Rex evaluated for euthanasia?

Rex, from the HSBV

Rex, from the HSBV

Here’s a disturbing news item:  In the comments on the article “Boulder man gives up custody of dog taped to fridge”, there’s a post from “MountainHaven” saying the following:

Posted by MountainHaven on April 17, 2009 at 1:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Okay, now I am PISSED off! BHS never called me back about fostering him and when I called back, I talked to one of the rudest people I have encountered in a long time. I asked whether there was a foster/behavior home set up for him yet and, if not, I was willing to volunteer to foster him, to get him more acclimated to being a “Shiba” and not a punching bag. We have over 5 acres with half of it fenced with other Shibas. Basically this Bleatch told me to mind my own business, that they knew more than I did and he was being evaluated to see if he needed to be put down! OMFG! It escalated to let me talk to your supervisor and the little twit hung up on me. I have a call into not only the ops manager there to register a complaint but also to the training and behavior center.

This dog does not need to be put down. He needs some attention that is not harsh or hurtful. He needs to be a dog again! I also have a call into the only reputable breeder in CO for Shibas to see if she sold Rex. If so, she needs to be involved as a pet contract through her clearly states that she can take possession back of the dog if abuse is evident or proven.

This is just common sense. I don’t feel I’m a dog’s guardian. I’m the owner but I respect that dogs need to be dogs and there’s consequences if they “make” in the house (just like if my husband misses the toilet!). Firm training, positive reinforcement, good food, other dogs with the same mentality as Rex and, most of all, continued knowledge that a human is not going to duct tape you to a fridge!


I certainly hope this report isn’t indicative of the true nature of things.

Facebook Group “Justice for Rex” passes 200

We have 218 people on the Facebook group “Justice for Rex“!  To date, there are 13 photos of Shibas who want justice for Rex and we’re hoping for more 🙂  This group is exciting, because there have been some donations made to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Rex’s name which were attributable to the group’s publicity.  🙂  However, there are many Shiba and general interest bloggers who have also done a lot to publicize Rex’s plight and get people interested in helping him and other abused and needy dogs.

I’m thinking of making a video (using a stuffed toy, not Tierce, ha ha) to illustrate to people what this kind of thing would actually do to a dog.  I’ll have to find a suitable Shiba-like toy that I can use and find the battery charger for the camera.