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kvrdave
09-06-07, 06:48 PM
Yes, I know, I should just shoot the thing. Anyway, after Worf died, I remember my wife and I having a conversation that we should not get another dog for awhile, because Shelby would teach it bad habits. Shelby likes to go visit the hardware store. My wife claims to have no recollection of this conversation.

So one day, my boys tell me they are going to look at some puppies our friends had. I thought, "How nice, the miracle of life. I can understand a mother taking her kids to see such a thing. My mother did the same with me."

A few days later I was told that they had picked out their puppy. I was very upset. So I do what I do.....the annoying silent treatment. Turns out that Shelby (out of 1 dog, 5 cats, 3 ducks, 2 horses, 1 pony, and 14 chickens) is actually the only animal left at our place that I had any say in. My wife doesn't remember our conversation....like I said. She says we can tell the boys no, but I say I am not going to be the bad guy on this one.

So we get this dog, and it runs off a few times. Back yard is fully fenced, but it finds ways out. She has a tag with our phone number, so while everyone is gone but me, I get a call from the local bar at 11:30 pm, and I get a call at work, and I get a call from the fairgrounds. If the dog is let out for 2 minutes unsupervised, she runs off.

My wife has had enough. She is now trying to get rid of this thing and the boys are upset.

The moral is, do everything I say without question. Life is simpler and easier.

:mad:

twikoff
09-06-07, 06:49 PM
he's probably heard about you :whofart:

Kittydreamer
09-06-07, 06:56 PM
he's probably heard about you :whofart:

:lol: :lol: Ouch...

Ranger
09-06-07, 07:10 PM
it's just a damn dog. not the most difficult thing to control. if it's not behaving, just keep it in a cage and let it out now and then leashed. better that then having it hit by a car.

if it keeps getting out of the backyard, then man up and fix the fence better. I had to put some stones along my fence. the dog doesn't try to escape, but sometimes digs big holes to chase some bugs.

Premise
09-06-07, 07:17 PM
Just have her call home when she's ready to be picked up.

http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/7495/dn75781225kl4bl2.jpg

Septemberbaby
09-06-07, 07:37 PM
Yeah, I think you need to find out why she's getting loose.. and fix it.
Maybe you have a hole in your fence?
How old is she? If she's a couple of months old, she can't be that big and can't run that fast... unless she's unattended for long periods of time, she shouldn't be able to get as far as you say she's getting.
You also should be exercising her more. Running around/sniffing around/ DIGGING around in the backyard isn't proper exercise. Walking her on a leash is. A bored puppy is a dangerous and unhappy puppy, a tired puppy is a happy puppy.
It's never too early to start obedience. Buy a DVD or two, there are thousands out there for puppies.

OldDude
09-06-07, 08:02 PM
You also should be exercising her more. Running around/sniffing around/ DIGGING around in the backyard isn't proper exercise.

You might be underestimating the size (and rusticness) of his backyard. I call your attention to "out of 1 dog, 5 cats, 3 ducks, 2 horses, 1 pony, and 14 chickens".

I think it is simple. The dog has heard about Dave, and the dog realizes it is in a "live free or die" environment.

devilshalo
09-06-07, 08:03 PM
If I was a puppy, I'd be afraid of the fuckin' emu, too.

Septemberbaby
09-06-07, 08:13 PM
You might be underestimating the size (and rusticness) of his backyard. I call your attention to "out of 1 dog, 5 cats, 3 ducks, 2 horses, 1 pony, and 14 chickens".

I think it is simple. The dog has heard about Dave, and the dog realizes it is in a "live free or die" environment.


I don't care if he's on 1000 acres. A dog needs to be walked on a leash. That's the first step to dog obedience. If she's roaming around aimlessly w/o verbal direction, she will continue to find a way to run away.

superdeluxe
09-06-07, 11:10 PM
So we get this dog, and it runs off a few times. Back yard is fully fenced, but it finds ways out. She has a tag with our phone number, so while everyone is gone but me, I get a call from the local bar at 11:30 pm, and I get a call at work, and I get a call from the fairgrounds. If the dog is let out for 2 minutes unsupervised, she runs off.

My wife has had enough. She is now trying to get rid of this thing and the boys are upset.

The moral is, do everything I say without question. Life is simpler and easier.

:mad:


Build a kennel for the dog.

Seantn
09-07-07, 03:08 AM
If the back yard is fully fenced, how is it getting out? Holes in the ground, gaps? Can those not be patched up?

Michael T Hudson
09-07-07, 08:22 AM
Just don't let the dog come to Texas. This was in the paper today.

Shelter euthanizes dog while owner tried to retrieve her
Manager of struggling facility calls it 'very freak and unfortunate event.'
Click-2-Listen
By Lisa Ogle

AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF


Friday, September 07, 2007

When Jose Martinez of Hutto lost his dog last week, he was relieved to find her Tuesday at the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter.

He was escorted to the back of the shelter, where he identified his pit bull, Lady.


Rodolfo Gonzalez
AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Jose Martinez says that Lady, a pit bull puppy, was docile around his young son. The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter says the dog was tagged for euthanization because she was aggressive. Still, the euthanization 'was a very, very freak and unfortunate event,' shelter manager Ethel Spence said. Martinez is considering legal action.


MORE ON THIS STORY
Letter from attorney Bill Aleshire to Sheriff James Wilson about owners of two dogs that were euthanized at the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter



But as he filled out the paperwork to reclaim her, unknowing shelter staffers euthanized the dog.

Shelter manager Ethel Spence called Martinez over.

"We walked into her office; she closed the door and said, 'We just euthanized your dog,' " he said.

Spence said the dog's death was an accident.

The staff member who had accompanied Martinez was new, Spence said, and didn't realize that Lady had been tagged for euthanization because she had tried to bite two shelter workers. When Martinez and the staff member went to fill out paperwork, another staffer took the dog to be euthanized.

"It was a very, very freak and unfortunate event," Spence said. "I know how I would feel if it was my pet. All we can do is learn from a mistake and prevent it from happening again."

This is the second time in two months that the shelter has euthanized a dog before the owner could retrieve it. The first incident might have violated the shelter's policy on holding animals.

Cedar Park residents Gilbert and Mitzi Angelle lost their two dogs on July 16, a Monday. Gilbert Angelle found one of the dogs at the shelter four days later but was told that the other, a black Labrador retriever, had been euthanized.

The shelter is closed on Thursdays, which means the dog shouldn't have been euthanized until at least July 21 to comply with shelter procedures. They specify that animals must be held at least three days, excluding the day of impoundment and the days the shelter is closed to the public.

Williamson County spokeswoman Connie Watson said the Labrador retriever was euthanized because she was injuring herself trying to dig out of a kennel.

Animal control officers in Cedar Park picked up the Labrador with the Angelles' other dog, but the couple remains unsure that the euthanized dog was theirs. They were not allowed to see the dog after it was killed.

As for Martinez's dog, county officials say they didn't violate internal policy when they euthanized her.

The shelter's holding policy was changed Aug. 30, the day before Lady entered the shelter, Spence said. Animals now can be euthanized within 72 hours of entering the facility. Town Lake Animal Center has a similar policy.

But, Spence said, the shelter tries not to euthanize adoptable animals.

Martinez said that he's still upset and that Spence subsequently "offered me another dog."

He said that he had owned the 9- or 10-month-old puppy practically her whole life and that Lady was docile around his young son.

Martinez is considering legal action and has hired Austin attorney Bill Aleshire, who also represents the Angelles.

"Why did it take another dog to change their policy?" Martinez said. "They say she was aggressive, but I went to pick her up, and they killed her while I was there."

The Williamson County sheriff's office is looking into whether an offense was committed, Detective John Foster said.

The euthanization is the latest in a string of bad news for the $3.9 million shelter, which has faced overpopulation, inadequate staffing and questions about animals' living conditions since it opened in March.

Spence said that policies have been changed to prevent future incidents. When owners reclaim an animal, they will be allowed to take it with them to the front desk to fill out the paperwork, she said. Also, animals will not be euthanized during the hours the shelter is open to the public, she said.

logle@statesman.com; 246-1150

whaaat
09-07-07, 09:15 AM
I get a call at the local bar at 11:30 pm
fixed

kvrdave
09-07-07, 10:08 AM
Heading to Texas now.

Mopower
09-07-07, 01:29 PM
Words....


Yeah that's sad and all but it was a Pit Bull. Now the neighbor kids get to keep their faces.

shoppingbear
09-07-07, 02:12 PM
It's never too early to start obedience. Buy a DVD or two, there are thousands out there for puppies.
rotfl :lol: I swear, I read this and thought "If he can't get this puppy to stop running, I doubt he'll be able to get him to sit still and watch a DVD..."


Damn cold medicine is making me confused today. :lol:

kvrdave
09-07-07, 03:02 PM
Went home and saw the puppy down the street. Don't know how it got out as it was in the kennel when I went to work, but I couldn't get it to come near me. Emailed the wife. Her problem, not mine.

wishbone
09-07-07, 03:11 PM
Went home and saw the puppy down the street. Don't know how it got out as it was in the kennel when I went to work, but I couldn't get it to come near me. Emailed the wife. Her problem, not mine.Maybe it was following this lady (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread.php?t=511185)?

ernestrp
09-07-07, 03:44 PM
Why dont you leash or rope it to a tree or something?

Maybe it knows about your vast realestate empire and just wants to mark the territory for you.

-popcorn-

Lemdog
09-07-07, 03:54 PM
Yes, I know, I should just shoot the thing.

You said it, not me.

kvrdave
09-07-07, 04:14 PM
Why dont you leash or rope it to a tree or something?



Oddly enough, that seems cruel.

JasonF
09-07-07, 04:17 PM
You should have used a leash and tether -- this never would have happened if your wife and kids couldn't get out of the yard to get to the puppy in the first place.

Kittydreamer
09-07-07, 05:21 PM
You should have used a leash and tether -- this never would have happened if your wife and kids couldn't get out of the yard to get to the puppy in the first place.
Oh snap. :lol:

j123vt_99
09-07-07, 05:59 PM
maybe he saw this picture:

http://w3.gorge.net/kvrdave/worf6.jpg

kvrdave
09-07-07, 06:20 PM
She is not fit to see that picture. :grumble:

ernestrp
09-07-07, 06:30 PM
maybe he saw this picture:

http://w3.gorge.net/kvrdave/worf6.jpg

Damn, that one freaky looking dog.

http://www.freesmileys.org/emo/scared011.gif