Tragedy in my backyard-Goose

Discussion in 'Geese' started by cogoose, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. cogoose

    cogoose Out Of The Brooder

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    An animal is the reflection of the human in it's care. At least, I think so.
    My 2 geese, Tuffy and Dorothy, were maimed this week by 2 German Shepherds next door. The dogs didn't come over or below the fence, they came through it. I missed the attack by just a few moments.

    I arrived home to see the dogs in my backyard. I immediately ran to my neighbors door to tell them their dog was in my backyard. Two of three dogs were in my backyard.

    I went to my backyard only to find my sweet geese unable to move, with feathers everywhere. They were separated by 10 feet of space. Immediately I picked up Tuffy, my roman tufted, and put him with Dorothy. They talked to each other and hugged necks. With bite marks all over them, their time had come. I had to call a different neighbor to put them down.

    They were five years old. The year I got them, they lived in my backyard, and ate all the grass. For about 6 months, they lived on a farm, to allow regrowth of my sanity and of the grass.

    Upon their return, they spent the winter in my garage, and I did laundry daily to wash the blankets they snuggled upon at night. They were out during the days.

    For a few years, they had a box on the north side of the yard, where the sun would hit in the spring. This year and last, they lived on the south side, in a box the size of a 2 story condominium. It was full of hay.

    These 2 animals were AMAZING to me. I learned so much from them. Each year, they had 2 goslings.

    And now the backyard is silent, except for birds overhead, and the dogs next door.

    I am glad to have found my geese when they were still alive, so I could put them together, and let them communicate together. This was a moment I am glad to not have missed.

    As for the dogs, the owners have some responsibility in the way the they are neglected, left for what? I don't know. I spent more time with my geese and rabbits than those folks do with their dogs.

    I've buried my geese in the backyard and hope to plant a tree where they lie.
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    So Sorry!! Did the neighbor offer to replace them?? Hope so if not I would see them in Court!
     
  3. JanetMarie

    JanetMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A dog on the owner's property is a pet, on another person's property is a predator and allowed to be terminated.

    ETA: Geese are wonderful, are smarter than any dog, and have wonderful qualities that humans lack.
     
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  4. Louise Waffles

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    You made me cry. I am so, SO sorry for the loss of your two sweet friends. Sending you lots of love and hugs.
     
  5. JanetMarie

    JanetMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your story makes me mad and sad at the same time.
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    X2! [​IMG]
     
  7. cogoose

    cogoose Out Of The Brooder

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    He offered to replace them, but at this time replacing them isn't my option. They were amazing creatures that I devoted myself to. Maybe in the future I will get more geese, but for now, I'm looking to see if the 3 eggs are fertile. It is rather early. Normally, her fertile eggs would be later when she had feathers in a nest.

    The geese are smart, sensitive, brilliant creatures, and when I came around the corner and saw him, I just cried out "Tuffy!". Then I moved him next to her and they chattered, and I laid myself over them. Looking back, it is exactly what a mama goose would do to protect their babies. Of course if I had the resources, I would have swept them up to the vet, but not seeing them able to walk made me feel the best decision was to be swift and lower their pain. I am so glad I was able to tell them I was sorry and I'm so glad they were together to talk and get beak time.

    Today, the dog tried to chew through the fence and come under. I called the cops and told them I'm not mad at the person, but their animal management is lacking. I asked the po po to come look at the dog's face in my yard, as the dog tried to come through. He said once a dog gets the taste of an attack he's going to do it again. I have to go to work tomorrow and I don't want my rabbits to be slaughtered because I didn't speak up. So I spoke up. The city enforcement guy is going to have a convo with them tomorrow.
     
  8. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Well he would at least give me replacement cost and anything else you can get. You are a great animal Lover I can see----and I Love My Animals too----if your dog kills some of my animals----I loose any love I might have had for your animal killing dog----then "things" happen. Good Luck!
     
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  9. cogoose

    cogoose Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't plan on engaging with them in conversation much anymore. This evening my dog and I both heard something, and when I went to the fence the owner was trying to cover the hole. He told me his truck broke down, and I realize they aren't in the best financial shape, but I don't think they should have their dogs if they are going to let them run amok.

    Thank you for your kind reply, btw. What happened is an awful thing when I consider my memories of them.
     
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