I read your sister's letter to Mason, and though it was heartbreaking, it was rewarding too. It made me feel good that Mason's painful death was just a few days of an otherwise awesome life. He was a beloved pack member and got to have a full life with many good experiences. It reminded me that we had given all that to Bogey too (minus all the sisters and cats!). He never went a Christmas without a gift under the tree, never spent a night outside in a pen, and got to sleep with us during storms and on 4th of July because he was scared of noises (I know, that's a huge no-no). Reliving that through the story of Mason comforted me. Even if I invite opinions by posting my own anecdote, it still smarts a bit when someone flippantly says I "killed" my dog. Some decisions are so personal to a family that it's unkind (especially for someone with such great sympathy for a dog) to second-guess them. Anyway, I appreciate your sharing the story of Mason. I wish the people who poisoned him were prosecuted because antifreeze poisoning is an excruciating death.
The idea that you "live in fear" of legislation that will take your dog or make it too expensive for you to keep your dog does impact me. I honestly do feel bad about that, and not just sad but also guilty. But you saw for yourself what happened on this own board when I told my story of a Rottweiler whose responsible and invested owners - the people who witnessed his behavior day-in and day-out - saw evidence that persuaded them that he posed a bite risk to a small child. Several posters jumped to the side of the dog, blindly willing to say it wasn't his fault, that it didn't justify euthanization. Aus suggested that there's no justification to put an "aggressive" animal (even an occasionally aggressive one) in a home with a child, and Molly (who indicated she has children) again sides with the dog saying that he shouldn't be euthanized until AFTER he had bitten a kid. Can you imagine the damage that could be done by the owner of a strong pitbull who took that "one free bite" position?
There is no arguing with that kind of rigid mindset. People who believe that way don't value children as much as I do and don't value range livestock as much as I do, and we won't find common ground. People like me decide to quit trying to compromise. There are a lot more of folks like me than folks like them, and we're usually the ones who pay real estate taxes and vote (elitist statement aside, homeowners associations are populated by homeowners, and I've never seen a HOA stip preserving the right to keep pitbulls). Laws and HOA stipulations are the result. And people like you - who are the smallest number of all - end up suffering, and that is an outright shame.
PS: Mason's teeth were impressively white! Sigh. I did not do a good job keeping up with Bogey's teeth; well done you. :)
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