I wish things could have been different.. I wish neither of you had been put in this situation, or got hurt or died.. I'm so sorry, sweethearts.. I'm so incredibly sorry...
This post is just as much about the loss of these two incredibly sweet dogs, as it is about the ignorant owners who denied the signs given to them, and refused to do something about it. Any ignorant owner who doesn't educate themselves enough to KNOW the signs when they see it, or keep dogs separate when they CLEARLY have issues(or at least supervised!).. I've had tears in my eyes since the moment I heard..
Those poor babies...
R.I.P Tom and Sierra.. You were good dogs.
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