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Hi again! Although your neighbor is super-wonderful for caring for your dog while you are away, it is a bummer to hear things like, “‘while your gone, Jazz was so sad, crying everyday and wouldnt eat that much.” I am sure there were also many happy moments where the dog had fun playing with the other dog or did cute things. It shocks me at how emotional pitbulls can be! I know my dog pouts when we go somewhere – when she is not going along – they really are part of the family. However, the dogs are also resilliant (spelling?) – and can & will adjust. Maybe ask your awesome neighbor to let you know about the cute things the dog does or happy moments the dog seems to have while you are away. Let that neighbor know – that when you learn the dog was seemed sad – it makes you incredibly sad and that it makes you feel guilty for leaving the dog – maybe the neighbor can keep the little things that will only hurt you emotionally – to themselves. Of course – if the dog is injured or there is a real problem – you will need to know. You and the dog will go through an adjustment period – but you will both get through this. Just know in your heart – that you love that dog – and you are doing everything in your power to do right by that dog. Keep your priorites in order, take any necessary precautions, and by all means stay positive and know that you are doing the best you can!!!
So sorry to learn of this situation. I can only imagine how you must feel. However, I think you should count your lucky stars that you have such a wonderful neighbor to take care of your dog and a job waiting for you in this horrible economy. I used to have a boss who lived in another town. He lived in our area during the week for work – then went home and lived there on the weekends. He said it was funny – that the dogs were just as excited to see him after a week, as they were to see him after a quick trip to the store. I don’t think dogs have the capability of rationalizing how much time has gone by. It sounds like you may even be able to see your dog every weekend, with the hour boat ride. I know it will be difficult to be without your doggie every day ~ but, I do think you will adjust ~ and keep in mind that the dog is with someone you know – and not with strangers. Sending positive thoughts your way . . .
I am so very sorry for your loss. Did the girls get a description of the truck or the driver? I believe it would be a good idea to file a complaint of wreckless driving with your local law enforcement agency. I’m sorry the girls had to see that too. Sending you my kind regards . . .July 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm in reply to: Dog attacks–why do they continue to undermine the breed? #17486
Wow! Are you prejudiced against people too? I’m really sorry to know you are blaming a whole breed – for the act of one dog. As a four-year old girl, my hand was bitten by a poodle, yet I am still incredibly sorry to learn of your loss. Also, I have scars on my right leg from where a German Shepard bite me while riding my bike as a teenager. Did my parents sue on either account – NO!!! You really should understand that you cannot blame a whole race for the bad acts of one!!!July 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm in reply to: Dog attacks–why do they continue to undermine the breed? #17485
Hi everyone! The dog trainer ~ whose Doggie School, my dog graduated from – well, she is pretty much a dog expert. She has trained dogs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and at least 20 other law enforcement agencies here in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been a dog trainer for 30 years. Well, she told me that as a courtesy, when I am walking my dog – and see folks approaching, even if they don’t have a dog – if it is possible, I should cross the street as a courtesy – or walk well around those folks. Some people are just scared of any dog. Also there are a lot of A-Hole dogs out there (regardless of the breed). After I cross the street, I usually say hello to whoever. About half of the time, the other person will tell me, there was no need to cross the street – or comment on what a beautiful dog I have. The media does suck when it comes to our little pitties. We’ve got to keep up any positive Public Relations we can – even when just walking the dog . . .
Thank you for your very informative reply. You have really helped me, and now I feel empowered in having a plan to deal with this situation! I had not thought of documentation. My husband thinks it may only cause more problems – because these folks have a 40ish year-old son who lives at home (doesn’t work & not because of the bad economy – he is just a spoiled looser) and has nothing better to do than cause problems & spends a lot of time in front of his house trying to chat greetings (and the dog warning) with others – a lot of people take walks in our neighborhood. I told my husband I will still document incidents, and he and I can make our decision to call the cops or not – after a few more incidents. I’ve started my documentation with last Saturday’s incident. I haven’t much time to spend out front (work & running kids around), so it may take awhile for me to catch the next incident. Maybe the police going to their home and notifying them of the complaint – will be embarassing enough for them to stop. Unfortunately, a slander lawsuit would be stressful, time consuming & expensive ~ and the dog did get in trouble with the county ~ so I don’t know if him calling her a bad dog is slander for sure? I feel so much better, now that I have read your post. What a relief! Thank you ~ thank you :o)
Thanks for your advice! It’s sad that a few years ago – those same folks had a dog that was an escape artist – and constantly running the streets – for atleast five years! I can’t count the times we placed their dog in their own yard – and even had it over here bunches of times – to play with it. We helped them so many times with that dog. Now, it is sick that they are enstilling fear in little neighborhood kids – over our dog that is nothing but very loveable! Unfortunately, these folks are not at all approachable – so speaking to them is not an option. They are just the uneducated low lifes of the neighborhood – and hopefully, other neighbors will realize their ignorance!!!