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Posted on 10/12/2011 1:17:53 PM PDT by Gennie
Investigators are awaiting autopsy results to determine what caused the death of Hex the champion German Shepherd.
Meanwhile, his family is continuing to raise money in hopes of finding his killer or killers.
Al and Marcia Govednik found the body of their prized German Shepherd the morning of Saturday, October 8, 2011, nearly two weeks after they believe Hex was stolen from their front yard.
"They just beat him and his collar was missing and they dropped him right there," said Marcia Govednik as she pointed to the ditch.
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People beat and kill their own flesh and blood. It does not surprise me that they do this to animals too. Just a horrible turn of events.
It’s horrible and disgusting no matter what breed of dog it was, whether it was a cat, a horse, a hamster. I doubt this was done by a competitor, because dog-show people are crazy but not that crazy. Might have been some kind of warning about drugs, money owed, a romantic or sexual relationship, vengeance of some kind, but probably not about the show ring.
Times like this, I’m glad I believe in hell.
How do you steal a dog out of a fenced front yard, was he on a chain.
The owner feels that someone killed the dog because they had a problem with the owner.
Creeps like that are not that hard to catch, when people decide they want to catch them. They usually can’t keep their mouths shut, and this is the kind of case animal lovers tend to dwell on.
Awhile ago a pit bull killed my cat. The PETA lady a couple of blocks away is still furious over it. She actually told me she was going to get a gun permit! in case she sees that dog and “feels threatened” by it again.
Yep, that was my first thought when I read this....
There are sick people out there.
Nancy Kerrigan attacked by Tonya Harding
Was this prize-winning, champion Shepherd insured?
If so, for how much and to which beneficiaries?
It is horrifying.
the butler did it.
I love German Shepherds.
I would start looking for the local wife or kid abusers.
Or some druggie that got caught by a dog.
I am saving to buy a German Shepherd form LEO Dog DNA.
I want one soooooooooooooooo bad. I have never got over losing my beloved Heidi.
For six years my dog never left my sight. She probably thought I was a little nuts.
Then she got cancer and died.
I read stories like this and really feel I’ve lived long enough myself.
While most German Shepherds are naturally aloof, there are more than a few that are fairly friendly, including my own. I imagine a tracking dog would need to be this way, unless he’s supposed to eat those he’s meant to track lol.
I thought someday I’d get over the early death my my beloved.
Now I don’t think so. Good luck getting a new friend.
Just because someone breeds or shows an animal, doesn’t make them any less psychotic, just like there are fanatics in any type of hobby or business. I’ve met or know about a few individuals that I certainly wouldn’t put it past...
I have a 3 year old German Shepherd dog. He is as German as German can get... both parents are champions in Germany. He is self assured, powerful and protective of those he loves and he considers our property his responsibility.
His only goal in life is to please me... 24/7. I got him when he was 9 weeks old and he has been with me every day... every day.
However, he loves people and is friendly to strangers and I suspect that a stranger could convince him to willingly go with them, especially with an offer to play ball, unless the stranger showed aggression. Fortunately, he has never outside of my control or sight.
I wish you good luck on getting your GSD.
I raised Dobermanns for 30 years.
My present dog is a 3 year old GSD that we bought when he was 9 weeks old.... This is my first GSD. I will never have another breed. Other than the shedding, he is a perfect dog.
Hard to imagine a stranger getting into a close combat situation with this animal without a major ruckus. ???? If the dog was trained in food refusal he would not go quietly ????
Did a little google search, this guy is apparently well known in tracking circles. This is a horrible story. I have no idea why anyone would do such a thing. Sure sounds like someone is very angry. Sure hope they catch them, but I don’t know that they will.
OH yes, Very intelligent AND Loyal.
I HEART GSD.
That's the part I find hard to imagine - mine barks at strangers if they come close unless it is someone he knows well. But he isn't a show/performance dog so doesn't know as many people as a show dog would.
I notice whenever you see K9 dogs and their handlers (real life cops) those dogs are not quiet. Unless the dog did bark before getting in the van and the owner inside didn't hear it. The value of using real fences.
Most training uses treats (can be as simple as kibble) as rewards so these guys do not refuse food.
Now I am missing my shepherd again. After 12 years, we lost her 2 years ago. Now we have a miniature version of her in our Corgi.
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“All of the German Shepard’s(sic) that I have ever known do not take kindly to strangers.”
You don’t know my stupid German Shepherd.
I know the pain you suffered. Until March I had a wonderful friend who was half Chocolate Lab and half Weimaraner. In the last six moths of his life he wasted away to a walking skeleton, to the point where he looked a lot like pictures of recently released concentration camp inmates you see in books about the Holocaust. I spent about $3,000 on inconclusive tests to see what was wrong while he continuously wasted away until there was only one decision I could make. The autopsy established it was severely advanced cancer and I was absolutely right to do what I had done.
I’ve added a wondeful Great Dane puppy who’s now eight months old. There’s still a hole in my heart for my lost friend and I’m beginning to choke up as I write this. You have my total condolences and absolute sympathy.
I have 2 German shepherds, they are siblings from the same litter. I got them when they were 8 weeks old and we are one happy family. They are going to be 4 yrs old in November. They are friendly to strangers to a point, don’t really know how they would react to a stranger if I weren’t around. There is one problem with them, they are so bonded to me they won’t do anything unless I am with them. They will go out in the yard as long as they can see me but if I walk out of sight they are at the door looking for me.
Junior weighs 105 and his sister Libby weighs 70 but she rules the roost. They are my pride and joy.
Back in the 80’s when I lived in FL, my G-ma gave us her German Shepherd because she couldn’t handle him. We later gave him to a cop my dad knew in Dade City.
Poor Shane was killed execution style. I don’t remember if the scum bags were caught.
That was probably my first knowledge that people could hurt innocent animals to get revenge.
How horrific. What a shame. God bless him and his owners.
Very much a Schutzhund dog, European type (likely mostly Czech):
Some dog show people are that crazy. There was an email that went around a few years ago about an entire breeding program basically being wiped out by a competitor that poisoned the breeding dogs, but not the older ones. This was in French Bulldogs; the person travelled to shows with her entire “flock”, left them all alone at her set-up, crated, and someone came by and fed them some kind of poison. Sickening that someone would do it. I *never* left my GSP I was competing with unattended, even before hearing this story.
That poor dog. His owners are devastated. I agree with the idea that this was done by someone with a bone to pick with the owner. That dog is irreplaceable.
Sadly, even if caught, the law probably will allow the perp to walk free because “it’s just a dog”.
The dog people are crazy, but in a different way. These are European Schutzhund types, not AKC conformation people.
“they are so bonded to me they wont do anything unless I am with them.”
LOL... mine is the same way. He will sometimes go out a rest in the courtyard, but he continually comes back in to check on me.... that can be as many as a dozen times in an hour.
He never misses a day to make me smile.
Indeed they are. Even though at this point and time I have a Shepard mix....lol with Shar Pei and Chow and ????. He's still a Shepard....not to mention a knuckle head. Has the greatest personality of any dog I've ever owned.
I do have a fondness for Siamese kitties too, wonderful pets!