I am just really upset today. Two days ago a beautiful white GSD came over to visit my house, just wandered up. Such a good boy! Perfect manners - I almost just kept him, but I knew where he lived, and knew he had owners, that obviously gave a darn about him, he was very well trained and his teeth had NO buildup on them AT ALL- looked to have been brushed every day. Anyway, we played with him, my daughter and I (she is six) and he was again, perfect in every way. Good, gentle with her, played with her nicely. Such a good dog! If I had room for a big dog, that is the kind of big dog I want- just like him.
Well, when DH got home we told him about the dog having visited. He also thought the dog was a good dog, having seen him before while out jogging.
Well, this morning DH left early to go to his intake stuff for a new job - paperwork for insurance and such - and just after he left the phone rang - it was hubby calling to tell me, "Don't drive kiddo down Owen St. That white shepherd is laying in the street, someone has hit him and his head is all smashed." :(
I am so sad to think such a sweet dog is no longer around, and I am so angry with his owners for not MAKING SURE he was SAFE in his OWN YARD, and mad at whoever it was that hit him- the speed limit is very slow on that street, and the dog stood out; he was really big and was WHITE so would pretty well glow in the dark, even! Mostly I am upset with his owner!!!! I would have kept the dog if I knew it was just going to be killed two days later!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So what a way to start the day! :(
Sigh- yes, mostly I am upset with the owner that didn't do their part to keep the dog safe. A lot of people don't understand - I am militantly "keep your dog in your yard" for several reasons, but live in hillbillly land, where so many people think, "That big dog has to be out to run". ARGH!
So they get run over by cars, eat coyote poison, get shot by someone that doesn't want someone else's big dog eating their garbage, and so many other things.
But this one really hurt me, 'cause he was just such a good fellow. And my daughter- she has, since the dog left here, been looking for him to come back! He was so nice. Sigh. Must remember to not drive down Owen St.
That is so sad. There is nothing that makes me as upset is to see all the dogs running loose. It has got to the place I am almost afraid to drive because of so many running loose. What is people's problem??? If they want and love their dogs why don't they take better care of them. Thats the problem, they just don't care. At least they don't care about theirs like I care about mine. I know accidents can happen when they can get out but it is getting redictious where we live. You would think Dallas would have stricter laws. My son has white gsds. He had to fix a place for them and build a higher fence because they will jump even if they see another dog, squirrel or whatever. The couple of times they got out, one was always hurt someway when they found them. Now they are secure in a large fenced in place where they can't get out. Hope you feel better, I know how upsetting that must have been.
When Caitlin and I went to walmart yesterday, I saw the body of a Labrador Retriever in the median of the 4 lane road right by it. Luckily Caitlin didn't see it, I'm afraid she would have thought it was Riddick, as it was a big black dog. It must have just been hit when I passed it , it wasn't mangle and there were no obvious injuries. It just made me really sad.
Just curious did you take the dog back to the owner's or did he wonder off eventually? I'm wondering if the owners lost him and didn't know where he was.
I was dog sitting my sister's shep/husky mix, I put him on a harness in the back yard on a run, while I was inside doing whatever. I came out about 30 mins later and he had chewed clear through the harness some how a perfect cut and walked 5 miles back to my sisters house and went right in her back yard. I could not believe it, I went over there and there he was sitting in the back yard. So back to my house we went and don't you know the 2nd harness different brand this time, he did the same exact thing but I sat there watching, curious how he did it. So after that I learned I had to stay outside with him.
Anyway my point is maybe it was an error and unless we have their side of the story we shouldn't bash them as we are.
Yes it is a sad sad situation especially b/c I own a White GSD, I know how perfect they are. But I also know how they love to run and jump, the GSD is actually living with my parents now and Alpine is her name she loves to jump and she jumps beautifully but the fact is she does jump she has to be put in a run so she won't get out. This dog could have slipped out of her run/collar or got out the front door and they may have not known where to find her.
This dog pushed under the bottom of the fence. He did this often over the course of several months, so it isn't like the dog owner didn't know he could/would. He was a common roamer in this area, which is how my hubby met him while jogging.
No, I didn't take him home, but for all the manners this dog had, he would not walk on a leash, and I also knew his owners would do nothing but put him back into the same non-secure fence, and the dog would be back out in under 2 minutes. So it was pretty well pointless.
All said though, I'd like to have a GSD someday, but you can bet money I'll make sure I have a safe place to keep it when I get it. My fence would not have held this dog either. How do I know? He pushed under my fence while I watched him! (see, I tried to protect him) He was a bit naughty, wasn't he? But boy oh boy, he was gentle and sweet, if something of an escape artist...
I was just curious...I wasn't implying anything bad about you just so you know. E-mails and posts are so hard to read sometimes.
It sounds like they really should have put him on a run or done something with that fence.
Alpine stays on a run when we aren't outside with her or stays in the pool area b/c that fence is the 6 or 8 foot tall fence that she can't jump when the back yard is too muddy so she doesn't end up brown instead of white. When we are outside she just roams, as long as we are out there she will not jump or try to leave.
Those people really should have done something, what a pointless loss.
***Edited By: syrn11 on 6/29/2005 11:00:02 AM*** Reason: +
No offense taken. It was just a bad situation- a large loose dog with owners that don't have any sense and didn't care that he could get loose, and myself who cared but my yard is not securely set up for big dogs. If I'd had anyplace to keep him I would have, but- I couldn't keep him, not to mention that morally it was murky ground to have kept him, knowing he had owners that did care about him in their way despite being pretty ignorant. I sure couldn't have him continuing to compromise the security of my own fence, for my own dogs, who mean the world to me. I didn't so much as even have a large enough collar and/or tie-out, to have secured him that way. I couldn't even think of anyone that I could call that could have taken him in. It was bad all around. All I could do was just kindof go with the flow and say Que sera sera. Unfortunately, what was to be was a bad end for the poor dog.
I am sorry if I seemed to bash anyone. I did not mean too for sure. But, I know there are so many people that just don't care. We see it here over and over again. And like I said there are accidents that happen where its hard to keep a dog up. My son had to do something fast because his gsds were getting out and I just believe if you love them, do something about it or give them to someone that lives out with alot a land where a big dog can run all he wants. We have a saying in Texas, that when you live in the country, you don't have to buy a dog, all the city folks drop them off at your door. Sad but true!!!