From 3/19/04 Today I made a horrible discovery! I'm still in shock. Lastnite I was almost in tears because I thought my dog was missing. This wasn't one of my Pit Bulls, but the Boxer. She was about 6 years old now. She came from a Back Yard Breeder so she had health problems her whole life and a poor temperament. Still I loved her and consdired her one of the best dogs. She was put outside yesterday and so was my house Pit who was tied out while the Boxer runs free in the fence. I went outside to play with the dogs, using a tennis ball. I let santana off the chain, the Boxer wouldn't play. Later I chained santana back up and went inside. I needed to take care of Val and get some other stuff done. Although the Boxer hates being outside it was a nice day and its good for her to get some fresh air. In her 6 years she would never try to excape and wouldn't leave the yard not even with the gate open. I let santana in to eat and my Boxer was standing looking around. About 40 mins later her food was made, I went to call her in from outside and she didn't come. I went outside and began looking all over for her. I was like no way, where can she be?? If she's not out here, she wouldn't leave the yard. After I couldn't find her I thought she must have got mad and found a way out to punish me for leaving her outside. She has a way of taking revenge, she was almost human and a part of the family. Thats why I loved her so much and miss her deeply. I knew today would be a very busy day, I was out all day until 4:30 and I had already decided lastnite that I needed to make a ton of flyers with her pic and check around. I figured if she got loose she had to run far fast because anywhere around here everyone knows she mine and would return her I'm certain. I wanted to go out at 4:30 to give Santana some excersize because the whether was so nice and before it starts getting dark, come in and make the flyers then put them out tomorrow. Well I'm outside and Santana is using the springpole. The Boxer has a big dog house, but she NEVER uses it, its just a dog house thats been here forever and she will only use it if its raining and she's left out. Otherwise no way. I'm just chilling outside when I see a huge fly on the doghouse, then I look down and her head is sticking out. At first your mind tells you there is your dog, but then reality hits and you realize there is your dead dog! I was petrified I couldn't believe it. I knew her time would come soon, but I figured she'd be here til next summer/fall I could tell she's been getting worse and worse without anything that can be done for her. I knew she would probably die prematurly 6 is a young age, just not now. She was one of the best companions ever and has been with me all these years. She was always so loving and if I was gone for 5 mins she would act like she hadn't seen me in ages. I no longer have a dog to greet me when I come in the door. I was sick and worried lastnite of where she may be, cold, scared, stolen, ect Thats all I could think about. I know she is probably much better off no more suffering in her life and she lived a good life, but its still hard to let go. I miss you girl!! http://pic9.picturetrail.com/VOL268/1922658/3855935/47502132.jpg
My Follow Up(b/c of an recent event) BYBs, they don't realize at all what they are doing is harmful to the well being of the breed, even those not greedy and breeding for money they are still hurting with their pups that they breed as pets. Many of us have probably owned a dog from a BYB either by buying it, having it given to us or even through rescuing. Many people, even when they know the breeder is wrong can't resist the pup, they don't know where it will end up and don't want to leave it. My girl was only $75 the last of the litter(they kept a female pup), I didn't know what would happen, where she would have gone, how despate they would get, lower the price until whoever with whatever $$ would take her? She seemed like a normal healthy pup at first, she was so great. Around 1.5-2yrs was a big turning point and from then on down hill most of the way. She was 6 when she died. BYB claim to have healthy pups and such great pets, good temperaments, ect. When asked about genetic probs they claim to have only the most healthy dogs that always go to the vet. My dog had a number of health problems she had severe allergies as a minor one(is that not a genetic problem?), skin tumors, and was starting to get cateracts! She had temperament problems, she was nervous, had anxiety, clastrophobic, ect. Guess her sis was a very nervy dog too. Ran into the breeder just a few days ago. Her sis is also now dead. I think I may have mentioned about the breeders plan for the sister before. The breeder bought a white male to breed to her. The white male had severe breathing problems, servere seperation anxiety, very dense and possibly deaf in one ear. She tried to breed him but it didn't take she said he couldn't breed, thought he might be sterile(well hmmm should he be bred?). She sold him. She then tried to breed the female to another white male which didnt take. I was beginning to think maybe she was actually the sterile one and this was yet another problem the pups had. Then I lost contact with her basically. Well it turns out she sold the female or gave it away. She was bred and had a litter of 9 pups, but layed on 1/2 of them being nervous like my dog she would have never make a good mother and neither did her sister no surprise. Well then she got an infection (form having the pups) and DIED! I couldn't believe it, but then no surprise. she said it was so hard for them and they really liked her, but really they were just as uneducated and uncaring when breeding her as any other BYB. She was far from breed quality, not a good mom, and died from having those pups after killing 1/2 of them. This is what BYBs do, even well meaning ones who think since they love their pets so much they should be allowed to breed. Who think they can make a quick buck. Who think they are doing everything right and have good dogs. Its heart breaking to have lost my dog, even as much trouble as she was I still loved her and she was a good dog just special needs and not something MOST owners would put up with. We know that most owners themselves may mean well and have full intentions of taking care of their dogs, but when it becomes a big issue and such a burdon they dump the dogs off, give them away to whoever, sell them to the 1st person with cash or take them to a shelter. In a responsible breeding situation this would never happen. The breeder makes sure the owner is deticated and breeding quality pups with only the normal problems (potty training, chewing, ect), if they had a pup with special needs they'd take it bad and replace it or provide you with help. If you had a good quality pup it doesn't mean circumstances don't change and you need to rehome it, but a good breeder is always there to take the animal back! This applies to all breeds of dogs, but is a big issue with the American Pit Bull Terrier, it seems this breed has been under so much attack and is so overpopulated. It is being bred completly away from what its meant to be, causing genetic health problems and temperament problems. It is so saddening to see what this breed has been turned into, why it is being bred and the horrible people owning Pit Bulls. mistreating and abusing them, using them for guard purposes, breeding them to make money, some even having a puppy mill set up. The only way to help stop this is to educate all those interested in the breed, either owning or thinking they should attempt breeding themselves. Educating those who don't know the truth about Pit Bulls and letting everyone see what great dogs Pit Bulls really are and also what great responsibility they require. Girl You Are Indeed Missed and NEVER Forgotten. Serving, protecting, loving and loyal as you were! You couldn't help your problems, they were no fault of your own!