Shock after dog dies at parlour

2012-02-02 10:43

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.

Heart attack

“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.”

  • Grimmister - 2012-02-02 10:51

    I had a marmoset who passed away...wasn't newsworthy.

      jcadman3 - 2012-02-02 10:58

      Probably cos it did not die at a doggy parlour ....

      Theo Gericke - 2012-02-02 10:59

      Would have been if he was the driver

      MissGremlinSays - 2012-02-02 11:29

      I am grateful that it is such a slow news day, that this story HAS made the news. The last few weeks have been filled with killers and paedophiles. Sorry to hear about your marmoset, I have some hamsters I can share?

      mike.rockey - 2012-02-02 12:09

      Condolences Grimmy. Time heals all wounds.

  • Christo - 2012-02-02 10:54

    I have 6 of them.Heart failure is well known to pikenese

  • zane.zeiler - 2012-02-02 10:57

    Don't know why this is news, leading cause of death for most pekingese is heart failure, if you just look at them funny they keel over and die...

      SeeVeeDeeEl - 2012-02-02 11:37

      So this is why I never manage to raise a Pikenese. It's because I look at them funny.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-02 10:59

    For any animal lover this is sad. When a pet is part of your family it is indeed a loss! I wish them well and hope they are able to find comfort.

      Sechaba - 2012-02-02 11:22

      true that, but animals always die and they never make it to the news, except dailysun

      Shirley - 2012-02-02 11:50

      This dog died in a doggy parlour so it is of public interest to other dog owners who take their dogs to parlours. As Christo responded,these dogs are prone to heart attacks so maybe owners of Pekenise will think twicw before sending them for grooming as this may stress them. Might not be news to you but helpful to others!

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  • Jaco - 2012-02-02 11:04

    Ok, so the dog had a heart attack. Why is this in the news. Must be a sloooow day.

      Peter - 2012-02-02 20:58

      Guess its more interesting to you that Malema did not pay his R12 ANC membership. Eish but that was exciting news!

  • dcostine - 2012-02-02 11:07

    My goldfish went to the parlor the other day, I wanted them to give it the full treatment. They called and said that it had died. Can I make the news tomorrow?

      Sechaba - 2012-02-02 11:23

      call volksblad

      Zelda - 2012-02-02 14:04

      Maybe your goldfish drowned???

      Nicholas - 2012-02-02 18:34

      He went in for a wash and shave?

  • Sechaba - 2012-02-02 11:20

    is this newsworthy??? or is it because it died of heart attack????

      Gina - 2012-02-02 11:31

      No Sechaba, it's newsworthy because a healthy dog died suddenly at a dog parlour after going in for a routine grooming visit. It's not a routine thing for animals to die at grooming parlours, believe me. For those of us who have animals and look after properly, this incident can serve as a warning or alert to be careful when taking animals in for grooming. If you weren't interested in the story, why did you read it?

      Megan - 2012-02-02 14:11

      The poor dogs death had nothing to do with the grooming parlour, so why, potentially, damage their reputation? If it is true that this particular breed of dog are known to suffer fatal heart attacks then (to me) that indicates that the owners did not do the proper research before chosing that breed. I feel very sorry for them because I know that all of the pets that I have had have always been treated as part of the family and the pain and loss experienced when they pass on is very real. However, I honestly don't believe that this is a newsworthy story, it would be a completely different story if the dog died because of gross negligence on the parlours side - THAT is something that the public who love and care for their animals so dearly should know about.

  • resend - 2012-02-02 11:27

    Its a pity that our country do not have people who listen and respect each other,we are so much full of hatred within each other .if one happen to do a thing ,it is not easy to accept things that comes on others ,we are so much full of self-pride enrichment and that has to come to an end if we treasure our up-growing kids ,this attitude is very unbearable ,i respect all the people and to say this i know our IQ is different and even reasoning capacity seem to differ ,let alone one enjoy the privilege rose on them.the dog died on the parlour,for a business strategy one has to declare and let alone who brings their dogs knows that there is a rife attacks on specific bred of dogs ,not popularity like one seem to see it. thank you for understanding the purpose of media and communication as well. love u all

  • inwardk - 2012-02-02 12:18

    One tends to underestimate how stressful visits to the parlour are for animals. Rather wash & shave at home. Shaving a dog is quite easy using an industrial shaver - not even necessary to buy an animal shaver, a human model works quite well.

      Lesley - 2012-02-02 12:25

      I agee with you. My yorkie usually gets a sedative by the vet before they wash and shave him.

      marcile.dewaal - 2012-02-02 15:19

      I would love to be able to wash my dog at home, but going through that exercise with a German Sheppard that does not like water on your own is virtually impossible. So yea, if I want him washed and groomed, that is unfortunately the option. But luckily I know the people I take him too, takes very good care of him!

      Peter - 2012-02-02 21:01

      Or own a breed that does not need to go to the parlour. I feel sorry for dogs that are treated like dolls, like little human toys for their amusement only.

  • louisa.vandermerwe - 2012-02-02 12:29

    shocked realy, thats why i take my baby tiger to the salon and i stand by him while they are busy with him, i dont let him out of my sight , his my life , so ruthless i would say

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-02-02 13:56

    I smell a rat. It was still the owner's choice if they wanted the dog back. The vet could have stitched him up. How SURE are they that the dog is dead. According to this article they never saw the dog again. Why not? Might it be that the parlour and the vet are in cahoots? What REALLY happened to the dog and did it REALLY die?

      Megan - 2012-02-02 14:14

      I LOVE conspiracy theorists!

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-02-02 14:33

      you have failed your name...

  • Herman - 2012-02-02 14:25

    But this dog is so ugly. This is no news

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-02-02 14:32

    i cant believe i read this and even more the life sucks!

      Megan - 2012-02-02 15:42

      LOL! Don't worry, we'll put it down to boredom leading to a search for intelligence. You can't always take the blame if you fail to find any and you certainly weren't the only one.

  • erich.schuette - 2012-02-02 15:49

    Sad... But anything that weighs less than 40kgs in not a dog!

      Megan - 2012-02-02 16:03

      Too True

      Peter - 2012-02-02 21:04

      Tell that to a Jack Russell, it'll remove your throat. You're obviously one of the many guys who consider their dogs a penis extension. Probably own a pitbull - tough dude hey!?

  • Jeanne - 2012-02-02 18:27

    Yawn, get a new dog and pet insurance.

  • Michael Woody Wood - 2012-02-02 21:22

    Haha.i am a doglover,but seriously new24.time to find a worthy news site.

  • Julie - 2012-02-03 02:48

    It may seem silly for some people to make a fuss or mourn the death of a beloved pet, but I know how those people are feeling, as I have had to have pets put down when they became old and full of pain. I have often said the more I come into contact with some elements of humanity, the more I love my dogs...

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