reply to post by Lilroanie
My pets are my family. I see defending them even with violence as completely fair. If someone were harming my pets I'd be lucky to not flip out
completely. Easily see how you got to the end of the rope over that.
The sad thing about my neighbor's former dog is that I am not even uptight about it, it really was an extreme situation. I love dogs. I wish the
neighbor's dogs all had better lives. I tend to think that it's a real lack of moral compass in parenting if you cannot teach your children to treat
animals and neighbors well and be concerned for the welfare of both.
I'm reminded of that what, 19 year old or so guy on the news years ago who sawed off a baseball bat and broke into a man's privately run animal
shelter and killed and mutilated/injured tons of cats, bludgeoning them. He got like 30 days, I think one day for each cat that officially died. The
news had his family on it and I had expected they might make some excuse but they didn't even bother, they were just like, "They're just cats." As
if that made it ok. Removing people like that from the gene pool, before they breed any more let alone raise any more, would be a real favor to
society, so it is too bad the people wise enough to see this are also sane enough not to do it.
I'm led to think some dog breeds or perhaps just some dogs are incapable of living in neighborhoods though. I mean, the dogs around me (and 13 is a
LOT of dogs for immediate neighbors!) bark so much, but I let it slide. They are trapped in yards, they need to talk to each other and react as dogs
do, it's not a bad thing even if inconvenient. But they aren't like that one was. It was just that ONE damn dog that NEVER stopped.
It was like the chinese water torture by audio, where that drip-drip-drip of slight annoyance at the precisely same frequency over and over without
stop for hours, days, weeks, just triggers something in the brain finally where the body wants to react as if anything to make it stop is literally a
matter of self-defense. Some people have noise sensitivity issues where this is really much worse for them. I seriously bet there is some kind of
science that would back up that being forcibly exposed to this and unable to escape it for ongoing periods could have serious physical effects.
I had already priced those bark-stoppers on amazon (I hesitated as I worried it would hurt/bother all the non-horrid dogs around), and muzzles (was
trying to think of a way I could get it ON the dog, let alone without starting a war with my neighbors, who I'd talked with nicely about it more than
once), and was even reading on what kind of natural substances (e.g. herbs) might make him very woozy for awhile if I put it in some meat just so he
might be 'calmer' for a few hours when I desperately needed to SLEEP. Ongoing sleep deprivation can make even sane people into lunatics.
My teen says the reason it got better is because the dog appears to have gotten out and never came home. They often get out. I was injured by another
of them when trying to get him out of the street to save his life, though it wasn't the dog's fault. I had the sudden realization that I probably
could have solved the problem nearly a year sooner had I thought of just letting the dog out myself. Then I felt guilty for even thinking of that,
because it could be hurt by a car, or hurt someone's cat (like mine, which are very old and don't leave the porch where their big house is).
Not sure if there is any solution besides threat or chaos sometimes when the owners of a dog don't care though.