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.