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JasminesMom

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This week has indeed been a sad one for our family.  My sister-in-law, who adopted a husky pup about 5 mos ago has been dealing with major aggression, which now escalated to a full bite.  My sister-in-law called me in tears, on the way to the hospital for stitches, after having suffered a bite to her hand.  (This was all despite structured training, etc.)

She was so happy about getting this dog.  She knew the breed and believe me, went above and beyond in trying to do all the right things, for this pup.  From the start, she seemed rather dominant and aggressive and her episodes starting increasing with my sister-in-law, to the point where she was routinely being nipped and scratched and growled at.  (Again this is a 7 mo old puppy).  Anyway, the other night turned into a full unprovoked bite. 

To make a long story short, she cannot keep her dog and is just heartbroken.  The dog was taken yesterday and will be quarantined for 10 days due to the bite by the local SPCA. 

I just feel so bad for her.  I feel bad she's been hurt.  I feel bad she's now lost her dog and I know all the love she gave her in the short time they were together.  So I know she will grieve the loss.  I know how painful that will be from experience.

Her impending loss, etc has also resurrected fresh pain for me.  Though the situations a bit different of course, it's brought up those feelings of helplessness when you have to make decisions that will ultimately remove a dog you love from  your life.  In my case of course, illness took my beloved girl, but in the end, I had to decide the timing of her fate and that alone will haunt me forever.  I've also been relating on the loss and grieving level too, knowing losing a dog, no matter why, always hurts so darn much.  My sister-in-law is very caring and I know loved this little pupper, so this whole thing is so hard.  My daughter too has been absorbing the situation and it has shaken her too, so as a mommy, my heart hurts for her too.  I guess too what is also bothering me is it seems so unfair when those of us who love our animals so have to lose them.   Here is just another sad case for that in our family unit and again, I just feel so bad.

Again, thanks for listening my friends.

                    Hugs to you, JasminesMom (Kathy)
necy12

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Kathy:

I feel so bad for you and your family. That is a very hard thing to do, you're so right...it doesn't matter how we lose our furbabies, it still hurts and affect our lives.

I will pray for your sister-in-law, all of the family and the poor pup.

Many Hugs,
Annette
Chiquita's Mom
Luna13

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Kathy:

I'm so sorry.  I know how hard it is.  My dear friend Gary had rescued a stray dog a couple of years ago and named him Chase - since he chased him for miles after witnessing a car hit him and run.  Chase was extremely aggressive and Gary took him in anyway, spent thousands of dollars in vet bills and training, and loved that dog very much even after several bites.  It finally got so bad that Chase bit a friend and full-on attached Gary one night when he tried to put him in his crate.  Gary was going to have Chase put down, because although it broke his heart, he truly felt it may be the best thing for Chase.  But at the last minute his dog trainer called him and said he'd take him.  Gary was so relieved, and gets to visit Chase often.  But I understand your sister-in-law's pain in losing her pup. Gary would call often in tears, torn over what to do, and to this day he misses Chase terribly.  I will say some prayers for your sister-in-law for strength and faith that her pup will get the care he needs.  Again I'm so sorry.

Gerlie (Gypsy & Luna's forever mom)
CindyH

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Kathy,

So sorry your family has gone through this.

Hugs,

Cindy
Merry's mom
JasminesMom

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There's been a new development in my sister-in-law's plight with her pup, Luna.

Yesterday, after surrendering Luna to quarantine at the local SPCA a trainer called and responded to the ad my sister-in-law placed about her pup's plight.  She has agreed to take Luna into her training program where she and her daughter show, train and do agility with huskies in particular.  My sister-in-law phoned the SPCA and made arrangements after the 10 day quarantine to have Luna transferred to the trainer.

Knowing Luna will not be condemned to death is indeed a huge relief for all of us as a family.  Though I know my sister-in-law will miss her pup, knowing she's going into a situation where she just may thrive is comforting beyond words.

Thank you my friends for listening to me when I needed to vent and for posting your kind words.

                             Kathy (JasminesMom)

necy12

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Kathy:

I am so happy to hear the news...it is great and so comforting to your sister-in-law that at least Luna will have another chance. I wish them both the best.

Always in my prayers,
Annette
Chiquita's Mom
shadowsmama

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EVERYONE with an aggressive dog should watch the DOG WHISPER on the national geographic channel. He's GREAT with dogs and really helped me learn how to handle my pit bullie. I've seen him time and time again turn really bad dogs into sound, trustworthy pets....its amazing!
JasminesMom

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Annette:

Thank you for your kind words.  We are all grateful too Luna is getting a second chance.  My sister-in-law is so relieved.  Though losing her is sad she is healing better knowing Luna will find a new adventure ahead of her.  Thank you for posting.


shadowsMama:

I totally agree with you.  I love the Dog Whisperer and his show has helped me personally with my two dogs who I currently have at home.  As far as Luna goes though, unless Cesar would have been willing to come pick her up and take her nothing my sister-in-law tried was working.  There seemed to be some barrier there to her responding to my sister-in-law.  Perhaps her new trainer will have better luck.  I hope so.  Thanks for the advice though.

                                 Hugs to you both, JasminesMom

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