Thursday, January 3, 2013
Today I received another certified letter from the dogs' owner. This one contained a "Grounds of Defense" that s/he must have found online and printed. I called the courthouse and was advised that these are not ordered until we go to court, and that they would not have just handed one out to the owner without an order from the judge.
To say this has been heart wrenching is an understatement. I have been harassed by this person since the attack happened, receiving not only the letter today, but an earlier letter threatening to sue me for "slander" unless I recanted my story. I informed the owner that I would not recant, because I didn't lie, so now s/he's resorting to asking us to pay $744 for the two dogs.
I honestly just want this to be over. I tried, through messages with the owner, to resolve this issue. I informed the owner that reliving it on a day-to-day basis is not good for anyone. I'm tired of the nightmares, tired of thinking about how my girls must have suffered and how terrified they were, tired of wishing I had gotten up earlier that day - maybe I could have prevented all of this if I had only been awake and realized what was going on sooner...
I miss you and I love you my beautiful babies, and I won't stop fighting for you. You did NOT die in vain!
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
|Barbie - February 2012. One of 2 does killed by dogs on November 20, 2012|
I'm frustrated today. I know I should be happy, it's still "officially" the holiday season, but I've been reading comments on a fellow farmer's FB wall, and it irritates me to no end to see that ignorance about dogs is still so prevalent.
Upright Alpaca Farm, LLC (UAF) in Tappahannock, Virginia lost 13 of their 15 beloved alpacas to a dog attack a while back. The dogs had been ordered to be euthanized, but the owner appealed, at which point the dogs were held in the Essex County shelter until the appeal could be heard. The day before it was to be heard, the owner dropped his appeal, and the dogs were ordered to be put down last week. However, last week the dogs were "stolen" from the shelter in the middle of the night (http://www.northernnecknews.com/?p=6863). UAF posted on their page to make people aware of what the dogs look like, and asked everyone to be on the lookout for these two dogs (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Upright-Alpaca-Farm-LLC/210887965597274?ref=stream). There was also an investigation done by a reporter, A.J., from Channel 8 in Richmond, VA (https://www.facebook.com/pages/AJ-Investigates/196585360353390?fref=ts). Again, some of the comments left on his Facebook wall are extremely ignorant (not stupid - that has a completely different meaning - just ignorant, as in not knowing any better).
Dogs are, at their core, predators, and live in packs. When we have a "pet" dog, WE become their pack, and one of us, the humans of the pack, *should* be the alpha "dog." However, too many times people see their dogs as beloved family members and try to humanize them, so they can't imagine that their beloved pet could ever do anything as horrific as killing another animal. In the case of the attack at UAF, and in the case of the dogs that killed two of my beloved pregnant dairy goats on November 20, 2012, the dogs' owners have stated that some "other" animal must have done the killing, and that their dogs "smelled blood," which is how they ended up at the scene of the brutal killings. People on Facebook have stated that it's "not natural" for a pet to kill. Really? They obviously haven't done their research. When 2 or more dogs get together (which is usually, though not always, the case in livestock attacks/killings), they become a pack and go into a pack mentality. They can and do kill, which is why it is so important for dogs to be kept at home, both to keep them safe, and to keep others' animals safe, as well.
|My granddaughter, Taeya, with Dora's 2012 triplets||.|
I hope you all had a wonderful, safe Christmas with your family. My rant is over for now...
Monday, December 24, 2012
Personally, I'll be happy to see 2012 end. It's not that I want to "wish my life away," but this has been an extremely rough year, and I just know in my heart that next year will be better.
Happy Christmas Eve everyone. I hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends, and that you get everything your heart desires!