Shock after dog dies at parlour
Jana van der Merwe, Volksblad
Bloemfontein - A Free State family has been left deeply shocked by the sudden death of their young Pekinese during a visit to the local dog parlour.
The Richardson family is struggling to accept that 2-year-old Tekkies, who was only due for a wash and shave, apparently died soon after arriving at the Brakenjan dog parlour in Oranjesig.
Violet Richardson said her daughter Samantha, 14, an only child, is struggling to cope with the death of her dog.
She said a Brakenjan employee picked up the dog from their home in Wilgehof on Monday morning and took Tekkies to the salon.
“Not long after fetching the dog, a woman called and said: ‘Madam, I am sorry to inform you that your dog has died.’ I just said it couldn’t be true! Our dog was the picture of health!’
They never saw the dog again.
“That is what hurts so much. I don’t know what the truth is. I look at her empty bed. We moved some of her stuff but it’s not the same anymore - you were used to her routine. People say it’s silly, it’s just a dog, but to us she was like a child in the home.”
She claims they did not give the necessary permission for the post-mortem.
“I only said that they could take Tekkies to our vet.”
Marla Wilken from Brakenjan, who covered the costs of the dead dog, said it was also a huge shock to her. “The dog was on the table and just spontaneously started urinating and then she died. We had not even started shaving the dog.”
A vet who preferred to remain anonymous confirmed the dog had died due to a heart attack. He said there was no other trauma to the dog.
“We look for bleeding under the skin, in the eyes etc. We did a complete post-mortem.”
He said he explained to Richardson that it would be better if they disposed of the dog’s remains as her organs had been removed as part of the procedure. “It was not a case of stitching up and closing up. You realise that they would like to bury the dog themselves but under these circumstances we suggest that we rather do this.”