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post #1 of 25 Old 02-08-2014, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Heroic Tragedy

I have a painful story I must relate.
For the past few days I have been trying to make sense of the tragic death of one of my dogs. I am single and my dogs are my children, not just possessions.
Between my neighbor and me is a vertical batt vinyl fence, aesthetically pleasing but less than structurally sound. He has large dogs that constantly taunt passers by and people walking to the mailboxes just a mere few feet from the neglected and aggressive animals. Knowing this I took the obvious precautions, placing bricks along the base of the fence, etc. to keep my Chihuahuas from digging and/or getting under the fence to his property. I felt fairly secure that things were safe although his dogs relentlessly bark and growl at anything that moves.
I came home the day before yesterday to a horrific situation. I walked through the door and immediately noticed that one of my “kids” was not there to greet me. I went into the back yard (they have a doggie door) and called for him to no avail. I of course walk the fence looking for an escape route and noticed that one of the flimsy vertical batts of the fence between my property and his was knocked out from his dogs bouncing against it. I knew this could not be good. I replaced the batt, looked over the fence and called his name but no answer. I was hoping he had escaped not only through the hole but also out of the neighbors yard but that was not the case. I knocked on the neighbors door after he secured his extremely mean animals we found Kawil dead in a corner of his yard.
I have been trying to make sense of this senseless tragedy for the past few days. Friends have said anything from kill the dogs, beat the shit out of the owner, to suit or other legal action but none of the above will do anything but cause more pain. He was very compassionate about the situation and offered me another puppy but to me that was only a band-aid and would not replace the death of my family member. What good could come of this? I told my neighbor that installing some hog wire around the base of the fence would not only prevent this from happening again but might also prevent this happening along the sidewalk which may involve others, possibly a child. This preventive maintenance seemed sensible but still did not relieve the horrible pain I was still feeling. I was talking with a friend that I typically think of as a very nice fellow but not real bright had a wonderful idea. You may not want a new puppy from him but he could donate to the local shelter to help save other dogs or provide a home for a homeless pet.
Brilliant! Although my loss still hurts, we can turn a senseless murder into something positive. Kawil has given his life, we have possibly saved other injuries or death by fixing the fence and he has also given a home or life to another needy pet.
Kawil is now a hero. I miss him terribly but now feel his death was not in vain and has actually given hope and life to others. Hooray for the heros in our lives……
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post #2 of 25 Old 02-08-2014, 10:11 AM
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Brian -

I am so sorry for your loss; my kid is on my lap as I type. She was three weeks old and sick with Parvo when we rescued her, but she made it.

Every town has an animal shelter and they always need "stuff". Money is best, but they can often use material goods if you ask at the desk.

I'm going to swing by the shelter today and drop off a check and tell them it's from Kawil.

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Bless you thank you so much Tom. Just knowing his loss of life will provide for others makes this difficult healing process a success.

Thank you again, best wishes to you and yours.....
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Brian,
Sorry for your loss, also. I feel the same way of our cats.
Will see what I can do locally, in memory of Kawil.

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You're welcome; I hope some lucky pup gets a new human soon.

The Haven Humane Society in Redding accepts PayPal! Very easy to make a donation in memory of Kawil Ski Bum from Pepper, the Laser Wiener Dog.


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I'm a cat guy, but I LOVE my cat. He's been my most reliable friend for 16 years. He follows me everywhere, plays fetch, won't leave my side when I'm sick ... I get it, man. And I'm so sorry. What an awful thing. A few things I thought:

"Friends have said anything from kill the dogs, beat the shit out of the owner, to suit or other legal action but none of the above will do anything but cause more pain." - you are a wise man

I think you are very right to be on his ass about securing his dogs, though. I'd even call animal control or the cops - why? - I have two little girls. One who is 18 months and LOVES dogs. She would never expect one to hurt her. If those dogs get out, it could be even uglier.

That said, mainly my heart just goes out to you, man. I am a big fan of the San Francisco SPCA and finances are tight, but I will definitely see what they need and donate as much as I can. For you and Kawil. And I will tell them why I am donating the money. No one should have to see a loved one killed.

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Sorry to hear about your loss, SkiBumBrian. We consider our dogs family members too, so I can imagine what that must have been like. The shelter idea is great.

I have no respect for people who don't take the time to train and socialize their dogs so they don't pose a threat to strangers. There's no excuse for it and it's unfair to the dogs.

It's funny. The prison where I work has partnered with the local animal shelter and they bring dogs to us that have not been trained and therefore exhibit traits that make people pass them up for adoption. A lot of them are surrenders from owners who couldn't or wouldn't train them and got tired of their "bad habits."

They come and spend a few weeks or maybe a couple of months with their inmate handlers/trainers and follow a training program set up by the animal shelter and when they pass the Canine Good Citizen Test they go back to the shelter and so far every single one of them, hundreds just from our prison alone, have been adopted. I think statewide they've reached the 2,000th dog milestone.

It's good to know this turned into something positive and you didn't get caught up in another course of action that might not have been so. Good for you and a great memorial for Kawil.



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That program sounds awesome, a win/win program for sure, it is giving both sides a second chance..... The support and momentum I have received from all my forum friends has given me strength and is graciously received.

Thank you all
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Sorry to hear of your tragedy Brian. Thanks for the story. It's good that you have the other dogs during this time. I have one dog/child and if anything were to happen to him,it would be WAY too boring around here.
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Skibumbrian,

That is a terrible thing to have happen. I am very sorry for your loss.
I had dogs all my life untill a few years ago when Buddy, my 13 year companion got killed in front of me. He was accidently run over in the driveway of a relative who was moving a car and had no idea Buddy had walked behind it. I understand completely the attachment to our pets. It's been years since this accident but I still think of him often and remember the times we shared together. Though my current situation prevents me from having a dog, I like the donation to the animal shelter idea and will look to see if there is one in the area to contribute to.
I hope your neighbor mans up and does the right thing in securing his dogs. If he doesn't, your idea of the wire fence is a good one. You may need to do it on your side. Not the ideal solution to his dogs unacceptable behavior but prudent nevertheless.

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