Malanda resident Che-che Zimmerman with puppy Bumbles. PHOTO: Supplied.
Malanda resident Che-che Zimmerman with puppy Bumbles. PHOTO: Supplied.

Dog’s sudden death devastates family

KEEP an eye on your pets when you are in an unfamiliar place because you could lose them.

That is the advice of Malanda resident Che-che Zimmerman and her husband Patrick after they lost beloved puppy Bumbles recently.

She said they went camping at a private property near Chillagoe but on their way home they got a flat tyre - that was all it took to lose Bumbles, who is believed to have consumed bait meant for wild dogs.

"While my husband was changing the tyre, our puppy Bumbles went outside the car," Mrs Zimmerman said.

"We noticed Bumbles found something on the road and she started licking and eating it.

"We thought nothing of it because she's usually seen chewing something.

"Three hours later, she passed away. She showed no symptoms until everything happened all at once.

"She vomited inside our car and as soon as I opened the car door, she started running to the front door of the house looking scared and crying loudly."

 

Malanda resident Che-che and Patrick Zimmerman have lost their beloved puppy Bumbles after she licked bait on a camping trip near Chillagoe. PHOTO: Supplied.
Malanda resident Che-che and Patrick Zimmerman have lost their beloved puppy Bumbles after she licked bait on a camping trip near Chillagoe. PHOTO: Supplied.

 

Mrs Zimmerman said they knew instantly that something was wrong but they got to the vet too late; not long after that, Bumbles was dead.

She said Bumbles was the last gift that they received from her brother-in-law before his death.

"She was really precious to us. My brother-in-law gave her to my brother," she said.

"It was the last gift he gave us before he passed away so we can't believe that we lost her," Mrs Zimmerman said.

"She went everywhere with us."

"We want to warn families out there who take their dogs camping to please keep a firm eye on them wherever they go and ask around to check if 1080 bait has been used in the area," she said.

"Please be wary. I don't want any more animals suffering like our Bumbles did," she said.

"I don't want any families to go through this heartbreak."

Dog baits are used as a method to reduce the population of wild dogs.

Wild dogs cause stock losses and prey on native wildlife.

Property owners and councils use dog baits as a control method.

Other methods can include shooting, trapping, fencing, baiting and livestock guardian dogs combined with land management.

BAIT SYMPTOMS

Symptoms can include any combination of the following:

Loss of appetite (A change in a dog's eating habits is usually the first signal for many illnesses), drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea, rash or irritation at the contact site, lethargy, loss of co-ordination, and tremors or seizures.



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