Thursday, March 8, 2012

Good Bye Kate

She is gone.  Eric shot her because she killed a lamb.  Law of the land, but one that, in this case I think was very wrong.  I told them not to let her be unattended while we were away.  To keep her in the kennel or with them at all times.  She has too much grip for sheep and had previously herded one of their ewes into a state of shock and then death.  I thought of finding her a new home. She was a very sweet dog.  Absolutely wonderful with children.  But Eric and Jo wanted to keep her to hunt with.  Kate was a very good tracker.  I wanted to keep her because I loved her smiling face and joyous energy.  And now she is gone and I feel sucker punched.

She will be missed.


  1. I am sorry to hear that:( I agree that it was not the right thing to do. I am sorry you lost a friend:( We as people really need to think about what an animals natural instincts are and do accordingly not punish them for our mistakes. I am sorry you are hurting!

  2. To not even try to find the dog a new home is immoral. As a dog owner, you are responsible for the dog's well being, be it under your care or by finding it a new home. By your own admission, you didn't even try.

  3. just wanted to say I am not saying you did the bad thing and I know you would have found her a home if you had the choice!! you are a sweet person and I am just sorry you have to go through this.

  4. I'm sorry TJ- for all you are going through. I know how hard it ALL is.

    And ANON, until you've walked the mile in TJ and Mark's moccasins, you might wish to reconsider what you say to whom.

  5. Boy, do I agree with Mrs. Mom. I really get ticked at people who make comments under the heading 'anonymous.' It's tough and I know everyone is hurting.

    Hang in there.


  6. Dear TJ, I am so sorry for your hart ache, "I know you love your animals". Don't let "anonymous" word add to your burdens. It's always easy to judge others, when one is not facing them. You have nothing to be sorry for , but the loss of your Kate.
    We "ALL" have things we regret or bad decisions we have made. Real life, too many times gets in the way.

    Your Friend Across The Valley Sam

  7. Anonymous is absolutely right and I am fully responsible. I left her in the care of someone else and they did not respond in a way I agree with at all. They shot her, I never would have done that and in previous situations with other people's dogs killing livestock I did not shoot their dogs. My dog's caretakers while I was away didn't even call me and tell me what had happened. I am in deep grief over this and know that I failed my dog Kate.

  8. My heart hurts for you!!! I am sorry that they did that it wasn't right in anyway shape or form but how were you to know that would happen:( Hugs your way!!!

  9. OMG! I am so sorry! That is just horrible. Kate was a very sweet dog. :/ I love you guys.

  10. I have disagreed with family members over this sort of thing before. It is heartbreaking. May your heart and family find a way to deal.

    And, Anon, I'm incredibly sick of people "bravely" speaking their truth anonymously. If you have something you need to say to good people, then have the guts to put your name on it.

    I understand there are times when people must speak anonymously and blog hosts must provide the space for them to do so but there isn't a need for you to be anonymous now except to avoid payment for what people think of your behavior. Your absolute cowardice allows you, without suffering any visible repercussions,to kick someone good who is struggling to deal with an imperfect world. Your behavior just sucks!

  11. So very sorry for your loss Tj. I know you guys have had more than your share of stress and difficult situations lately, we are praying for you and your family.

  12. I'm so sorry for your loss and a little angry that you were not consulted before this happened. Hugs....

  13. I'm sorry for your loss.

    Most farmers and ranchers do not name their livestock, because there is great power in names. It makes the animal part of the family, so you care about its fate.

    If it has no name, it has no emotional value and no one much cares if it meets it maker.

    Signed with my name,


  14. Tj, I love you with all my heart. You trusted your family members with someone you loved. You are gentle and kind and thoughtful with your animals. It's not your fault. I'm so sad this happened.

  15. Oh my. What a super sad deal. I'm glad everyone let Anon have it. "By your own admission"??? Yes, because you wanted to keep her around! And because you made sure she was attended! And because Eric also wanted her! Geez. Some people. That makes me sad.

    Don't beat yourself up.

    I hope you and Eric can get past this OK. I can only imagine the hurt feelings.

    Big hugs! (And frame that adorable picture of Kate!)


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