Thanks for posting this interesting article, Joan.There are humane societies that give bones for entertainment. I know that Metro dogs have a Kong and toys in their runs. A resource guarding dog can always find a resource to guard - a Kong, a toy, food or a stick outside. "High value" is in the eye of the beholder. Withholding bones makes absolutely no sense, especially with dogs like Brinid who has never displayed aggression against a human. There is also the added valuable information shelter staff can get before a dog is adopted out. Nobody wants to see staff placed into unnecessary danger, but wouldn't they want to know if a dog would resource guard a bone before he or she joins a family with children or another dog?
I posted it because I thought it was hilarious - "if I was interested in the story, I was given instructions to phone another of Francesca's acolytes, who would then supploy me with the complete list of conditions. Dutifully, I played along"....and"I was supplied with a large amount of reading material on the case, along with a demand that Francesca be allowed to view - and make corrections to - my finished story before it ran. Obviously, I refused, and I haven't heard from eith acolyte since".That is so typical of the Brindi's angels and all the crew - and the article said it in such a deapan way with such aplomb, I laughed out loud, or some would say - LOL - the article was absolutely not ab out the dog Brindi, but about the circus of the Rogier world - trying to control the media and everything they can possibly get their hands on - can you imagine them demanding that they want to "correct" what a writer from Frank magazine is going to write. As if. I just thought the whole thing from beginning to end was a big inside joke for anyone who knows anything about the case.
I agree, Joan. I enjoyed the article for the same reasons you did and that attitude of Francesca's posse is exactly part of the problem, isn't it. I still get accusatory e-mails from time to time, in all fairness not from Francesca, but people who follow the case from afar, which just confirms how good it was to step away when I did.Nevertheless, Brindi should get a bone once a week Francesca brings her. If that is indeed what happens, and who knows. If there wasn't the poor dog kept as pawn, I would sit back with my bag of popcorn and enjoy the Hollywood Drama. But there is the dog, sadly, still stuck in the middle of a battle the courts seem in no rush to rule over.
Personally I can understand why the shelter has a policy like that - especially if it's with a dog who has a propensity for aggression. I have had dogs who had food aggression - and give them a raw meaty bone, and you'll get the best side of their food aggression, and it's not pretty. So what are the shelter workers supposed to do with the dog once they've given the dog the bone in their cage? Just leave him in there until the bone is gone? They can't go in the cage until the bone is gone because the dog is too aggressive to approach with him and the bone in the cage at the same time - so do you approach the dog with the catch pole? So what would Ms. Rogier do when she caught wind that Brindi was being handled with a catch pole again - because Brindi couldn't be handled any other way because she'd become aggressive over the bones she'd so lovingly been given by her owner?Who's fault is that? Is it the shelter's for giving her the bones? Or is it Ms. Rogier's for bringing the bones in the first place? Or is it Ms. Rogier's for allowing Brindi to run out the door last July without her muzzle on? Who's to know....
I have to agree, the article was definately amusing. You have to wonder, Ms. Rogier herself said that in January Brindi had seemed to be obsessed with the "high value" processed treats that she had been give to give to Brindi, that she was jumping up and demanding the treats. If that is Brindi's reaction to processed treats, can you image what it could be like for an item such as bones?The other thing to realise is that when you do give dogs these treats they should be watched to ensure that they don't choke. A choking dog can still act out if they have a food agression, even if the staff are just trying to help.
That's a point I can agree with. Bones are not without danger and there is a potential for physical injury to the dog - rare but possible. Especially a dog who is kept by the shelter, but not owned, this could create problems.