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post #51 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 03:34 PM
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I am so sorry DWM, how heartbreaking.
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post #52 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 04:08 PM
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I am so sorry to hear of your loss, I wish you strength.

The following poem is inspired by this Norse Legend

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears ***** forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

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post #53 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 04:41 PM
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Im so sorry for your loss! This stood dogs owner sounds like a complete ***. If I saw that dog perioud, any kind of bully breed or vicious looking dog around my animals or livestock I wpuldve shot it on the spot no questions asked. As to why he went after pumpkin and not the pigs it was prolly because pumpkin ran. Man this makes me mad. I woulve skinned the dog and gave it back to the owner lol. Idots these days. And what worries me the most is that you have a young child and that kind of dog running loose that has proven to be a killer. I wouldnt tolerate it for a second.
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post #54 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 04:45 PM
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Do NOT lie to your son. What if he finds out in 5-10 years what really happened to him? Then he will start wondering what else you've lied to him about and he will start doubting his ability to trust you. I've been there, I KNOW. He will be sad, he might even be scared, but taking the easy way out now is not going to be good in the long run.

I'm super sorry about pumpkin. He looked like a sweet pony. And next time you see that dog on the property put a bullet in his head.
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post #55 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 04:55 PM
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I would wait, and wait for that dog to set one foot off your neighbors property and shoot it. But... That's me...
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post #56 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 05:18 PM
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That is so terrible!! I'm so sorry you and your family had to experience that.

My in laws had a problem with the neighbors dogs coming over and killing their goats. One goat had been killed in the way that you described. Another goat had gotten its head stuck in the fence and the dogs came over and destroyed its ears and one side of its face. They also tore up its hind end. It was very sad! Finally my in laws shot the dogs on two different occasions and dumped the bodies. The sheriff couldn't do anything and the owners didn't care and acted like it was my in laws fault.

Its good that your son knows some what of what really happened. I hope your daughter takes the news as well as can be expected. RIP Pumpkin!!

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post #57 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 05:19 PM
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OP you tell your son the truth but leave the gory details out. Go with your instincts and allow him to ask questions. Answer them honestly.
I would take the dog owner to court and at the least he would be responsible for court cost and whatever damages you are awarded. Until he pays a lien can be placed on his property and even after paying he will have to pay something to have them removed.
Owners like him will not IMO learn their lesson and he will get another Pit. Shalom

Exactly! I have one like that next door. Her Pit used to climb my 6 foot fence and growl at me in MY yard. She finally got rid of that dog and got another Pit and this one broke my fence and attacked my dogs. It has come after my dogs on 3 different occasions and recently ran out into the street and attacked a collie being walked by an elderly woman. She still lets the Pit off leash. Some people need to be hit HARD or they won't learn.

I am so very very sorry about dear little Pumpkin. You said he was a rescue so he wasn't worth much but that is far from the truth. He was a living, breathing, LOVED creature. How much is love worth? He was your sons friend, How much is that worth? He was a lovely little pony and how much you paid, is not how much he was worth. RIP Pumpkin.

I hope that, that dog is put to sleep. Not because I would ever wish bad things to any animal, it isn't the dogs fault he has a crap owner but sadly, he is dangerous because of it and we can't wish to have the owner put down.
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post #58 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 05:20 PM
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So sorry for this. It's awful to see, I know.

I guess by now you have told your son something. So my input is probably too late, but I would tell your son the truth, but just the bare truth. That the dog killed the pony and the dog is now in control of responsible people. Your son doesn't need to know exactly how the dog killed the pony. Whatever questions he asks, answer them as simply as you can. It's tough, but the truth is what will, in the end, make it somewhat easier. No lies, nothing to remember. Keep it simple and non-graphic.
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post #59 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 05:21 PM
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Some of you apparently read just enough to give you something to post to. Please read all of the thread so you can post an informed reply. The dog was picked up by AC.

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post #60 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 05:22 PM
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I am so sorry. Your pony looked like a cutie. He had such kind eyes :). My condolences on your loss.
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