Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Dog 0. Snake 0.

I wrote a post about it at the time, but I cannot find it now. My stepmother who lives just out of Echuca has two indoors dogs, and some outdoor breeding dogs. One indoor dog is a little Jack Russell and the other a large black dog, species unknown, but it is a big bugger.

They get on perfectly well and the big dog is a great indoors dog. He is very playful and affectionate.

However, outside he is quite different as we observed and were quite distressed the time when we were visiting and he decided to tackle a heifer. He grabbed her by the throat and hung on tight until he was beaten off. Honestly, I could never trust a dog like that ever again.

Blackie, is locked up every morning for about three hours while the breeding dogs are exercised. Whether it came in after he was locked up or was already there, there was a snake in his enclosure. Blackie killed the snake but the snake killed him too. A zero outcome. Stepmother is upset, but I feel the place will be safer for all now.

15 comments:

  1. I'm scared of big dogs, having been bitten when I was young, so I'm not sure that I'm sorry about Blackie.

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  2. I'm having my poor old dog put down on Friday, she's twenty years old and crippled with arthritis. I've been carrying her around and putting it off and hoping to find her dead some morning because last trips to the vet are as hard as anything I've had to do. And I'll probably make it harder by telling my other two dogs to say goodbye to her. I don't know why I'd do that but it seems with sorrow I may as well take it all.

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  3. Oh no...
    I say Blackie's a hero!
    I wish some of my dogs had died in such noble ways...

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  4. As many of us have Daisy Jo. People need to remember that dogs are not humans and will always have basic instincts.

    Oh Robert. It is the most awful thing to have to do. I really feel for you. Been there and done it a few times. Can't say good luck. It is only pain.

    Know what you mean Jiminy. Some of our childhood farm dogs came to very ignoble ends.

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  5. Poor dog :(
    We nearly lost our(now 16 yrs old) dog when she was a pup to a tiger snake in the backyard. The dog was protecting silly me who hadn't seen the nasty till it was only 3 metres from my hoof. Snake did the wise thing by beating a retreat.

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  6. Poor fellow. I live in fear of snakes getting our dogs. Man, post below smiling, this post sad. You are running the whole gamut Andrew.

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  7. Jayne and LiD, funny that dogs and cats have never learnt that snakes are dangerous to them. I'll try not to do too many sad posts LiD but you know what happens as you get older. And I am feeling really sad for RH.

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  8. ... and the number of horses (trotting, thoroughbred and pet) who are taken out by reptiles is a sadly frequent occurrence.

    The other M'Lord's (Tennyson) observation about "Nature red in tooth and claw" ... and fang.

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  9. Hope you have taught your broken down old nag the danger of snakes. Actually, horses are really big critters. I would have thought because of their size, they might have coped with a bite.

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  10. Sad but true, a dog that cannot be trusted is better off in heaven..and the thing is, the decision to keep it or rid it has now been taken out of your Stepmum's hands.

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  11. Well thanks Andrew and I won't give details except that when I rang the Lort Smith last Tuesday to make an appointment for this I was told I wouldn't need one but to just bring the dog in and tell the front desk what he was there for and we'd be seen very quickly, but the truth is we sat waiting for two hours. And in the end it didn't go well, I won't say anything about it except I had another old dog put down there three years ago by a lady vet who actually knew what she was doing, this ponce today didn't. But never mind, coming home I saw all the film stars along Brunswick Street, and a few Parisians as well. Good for them.
    And "cazzie" you can trust dogs more than people (unfortunately) -including your dear hubby.

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  12. Couldn't find the vein I guess. Hard day for you. Str8 men are allowed to cry these days.

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  13. Yes. He had three tries at one leg, changed the needle in the syringe, then had a fourth try and I started swearing, finally he shaved the other leg and succeeded. She died with her eyes wide open, staring straight into mine. Str8 men cry, it's stupid not to.

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  14. I will never take any of my animals back to the butchers that are the Lort Smith for anything short of getting their regular shots. Enough said on that point.

    Poor Blackie. Would have been a terrible way for a dog to go.

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  15. I've sent them a rude letter, and deserve one myself, I could have halted it and brought the dog home. Cleaning up piss and shit a few more months would be better than the self-respect I've lost.

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