Over the past two years, the kind of serious crime that is usually reserved for humans has extended into the world of canines. In February of 2013, Cruz, a dog in contention at the 18th Annual Rocky Mountain Cluster Dog Show in Denver was murdered with poison. This had happened before, but very rarely, with the last incident in Denver’s dog world taking place in the 1880s. Now, on March 9, it has happened again, this time at the famed Cruft’s Dog Show in England, the UK equivalent of the US Westminster event, when a 3 year old Irish Setter called Jagger was poisoned with slug bait.
With all the recent assassinations around the world, these are certainly dog days for humans–and for dogs, too. It seems especially cruel to harm these helpless, trusting animals. It’s horrible enough that humans throw each others lives away like we do, but to prey on helpless animals is just as base. There is a murderous atmosphere in our world right now, and it seems to be extending into a particularly ugly form of animal cruelty.
How could someone do this to man’s best friend? So far, no answers. Another problem, of course, is that we can’t possibly investigate these murders with nearly the energy we devote to the killing of people. But I do know that there is a lot of energy being put into the investigation of the murder of Jagger. Let’s hope the culprit gets caught!
In thinking about dogs, I’m reminded of a Native American legend recounted by Black Elk: When God decided to separate man from the animals, he created a huge chasm between us and the beasts. As it was widening, dog realized that man would need a companion to help him hunt and protect him. Dog jumped over to be with man.
How can we be so cruel to our friend?