|Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"|
My Little Dog, a- heartbeat at my- feet.<3
|Barked: Mon Jan 28, '13 2:27pm PST |
|Augusta - I'm fairly sure he was just being a general pushy pest. Before they moved up there, they had gone there a few times for a week at a time or so and Sierra had been harassed by him then too, and when they moved there, I guess they didn't really think anything of it because let's be honest, they rarely saw their interactions to begin with. It was two city dogs that moved to a farm, and were allowed loose outside with the resident dogs, who weren't as used to having other dogs around and weren't nearly as socialized either.
Missy - Yes, they shot her. The men didn't give my friend a choice, they didn't even give her enough time to process what happened and understand the situation. It was simply, "she killed another dog, so we're going to shoot her." They're very very old-fashioned farmers who, if their dogs get too sick, or injured, or old, or bite, they shoot it and bury it, no ifs, ands or buts. And the father-in-law was saying things like, "What if it had been one of the children? What if she did it again if we let her live? What if this, what if that, and once a taste for blood, always a taste for blood." etc. Seriously reallllyyyy old fashioned line of thinking and clearly doesn't know that dog aggression RARELY turns into human aggression unless you accidentally end up in the middle of it and even then, it's not human aggression so much as you were in the way, y'know? They were trying to say it would be a danger to her children, who Sierra ADORED, etc and basically coerced her before she could even get her head straight about the situation. I feel so terribly for her, the kids and the dogs, because they're having such a hard time with it. My friend still hasn't stopped crying, and her two year old keeps saying "Sierra went to heaven... mommy don't cry, it's okay." and making it harder on her.
It's a sad situation all around...
Her husband keeps trying to say, "We'll get a new Shepherd, or a new Shepherd/Collie." and she said, "No. You CAN'T replace my dog. I don't want another dog. We need to focus on Jersey now.." Jersey being their Irish Setter puppy.
It is very, very difficult to not make the comments that I am thinking in my head, but I really don't want to make it worse for my friend. They made a dire mistake, they didn't see the signs, refused to supervise or keep the dogs separate and hopefully, this heartbreaking situation has made them see what they could have done differently and could do differently with their pup that they still have.
This is why I never leave dogs unsupervised together... There are so many risks...
My friend wishes she could go back and right wrongs, change the situation, make it better, but she knows that all she can do is look after their current pup and try to move forward and heal..
Jersey won't go outside now that Sierra is gone. They go out with her and she just stands there and watches the distance as if she's expecting Sierra to come back.. At night, she goes to Sierra's bed, sniffs it and lays next to it. Won't lay on it at all.. Not really doing anything. Following my friend around like the velcro dog she isn't.. They're giving her a lot of attention, affection, etc..
I wish it didn't have to happen... And I feel so badly for everyone.. Thank you for all of your well wishes to the dogs and children who witnessed the ordeal.
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