So before mowing the grass on Friday, Nikki took out the corkscrew stake we use with a 30 ft lead for Dora on occasion, and left it sitting on the swing in the backyard. We are planning a day trip to visit family all day tomorrow, and since Dora isn't very reliable about staying with us when outdoors esp. in unfamilar places with strange people and dogs, we were planning on taking the stake and lead along with us. Nikki went out to get it while packing up today, and came in with just the stake. Handed it to me wordlessly. Sometime this weekend, somebody went into our backyard with some boltcutters, cut the metal ring on the stake to which the lead attaches, and made off with the thirty ft. lead. I should mention, that the lead is detachable from the stake. It has the same sort of clasp on both ends, to attach to the stake and the collar of the dog. Bolt cutters weren't really needed, but now we have to go out and replace both the lead and the stake. Also, if someone were to be sneaking into the backyard with boltcutter, I would have been more afraid they would cut the chain attaching the lawn mower to a tree on the backyard, since we don't have a shed to keep it in. Something actually valuable, not a $10 cable. And since it was a 'premeditated' crime, i.e. someone purposely came into the yard with boltcutters, with the intent of theiving my cable, it must be a neighbor who has seen us out with the dogs. Not many neighbors have dogs. We will be watching to see which dog suddenly turns up with a bright lime green cable tie out. When we discover who it is, I'm not sure what we will DO about it, not exactly something worth reporting to the police or that we can prove is ours. Guess we will just be diligent about bringing in the new cable and stake. But we are still wondering, what exactly was the point of theiving a $10 cable AND destroying our stake? Is it really too taxing to just buy one at the store?
***Edited By: rainbowzoo622 on 8/18/2008 11:35:11 PM*** Reason: spelling
Wow! Some people do some stupid things. That's stupid AND bold! These are the times where it would be nice to rent a humongous, vicious looking Rottweiler to greet them when they try to steal the next one!
Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there. (Will Rogers)
The criminals may have taken it thinking it was copper wire of some sort. Right now, the price of scrap copper is very high and thieves will steal it just about anywhere. We recently had them saw it out of the ceilings of one of our job sites! Did lots of damage to say the least.
At least it will be a surprise when they get the coating off and it is junk metal. They will get a few pennies for it anyway.
Maybe they were PETA members. I'm very against chaining dogs, but I don't think that's what you were doing. I have a cable that I put my dogs on when I garden in my front yard. I can't give them my full attention while I'm working in the garden and I want them to have more freedom than a six foot leash, so I put them on the tie out. I never leave them out there by themselves b/c of the kind of people that live in my neighborhood. It figures a PETA member would harass a good pet owner and ignore the pitiful dog that is on a chain 24/7.
Hmmm... I never considered it an act of PETA, living in my neighborhood, but in that case it would make a <little> bit of sense. But no, I don't chain my dogs out unattended at all, let along for hours in the heat. The yard isn't completely fenced, and Dora's recall isn't completely reliable, so if we are out gardening and the like, not with an eagle eye on her, she will be on the lead, or when visiting other houses where we aren't sure if she'll listen to us, we use it as well. We haven't really used it in quite a while as it is just too hot to spend time outside. The city has an ordinance on chained dogs, no longer than 4 hours at a time, I can't call on the neighbors accross the street who go through puppies like candy cause they also have a penned area, or smaller dogs are allowed in the house - BTW, the golden model aquired at the start of summer has not been seen in the past couple weeks. The neighbor next door, I've reported twice for leaving a small old shih tzu mix chained for hours at a time with no food or water in the middle of winter, after being cited he still has the dog, and is somewhat better about leaving it inside when he leaves for work, leaving out water, etc., but it is still out a good amount of time. I would think the poor thing would be a better target of PETA than vandalizing my tie-out in the backyard, but an interesting theory.
Ruttluvr, didn't think you meant anything about me in your post, no offense taken. I swear we must be neighbors, surely there can't be more than one crazy 'dog loving' family out there that go through puppies so fast. It's ridiculous. I do not understand where than go so fast, and why more keep taking their places if they really don't intend on keeping them more than a couple of months.