Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Desert from Hell, CA.
Pittbulls are NOT in themselves the problem.
Any dog can go batcrap crazy and hurt someone. My childhood dog was a Shih tzu who had been abused. He bit through my lip when I hugged him one day (he was sleeping). And there are far worse stories, thats just what happened to me.
It becomes a problem when people don't know what they have, can't see what their doing wrong, and let dogs go undisciplined, unexcercized (physically AND mentally) and out of control. This guy, for example, had a dog that repeatedly escaped. i wonder if he even tried to remedy this? I also wonder if the dog was fixed. And yes, I have seen Pittbull attacks before...my own mother and aunt were mutilated by their own dog...they knew it was coming, and didn't change what they were doing.
In any case...I blame the dog, but I don't blame the dog. He's broken, and his owner failed him. His life would have been different with someone who made some effort.
As far as I can tell, DS is coping. He hasn't brought up Pumpkin since this morning, but it's been a few hours since I last saw him. Hubby and I will brainstorm tonight and figure out toys, books and memorial issues appropriate for his age. I am glad that my son was not exposed to the body...he was playing in the dragmarks earlier and hubby freaked out. There's a lot of trauma going on in my house right now.
I called DD when I was at school...she is staying with her dad right now, and as our family dog died last month, and she isn't too happy to be staying with her dad.... I knew that she would take Pumpkin's death all sorts of hard. I coordinated with her dad this morning, and thankfully he decided to work with me on this one!!! I let her know as gently as I could that Pumpkin had been killed, and she burst into tears and sobbing. I couldn't even understand most of her questions, but she was worried what the other horse, Pumpkin's mom would think? I assured her the best I could that her Pony would not be traumatized, since by the time we get her shipped, she would have no way of knowing.... I tried consoling her, and when I had to go, I told her to go talk to her dad, maybe tell him all the good things about Pumpkin. She also asked me if we could set up a shrine (memorial) to poor Pumpkin, and I said that we definitely would. It seems to be one thing that I'm sure both my kids can relate to and understand, even in abstract.
Anyway thank you everyone for your kind thoughts. I break down a little bit earlier when reading the poem. All I can think of is that IT WAS NOT HIS TIME TO GO!!! I will sleep on it the best that I can, and figure out both my course of action for the children, but also for the POS owner that allowed this to happen. I definitely need a clear mind for that...it's going to take time, but he should be held responsible and made to understand what his actions caused.
Originally Posted by Jareth, the Goblin King
I move the stars for no one.
RIP Pumpkin: 2012-8/26/13