Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Well. Hello, Stranger!

I'm back. Not sure if anyone still reads this thing, but I'm back. I'm not making any promises on frequent updates, but here's what's been going on lately.

Our new puppy is now longer with us. (Did you notice his absence in the picture up top there?) A little over a week ago he unfortunately showed us his true colors - or at least what could be expected in the future. I had given both dogs raw hides and Ashley was sitting on the floor next to Mack petting him when with no warning he suddenly attacked her. There was no warning growl, just a lunge to her face that resulted in the need for an ER visit to get stitches.

This was upsetting on so many levels because the one concrete rule Bret and I had made when adopting him was that he was gone after the first bite - no exceptions. I wish I could say we didn't see it coming, but the week before he had growled at Ryan because he had stepped over him while he was eating from his bowl.

It's unfortunate because he had showed so much potential. He really was a good little pup. I'm not angry at him because I honestly think he didn't know he had done anything wrong and immediately wanted to play. Unfortunately, if he did this at 6 months old, I was willing to bet a sizable fortune that he would do it again. We have small children that live on both sides of us that use the playground equipment in our backyard so there was absolutely no way we could keep a dog that had already attacked once.

It was heartbreaking, we took him back to Paws that very next morning. I cried the whole way there and the whole way back. I cried some more while putting his things away. Surprisingly, the kids took it very well. I think they were now afraid of him, so letting him go was a bit easier for them.

I thank God everyday that the damage to Ashley's face was pretty minor compared to other dog bites that I've seen before. Hopefully there won't be any scaring. I've learned through this process that it's probably not a good idea to get a puppy from the pound. You have no idea what they've been through or how they will turn out. I'm sure we'll adopt again (and not until Daisy is gone, if I can help it) but next time we'll stick with a dog that's already a year or two old that hopefully would have already showed any aggression by then.


maggie said...

Oh, how scary! I'm so sorry to hear about all of this. How heartbreaking all around. I'm sure you did the right thing by giving him up, learned something to pass on to the rest of us, and I wish I could just send some hugs through the comment form. Hope Ashley is doing OK.

Jamie said...

You did the right thing, Lynda - difficult as it may have been. This way, PAWS can start obedience and behavioral training with him - and your feedback and information could be the very crucial thing that helps them get him ready for his next forever home. I wish more dog owners were as responsible and as forward-thinking as you are.

MamaFlo said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this unfortunate occurrence, I hope Ashley will be fine but physically and emotionally (towards another dog in the future).
How is your quit coming along? I'm still quit too.