You may or may not have seen it.
It’s a youtube video that’s gone viral and now has over a million views. It shows a deer savagely attacking a dog and then a cat. It’s somewhat graphic in nature, especially if you’re a pet lover. So, I advise you to be mindful of that fact before watching it.
If you haven’t yet seen it, watch it here:
Alright, this is where you have a decision to make.
A – You hate that deer and you feel bad for the dog and cat.
B – You think that deer was just protecting its fawn or that dog is useless or that dog had it coming or that dog should have been on a leash or something to that extent.
I’m not going to tell you which decision is correct because that’s really just a matter of personal opinion. Instead, I am going to tell you about one of the most amazing dogs in the world who was attacked by a deer in the above video.
The first thing the video doesn’t really show is that the dog, my dog, is really quite old and weathered. His name is Star and he’s a 14 year old border collie. He’s likely the most well behaved dog in the world and I’m not just saying this because he’s my dog. He’s as intelligent as border collies come and yet he doesn’t act like a typical border collie. His demeanor is that of a golden retriever, he’s just an absolute sweetheart.
When Star was 10 years old he was hit at full speed by a 1/2 ton pickup truck. The direct impact of the collision caused his left eye to pop clean out of its socket. His jaw was split in two, his hips were shattered and his leg was severely cut up.
My family faced a tough decision for an already old dog. Do we end his suffering, or do we attempt to save him? His cries and whimpers brought us all to tears as he lay before us in excruciating pain.
Star came into our family as a puppy. He was purchased a year after we moved from Fort St. John to Cranbrook. He was purchased to help me and my sister cope with the difficulties of moving to a new city and starting a new life.
He was extraordinarily cute as a puppy. We picked him out of the litter of pups because he was the only one who remained close to his mother while the others were off playing, full of piss and vinegar. Right away we could tell he was special.
My father used Star to quite an extent with his line of work as a ranger/manager for B.C. Parks. If you asked my dad about Star he’d tell you Star is absolutely the best dog he’s ever had… and he’s had quite a few, even a 160 pound Canadian champion great white Pyrenees.
In the end the decision was made to save Star. He was too precious to let go. my mother and father agreed to pay for his surgeries to keep him alive. Doctor Jamie Levine at the Cranbrook Veterinarian Clinic made sure we all realized how big a commitment this decision was. Star would face a long uphill battle with his numerous and serious injuries and even then, after thousands of dollars in surgeries and medicine bills and hundreds of hours of rehabilitation there was no guarantee he would make it.
We couldn’t let him just die though. We had to at least try.
Star was in and out of surgery for a week. We all held our breath.
Miraculously, he made a full recovery. He showed a resolve to survive unlike any Doctor Levine had ever seen. Sure, he was slower now and wouldn’t be jumping into the backs of any trucks anytime soon… but his spirit was high. There was no denying the shower of love we as a family constantly gave him helped as well.
My mom would tell me over the phone that she left Star three cookies each night as a treat. “Three cookies!?” I’d say. “He’s going to get fat mom!”
Now, let’s set up the deer incident.
Star doesn’t wear a leash. Why you ask? Well, because Star is, like I said, the most well behaved dog in the world. Ask anyone in our neighbourhood. He’s a doll. Children love him, they can hang themselves on him and poke him in his empty eye socket and Star will just wag his tail. He keeps to the sidewalks after his accident and understands when and when not to cross the road. My mother doesn’t even fence him in because when he wanders he isn’t a problem. Anyone he comes across showers him with love.
Now, I recognize there are leash laws and I also recognize that had he been on a leash this whole incident might not have happened… but Star is too good a dog to be on a leash and if you fail to see that then you fail to understand just how good a dog he is.
In the video Star doesn’t seem to notice the deer coming. That’s because Star doesn’t hear too well anymore. His eyesight is disappearing as well in his only remaining eye. His broken hips never fully recovered. Sometimes he can barely stand up which is why Star isn’t putting up much of a fight against the deer that weighs in three times as much as him.
Another thing the video doesn’t show is my mother. The endless comments as to why my mother did nothing as her beloved pet was being beaten nearly to death by the deer are really uncalled for. My mother is 56 years old. She is 5′3″ and is 110 pounds at most. She’s not a strong young man. She’s a small French woman who has to first and foremost consider her own safety. So, realize that she isn’t exactly the best candidate to fight off an already infuriated deer that weighs more than she does and who is very clearly violent. She’s absolutely distraught and in tears at her inability to do anything.
Now, let’s talk about the outcome. In a showing of absolute determination to live Star managed to find the strength in him to pick his beaten self up from under the stomping hooves of the fully grown deer and to get the hell out of there. My mom remarked to me that he ran, not walked, but ran away for two blocks before collapsing. Star hasn’t run for almost 4 years, not since his accident with the truck. Truly his desire to live was there and truly, like all living creatures when faced with death, the will to survive pushed him to do extraordinary things.
Star was immediately taken back to Doctor Jamie Levine after the attack who announced that Star was bruised and beaten but had no broken bones and seemed to be alright.
He’s back at home now and has recovered well from the encounter. He no longer wanders about as much as he used to when going for walks, which is a shame if you ask me… and my mother now carries a big stick with her just in case.
Star is a celebrity now in the eyes of the Cranbrook community. He’s also receiving generous offers and sympathy from around the world. All in all, like Star has shown us before, he’s as tough as they come and as sweet as can be.
Now, before he goes to bed at night, surely my mother leaves him 5 treats.
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