Recently one of the dogs that I worked with was lost. He was "put down" as a matter of the politics of animals and in the end it does not matter who was wrong; it only matters that someone was.

Bruce was a sad statistic in the war, and it is a war, of the poor creatures that have no place in this world due to inconvenience. It certainly was not the fault of the foster parents who had enough love in their hearts to hire me to try to save this little angel; It was not the fault of the rescue who in the end had to make a decision that would keep them from a legal nightmare. It was not the fault of the person who got bit and had to call animal services. It was not the fault of the vet who had to give Bruce his last shot. Gee, I guess it was no ones fault but yet it was the fault of all of us.

Bruce was one of the pups in a litter that was found abandoned in El Centro, California. The litter was turned into the local animal shelter who has no room to keep dogs (or cats) and was picked up by one of the local animal rescue organizations in San Diego. From there he, and one of his sisters, went to a foster home and that is where I come into the picture.

Bruce was a wonderful, gentle soul who was just a little to frightened by the things going on around him in this world. He meant no harm but would chase after people who walked away from him and then would nip them on the back of the leg. He meant no harm but just wanted to make sure they got the message to leave him alone. His foster parents contacted me to see if I could help him get over his anxiety. Three weeks later he was no more.

Bruce was one of those dogs who needed time and patience but would eventually overcome his problems. The clock ran out on him. He was making great progress but one day he nipped a young woman (teenager) who said she was fine but when she went home she discovered that her leg was bruised. Her mother called and asked if Bruce had his rabies shot. No, he had not had it yet. That is not uncommon for such a young puppy but still the answer was no, he had not.

From there it went to shit for Bruce and all who loved him. The rescue now had a legal problem, the foster parents were in a bind, and everyone saw lawyers circling like buzzards (no offense) and the clock began to tick.

There is so much more that could be written about this terrible incident but the bottom line is that if only one of Bruce's parents had been spayed or neutered then all of this tragedy could have been avoided. There is no excuse to not fix your dog. There are cheap clinics, free clinics, and organization that will help with the expense of getting a dog, or cat, spayed or neutered. It is only our own bullshit that allows for the unwanted and uncared for animals to continue to breed and exist. If you have a pet you owe it to the world to spay or neuter. If you don't then you are the problem, not your pet.

We miss you Bruce. It was not your fault. It was ours.

P.S. If you are one the the dip shits who want to write some bullshit remark about the love that some of us have for the animals of this world why don't you just send me a message and tell me where we can meet if you are not a coward. One of us can go to jail, the other not.


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Founder Oct. 6, 2010 @ 9:34 a.m.

Right On! Thanks for Bruce's Story and photo!


SurfPuppy619 Oct. 6, 2010 @ 3:42 p.m.

It was NOT Bruce's fault, it WAS the fault of the person that allowed Bruce to nip at the teenager/person, a known tendancy of Bruce.

The question is why was Bruce put down?? Because of a nip? So there were lawyers that may get involved-so what?? Does anyone think think that putting poor Bruce down will somehow make lawyers or a lawsuit disappear????? If a lawsuit gets filed, it would have been filed with or without Bruce being put down-putting the innocent dog down has nothing to do with the decision on whether to file a lawsuit,especially if it is as minor as suggested in this article.

I have a dog I am training that tries to attack every dog she see on her walk. She is a loving dog, but simply needs more training. I NEVER let her get anywhere near another dog where she could cause harm-it is MY responsibility to make sure SHE is not a danger to anyone or anything around. In time she will be trained and learn proper social behaviour, until then she is MY problem. And I will not let her down by allowing her in a situation where she may harm another animal.


David Dodd Oct. 6, 2010 @ 4:08 p.m.

Why wasn't the damned dog put away? Why do people who own dogs that bite insist on letting them run free? And you honestly don't know whose fault this was? Are you serious?


Burwell Oct. 8, 2010 @ 9:50 p.m.

People who knowingly go into areas where dogs are allowed to roam free should do so at their own risk, and should not have any legal recourse if they are bitten.


Robert Johnston Oct. 9, 2010 @ 11:08 p.m.

RIP-Bruce, m'boy! May you find the peace in the afterlife you could not find here.

As yet another of God's Creatures has to perish, so yet another part of our collective soul does, indeed, perish. All to avoid becoming some PIS Lawyer-cum-buzzard's next meal!

Dogs, indeed, do have more spunk than many humans have intelligence! After all, they can understand English--yet we can never seem to speak dog!



dogtown March 21, 2011 @ 8:56 a.m.

I bet a large percentage of people bitten by an off-leash dog heard the owner shouting, "Don't worry he's friendly, he won't bite," moments before the dog sank it's teeth into them.

Dogs are dangerous and they bite - ask ANY mail carrier. Dogs that are allowed to bite should be destroyed and their owners heavily fined for assault.

(The P.S. in this article just proves to me how out of touch with reality dog owners can be.)


SurfPuppy619 March 21, 2011 @ 4:59 p.m.

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