BAD DOGS!!! --- WARNING this is awful

United States
June 4, 2009 4:00pm CST
I now have two dogs, a little barky one and a big stupid one. The big stupid one is hyper and big and very strong, so he spends a lot of time on a run in the yard. The little dog stays near the house so he gets to roam free in the yard and generally behaves (the big dog runs away if he's not leashed or on his run, because he's dumb and FAST). I was just outside to check on the big dog and the little dog was with me when a little bird (a young sparrow I think) fell from a tree. He was stunned and looked like he was just about to regain his bearings when the little dog gave chase. The little bird flew a few feet, right into the mouth of the big dog! It was horrible, the little bird never had a chance. The big dog unfortunately killed it before I could even get near them. I feel horrible about it even though it happened way too fast for me to do anything. Poor little bird, I'm so sorry!
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• United States
4 Jun 09
It just sounds like your dogs may need a little obedience training. It's natural for dogs to chase and hunt. They aren't stupid for it, but you do need to invest a little time into training them. They have a lot of great classes and books available on line and in the community. Don't blame the dog. They have no sense about killing a bird. A lot of breeds are prone to hunting because tha is what they were bred for. They can get frustrating but you have them because you care about them. Just try to work with them to make them the best dogs they can be.
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• United States
4 Jun 09
Yeah, it can be a lot different with aminals that were neglected or abused. If you run into too much trouble you might want to seek some professional help for him. He's a good dog at heart, they all are, but you can't lose your floor either. It's harder when they're older and haven't really had any direction as a pup. If worse comes to worse use crating as a way to show him when he's displeased you. I usually wouldn't use crating for that, but it's a lot better then nothing at all or showing anger to him after his previous home.
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• United States
4 Jun 09
Aside from being a menace, he has a sweet heart he can be very loving and is really really cute at bed time. If I ever have a little spare cash, I'd see about calling in the pros. I try not to be TOO hash with him, since he had a sad beginning, and I won't yell at him for following his instincts, I just wish that poor bird never fell from that tree while my dogs were out today. The floor's shot, nothing to do about that now, one day in the future we'll fix it, but at least he hasn't torn it up any further than the 6x8 foot hole he'd already put there. Thanks for your advice.
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• United States
5 Jun 09
that dog i bad yu need to train him
• United States
4 Jun 09
infortunitly that is how it was meant to be. I had a dog who liked little chicken and he would try to protect them from the other dogs. He sat on one, one day so another could not eat it and my poor dog accidently sufficated it, he brought it to me in his mouth and laid down next to me, it was sooo obvious he was sad. We dug a hole for the little chick and put him in it, it was a sad situation.
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• United States
5 Jun 09
That is a very sad story, I feel bad for the dog who was friends with the chick, he sounds like a very sweet dog.
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
12 Jun 09
cowgirl, What a touching story about your dog. Sounds like your dog is an angel (at least tries his best to be!). :o)
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@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
4 Jun 09
I see you have a few comments, do not feel so bad about it, it happen and there was nothing you could do. Have a good day.
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• United States
4 Jun 09
Thank you, ShellyB. I feel better talking about it. It was just such a shock to see that happen, but you all are making me feel better.
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@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
4 Jun 09
that's good to know, I used to have cats and I know how you feel. *hug*
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@lingli_78 (12845)
• Australia
4 Jun 09
ouchh... i feel sorry for the bird as well... but can't really blame the dog completely as he is only doing according his instinct... it is just unfortunate that the bird flew right into his mouth... hopefully it won't happen again in the future... i will be terrified and shocked as well if i witness something like that in front of my eyes even if it is only the killing of the bird... to me, life is very precious... take care and have a nice day...
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• United States
5 Jun 09
It was pretty horrible.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
4 Jun 09
Dogs are hunters, that is what nature built them for. It's always amazing how fast they can respond to an unusual opportunity like that. I'm sorry you were involved, but it is just part of nature which has no heart.
• United States
4 Jun 09
Thanks, I know it's nature and all, but it was hard to see. My dogs are incredibly fast, they could give a cheetah a run for her money!
@x_revenge (285)
• Greece
5 Jun 09
Well, my dog has killed a kitty once. There are some cats that used to come around here and hang out some time ago and they bothered my dog, she always chased them around in our yard and one day she got one. I didn't really like it but I don't think my dog is at fault, that's just animal instinct, the cats were coming back all the time even though they knew our dog was there, that scared me a little (I didn't expect my dog to do that, I mean I know dogs hate cats but still...) but I think it scared them much more...There aren't as many cats now.
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• United States
5 Jun 09
I have cats, my dogs get along with them, I'd be really upset if my dog was a cat killer. But if they were harassing your dog he may have been defending himself. Do you know if they were feral cats?
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• Greece
5 Jun 09
I don't think so, I knew they were coming here all the time for no apparent reason though and they knew my dog was there so they must have been coming on purpose, I don't know why, maybe they were just stupid...
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• United States
11 Jun 09
really, these are not bad dogs. it makes me angry to hear you call them that. 99% of "bad dogs" are bad because the owners have not taken the time to work with them. there are very few bad dogs, but a whole bunch of bad owners.
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@relikie (125)
• United States
5 Jun 09
That poor bird! At least the dogs are working together though.
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• United States
5 Jun 09
LOL, yeah, teamwork.
• United States
5 Jun 09
It really is a sad story, but your whole story reminds me of a cartoon show in the 90s called 2 Stupid Dogs... it was about 2 dogs, one big and strong and one small and dumb and hyper. They called them Little Dog and Big Dog... I'm sorry, but the little birdie is in heaven now so its okay.
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• United States
5 Jun 09
I used to watch that cartoon, and it's a good description of my two stupid dogs, except that the big stupid dog is as hyper or even more hyper than the little stupid dog. LOL I see a grown robin bird looking around where the little one fell, I wonder if that's its momma. :(
• India
5 Jun 09
You mean the dog ATE that bird...OMG, I have never come across dogs eating birds (that is, if that was the case)...I've always seen cats chasing and devouring birds (one of the reasons why I dislike them)...BTW, how can you manage two dogs? and you must be missing Maggie very much! Do the kids know about this?
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• United States
5 Jun 09
The kids were inside so know nothing about it. I do miss Maggie, these dogs were here already when she passed. I had three dogs, now I have two. I had seven cats and now have three, Maggie's friend Box the cat passed three days after she did, which we kind of expected. Like cats, dogs are predators. If they find an opportunity to hut and chase, they will. Fortunately, most birds can easily escape a dog, but this one was young, just learning to fly. :(
@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
4 Jun 09
This is actually funny, the little bird flew right into the big dogs mouth. I love big dogs, Pit bulls are my favorite no matter what anyone things about them.
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• United States
4 Jun 09
I think my dog may be part pitbull, he's got that muscley head and a really strong bite (I should know, he's bitten me). Also, he "smiles" like a pit bull. I've met lots of nice pitbulls, if they have good humans they generally turn out fine.
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• Canada
8 Jun 09
U didn't say what kind of dogs the where. lil dog terrier ? Big dog hunting dog ? That is their nature..
• United States
8 Jun 09
Big dog is dalmation mixed with who knows what, possibly hellhound LOL little dog is a poodle. I know it's in their nature, I just wish I hadn't witnessed it.