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Allowing Dogs to Dig Holes Puts Dogs and People at Risk!!
We don't know what's going on, but we have found so many deep holes that dogs have dug in the park, more than we can remember finding in years past. We are amazed to see people watching a dog dig and doing nothing to stop it. People have actually told us that they don't allow their dogs to dig holes in their own yard, so they bring them to the park to do their digging. STOP IT!!
This is not rocket science: When our dogs are running and playing, they could sustain serious injuries by stepping into a hole. We humans should be smart enough to watch where we're walking, but now that the leaves are falling, holes may be covered up, so human visitors could also be at risk of injury.
Here is an incident that just happened two weeks ago in our park. The dog in the photo is CHANTILLY, a French Mastiff (a.k.a. Dogue de Bordeaux) who has been a regular in the park for a couple of years. She is super sweet, gets along great with any dog she meets, and is a joy to watch and to pet.
Recently, CHANTILLY was playing in the park and apparently stepped in a hole. After a visit to the vet, it turned out that she had completely torn her ACL in her left, rear leg. She has undergone major surgery, which included the insertion of bolts and screws into her leg. There will be months of recovery, during which this large, playful dog must be kept still and quiet. Her full recovery will take longer, and she will not be allowed to return to an off-leash park until next Spring!
Meanwhile, she will return to the vet in two weeks to get her stitches removed. Then there will be another visit after four weeks to get more x-rays and see how the repair is progressing. Oh, and she'll also need physical therapy in order to get that leg back into good condition. And that's just if all goes well; if there are complications, this injury could result in even more trauma and expense.
Now imagine if this happened to your dog. Can you imagine the expense of all these visits to the vet's office, plus surgery, x-rays, medications, and physical therapy appointments? I don't have the nerve to ask CHANTILLY's folks, but I am certain they are spending thousands of dollars (not to mention the emotional stress) for all this treatment. Luckily, CHANTILLY's dad can arrange to work from home for a while in order to keep a close eye on her. Would you be so lucky?
I know that an expense like this could be horrific for most of us, but what would be your alternative? Put your beloved dog down because you can't afford the treatments? I suppose you could opt to amputate the damaged leg, but that's a lousy option and would still cost a small fortune.
PLEASE STOP DOGS FROM DIGGING HOLES IN THE PARK!!!
Whether it's your dog or not, step up and do or say something! We volunteers have filled in holes repeatedly over the past couple of weeks, but I see that when one hole is filled, a new one appears. Most of the holes we find are located in the vicinity of the seating areas, which means (A) there were people nearby who must have been able to see the dogs digging but did nothing, and (B) the risk to dogs and humans is greater because the holes are in areas where there is a lot of activity.