Thursday, April 24, 2008

Killed by kindness

Last night at Obedience class we got some rather horrible news. Einstein the Poodle died.

Einstein and his mom joined us for training the first time less than a month ago. Einstein was a sweet, smart, red Miniature Poodle. He'd just been adopted from a rescue group that week. And his new mom was thrilled with him - he was a wonderful companion. She had big plans for him, including Obedience competition. She seemed to be doing everything right.

But she was too nice to Einstein. Since he'd had a rough time and was such a good boy, she couldn't face putting him in a crate or cage when she left the house. While she was gone one day this week, Einstein ate a tube of something he found in the bathroom. And the emergency veterinarian couldn't save him.

So, for anyone out there who thinks that crate-training is cruel - please think again. Einstein's new mom is in agony this week.
Bookmark and Share

9 comments:

jan said...

Good reminder. There is no way to totally dog-proof a house from an inquisitive doggy.

Lynne said...

That is so terribly sad! A good reminder why crating creates a safe and secure place for our pets.

feefifoto said...

Oh, that's so horribly sad. It's a reminder that we need to do what's right for our pets (and our kids for that matter) even if they protest.

Daisy said...

That is a heartbreaking story. I am so sorry for Einstein and his mom.

Astrid said...

Very sad lesson to learn.

Frenchie Maintenance Supervisor said...

What a way to learn the value of crate-training. :-( Poor puppy, poor owner.

Ray Gratzner said...

That are sad news. Sorry to read this.

Hope said...

We're all hoping people will see the value of crate training, especially when a new dog comes into the house. You're all right - it's just so terribly sad.
-Hope

Megan said...

Oh my God. That is so horrible. I can't even imagine the pain (and guilt) she is going through. :( It amazes me that anyone could think crate training to be cruel. =(