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Our African Grey of 33 yrs was killed by our dog

Cupcake

Jogging around the block
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Location
Cape Cod MA
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~Ann~
I am so sorry for your loss! Please don't blame yourselves - it was a true accident. I have had my girl for 9 years this year and all of my dogs up to this point have left her alone - except my newest guy, a German Shepherd. Ugh. He wants to catch her so bad and he got her one time (my fault) - I was clipping her nails and released her from the towel to fly back to her cage. She got caught up in the towel and went low and he grabbed her SO FAST! Thankfully no damage but it was then that I realized I had to be extra vigilant making sure she is locked and he is crated when we aren't home. And he is crated when she is out to fly. Please forgive yourself and grieve as you need to.
 

Fia Baby

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Oregon
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Beth
I can imagine how you feel... probably very hard to stop thinking about... terrible to consider, but we're human and we make mistakes that sometimes have terrible consequences. Try to forgive yourselves, and the dog.
 

ZymForever

Moving in
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2/10/20
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Real Name
Jessica
I too struggled keeping the rescue dog. The rescue centre gave us 6 weeks to think about it. I had the same thoughts as you at the beginning of those 6 weeks...I could barely look at her. In hindsight I SO wish I hadn't got her in the first place. However, I know that she is attached to us and I'm not sure that I could pass her on to another home because at the end of the day she didn't know that it was wrong. I feel that something good has to come out of this heartbreak so I have chosen to keep her. The 'what ifs' and guilt also drive me crazy. I just keep telling myself that the 18 years with Jingles were happy...that is what I try to focus on. My thoughts are with you. This forum is always here if you need to talk. X
Thanks for this! I don't think we will re-home our dog but it is hard not to be angry. I too tell myself that she didn't know what she was doing, it was just instinct after all. When we get our next bird -- probably in a few months, it is all very raw right now -- we will have learned our lesson and the dogs and bird will be strictly segregated.
 
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