|Barked: Fri Mar 9, '12 1:01pm PST |
|Guest, I understand that sentiment, and honestly I was so pissed off upon initially hearing the news that I felt the same way. I was LIVID. But after that initial shock and cooling down a bit, I realized that it really isn’t the dogs’ faults. They are DOGS- and dogs that clearly were not raised around cats. Dogs with a breed tendency to burrow out and kill small animals. They can’t help those things, and the dogs didn’t understand that they were killing someone’s pet that was loved, they were just being dogs. I entirely blame the owner for the entire incident- she knew her fence needed repair and continually neglected to fix the fence in a way to where her dogs wouldn’t get out. Key word: CONTINUALLY. Like I said, I could even understand a one time freak accident, but when it happens over and over and over again? REALLY irresponsible. Yeah, the dogs had never hurt anything (that we know of), but even the risk of them getting hit by a car or lost should be motivation enough for her to make sure the backyard is a safe, secure area for them. The whole incident would have been preventable if she just would have taken the time to secure her property and possibly to supervise her dogs while they are outside. And I agree with Angel- having any of those dogs euthanized still would not bring Grey Kitty back, and it might piss off the neighbor to the point of retaliating towards my parent’s two dogs. You can never predict how people will react
Honestly, I hope that she gets some sort of fine and some regulations slapped on her to make sure that this sort of thing doesn’t happen again. We just have to wait and see what animal control decides about the two dogs that they are monitoring currently… I really do hope that they label at least those two instigator dogs as vicious and make her handle them accordingly. If she wants to keep those dogs she needs to be responsible for them and prevent things like this from occurring in the future.
Lilith, TBH I am a “dog person” and not a “cat person” myself—though I have loved a couple in my lifetime. A cat is not an animal I would deliberately go look for as a pet like I would a dog—Grey Kitty was just a sad, homeless little cat who looked like he needed some food and TLC. He kind of found us in a way, and we fed him/got him medical care/let him live around our house and yard in his igloo home for the seven years he was with us (he never came inside- other than the garage in the winter or in the rain- because my dad was/is allergic to cats so having cat hair on all the furniture would have been pretty bad for him). I loved the little guy but my mom was far more attached to him than I was- She’s having a REALLY rough time with all of this I am still extremely upset that he had to go in such an awful manner and do wish I could have given him one last petting or at least seen him one more time. If something like this ever happened to my Kip or Oogie, I don’t know what I would do- I am so attached to my little dog-children. I am pretty over-protective and hyper-vigilant with them though, so the chances of anything like that ever happening are extraordinarily low thankfully. I don't even let them go into enclosed fenced yards without me being present!
Nicky, what a frustrating situation Where I live now, things like that aren’t as much of an issue, but in my hometown there were certain neighborhoods where that kind of thing happened ALL. OF. THE. TIME. It’s so frustrating. I just don’t understand how someone who “loves and cares” about their pets could possibly let things like that happen, ESPECIALLY repeatedly!!! This brings to mind the differences in how people view their pets- those who see them as disposable, replaceable property vs those who cherish the uniqueness of their individual pet(s) and see them as an irreplaceable member of the family.
Anyway thanks again for the responses and condolences, everyone. As I said before it is much appreciated.
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