Horrific Loss...How the Heck do I cope? What do I tell my son?! (graphic descrip) - Page 7 - The Horse Forum
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post #61 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 05:32 PM
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I just wanted to add that telling your son that the pony got sick and died as previously suggested, is not a good idea, IMO. Lies need to be remembered and lying to children especially is never a good idea.

What a cute video. Hugs to your son. Kids are amazingly resilient with loving support around them. He will be fine as long as he is allowed to ask questions and get answers. The unknown is the scariest thing of all.
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post #62 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 05:44 PM
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What a horrible thing. I cannot imagine. He truly was a lovely pony and your sone will always have very fond memories of him, I am sure. I am very glad AC has the dog, and do hope they will have it PTS. As has been said-I would worry about what is next. Perhaps make your neighbors-ALL OF THEM-aware to shoot the offenders dogs on site on their property.

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post #63 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 06:07 PM
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I am so sorry that is horrible! For your son, tell him as much of the truth as is appropriate. That is tell him that his horse had an accident and did not make it. You don't need to tell him the details and I would not necessarily tell him that a dog did it as it could create more issues that you really want. Don't lie to him completely because kids have a way of finding out. I also suggest that you purchase a plush toy that looks like Pumpkin if you can find one. Tell your son that this is Pumpkins friend and whenever he misses Pumpkin he can hug that toy and Pumpkin will know. It sounds silly but my parents did something similar with me when I was around your sons age and my pet rabbit died. I loved that plush rabbit and derived great comfort from it through my childhood. As an adult, I profoundly appreciate what my parents did (and I still have the plush toy).
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post #64 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 06:08 PM
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Oh, wow, I'm so sorry to hear this. How absolutely tragic.
I would be almost upset that the AC picked up the dog - I would have liked to tey for a shot at it, preferably while it was running at its owner...
At least you know he is gone now.

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post #65 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 06:46 PM
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i am sorry to hear of your loss and to hear a story like yours is unbeleavable.
in times like this you get over welmed with shock of what has happend and a soal serch why me why my horse.
i was walking tricky down a track it was a warm day we were minding our own buissness when a woman and her 2 children had a rotwiler.
the dog mad a bee line for tricky and tricky feard for him self as the dog broke free from the kid.
tricky was being chased by this dog i was in persuit but no match for them i was calling him and he was running back to the yard.
he then came to the road were the yard is and he was out of sight and so was the dog i was colapsing with exhustion.
and i was hepless i got on the phone to my barn owner and he ran passed her with the dog in hot persuit.
he was going to go into the main road when a kid diverted him back in to the road. whilst he turned the dog went for his wind pipe just missing his jugular vein.
and his neck was bleeding the dog was trying to bring him down.
a man that lives in the street jumped on the dog and pulld it to one side the owner hurred and took the dog in.
i was in compleat shock i got him in the yard and called the vet and police i took photos and was ready to take them to court.
the dog was a rescue and it was homed with them.
the dog was a danger and had to go.
we then got to work and put stock fence around our paddocks to stop any intrusion from dogs.
a letter was sent from my vet and from my self theterning them with action.
thay payed the vet bill in full and the dog went back with the help of the police and the rspca here if the dog did not go it was going to be forceabley removed by the law and probley distroyed.
my self i was in shock i did cry and i thought i was going to have a hart attack my breathing went up the wall hyperventalateing.
i had a thought that he would have been hit by a car but thanks to the young kid that had the guts to intervean in the situation.
i cant thank him enough.
and to the neibour who tackled the dog.
he has fully recoverd.
the dog owners now have a rodeasion ridge back i keep my eyes on it.
all i can say i wish i had a gun on me i would have opened up on the dog as it was in a public place what we call a bridle path.
but the law here says no fire arms but still i wish i had one as the look in the dogs eyes it had my pony in its sites.
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post #67 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 07:09 PM
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So sorry for your tragic loss DWM. I'm sure you've told your son something by now. I think the plush pony idea is a good one-could be comforting. I think that dog owner needs to re-imburse you for the cost of a good gentle pony. RIP Pumpkin.
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post #68 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 08:17 PM
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awww im so sorry to hear this :/

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post #69 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 08:28 PM
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To say I am so very sorry for your loss isn't enough.

Shooting the dog would give you away but, they make poison for dogs like that. So he suffers, so what -- live by sword, die by the sword.

And I'm not kidding for one split second---------------------

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post #70 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 08:33 PM
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Oh DWM I'm so sorry you had to go through that...seeing Kenzie mauled but alive was almost too much for me to handle, I can't imagine having to see your beloved rescue in that state. My heart goes out to you and your family.

However short that time was, know that you did make Pumpkin's life 100x better than it was before, and you should be proud of yourself for that. He was a beautiful little colt.

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