|Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"|
My Little Dog, a- heartbeat at my- feet.<3
|Barked: Thu Mar 8, '12 6:44am PST |
|First, I'd like to say that I'm very, very sorry for the loss of Grey Kitty, and may he R.I.P.
When I first got Charlie, he escaped a few yards(even though I had looked for escape routes, he found ways - unlatched gates, tiny holes in fences behind things I had no seen, escaped tie outs without damaging the leash or the collar, etc). I got diligent, bought a dog run and he hasn't escaped since.
However, my foster dog, Beau, he escaped three times on me before I figured out how. The first time, he managed to BEND the metal gate of the dog run(HOW?!?!?!), so I began chaining and locking it closed so he couldn't. Then he escaped another time, and the only way I found figure out was if he had climbed the six foot chain link, turns out the third time I found he escaped, he had actually PULLED APART the chain link at the bottom and made himself a big enough hole in the chain link to escape. Every single time he escaped, Charlie sat in the dog run, barking to let me know of my little escape artist. I took metal wires and secured the bottom of the chain link to the ground bars to make sure he couldn't do that again, crafted a roof, and because of the gardens surrounding the dog run, he couldn't dig out, so I finally managed to keep him locked in, bol. That said, I NEVER, EVER left either dogs unsupervised long enough to get past the driveway IF they escaped, ever - I don't exactly like the idea of my dogs getting hurt because of my own lack of responsibility, so I've become pretty diligent about it.
I hope this neighbor of yours figures out that she needs to take responsibility and find a way to contain her dogs - it's NOT impossible, it's just a matter of figuring out how the dogs are escaping and finding a solution to their escape(such as the roof I added, or me attaching the chain link to the ground bars, etc). She's being vastly irresponsible and clearly doesn't give too much of a damn about her dogs if they're repeat offenders - let's face it, a person who is really concerned about losing their dogs will be far more diligent about containing escape artists as well as possible, if not, never leaving them unsupervised again while outside.
This completely appalls me. I actually saw something similar on a tv show the other day; Bad Dog or something? This family had a rescue stray who constantly escaped their yard, so they ended up attaching a video camera to her collar to find out where she was going for hours at a time daily. They found out her routine and said "we're not even concerned about it anymore, so we just let her do it." WHAT IF she gets hit by a car?! Or a boat, seeing as she was going around the yard fence into the lake and swimming to the neighbors boat dock to escape. Sure, she comes home every time and it's been happening for eight years, but it only takes ONCE for a tragic accident to happen.
I'm glad to hear that your dad filed a report and I hope that Animal Control does something about it. Every time you or your family sees her dogs loose, report it - EVERY time, to make sure that they have on file that her dogs are repeatedly 'at large' and keep pushing it.
Honestly, Charlie got attacked by my aunts cat several months ago(a cat who was raised from eight weeks old with him, for two years prior and had never had any issues with him before). Drake(the male car), saw Charlie sniffing Pepper(Drake's sister), and Pepper gave Charlie a playful swat like she always did, claws retracted of course, and Drake came flying down the hall, landed on Charlie and went full out. He wouldn't back off and Charlie couldn't escape, so he was forced to try to defend himself. I got clawed up and my knuckles split open when I pulled Charlie out of there and grabbed the cat off him. Now? He's scared of cats he's known most of his life and been totally fine with most of his life. Why? He got attacked by an animal whose body language he does not understand, so if a cat is on the ground moving, or coming towards him, he panics and tries to flee and if he's cornered or forced to deal with it, he snaps at it(only happened once and I never let it happen again), so I don't even risk it anymore. I keep family cats away from him and try to keep him from going to their houses when at all possible to prevent him from stressing out or putting him in a situation where he will put a cat in danger trying to protect himself from sheer misunderstanding and fear.
My moms two kittens are dog friendly - the one just hides from everyone and everything, but the other loves to come cuddle up to the dogs, rubs himself on the dogs, even sticks his head on my moms big male Rottweilers mouth, but when he tried to force his affection on Charlie, Char got scared and when the cat persisted, he snapped at him. Even though Charlie's is fear, I'm diligent about keeping him from harming cats now by making sure he's not put in a position like that where he's scared and can't get away.
I'm really, really hoping this neighbor is shown the video evidence so she can SEE what can happen when she's not responsible and I hope she is charged for the problems her irresponsibility has caused.
Sorry for the extremely long, rambling post and I hope you and your family are coping okay. Well wishes, and plenty of hugs from Charlie and myself.
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