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.