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Dog Survives Car Crash, Gunshot, Freezer... My dog, on the other hand, wets herself when I raise my voice.
posted by vito90 (34 comments total)

 
They should change the dog's name to Rasputin.
posted by RylandDotNet at 7:38 AM on April 24, 2003


Or Lazarus
posted by Mwongozi at 8:00 AM on April 24, 2003


Or Phoenix....
posted by mkelley at 8:05 AM on April 24, 2003


Or Rover...
D'oh!
posted by twine42 at 8:15 AM on April 24, 2003


In the Google Ads - "ClickerExpo"! I want my tickets now!

"Three full days of exciting presentations and intensive hands-on workshops with people who share your passion for animals, your positive approach to interaction, and your thirst for knowledge. "

With Clickers? Three days? God help us...
posted by twine42 at 8:18 AM on April 24, 2003


This dog is probably too fucked up now- from the trauma and all- to live among humans safely; they should probably just euthanize it.
posted by dgaicun at 8:27 AM on April 24, 2003


How about a reality show surrounding the dog and all of his crazy activities and antics.
posted by Witty at 8:33 AM on April 24, 2003


I'm mildly worried that a country cop can't tell the difference between a dog that needs to be put down and a dog who has no obvious injuries.

Hmmm... Makes you feel better knowing these people are protecting us...
posted by twine42 at 8:39 AM on April 24, 2003


dgaicun - dogs are very forgiving. poor little doggy!
posted by harja at 8:44 AM on April 24, 2003


twine42, that was my question too. Do cops really have the authority and/or training to be able to know when to put and animal down on the spot? Anyone know? At least as far as domestic animals are concerned, shouldn't a vet or at the very least, someone at a humance society be consulted before taking such a course of action?

Speaking for myself, I would be goddamn furious if some cop put my dog down without doing everything possible to figure out the proper thing to do.
posted by psmealey at 8:45 AM on April 24, 2003


Dogs rule. Animals rule. People suck.

Just had to say that. Wish I could adopt this one. Wish I could adopt all of 'em. Anyone else want to get together and buy our own dog-n-cat island? I have, um, maybe $100 to spare.

Local animal groups and the Humane Society of the United States have begun fund-raising efforts to pay for her care.

I'm looking for Dosha at the Humane Soc but not finding anything. I'll look more later.

...no broken bones from the car accident, Johnson said.

Hmm--Overzealous cop shot Dosha anyway?

Godspeed Dosha!
posted by Shane at 8:49 AM on April 24, 2003


Twine42: Clicker training rules.
posted by TurkishGolds at 8:53 AM on April 24, 2003


Shane - have you ever heard of this place?
posted by vito90 at 8:57 AM on April 24, 2003


Or this place?
posted by gottabefunky at 9:01 AM on April 24, 2003


Or this place?
posted by DakotaPaul at 9:04 AM on April 24, 2003


I'd like to give my dog the "why can't you be more like Dosha?" talk next time he gives me the "if I had thumbs i'd call the MSPCA because you treat me so cruelly" look...usually that look stems from either not letting him eat my dinner, or not letting him pee in the kitchen, or making him wake up at the ungodly hour of 8 in the morning.
posted by tpl1212 at 9:09 AM on April 24, 2003


Give the cop a break. Overzealous? I'm sure he wasn't all that pumped up at having to shoot the dog. He made a judgement call at the moment... perhaps a poor one, perhaps a mistake. But I'm sure he was thinking of what was best for the dog. Certainly a shame.
posted by Witty at 9:09 AM on April 24, 2003


Thanks folks! I wish we had something like Pasado close by. I really should volunteer at the local shelter, but I'm afraid it would tear my heart out (and fill my house with more dogs and cats).

Still, volunteering is on the schedule. Most common shelters or "pounds" accept volunteers to play with and show attention to the animals, as well as clean, etc. I'm just aftraid of how many animals I'll see put to sleep...
posted by Shane at 9:14 AM on April 24, 2003


My dog, on the other hand, wets herself when I raise my voice.

So does my Grandmother, but you don't see me pointing fingers.
posted by toothless joe at 9:15 AM on April 24, 2003


Photos of Dosha.
posted by LinusMines at 9:41 AM on April 24, 2003


Yes, we named our blue heeler mix Dexter, in the hopes that he would indeed be a "boy genius."

Instead, we have a dog that also wets himself when anyone raises their voice, with the added bonus of also growling when any man comes into the house. Not handy for getting craftsman to come improve my house.

He also functions as patsy for Ripley the wonder pug who enjoys luring Dexter into trouble and then ditching before the foul deed is discovered.
posted by answergrape at 9:57 AM on April 24, 2003


Dosha has an owner, so no need to adopt her. But I'm sure there are plenty of other less-famous dogs in need.

Considering the vigorous licking she was giving her owner on the news last night, she did not seem overly traumatized by the incident.
posted by O9scar at 10:00 AM on April 24, 2003


If God is just, why does he give dogs such a short life span?
posted by planetkyoto at 10:03 AM on April 24, 2003


What a cutie!
posted by Witty at 10:11 AM on April 24, 2003


They should change the dog's name to Rasputin.

Or Lazarus

Or Phoenix....

Or Rover...


Or the old classic... Lucky.
posted by Dirjy at 10:13 AM on April 24, 2003


she did not seem overly traumatized by the incident.

Dogs are very resilient. It takes more than one incident to do permanent psychological damage (unless the dog is young enough to be going through a "fear stage" when it happens), there's no way that this dog will associate people with being shot (being hit is a different matter, but being shot isn't something the dog will necessarily associate with people), the dog was unconscious when placed in the freezer, so it won't associate people with that either. The dog will, in all likelihood, forget about this in a week.

The owner needs to sort out their management (as they seem to be doing) to ensure that this doesn't happen again. And the cop needs some education as well, the dog had no major injuries at all until the cop shot it. I strongly suspect that the cop was worried that the dog would bite him, rather than worried about "putting the dog out of its misery". This reminds me of that other case where a cop shot a clearly friendly family dog after refusing to allow the owners to close the car doors to contain it. See here. People are extraordinarily ignorant about dogs, given how common they are, and police shouldn't be shooting dogs without just cause.
posted by biscotti at 10:16 AM on April 24, 2003


Anyone else want to get together and buy our own dog-n-cat island? I have, um, maybe $100 to spare.

Only if we can have ferrets, too.
posted by nyxxxx at 10:43 AM on April 24, 2003


I have a friend who is an animal control officer and she has, on a few occasions, had to call a police officer to shoot an animal; it's usually a deer who has been hit by a car, though, not a dog.
posted by eilatan at 10:48 AM on April 24, 2003


run over, shot, suffocated, frozen.. Media publicity will surely do it.
posted by stbalbach at 11:01 AM on April 24, 2003


The MSNBC version of this story had a hilarious quote: Appearing on national television Wednesday, Dosha seemed in fine spirits apart from the gunshot wound to her head and other injuries sustained from being hit by the car. This is my nomination for "Obvious Media Statement Of The Year"
posted by brool at 2:23 PM on April 24, 2003


biscotti - Did you see the same video of that "friendly" dog approching the police officer I did? I didn't blame him for shooting the dog - it was barking the entire time he was trying to subdue the family by the side of the road (by himself, and they weren't cooperating) and then the dog jumps out and rushes him. That dog was definitely in a position to be defending his family. I wouldn't have hesitated. High energy situation.
posted by agregoli at 2:41 PM on April 24, 2003


Did you see the same video of that "friendly" dog approching the police officer I did?

I guess not. In the one I saw, the dog was wagging its tail and clearly assuming a submissive friendly posture, there was nothing defensive or aggressive about the dog at all. The father asked well before that if he or the cop could please close the car door before the dog got out and was shouted down.
posted by biscotti at 4:12 PM on April 24, 2003


FYI Shane: Precious Lives is a no-kill animal sancutary near Akron.
posted by sadie01221975 at 7:45 PM on April 24, 2003


Well, we differ in opinion then. I think police have one of the toughest jobs in the world, and I know that in that situation, if that dog had been rushing me, and I was struggling with the suspect, I wouldn't have hesitated either.
posted by agregoli at 10:36 AM on April 25, 2003


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