I am very sorry for your loss, but I do not understand how you let the dog out alone if you know you have coyoties there? Well, if he bolted the door, why nobody called him and looked for him right away? It takes a while for a coyote to kill a dog........and nobody heard anything? It is very sad, but it could have been avoided.
Oh please allaboutdogs. Accidents happen. What if she had leashed the dog to a tree and the leash snapped or the collar snapped. I guess some will say it would still be her fault cause she did not buy a strong enough leash or collar. Come on people.
And it doesn't take a long time for a coyote a WILD animal who is used to hunting to kill its prey. One bite in the right place would be all she wrote.
***Edited By: poppyryce on 1/5/2007 4:43:48 PM*** Reason: add
Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. If nothing has ever happened to you then count yourself as very lucky. Whomever said why didn't someone run right out after him, how do you know they didn't. Maybe it took a second to put the baby down, and all it takes is a second. It's a horrible, unfortunate accident. It is not anyone's fault. Those of you who answered this post so unkindly (whom I was willing to ignore until now) should be feeling pretty bad. However, it wouldn't surprise me if you don't. Just step back and think how you would feel in her place. I promise you not one of you is perfect as no one is, and if you think something bad can't happen to you I'm here to tell you in no uncertain terms you are mistaken.
I've been gone for a while and this is why. I can't stand to see such hateful posts. It makes me sick. You can ride me all you want, I really don't care. I absolutely believe in karma. There is page after page of people being rude and nasty to each other, but when someone comes on to ask for help or a legitimate question there are usually very few replies. I know, I came back to ask one. Yet you all say you want to help, you care about the animals, you want to educate people. As an educator, let me enlighten you, your going about it all wrong. If you truly want to help and enlighten people you explain and teach, you don't bash and make fun of.
I know people ...dogs get out, happens all the time. But to have your dog missing all night, post about it at 10, then come back at 4 and say that his body was FINALLY found in his own back yard, ripped to pieces by known coyotes that lurk about.... Is friggin weird to say the least.
I have searched for escape artist dogs in the rain, in the dark, in the snow, without shoes on in Baltimore because there was simply no time, at the break of dawn in pajamas and the list goes on and on.
Your yard must be ginormous.
Sorry to hear about your dog. What an awful, tragic way to go.
***Edited By: pope1982 on 1/5/2007 5:07:11 PM*** Reason: ...
Stdogz I am so sorry for your loss, especially the way you found the dog later. Accidents do happen even with the best planning and it is a shame that people jumped on you like that at a time you were looking for help. Beagles are famous for NOT returning to you calling their name when they decide to roam. I hope none of the other posters suffers the same loss. Pope, you sound like me when I don't know where one of my dogs has gotten to (sometimes the kids-teens will take one for a walk and forget to leave a note or tell someone). I've roamed the neighborhood and woods in my slippers and bathrobe at all hours, called out search parties, put up notices, everything but call out the National Guard, you name it to get the dog back. We've also done this for other people's dogs because we know how horrible it is to lose one. There is no adequate way to describe the horrible, empty feeling knowing your beloved dog is missing and at the mercy of the world. About 10+ years ago I had a bf that saw nothing wrong with just opening the door one day and letting our dog's out and we lost one to a car. The bf was gotten rid of very quickly but not fast enough to prevent the tragedy.
I live on 3 acres of wooded property that abuts 30+ acres of conservation land. When Bagel got out my husband tried quickly to get him back but it was pitch black and he wasn't going to go traipsing through the woods with a 3 year old.
We did drive the perimeter of the property but we couldn't see him or anything.
What I do feel guilty about is that I left food out for him hoping that he would come for the food but I think I may have enticed the coyote into the area.
Bagel was found 3 or 4 acres into the conservation land in a wooded spot that we wouldn't have found him if my husband hadn't gone looking in the daylight.
I want to thank those who are sincere in their support, this is not easy to deal with especially now realizing that he will never come home.
And shame on those of you who judge - saying that this isn't right. I just pray that you NEVER have to go through what I've been through.
This will be the last post that I put on TP. I will respond to any other questions on this thread but I won't be starting any others.
stdogz, i am so sorry for your loss. i can only imagine how you feel. i have a few runners here that have taken any and every oppurtunity to take off on us. we have coyote, mountain lion and bear in my area and i worry what would happen if they come across one. i can only imagine how devastated i would feel if mine suffered bagels fate ~hugs~