|Well, well, well ... My husband and I were living in an apartment, about to buy our first house here in Louisiana. One day I told him, "DOG TIME." It meant that I wanted a dog because the purchase of a house was going to allow us to have our own dog in our own land. He teased me and asked me if I knew anything about Catahoula Leopard dogs. I didn't have a clue about those dogs. At least I thought I didn't.
So the very next day at the office, I said to the employees. "Hey, do any of you know anyone who owns Catahoula Leopard dogs?" It turned out that one of the employee's mother-in-law was a Catahoula Leopard breeder. GREAT ... within three months I got a Catahoula Leopard puppy, blue eyes, cute, really cute, happy ... etc. I felt in love with the breed. He became our son, and so has been for five years. He is sweet, serious, loves to play, loyal, possessive, alert, energetic, and comes across as an aggressive dog BECAUSE PEOPLE DON'T GIVE HIM THE CHANCE TO SHOW HOW CARING HE CAN BE.
He gets alone with his wife. He hates his son, and well ... we will find the other an excellent, caring, loving, and a true nurturing home. Does it break our hearts? My God, yes, it does, and the pain does not have a size. Yet he was the first one, and the other is less than one year old. So we ought to avoid further confrontations between the two because it has come a pak issue, a leadership contest. WE ARE THE LEADERS AND THE BOSSES. However, there are limits in which you must understand what you are facing. That has been the biggest problem with have ever had with him, and one that can be solved without these two dogs harming each other.
It has drained us. It has caused us headaches and giant pains in our hearts. However, I must repeat that in the end one must do the right thing FOR THEM. This is not only about us, but about them! In the end, we cannot think like a dog and a dog cannot think like us, THANK GOD for that. Otherwise, they would do what "civilized" people do. THEY GO TO WAR, KILL THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AT ONCE WITH POWERFUL JETS, RAPE SOMEONE, MURDER SOMEONE, STEAL FROM SOMEONE, LIE TO SOMEONE, CONCEAL EVIDENCE OF ANY TYPE TO THEIR SELFISH GAIN, LIVE BEHIND BARS FOR YEARS BEFORE SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR A HORRIBLE CRIME ... but in the mean time, they get to eat well, manage to get a college degree, write a book, get interviewed by different famous TV and radio people, and they may be so lucky as in to get off on some sort of technicality, or become politicians.
If a dog bites someone, they don't get a trial. They get killed. If a dog kills another dog, they get killed. Yeah, yeah ... the famous deal of PUTTING TO SLEEP THE DOG. That cannot even be called CAPITAL PUNISHMENT because THEY DON'T EVER GET A TRIAL PERIOD.
In Louisiana, too many people think that to own a Catahoula Leopard is to be a redneck. HECK, they should change the state dog if there is so much HATRED toward those INNOCENT ANIMALS. I used to live in Spain and didn't know that the family dog was a mixed breed of a Catahoula. OKAY, NOW I KNOW that I have known about this breed most of my life. However, in Spain I lived and worked in my parents' giant farm. Here I just have a mid-size house in a supposed to be upper class neighborhood, but in the kind of neighborhood where my dogs have been almost killed by some kind of a BTK type of neighbor who carries a gun at all times in his waist and must of the time he is drunk. If anyone needs to be "put to sleep" is him. We had a confrontation with a neighbor because our dogs are always on their cable, but this is a non-fence neighborhood. So why to put one in this our new home for two years of nightmares when the majority of the people don't have a fence? Why would we invest in a fence when our dogs are always on their cable, or on their leash? Well, it was her dog, the one in our back yard. We asked her to keep her dog in her yard, and she almost gave me punches in which I had to pull myself back since I do not know how to "street" fight. I have fenced all of my life, but never done so without protection, planning, and the perfect matching partner. I have loved that sport all of my life, but I do not have a clue how to "street" fight and a lot less in my own back yard with the woman who is Mr. Baba's this is to say BTK's best friend. The story is so long that it is almost pointless. They called us redneck for having Catahoula Leopard. They are from Louisiana, and they are not the only people that we have met with such perception. Can we change the mind of so many people from Louisiana who think like that? NO WAY JOSE. We cannot do such thing. It is a hatred thing, and even she said to us this past Sunday, 08/06/06, that the entire neighborhood hates us because of those "AGRESSIVE DOGS." I did not hear my dog calling the police when my female Catahoula Leopard saw her coming toward me, in my own yard, to fight with me. I WAS THE ONE SCREAMING TO MY HUSBAND TO CALL THE POLICE because the woman came to my yard to tell me to build a fence, to tell me that it was me with aggressive dogs, to tell me that the neighbors hate us, to tell me that I am a loser, to tell me that we were just rednecks. She screamed from the top of her lungs, and no one could hear me because I kept the volume of my voice down, except when I thought she was going to give me some punches. The only thing I scream to my husband was, "CALL THE POLICE." The rest no one could hear because I don't like to make of myself a fool in public. That's the bottom line. As sad as it is, I found out the husband of this woman committed suicide. Do I need to say anything else? Oh and she is a gym trainer who has been described by one of her "good neighbors" as an aggressive woman. My dog barked. My dog was in our yard, and on her cable when her big lab came toward my dog. If one were to lose, it was going to be my dog. NO WAY TO RUN WHEN YOU ARE ON SOME KIND OF REALLY TIED LEASH. Can I reason with this person? I TRIED. She went so far as in to speak badly to her own mother because it turns out that she and her daughter live with her mother. Her mother seems as a nice lady. I am sure that deep in the heart of her mother she must realize how problematic her daughter and her friends are. However, she is her daughter. She told me this, and I quote. "I am going to tell you right here looking into your eyes that if I see any or all of your dogs in my yard I will kill them. They are not going to harm my child." I must have missed something ... Her dog was in my yard while mine was on the cable. When my female dog, the wife of my male and oldest was a puppy ... she made the mistake of running toward their yard and it was then when her friend was there, somewhat drunk, with a pistol in his hand, and discharged the gun while I chased my puppy. His cover-up, like the woman's cover-up, was and remains his child. YEAH ... YEAH ... the same child who two summer ago kept riding his four-Wheeler on this woman friend's of his yard and kept on spitting on our oldest dog, and throwing sticks at him just for the heck of it, just to irritate my dog and make him bark to death. How do I know? I SAW IT, and had to stop it ... but it never crossed my mind to drink like his father and carry a gun and start shooting at the boy. You see I get death penalty for such thing. BUT WHEN IT IS DONE TO A DOG ... NOTHING HAPPENS AND A LOT MORE IF THE ONE DOING IT IS "JUST A BOY, JUST A CHILD." We have reached the end of civilization, of course, I don't think that we have ever really gotten too civilized or as civilized as we should be. You don't believe. Turn on your TV, go to CNN, FOX News or you name it ... everybody is at war and nothing seems to make sense to me. I don't get it, and I won't get it, period.
My advice PROTECT YOUR PETS WITH ALL YOU GOT. SOME PEOPLE HAVE BAD INTENTIONS, TAKE IT OUT ON ANIMALS BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT TO KILL A HUMAN BEING WILL ... MAYBE ... MAYBE ... PUT THEM BEHIND BARS. So a dog becomes any psycho's easy target.
By the way, we will be moving out of here sometime soon ... WE HOPE. Why? To protect our children because our own home has turned into our own prison. Neither is this healthy for our dogs, nor is this for us. However, in the mean time, WE ARE PROTECTING OUR DOGS FROM TRUE HATRED TOWARD THEM AND TOWARD US.