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Dogs are man’s best friend. Except when they’re not. As shocking as it may seem, it’s not that uncommon for a dog to shoot its owner. Why do they do it? Who knows what evil lies in the heart of our canine companions? Maybe it’s payback, pure and simple.,uk:

Sergey Terekhov, 53, had let his two dogs out of his Lada car to run before a hunting expedition in Russia’s Saratov region . . .

One of the friendly animals suddenly bounded up to him. But while doing so the canine clawed the trigger of his loaded TOZ-34 hunting rifle. The bullet hit Terekhov in the abdomen and the man collapsed on the frozen ground. An ambulance was called immediately but he died on the way to hospital.

Not so friendly now, eh Mr. Terekhov?

The dog – not named – was an Estonian Hound. The breed is known for a balanced, calm and active temperament – and high intelligence. It loves loves human attention and gets upset if left alone.

Read between the lines people. An unnamed dog craving human attention left alone for hours maybe days at a time. Weeks? Lots of time. Time to think . . .

It was originally bred in Soviet times when the Communist authorities in Moscow ordered that every republic in the USSR must have its own breed.

The plot thickens! Was the dog really a Communist mole in disguise?

Dog owners — hunters with dogs especially — think twice about how you react to a mess on the carpet or a four-legged friend pining for attention.

That is all. I’m not even going to tell you Jon Wayne Taylor’s theory . . .

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  1. The dog would later go missing, after reportedly seeking to collect payment from a shadowy figure known only as “Mr. Fluffy.”

    It’s always better with no witnesses….

  2. Best I can tell, the TOZ-34 is an O/U shotgun, not a rifle. Apparently Russia’s “journalists” are just as good as their American counterparts.

    In what inconceivable and insanely stupid way could you possibly be carrying an O/U shotgun (or a rifle for that matter), such that it shoots you in the gut when your dog hits the trigger?

    • I imagine that if a dog’s “clawing” can pull the trigger, it can also reposition the gun itself. Still should not have been loaded.

    • Per the NYTimes article (Thanks, BobS), “The gun was on his knee, butt down, with the barrel pointed at his stomach,” one investigator, Aleksandr Galanin, told a local news outlet, citing a relative who described the events…”

      So what we have here is actually a Darwin award nomination. It has nothing to do with dogs, guns or Russia. It has everything to do with stupid.

    • I suppose that all guns should now be tested for “dog safe” as well as drop safe. Paging Honor Guard to the white courtesy telephone.

    • As do Finns, Latvians, Lithuanians, Poles, Ukrainians, Cossacks, Georgians (both the American and Asian varieties), Armenians, Azerbaijanis, … Really, I think it’d just be easier to list the people who like Russians: the Clintons.

      • Clintons don’t like Russia, at least not as of 2015-2016. I’m not sure about Armenians hating Russians. I thought the Russians helped them against the Azerbaijanis and the Turks.

    • They certainly do. They tried to get rid of a Soviet WWII memorial and there was an uproar in both countries.

  3. The TOZ-34 is a double-barrel shotgun
    That Brit news outlet is the only one that called it a rifle, while including several photos of shotguns. It also cited his age differently than all the others.

    Another Brit news outlet got the firearm type right.

    The NYTimes reliably inserts their gun control editorial content, though with an amusing ironic twist at the end.

    TIME was rather brief.

    The guy violated Rule #2 “Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy” and, alas, suffered the consequences.

    • “[Discussion of Russian gun laws and gun control debate]. … General Zolotov did not mention the dangers of hunting dogs.”

  4. How exactly does the guy have to be holding that shotty to take a hit to the abdomen with a dog pulling the trigger?

    It seems almost impossible, unless vodka were involved…and even then.

    • My guess? Butt of the shotgun resting on or near the toe of his boot, muzzle at about belt height leaning against him while he reaches for some other piece of gear from the car. Complete speculation on my part, of course, but that would put the trigger in ‘dog pawing at the legs’ range and the muzzle at ‘shot in the abdomen’ position.

      Edit: I see that strych9 has a similar theory, immediately below.

  5. It almost sounds as though he had the rifle standing with the stock on the ground when this happened. Other than that I can’t think of how he got shot in the abdomen.

    Plotts, of which I have a few, are similar in their behavior. I’m always careful with long guns around them because those dogs have some darn large, well knuckled and dexterous toes that can easily get inside a trigger guard. My dogs don’t jump on me or other people but I’m always on guard for the possibility that they forget their training since they’re a someone excitable breed.

    • None of my business, but what do you use your Plott hounds for? We had a couple years ago for coon hunting. They were good dogs

      • I don’t hunt them. They’re basically security. They’re territorial but smart enough to ignore when my neighbors walk out to their car or something.

        Last time a few miscreants were in my driveway (looking at breaking into my wife’s truck) I checked the security cameras when the dogs went apeshit. Then I just opened a window and yelled “You can’t outrun these dogs and I’m opening the door in five seconds!”

        Plotts, as I’m sure you well know, are LOUD (Our GSD is pretty quiet, just waits to be let loose). Those kids probably thought I was about to release a dozen wolves or something. They skedaddled and our neighborhood hasn’t seen the likes of them since.

        Other than that, they’re just pets for the most part. They do a great job of security at campsites too though! Their methods are odd but it gets the job done.

        • Most people don’t think of hunting dogs ass guard dogs. I had a Walker that was a real terror, lol a friend and I were hunting, heard him treeing, ” well ole Sam’s got one treed, probably in that old barn” , we ran there and it was my friends dad in a pickup checking on us, the dog wouldn’t let him out of the truck. Chin says,” I’d shoot that damned dog” . My how times have changed, everybody knew everybody locally, knew their dogs, horses, and cattle

        • No, most people don’t think of them that way which has it’s pros and it’s cons.

          The plus side for Plotts is that there are no breed restrictions on them because no one knows what they are. They can however be downright vicious, especially in a group. Add in a few GSD’s or Pinschers or whatnot and you’ve got a little four-legged army.

          OTOH, due to the oddball way Plotts have been bread over the years there’s some pretty significant variation to the ears (and other parts of the dog like the tail). I have one that has much shorter ears that usual (non-standard according to the AKC, think un-altered, still floppy Pinscher ears) and which is a full caramel colored brindle. He’s been mistaken for a Pit mix and for a Rott mix by dumbass cops in places that have breed restrictions and I’ve been hassled over it considerably in the past. Another dog has a black saddle and standard, long floppy Plott ears (but a non-standard tail according to the AKC) so he doesn’t get that problem.

          Yeah, times have changed but the fear a group of angry dogs instills in would-be thieves hasn’t!

        • You know that breed restrictions are illegal in Texas by state statute?

          I’ve had several “dog” cases. Haven’t lost one yet. Always been the owner’s attorney.

  6. Hmm so that’s where my dog ran off to after muttering something about killing a commie for mommy.

  7. …I’m not concerned about my dogs shooting me, but this cat I’ve got, hmmmm , It was pawing at my bedside pistol just last evening. Evil little bastard

  8. Ban the assault dogs! These weapons of the Cold War have no business on our hunting leases.

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