It’s 19th June 2014. Joe died 6 months ago on 23rd December 2013.
Joe was a 6 year old beautiful boy taken from us after only 10 months by a cruel twist .. an accident .. lack of information .. so I started a mini campaign. And I’ve just read about another poor soul, a friend of a friend, having to wait to see if his dog will survive a stick injury. Heartbreaking.
Ok so writing about it channelled my grief but the whole thing goes beyond that.
What was to be thought a rare freaky accident turned out to be all too familiar to vets and families worldwide. What was thought to be a personal kick in the nuts turns out to be a case of ignorance is most definitely not bliss.
I received hundreds of comments on my first post after Joe died. I received hundreds of facebook and twitter comments too. The current WP views are at over 139000 which is great, and yet not enough. Dogs are still being treated for nasty stick injuries, vets see a few each month. I can’t preach and stay stop it, but I can let anyone and everyone who cares know what a potential danger stick throwing is: better than being totally ingnorate of the risks.
What happened to Joe, and happens to dogs all over the world at a frighteningly all to often occasion was borne of ignorance, stupidity, even years of “that’s what we do with dogs”. We simply never thought about the consequences it could bring.
Historically, when man decided to have dogs as pets and not merely working companions (not all that long ago in the UK) chasing a stick was a favourite game. We’ve all seen the old adverts in faded yellows and reds with a boy, stick in hand and his faithful dog pantng happily as he waits for the ‘toy’ to be thrown. Why should we think it’s dangerous? We see things like celebs on the One Show with their dog, happily throwing it a stick, or in videos…. Dogs and stick throwing seems synonimous
These are but a few stories of reasons why we should try and change this……………..
http://www.croftreferrals.co.uk/news read Flick’s story
The list goes on.
Please think twice before you throw a stick for your dog to chase.
9th June 2014, my son’s birthday, our trip to London to be ready for his flight to East Asia (again) on 10th.
9th June 2014, the realisation that no matter how many years we live apart he’s still one of my best friends and we’re as daft as each other.
9th June 2014 and hours upon hours of tube stations, walking, photos and eventually and finally getting absolutely drenched in the early/mid evening downpour.
9th June 2014 set off at 10 am for London. The trip was set so we were there in situ for him to catch his 10am flight after his brief visit from there to here (here being UK). We had to get his visa and passport first so Kings Cross to Oxford Circus, then locate the hotel then time was our own. … It went something like this…
Train, walk, tube, walk, rest, passport, walk, tube, discuss where the hell we need to go, choose the tube line, go the wrong way, go back again, get the tube to Finsbury, find out we could’ve gone the other way anyway, head to Brixton, get confused, look for Hounslow (location of hotel), confused whether east / central/ west, guess central, alight, walk YAY hotel…. So far it’s taken just under 5 hours to get his passport and locate our sleeping quarters.
Hotel was nice, small, but quiet and clean. We didn’t need frills as we only had a night to sleep there. Andrew suggested we go out sight-seeing. I wanted to sleep. Andrew wanted to sleep. Both decided sleep could come later (if only).
Around 3.30pm we left the hotel and decided to go into London, no idea where to, just see where we landed. First locate the tube station. Clever clogs mum.. it’s this way…we walk, no, not this way. We keep walking, Andrew wants a McFlurry, orders a choc brownie one, gets some other sort, complains to me but eats it anyway, we walk more, Andrew decides we’re going the wrong way, uses sat nav on phone, we are going the wrong way so back we go, locate tube, decide Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the river… off we go. Tube is now massively crowded so 40 minutes standing. We alight with a struggle (no one will let you off if you’re not glued to the door already).
Once back in daylight Andrew goes one way I go the other, we’re confused again, then I spot flags and we head for them, almost die in a massive bicycle onslaught, take photos, more bikes, head for the park area find a seat and fall onto it, legs ache, blues and twos start tearing past us so nosey us went to see, they’d gone by the time we got there as we were delayed by astoundingly ‘tame’ squirrels and photo opportunities. Get to Buckingham Palace and photos from all angles, then towards St James’s. Through a park, photos, birds, talking, walking, rain – just a bit – it’s getting very cloudy, we’ll be ok, neither of us has a coat although he has a hoody, but we’ll be fine. Walk some more, talk some more, take pictures some more, more rain, still warm but wet now. We walk towards Big Ben, a few photos along the way, astounded by trees keeping everything so dry so tree hop to Big Ben. Rain eases. Many photos, buildings, clocks, statues, Andrew, river, Millenium Wheel, flags… Over to Westminster, raining a lot now, I’m soaked but we don’t care, a few more pictures then head back.
Tube easy to find, which way, we don’t know, guess, right guess, sit this time as tube almost empty, 40 minutes, Hounslow east, next one ours, tube slows, we’re talking, never felt the stop, tube speeds, that was our station, missed it, crap, off at Hounslow west – a long way off, deserted station, wait, hope, tube arrives, is, 8.45pm by now, back to Hounslow central, which way, this way, no not that far, rain is pouring, ah, hotel, we haven’t eaten all day so agree to go to the indian place across the way, but I have to get dry.
Finally we settle to eat and enjoy each others company, a quiet end to a great albeit trying and tiring day. We didn’t worry, we’d find our way eventually to anywhere.
Now to try and sleep before the 0630 start, trip to airport and he leaves me again for another year.
This page is set up as a memorial and as a legacy for Joe- Boy, a lovely collie dog rescued by us and loved by us until a freak accident took him away. We intend to stop as many people as we can, and as many dogs as we can, from suffereing as we have.
Joe LOVED sticks! Joe would dance in front of one he had rooted out from somewhere. His eyes were bright, his paws would pad the floor and he couldn’t wait to chase the wood. Mostly I’d kick it along the floor but at times people would throw it and he’d gleefully chase, find and return until he could barely breathe, he’d ran around so much. Then home for a long sleep.
From the first day we met him at FAITH Animal Rescue, in Norfolk, he chased sticks. We walked along a country lane to see if we ‘liked’ him. He didn’t care – where’s the stick? He won our hearts and we found a stick, threw it and won his.
Joe was already around 6 years old, a beautiful face with pale brown eyes and an adorable grin. He’d obviously been used to sticks. Perhaps a million times he’d chased after an innocent looking peice of wood.
22nd of December 2013 that changed!
Joe was out with his adopted sister Annie and a family member. The stick was thrown, once, twice, twenty times…. then disaster fell like a sword, cutting short the fun, and very soon his life.
Joe caught the stick as it fell, it went down his throat, ripped his windpipe….Joe collapsed. He managed to get up and the family member got him home.
A trip to the vets, 3 times in 36 hours, £700 later we were still unable to save him. It was too much, the pain too bad. He lost his strength, lost his will and one and a half days after he caught his last ever stick, he left us.
Now, if EVERYONE who can to post this line on their timeline on social media or via blogs does so, whether you have dogs or not, you will HELP me, in Joe’s name to save another dog, and another family from going through the pain.
Use a proper toy with your dog and keep your best friend with you for longer… and please don’t think “It’ll never happen….” it does…., it has …… but we can stop it from happening again. PLEASE pass this message across the world. I’ve had almost 500 shares on FAITH Animal Rescue facebook page alone – that’s potentially 500 dogs and families saved from the agony or this situation. Every share of the message may prevent just one more…………………….t