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heartintwo

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Hi All,
This past weekend our family made the devastating decision to put down our aggressive dog. I spoke with numerous professionals who told us this was the correct decision. She was 4 years old and 100 lbs. We adopted her when she was two. She had a difficult past. When she first came into our home she was loving. After about 6 months she started showing aggression towards my husband and young adult children. Without warning she began to charge at them in an attempt to bite them for somethings just as simple as walking into a room. Thankfully I was usually here to stop anyone from getting hurt. I worked with countless trainers, tried medications, consulted with behavioralist to change her behavior. She was doing great up until recently. About two weeks ago I was sitting in our family room watching tv on a chair. My husband came over to the couch where our dog was laying and she jumped up and attacked him in a rage. When I stepped in to help she bit my hand and fractured it. This has required iv antibiotics for a month. We had been living in fear and realized that she was too dangerous. I loved this dog deeply and am completely heartbroken over our decision to put her to sleep. I feel guilty and miss her goofy ways when she was good. Thanks for listening.
ChelseaB

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Hello. This past Saturday we put down our sweet 6-year-old boy, Lobo. He had bitten my boyfriend's nice in the face about 3 times (had NEVER bitten anyone before, we were stunned). They threatened to sue us if we didn't put Lobo down. We ultimately though it would be best for him due to his separation anxiety and pretty constant nervousness. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I understand your guilt. I'm here if you want to talk. 
heartintwo

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I'm sorry about Lobo and the child who was hurt. What an awful situation. So sad. You sound like you gave Lobo a great life. I think the hardest part for each of us is walking what appears to be a healthy dog into the vet and making this devastating decision. I think we both need to remind ourselves that they weren't healthy in the mind. Making this decision was harder than when I had to put down my 11 year old dog who was so sick with cancer. It's been a tough few days for you and I.
megb2104

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I'm so sorry you were faced with that very hard decision. Know that you did do the right thing. Unfortunetely, she did have a rough past and because ot that her aggression resulted. She probably felt scared quite a bit, and maybe that's why she was aggressive. You gave her the best life you could have, and she loved y'all for it.
ChelseaB

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Yes, I keep trying to remind myself that mentally illness IS illness and is worse for dogs than being in physical pain. All we can do is be thankful today for all of the good times. Thank you and happy thanksgiving.
heartintwo

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Thank you for the kind words. What an awful decision we were forced to make. I know in my heart it was the correct one. You did what you had to as well for Lobo. Happy thanksgiving to you both.
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