Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: yankee ct where we live forever
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Being that your son is so young, perhaps he didn't wrap his head around what was said to him. when he asks, say the pony got sick in the middle of the night. If he asks specifically, you can say - no no daddy was mistaken because he was so sad, the pony got very sick and he died. This is sad enough and you don't want him afraid and worried that the dog that killed his pony is going to kill the rest of you.
I am so sorry - that little Pumpkin was adorable, about the cutest thing I've ever seen. Beautiful baby. This is terrible for your family.
You're being very strong and smart about this. Big hug to you and your family. THis is a terrible loss.
Don't go for vengeance - go for justice and what's right. The dog needs to be put down, it's sad but it's true - he's killed livestock and can't be trusted not to again. or worse. The owner and people like him shouldn't be permitted to own animals because they don't train them properly and sometimes they even encourage aggressive behavior. They belong in jail. Sick. You have dogs, you MUST train them to be gentle and nonaggressive.
The dog is a predatory animal. Dogs stalking to kill can happen. I have a hound. I have a pit. My pit is an idiot - adorable but useless - we'd all starve to death if we depended on his ability to look at anything other than a bowl of food as food. He sees HIMSELF as prey. But my girl, a hound is quiet. Until she sees a small animal, then she'll keen to get loose and check them out. She's a hunter. I think she would shake an animal dead if I let her at one. She's not a killer, she's a hunter and naturally wants to do this. Obviously she is not allowed to get loose.
Some animals hunt instinctively. I don't know why because I'm not a behaviorist. But I know once an animal does it, if it's gratified, it will probably do it again if the opportunity is there.
Last edited by wild old thing; 08-26-2013 at 03:20 PM.