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Governor Kristi Noem Opens Up About Why She Shot and Killed Her Dog

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Governor Kristi Noem finally spoke about the reason for killing her dog, Cricket. Although it happened years ago, the event is now a topic for discussion and controversy.

Cricket, a 14-month-old puppy, was meant to be a hunting dog. Noem adopted the dog in hopes of training her to hunt pheasants. However, it did not go as planned.

Noem describes Cricket as aggressive and untrainable, especially during pheasant hunts, where it had an unusual euphoria. Because of its nature, Noem had gotten an electric collar to help train it. 

During one of the hunting sessions, Cricket, overwhelmed with excitement, broke out of the truck and into the neighbor’s compound, killing their chickens. Noem had to make up for the family’s loss.

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However, when she tried taking control of Cricket, it became very hostile and tried biting Noem. Seeing that this was Cricket’s typical reaction, Noem was forced to make a difficult choice. She took Cricket to a gravel hole and shot it. 

It is important to note that the decision to shoot her dog wasn’t taken half-heartedly. Remember when she killed a male goat that was nasty and mean to her kids? Her children were in danger from the goat, which looked like it might attack them and ruin their clothes. In a statement of justification, she described the goat as smelling disgusting, musky, and foul.

Both conservatives and Democrats have questioned her actions. Some people argue that there are better choices, such as finding the dog a new home or hiring a trainer. However, Noem claimed this was the dog’s second home, and it had gone through those options.

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The Lincoln Project co-founder, Rick Wilson, is among the critics of Noem. He tweeted that Noem killed a puppy because she was lazy at training bird dogs, not because it was a bad dog.

Noem, responding to the backlash, said that making difficult choices like this is normal on a farm. In recent news, three horses belonging to Noem for 25 years had to be put down. In her opinion, difficult, messy, and ugly tasks should always be completed, even when you do not feel like it. 

She said it was not an easy call because she knew it would hurt her and some people around her. However, she had to make the best decision to secure the best future for her family. 

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The story of Governor Kristi Noem serves as a sad reminder that, sometimes, we are faced with difficult choices in life. These choices are very personal to us, whether it’s a farm animal or a cherished pet.

Noem, Governor of South Dakota, has been in office for two terms after serving in the House as a representative. The willingness to share her story shows that political leaders must make difficult judgments under trying circumstances.

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