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Sad Day

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

At 6am this morning, our neighbor's dogs got into our pasture (they jumped our 5 1/2 foot no climb pasture fence) and attacked my 17 year old emu Sammy. Because our dogs Jack and Zack know the dogs they didn't protect Sammy like they would have done if coyotes had attacked Sammy.

Sammy is in very bad shape and the vet was here working on him for 3 hours. Now Robert and I will be tending to his wounds several times a day and night and if he can make it through the next 3 weeks without an infection taking over, he may survive. Emus can be mean and aggressive but I've owned Sammy for 16 years and handled him all this time. The vet was extremely impressed with Sammy's tameness and friendliness. I'm going to be sleeping out in the barn in my horse trailer living quarters for as long as I need to do so to be sure Sammy is ok.

We had tried to help the neighbor keep his dogs contained and we had even paid for and took the dogs to have them neutered and got them all their shots. I had let the neighbor know it was very important that he keep the dogs up so that they wouldn't hurt our animals or animals of other people. Our fence is very good and most dogs couldn't get over it or under it but these two dogs wouldn't stay in their own yard either. The owner told us this afternoon that the dogs are "gone for good".

It's sad all the way around. I loved the dogs but they might have tried to kill my goats and horses next. I may not be online much while I tend to Sammy. I know I won't be working out much but I will be busy out at the barn so I will be moving and doing important things.

It's 3:15pm and I still haven't eaten since yesterday evening. Just don't have an appetite yet but I'll eat soon because I want to stay strong for taking care of Sammy. I know we've given him a wonderful life and we want what is best for him. If he doesn't do well, we will have the vet put him to sleep. But we want to give him a chance and he's shown remarkable strength to have done so well since the attack this morning. And it's amazing how tame he is...I just gave him 4 pills with applesauce...he will do almost anything for me since he loves it when I give him neck rubs. emoticon
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    You are a wonderful caring person. Sammy knows you care.
    1254 days ago
  • KLUTZY68
    I'm glad to hear he's doing well! A neighbor's dog killed five of my chickens in about 3 minutes while I was in the house unaware. It was horrible. Good luck Sammy! emoticon
    1265 days ago
    Get well soon Sammy emoticon
    1265 days ago
    I am soooooo sorry, marilyn. I found your blog this afternoon but have not had time to post. I don`t get email alerts (no clue why not) but I have to search SP for things. Your "Sammy" is feeling all the love that you have for him. He is a lucky animal to have such human love. I`ll be thinking of you and will be praying for you. emoticon my special friend. emoticon
    1265 days ago
    For anyone who get's notified of comments or anyone else who reads this, I wanted to update you on Sammy so far. He'd doing remarkably well considering his severe injuries. I slept with him in a 12 x 20 stall filled with wood shavings and he even let me drape a big towel over his torso since he's lost so much of his feather insulation and I know that kept him warmer last night.

    He's letting me give him oral meds although it takes a long time because a lot of head, neck, and chin rubs are involved. But that's why he keeps letting me do these things for him. He's getting a lot of good comforting attention along with the necessary medical attention. Robert and I have to wash, doctor, and deal with his wounds several times a day and we're getting it done.

    And for now, Sammy is active. I take him out to our big round pen so we can walk together and he's very alert and still "Sammy". We are doing all the right things, he's handling everything very well, and that's all we and he can do. At the moment, I feel good for him because he's doing so well, although I know that there is a very high risk that he can be hit by life ending infection.

    I thank everybody who had posted to me about Sammy and I actually plan to drop a line or two to each of you at some point. I do enjoy being with my outdoor animals so much and spend lots time with them when they are healthy so in that way, this isn't such a big hardship. It's just sad that my time with Sammy right now, has to be for such a grave situation.
    1265 days ago
    I am so sorry for Sammy and for what you are going through. I'm also sorry for the dogs that weren't properly trained. It's as you said, sad all the way around. Take care of yourself and be kind to yourself. emoticon
    1265 days ago
    I am so sorry! I hope Sammy is well soon.
    1266 days ago
    Bless Sammy's heart! He is fortunate to have someone who loves him so much! My heart is full and aches for you as you care for him. I pray that he gets better and if not that you are able to make the decisions that will be in his best interest! Praying for you and your family!
    1266 days ago
    So sorry to hear about Sammy. How heartbreaking especially since you'd done so much to keep this from happening. Hugs!
    1266 days ago
    So sorry to hear about Sammy. Praying that he has a speedy recovery. emoticon
    1266 days ago
    I am so very very sorry for poor Sammy! I hope he has a good recovery. Our animals are part of our family. My daughter had a very gentle 7 year old pit bull who was so sweet. He kept getting out of the yard though. It's hard to keep a collar on him because of the shape of their heads and the fact the heads are almost the same size as their neck. He could literally climb our chain link fence. We tried so hard to keep him in the yard. But he got out one day and 3 big dogs who were running loose together attacked him and tore his chest open. He died before we could get him to the vet. It's so sad. We tried to keep him safe but also the other owners should have kept their dogs confined too. I've seen those dogs loose a lot of times. We live inside a rural town and their are laws. I accept the part of the responsibility for Capone getting out of the yard but the other owners have responsibility too. I don't know who they are though. I hate to see any animal be put down. I just want pet owners to be responsible for their animals as much as possible. But I share this just to tell you I know the pain of seeing one of your loved animals attacked by dogs and the damage done. But hopefully he will heal. I know you are giving him lots of tender loving care. Sending hugs, lots of positive thoughts, and prayers your way.
    1266 days ago
    1266 days ago
    I'm so sorry to hear that. He is so lucky to have someone so loving and dedicated to care for him!
    1266 days ago
    Your poor bird. I am so hoping he will pull through. If it were me, my neighbors dogs would be dead. I love animals, but not when they want to hurt my animals.
    My thoughts are with Sammy. Keep rubbing his neck, and let him know he is loved, it sure sounds like he is. I hope you confront your neighbor. Maybe present him with the Vet's bill for what his dogs did.
    1266 days ago
    So sorry to hear this. I'll be praying for you, Robert and Sammy. emoticon

    Take care of yourself, so you can take care of Sammy.
    1266 days ago
    I'm so sorry! That is sad all the way around. I hope he is able to pull through; take care of yourself, too.
    1266 days ago
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