Friday, June 17, 2016

Beyond Angry And So Very Sad

Yesterday was a very bad day, and right now I can say I don't like people very much. After picking Sharla up from work and running several errands, we came home and started to fix dinner for the dogs when Hollywood bolted through the doggie dog like he was being chased. Sharla then saw a shadow outside the doggie door and thought it was Zoey, but Hollywood was acting strangely. She looked out and saw our neighbor's dogs in our yard. I went out to chase them back to their side of the fence and saw Zoey lifeless on the ground, with one of the dogs stand over her.

Now I when I say I lost it, that is putting it mildly. I began screaming at the dogs and screaming loud enough that the neighbor behind us heard me over his lawn mower. I finally got the dogs to go back to his side of the fence and got to Zoey, but she was gone. They had mauled her to death.


This little ball of fluff that wouldn't hurt a fly is gone because some stupid people couldn't control their dogs. Now if this isn't the first time we've had a problem with those dogs. They have been tearing up the fence for about a year, they have broken into our yard before, but we've always been around when it happened, so nothing bad resulted. The neighbor has semi patched stuff and blocked holes, but really done nothing to treat the real problem of 3 big dogs in a back yard needing exercise and socialization. The really sad part that angers me beyond words is that my neighbors haven't been home since this happened. I'm not sure if they are on vacation or what, but those dogs (normally I would say poor dogs, but right now I just can't pity them) have been in that backyard 24/7 with the heat index of 105. It angers me that someone would treat their dogs so poorly, and it angers me that they haven't socialized the dogs and it angers me that my dog suffered because of them.

Zoey did not always have an easy life. When we adopted her, she had be on the streets so long her coat was matted to the point they thought she was a boy dog. We had her shaved down and they found a crook in her tail where the mattes had deformed it. But I am proud to say that while she lived with us, she always had food, water, shelter, a warm bed and hugs if she would take them. She could be a grumpy dog, but she never snapped at anyone.


As she aged she grew more and more deaf, but she could hear or feel the vibrations if we knocked on wood. So to call her into the house we would knock on the back door and she would follow the sound. She didn't know what to make of Marley, he had too much energy for her, so she would normally just walk away from him. She was old, but she could still be feisty. In the mornings she was right there demanding her food, and if we didn't wake up early enough she started walking around our bedrooms trying to get us going.


She was a quirky little dog that just wanted to be. She had a big bark for a little dog, and she loved sitting in the sun. She liked to go for rides so long as they didn't end at the vet's office. If she was mad at you she would turn her back to you and stare at the wall. She didn't like being dressed up, but loved to wear a shirt or sweater in the winter to keep warm. From the first day we had her she showed her "princess" spirit, and thought everyone should bow down to her.


We will forever miss our Princess Zoey LaRue. I pray that she is with Mom, Dad, Cooper and Tucker, soaking up the sunshine in heaven, at peace.

And if you are wondering, yes I have decided to press charges against my neighbor for having a dangerous dog. And if I could I would press charges for neglect as well. I truly don't want the dogs to be put down, but I don't want them living next to me either. For now I'm not sure what is going to happen, but if my neighbor hasn't come home by tonight, I've told animal control they can break the pickets on my fence to get to the dogs. For now we're going to mourn Zoey and protect Hollywood and Marley.


15 comments:

  1. That's just terrible all around, and even so much worse that you lost your own beloved because of someone else's bad choices. I wish I had words to make it better. Hugs.

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  2. I have tears in my eyes and a heavy heart - hugs to you and yours and to Hollywood and Marley.

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  3. This is so heartbreaking! I'm sorry for the loss of sweet Zoey. She looks like she was a treasure and so loved.

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  4. I am so, so sad to hear about this. Hugs to you.

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  5. I am so sorry for your hurt. Poor little Zoey. Devastating.

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  6. I am so sorry to hear the sad new about Zoey. Here in the UK we have the RSPCA which we can report such incidents to and the lack of care from owners. They investigate and deal with the problem if possible. Do you have something similar as you need to protect Hollywood.

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  7. This is so sad for you and Zoey! We have a similar situation with neighbors and them neglecting their dogs--leaving one tied up for a year. We have involved animal control and will continue to report them. I am so sorry for your loss and know you are doing the right thing with charges!

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  8. I am so so sorry for your loss. I wish I lived close to you to give you a real hug.

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  9. So so sorry to read about your loss Shauna. I can only imagine how you feel and how much you will miss your little Zoey. Thinking of you and your family and virtual hugs sent your way.

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  10. I'm so sorry for your loss of sweet little Zoey. And I can totally understand your anger toward the neighbors and their dogs. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs,
    Jan

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  11. I'm so sorry to hear about Zoey. That's a terrible shame.

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  12. SUNNIE Jan Walls MurphyJune 27, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    My heart is breaking for you. Your Princess Zoey looks just like my little Suzy Q. No pet parent should EVER have to go through this!

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  13. I missed this post Shauna , as the end of June was very busy for me. Such an awful situation. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  14. I am so sorry it has taken me so long to read this. You must have been devastated. You probably still are. I know how special your dogs are. My dog is more precious to me than anything else. Yes, probably even more precious to me than my husband, and he knows it. Zoey looks like my dog's best friend, Missy, who she plays with at the park every evening.
    I am glad you pressed charges.

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