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What's our role as doggy parents?

I wanted to share a sad story and get some feedback.

My husbands friend's dog just got hit by a car and killed yesterday. I ask Dh how that could have happen. He told me his friend would let the dog outside to run around and go anywhere he pleased, for hours on end. The guys house sit right on a well travel road on a sharp bend! The dog was allowed to run on the roads! DH felt sorry for his friend and could not understand why I did not feel bad for the friend. I told him I felt sorry for the dog who counts on his owner to protect him etc. I told DH his friend was an idiot and should not be allowed to own a dog again. DH told me this was the guys second dog and his first dog also got hit by a car. You think a smart person would learn from their mistake! He also told me not everyone treats their dogs like children, like I do. I agree, but it's still our duty to keep the dog away from harm, right? I am cold for not feeling sorry for this guy and feeling anger instead?





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I am 100% with you Linda!!! I feel it is so wrong for any animal owner to not be responsible for the safety of their pets!! And if this guys lost his first pup this way - it makes you wonder what it would take for him to "get it" I am sure that the guy is sad and I feel for him only in the sense that he lost a companion, although if the dog wandered all over for hours at a time I doubt companionship was what he got from this poor dog. I know that a lot of our Dhs feel that we are probably too protective and baby our pups, but why not? I personally treat my guys like my children, as they give 100% more to me!!
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Well Linda the first mistake was thinking that this was a smart person. People like that should be prohibited from owning dogs and have some sort of public warning go out advising everyone within a fifty mile radius not to sell this person a dog...kinda what they do when you bounce a cheque and they don't sell you anything. I can understand the first time if the pooch is killed because of a mistake and even then I can get angry because mistakes are totally preventable most of the time with a little commons sense and forethought. "An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure"...that saying was probaby spoken one hundred years ago.....it worked then and it works now.....

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I'm with you!

I think owners should be responsible for the protection, care and training of a pet. Period.

Sadly, getting hit by a car is only one of the FEW terrible things that can happen to a dog that is allowed to run wild

I do hope this person decides to move to a farm, if he believes a dog should run free. A city street is no place for freedom runs.

I'm SURE people think I "baby" my dog too much, but oh well....its my dog and if I choose to spoil her and dote on her, than so be it. She is part of my family and my best friend.

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Boy oh boy...dogs are a priviledge, not a right. And with that goes a responsibility to the dogs we love. They must be taught what is right and wrong - they're not automatically hard wired with this info. I feel sorry for the poor pooch and what about the poor soul that hit the dog?? A sad commentary on how as a society we've become unaccountable for our actions. This is just a small, small sample of that. And if you don't 'get' it after one dog??? Just my opinion

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Well lets just hope that he gets it after the second time!!!

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Hmmm lets see I got a message on my phone friday night from one of my co-workers that her dog got hit by a car. I still have not called her back. She is always try to talk to me about my boys but I always have a hard time knowing how irresponsible she is with her dog. This dog also runs loose on a busy street, I do not understand how people can be so careless with their animals. If you are being cold than I guess I am too..

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Oh my heart breaks for that poor baby. I had a friend who lost a dog that way years ago. It happened on a much quieter, one way street. Both she and the driver were devastated. The driver sat there with the dog till the owner was located. I can't even imagine being that driver. I pray every time I get in my car that I not hurt anybody/anything.

As for the owner, he should not have the privilege of sharing a life with any other little soul who so relies on its caretaker for its well being. God bless.

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I just wonder of this person would let their child run loose like that if they were very young?? Not that they would really do that but what is the thought process like when people make these decsions? I mean people do things and then wonder why they get repirmanded for it......makes me question the evolutionary chain.

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I think that people make mistakes, and if the unintended consequence of a mistake is tragic like this, I would usually feel more sympathy than anger for the person who made the mistake. However, in this case it has happened twice and it sounds like the guy left his dog to run unprotected outside on a regular basis, so it's hard to muster up sympathy for him. He doesn't sound responsible enough himself to be responsible for the life of a dog. I don't think it's necessary to a dog owner to be like many of us on this forum, with our elaborate feeding routines, strollers, carseats and general inclination to treat our Havs as children. There is a minimum level of care required, though, and that would include providing good food, protection and a safe environment, safe exercise, necessary grooming, regular veterinary care, and time (including time spent training). I would hope that anyone who could not provide that would not become a dog owner.

And Derek, there are unfortunately many people who DO let their children run around like this.
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