Horrific Loss...How the Heck do I cope? What do I tell my son?! (graphic descrip) - Page 5 - The Horse Forum
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post #41 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 01:53 PM
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This makes me sick to my stomach. That poor poor pony. And poor you. Do whatever you need to do, to help yourself and your son get over this horrific incident :(
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post #42 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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So sorry for your loss - I would not be containing myself so well!

Poor little Pumpkin he is such a sweetheart :( Your son will understand, but you need to spam your neighbor with gory photos of what his dog did, rename the neighbor "pony killer", and make sure that dog is PTS. Make the case that you're worried about the safety of your son. If the dog will take down a pony, what would it do to him?

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Thank you, he was a cutie.

Im not sure that its legal to spam someone irl though

Given my luck, Id get sued by that loser!

I do kind of want to put a public service announcement on Craigslist though....keep your dogs contained.....this is what an uncaring owner allowed to happen....

If he doesn't get put down I may have to resort to the Triple S rule. IT WILL NOT TOUCH MY SON!
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RIP Pumpkin: 2012-8/26/13

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post #43 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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This makes me sick to my stomach. That poor poor pony. And poor you. Do whatever you need to do, to help yourself and your son get over this horrific incident :(
I think my son woke up for a sec when I pounded on the window for DH to get up and bring the camera and a gun.

DH woke DS up for bfast later, and DS said. "Pumpkin is dead. The dogs killing him".

So..I didnt have to break it to him, he knew, even if he doesn't UNDERSTAND. I have told him that Im sorry, and I've been giving him hugs all morning.

He is playing an old Marvel game right now, so he is distracted. DD will be a little harder, but her bio dad is on board for once...he is going to talk to her and console her after I break the news tonight.

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RIP Pumpkin: 2012-8/26/13
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post #44 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 02:40 PM
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Oh, Demon, so so sorry for such a horrific incident. That pony was absolutely adorable, looks like a little character. I agree with Allison that it's probably best to tell your son (not sure of age) that the pony was hurt and died.

ETA: Just read of his age, that is a tough age to help them process loss. Here is a resource on some picture books that help children make sense of the loss of a pet: http://hrvethospice.com/childrens-bo...-pet-loss.html
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post #45 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 02:41 PM
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I am so sorry for your loss of your dear pony
hugs to you and your family especially you son

The man and dog should be punished

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post #46 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 02:45 PM
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OMG. I am so very sorry for your loss. When I first started reading I jumped to the conclusion of a cat. A nearby community had a mountain lion (?) take down some cows and my friend's day old colt. to find it was caused by a DOG that has a HOME is, well, gut wrenching.

If that dog was hunting it was because of hunger. The owner is obviously not providing it with enough food. Today your Shetland. Who tomorrow? A child? A small dog?

I know there are pit bull owners on this forum whose dogs are lambs. I won't bash the dog, I will bash the owner.

I am glad AC picked the dog up. I hope they realize that Pumpkin's death is on their hands. I would consider placing a suit against the city. Frankly, what if it had been a HUMAN? They knew the dog had issues. They should never have let it escalate to a pony's death.

Shed your tears. You were the victim of stupidity and a failed system. And, keep your guns safely stored but handy. If those GSD's cross the street, shoot first and consider their intentions first.

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post #47 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, Egrogan. Just skimming the list gave me an idea...maybe we could have a little funeral/memorial. Im sure the website will help.

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RIP Pumpkin: 2012-8/26/13
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post #48 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 02:53 PM
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Oh, demon, I'm so sorry!! Hugs and prayers for you and your family.
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post #49 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 03:09 PM
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I am so sorry. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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post #50 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 03:11 PM
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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.
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