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    Angry I should be sad for her but...

    Ok so maybe I'm just a horrible person, my manager's dog got hit by a car and killed this morning and I know I should be sad for her but actually I'm pretty pissed that she let it happen. A while ago she bought a standard poodle, so not the small little things, the great big bouncing things that can't stand still. She has being going on for ageing about how much trouble they've had in dog obedience classes with the dog being too excited, can't calm down, keeps failing the classes etc. It was about 18 months old so really just still a puppy for a large breed. She has always had trouble with recall and the fact that it being a hunting dog it just takes off whenever it scents something. So she starts complaining that if she has him on the lead it pulls her arm and damages her neck. she lives in the city and takes it for walks in parklands every morning but doesn't have him on the lead because she 'doesn't like him being constrained all the time' when she knows he just wants to run. so end result? This morning he bolts on their morning walk and she can't find him at all, thinks she hears a yelp but still can't find him even after checking the roads. at home she eventually gets a call from the emergency vet saying he's been hit and brought in and now he's dead. Ok obviously she's devasted but really several questions come to mind:

    1. why get a large dog when you live in a city apartment?
    2. why get a large dog if you physically can't handle him (she's in her 60s)
    3. if you know he has no recall why would you ever let him off the leash?

    I'm sad for her but more pissed off that I think she made some really stupid decisions and the dog has paid for it with his life.

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    I hate hearing things like this ...so sad.

    The poor person driving the car too. I'd hate to kill someone elses pet.

    Yeah, letting it run loose like that was asking for trouble. And trouble she found. The poor dog paid for it with it's life.
    Classic case right here of a owner not willing to put the time in to a dog that needed it badly by the sounds of things. Some people just dont do the research into breeds before they buy it. There's no way i could own such a energetic breed .....no matter how cute i thought it looked.

    Hopefully she doesnt replace it with another one. Maybe a smaller breed like a Maltese might be a better match for her.

    Go easy on her though .....she might be realising now what a terrible mistake she has made.


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    Gawd...

    how horrible. If she was in a city apartment - I'm willing to bet it was my dog club she was going to - I could have gone and helped with a bit of one on one - if she'd listen - and put her in touch with some other people who could help.

    And a front attach harness would have given her enough power over the dog that it wouldn't have escaped.

    Dammit.

    The whole area is surrounded by very busy roads full of very crazy drivers - the dog didn't have a chance.

    Another friend had the same problem, her partner - even tho he was told to keep the dog on lead - let it off lead and the dog was killed. My friend couldn't even talk about it for months. And that partner is now ex. He was just so passive aggressive and killing the dog was the final straw.

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    What a tragic situation! Very sad for the owner, but she should have seen it coming. Its people like that which make it really hard for me to walk Koda anywhere now days. Its so sad to hear about people who buy a breed not suited to their lifestyle, particularly a breed I love Standard Poodles are amazing when they're in the right home!

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    Yeah, she already has a standard (now old poodle) which is why she got the second one, but honestly I can't imagine letting a dog off the lead if you know they will just run

    Yes Sean I felt sorry for the ppl in the car too, what a horrible way to start your day.

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    Idiot owner and the poor dog pays the ultimate price.

    Unfortunately there's no shortage of morons like her and they always blame the dog for their incompetence. Idiots like her shouldn't be allowed to own dog...I wish I had a dollar for every time I've seen some fool walking their dog in public with no lead...even thought it's illegal...some people just don't give a stuff. When is she getting another one ?
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    How horrible for everyone involved.

    RIP Pooch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogman View Post
    even thought it's illegal...some people just don't give a stuff.
    Perfectly legal where I live, anyone can walk their dog off lead anywhere they want at any time. I hate it so much!

    And this thread just shows why it should be illegal to walk off lead anywhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddogdodge View Post
    Perfectly legal where I live, anyone can walk their dog off lead anywhere they want at any time. I hate it so much!

    And this thread just shows why it should be illegal to walk off lead anywhere!
    It's Illegal in NSW not to have your dog on a lead and have full control when out in public...but many don't. You must pick up your dog's poo when out... again many don't.

    I have no sympathy for the owner at all...whether it's Illegal or not it's called being a responsible and caring owner... unfortunately this person is neither.
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    In SA - all dogs on the footpath (and other public places) must be on lead. Exceptions is where there are signs saying otherwise and "parks". But most parks now have signs saying one way or the other.

    The Adelaide Parklands have two or three dog parks - the only open (unfenced) space where a dog is allowed off lead is Victoria Park Racecourse. And that is bound on three sides by crazy busy roads... It is huge tho.

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