This tragic fact is something that should have never happened, and could have been prevented, had we, especially myself, realized the DANGER that sat silently in the comfort of our "Puppy Proofed" back yard. Please read this and pass it on to everyone you know. So that this does not have to happen to some one else.
Tuesday night my husband and I TRAGICALLY lost one of our Jack Russell Terrier Puppies (DOB 03-05-00) due to total STUPIDITY!!! Yes, is was total stupidity.
"Josh" was the one of our puppies from Jaxx (sire) and Nina (dam). He was promised to my Father-in-law, and we were raising and training him for Dave. Josh's personality was one of those you just couldn't ignore, he was always at your feet and always looking for praise and affection. He was especially attached to my husband, Dan, which was unusual here, because I am with the puppies 24 hours, 7 days a week. They are most likely to come over and follow my son (Andy, 6 yrs) and I before anyone else, but Josh preferred Dan to anybody else every time. Dan had built a special bond with little Josh and they were pretty much "attached to one another" when Dan was home from work. Even though all my puppies are very special to my family and I, Josh was an original.
Tuesday night at approximately
9:15pm I left 3 of our Jack Russells, Jaxx (2 yrs), Edi (8 mts), Josh
(7 weeks) and our German Shepherd, Deb (7 yrs) out to "potty"
in our fenced back yard, while I got my husband's lunch and coffee ready
for him to leave for work. Just before Dan was about to leave, at 9:25pm,
I went out back to let our guys in and discovered Josh was missing. Earlier
that day, I was hanging wash out and Josh squeezed through the gate leading
into the other part of our yard to follow me. So I went out the front
door and Dan went out the back door to look for our little Josh. Dan suddenly
dove to the ground and splashed in out Decorative Pond. He stood up and
told me that he had found him. I said "knock it off, and let's find
him, it's getting cold out." He said very straight-faced "I
found him!" then it sunk in. Josh had fallen into our decorative
pond out back and because it is one of those molded plastic types, he
could not get a grip on the slippery plastic to crawl out and he drowned!
(We had been getting the pond ready for the summer and we had drained
it a bit, so there was a good 5 inches or more between the water level
and the rim of the pond) I rushed into that part of the yard and did everything
I knew to try and revive him, but he was gone! When I couldn't revive
him, I crashed hysterically on our deck and screamed so loudly that all
the neighbor's porch lights came on and everyone came out to see what
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