I have followed the story of labradoodles Bella, Big Boy and Rellie since they escaped their yard in Richland. Pictures supplied to the Herald show big, friendly balls of fur with the uncanny ability to detect seizures in one of their owners, saving his life on several occasions.
Labradoodles are known to be friendly, nonaggressive, and extremely intuitive.
Twice the dogs were corralled, but being easily spooked, took flight before their owner arrived. Regardless, he continued his determined quest to bring his family pets safely home.
There is no happy ending to this story. It was reported a farmer in West Richland shot Bella, Big Boy and Rellie dead. Why not fire a warning shot? Why not call the West Richland Police, who pick up stray and abandoned animals? Why not give these dogs a chance? Why not draw from the pouch of empathy and compassion rather than the gun cabinet?
Three terrified dogs are dead, the Boese family is brokenhearted and the soul of our community is left wounded and tarnished, yet again.
Judi Nelson, West Richland