|Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"|
My Little Dog, a- heartbeat at my- feet.<3
|Barked: Tue Jan 29, '13 2:40pm PST |
|Missy - Yes, it's the same Irish Setter pup. She wanted to play and being the mouthy puppy she was, she nipped at the young baby in moms arms. Didn't do much damage. A tiny nick and she never touched that baby again with her mouth, but all the same. Much and the same dog. I've tried MULTIPLE times to convince them to rehome her, or send her back to her breeder, or SOMEWHERE where someone better understands Irish Setters, but it's gone in one ear and out the other, much like my advice with Sierra did.
Lupi - That would be Ria, lol, I think you're thinking of Mulder's pup Ridley. That said, Ria is by all accounts, his. We got her because he had never had his own dog before and she was ultimately, a farm accident litter that needed to be rescued or they were going to be killed. They just wanted them gone. He adores his puppy, loves Charlie, even loved Maya for the time he knew her. He certainly LOVES the dogs, and he certainly views them as family. He does take part in their care, yes. Quite a large part of it now that I'm pregnant too. He's the one that gets up earlier to let them out, and lets them out before bed, and he often helps with feeding, some training(although I do the majority of it and he just follows through with what I do as he's never trained a dog before), and often even takes Ria out on a long line to play in the field with her.
Sabi - I have my doubts too.. But s'long as he respects where I stand and understands why I feel the way I do about it, there's really not much more I can do. He does have to realize though that he lives in a city now, where guns aren't necessarily as welcome as they are on farms and shooting dogs is NOT the norm anymore, nor is it as welcome.
Tiller - They got Sierra at over a year old, had her for approx. a year and a half, and did nothing in that time with her. The dog-dog socialization she got? Charlie. I introduced them and Charlie quickly taught her that rude behavior and playing rough would make him go away until she calmed down, taught her how to be gentle with him, and more relaxed and taught her not to jump on him, or bite too hard, etc. Sadly, most other dogs that came over to her(usually uncontrolled by their owners and off leash), ended up with her right in their face, very rude, posturing and basically threatening them and if they made ONE move, she would be on top of them in moments. Mostly larger female dogs and unfixed dogs, but all the same, it was dangerous. She also got very territorial too, as in these town homes there aren't yards. Which means they threw her on a thirty foot tie out and she would charge, lunge and try to nip at any strange person that would walk by. Again, also dangerous and something that would escalate. Before they moved, my friend was looking into dog training classes that we were going to go into together, but she moved less than a month later. She's the one with the Irish Setter puppy, in fact, who did no research prior to getting him and even though she said no, her husband got the dog anyway. I dread seeing how that puppy turns out as an adult... I fear for her and I've tried countless times to get them to rehome her, but again, in one ear and out the other, and there's not much more I can do about it - bylaw won't do anything because the dog has adequate shelter, food/water, toys, etc.
I do agree though. I would have blocked my dog with my very body. I KNOW dogs. I KNOW that when my(if I had a dog do so) dog tears into another like that, it's MY fault, and that it was likely a provoked reaction in a dog that was being harassed by that little dog. I would not allow my dog to be shot over that and I'm not even sure I would euthanize my dog either. I'd take that as a slap of reality that I was doing something wrong and would seek proper, professional help to work on the issues. It's the very REASON I do not leave my dogs unsupervised together - ever. What if Charlie goes into one of his seizures and Ria reacts badly to it? She could do anything from check him out and stress him during a seizure, only to make that seizure last twice as long, to actually attacking him. I don't take risks like that and if I see Ria hounding Charlie, I make a point of calling her off and getting Charlie to come relax by me. Because of this, Charlie always looks at me as if to say, "Can you please get her to stop? She's driving me insane." and waits for me to do something about it.
I can't imagine being in that situation, but then, I wouldn't ALLOW that situation to happen and it breaks my heart that EVERYTHING I tried to do to make them see was absolutely ignored, that they were in such blatant denial. Yes, she was great with the kids. Yes, she was excellent in the house and well-trained in the house. But she was DANGEROUS, escalating and she was definitely on the verge of biting someone or something if they didn't seek professional help, which was what I was trying to accomplish and it tears me up that I couldn't do anything about it, even if it wasn't my responsibility.
I think the only way and time to bring it up... would be if she asked for help with Jersey, the Irish Setter puppy. They're moving back due to their sons specialist being here anyway, but she said to her husband, "Nothing good has come of this..". Her mom pointed out that if Sierra had done that here, Bylaw would have taken her and likely PTS, so either way, her dog was bound to die because of her failure as an owner. Ultimately, if she asked for help with Jersey, my first instinct would be to point out where she went wrong with Sierra, and what she NEEDS to do better to BE better for this puppy, or find her a new home. She's an incredibly smart puppy, yet I hear them always putting her down intellectually when I KNOW for a fact that it's THEM giving this poor pup mixed signals on right from wrong and not SHOWING or TEACHING her properly. I HATE that they own another dog still... It tears me up, watching, waiting, knowing there's so little I can do. How do you deal with that?
I'm SURROUNDED by ignorant dog owners.
My parents, who ultimately, I rescued Maya from, and who now only own one dog, but finally SAW where they were going wrong and are doing an excellent job with him now.
My friends, who all own dogs, and don't MEET the very needs of their dogs, the very basic needs - whether it's training, or proper health, or vet care, or exercise.. Sierra and Jersey being vast examples...
My fiance's family, who all own dogs, and don't do ANYTHING with them! My SIL whose Irish Wolfhound, I NEVER see out of his kennel(which is too small for him to begin with!) and is never walked. My MIL/FIL whose two dogs are so pent up with energy, they VIBRATE whenever I see them, lack ANY manners or training whatsoever, aren't exercised, and you can't eat there because their Bichon/Shih-tzu is practically on top of you or your plate, or the back of the couch with her nose in your dang face.
It disgusts me, to see these dogs owned in such a way.
Edited by author Tue Jan 29, '13 2:47pm PST
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