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.