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Muttley: Now a question of Life or Death

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Old October 19th 06, 09:27 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.behavior,alt.animals.dog,rec.pets.dogs.breeds,rec.pets.dogs.rescue,rec.pets.dogs.misc
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Hi, Jerry!

If I were in Paul's place, I'd try on Muttley the gentlest training
method I know: YOUR method. But I'm not Paul - apparently, he doesn't
want to try it, because of the way you come across in your posts here.
Which is a pity, but there's just as much as one can do, in order to
persuade a stranger to at least READ (what harm can be in that?!) those
75 pages that might save his dog.

Diddy's offer, at the time when it was made, reminded me of Tara O. and
her dog, Summer. Had Tara agreed to send Summer to you, the dog would
have lived, instead of being euthanized for no other reason than the
fact that Tara couldn't handle her anymore. When I read her story, I
wondered what would I have done, in Tara's place: supposing, for
instance, that I had a dog I couldn't manage and everybody would have
told me that I had no choice but to put it down; everybody, except
someone about whose training style I didn't have a good opinion at all
- someone like, say, Handsome Jack Morrison. Would I have let my dear
dog go to him, or would I rather have had put it down, in order to save
it from something that might have been worse than death? But... IS
there anything really "worse than death", I wonder? I think that, if
someone I had considered a nut and a sadist, would have offered to give
my dog a last chance to stay alive, I'd have taken it with both my
hands; I'd have at least gone over to meet him, see how he behaved
towards his own dogs in Real Life, let him try to apply his crazy
method to the dog I had so miserably failed - and if the dog was
responding well to the trainer and his training method, I'd be VERY
grateful to him and openly admit that I had been wrong all along: no
matter how abhorrent to me his training methods were, they were fine
with me, since they allowed my dog to live instead of having to be put

I don't know if this strange behaviorist whom Paul has hired to train
Muttley will be more successful than Diddy would have been, or than
Janet was; but it's at least another chance for Muttley to stay alive -
at least, for the time being.



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