We recently heard quite an unpleasant rumour about Python (Ecarpadi Égi Etyd). Python, who is bred by us, came to live with us for a while after we got him back from his fosterers. When Silvana injured her shoulder in 2014 Python moved, along with Tassa, to a security company in southern Sweden.
The rumour that was spred said that Python had jumped over a fence, chased a cyclist and then torn his abdomen as he was trying to get back over the fence whereby he died. The poor cyclist must have been terrified, we thought, and what a terrible way for a dog to die in! Was this rumour true? Did he die straight away or did it take a while? Was he suffering? Did he die following his injuries or was he put down?
We did not find any peace so we chose to contact the security company to inquire whether the rumour was correct or if Python was fine. The security company's reply was that they had never heard such a horrific story before and that Python was doing perfectly fine. They quickly sent newly taken pictures of Python to insure that the dog was alive. Everything appeared to be accurate and we breathed a sigh of relief.
To our delight the security company mentioned that he has become a good guarding dog who is loyal and nice towards the ones who work with him. Now all we are wondering is how such a horrible rumour could take hold?