Monday, November 12

Mindless violence

Picture from The Guardian
Whilst we were solemnly observing two minutes silence on the train at Gatwick, pausing to think of all the fallen who have given so much so we may be free to choose our futures, a mini massacre was taking place in our garden.  A pair of Rhodesian Ridgebacks, escaped from their garden and roaming unchecked for the fourth time this week, launched such a ferocious attack on the hutch that it is broken beyond reasonable repair and the rabbits were left sadly defenceless. Thankfully the children were not present to see the ten minutes of carnage that left their beloved rabbits strewn in pieces across the lawn but their devastation has been heart rending to say the least. The dogs' owner has been, wringing his hands and wondering what he can do to make things better. As Lapin says nothing will make it better as Stanley cannot be replaced. As you can see, he was not your ordinary rabbit.

In the grand scheme of war and the many hundreds of thousands of lives lost, two rabbits is not the end of the world. However, we have lost two great friends and the gap in our lives is palpable.


alice c said...

I am so sorry. What a truly horrible thing to happen.

I hope that you will consider reporting it to the police because these dogs are clearly dangerous and even if the police cannot take action in this case it will put the owners on notice. They must understand the risk that the dogs pose and take immediate steps to ensure that they are controlled at all times.

Amaranthine said...

Thanks Alice. Our lovely neighbours were so incensed on ourbehalf that they reported it but sadly there seems little interest so far. However, I am persistent and I am pretty cross so there will be more phone calls tomorrow.

fiona said...

Oh what an awful thing to happen. I'm so sorry to hear about that. I am glad at least that your neighbours reported it.