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Michael1969

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I came across this website, after agonizing over my dog Koda the last few days that I surrendered yesterday to the shelter.  I found him as an abandoned puppy stray and we had him for 5 years. I feel like I failed in properly training him to correct some issues and didnt even get to say goodbye.  He is a pure bred German Shorthaired Pointer, 5 years old, very fit, and beautiful, uniquely marked dog, good at obedience, but over the last few years we have had now 3 incidents where he is overly sensitive about certain body parts or getting startled and have bit my two older daughters on the face ,requiring stitches for 2 of the incidents. One time was due to touching his back rear area and we later found out he had an enlarged prostate and need treatment.  Not aggressive, but more insecure , and they tend to smother him, which he doesn't like.  The last incident happened on Thursday night and we had to take my daughter to the ER, for 3 small stitches.  On Friday I contacted a Rescue that I have worked with in the past that specializes in the breed, to see if they would take him and be able to work with him, and maybe place with an older couple with no kids.  Was waiting on them as the process can take awhile to get going.

Unfortunately on Saturday when walking him, along with my other older GSP, I got a text message that Animal Control was at the house wanting to get Koda.  I rushed back, and never though it would be my last time of throwing the ball for him, and Animal Control had to take him to quarentine him for 10 days for rabies (Even though he is up on his shots) and they were wanting us to owner surrender him, or I could try to get him back but it would be a long and costly process.  I told him I was trying to find him a rescue and hoping they could work with us on it. They claimed the shelter tries to not euthanize, and and if we owner surrender and pay the $350, he would have good chance of going to a rescue (they cant place him directly to the public due to the biting liability). They have a large network of rescues they work with.  I could barely talk to them without crying and my wife was crying too as she had just started bonding with him as her loyal running partner..I had to load him in truck and didn't even say goodbye to him, as I wasn't thinking I would never see him again. I really regret not saying goodbye as I could see he was scared going into the truck.  Sent another message to the GSP Rescue about the dire situation, and they were trying to help me, but on Monday the Shelter called and said it would be hard for them to work with an outside rescue unless I owner surrendered him, and to try to get him back would be thousands of dollars, and after the multiple incidents we really couldn't bring him back, so I surrendered him yesterday.  I didn't get to see him  as they did not recommend it, as it would stress him out more. The officer at the shelter did say because he's a pure bred GSP, he would have a good chance of going to a rescue.  Not sure if that was just to console me, or the truth.  I also did finally hear back from the GSP rescue and told them the status, and they said they would see if they could do anything, but am just not sure if there is really a chance for a dog that has had multiple biting incidents even if it wasn't aggressive. 

Its been 4 days since they took him and I never thought I would take it so hard and feel like I let him down, and could have trained him better to fix the issues.  I am okay with not keeping him, but just want to know that he gets another chance with another family/owner as he really was a great dog even with his issues.  I am hoping he gets rehomed but not sure I will ever know.  I seem to forget all the great memories and just focus on that time they picked him up and took him away.....
twinkiesmom

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Michael, I am so sorry. You are doing the right thing even if doesn't feel like it. Many of us here have gone through the same thing and understand how painful it is. In my case my dog attacked my grandmother who was treated for shock and treatment of her wounds. We had gotten Tessa as a puppy from a friend of mine and she loved my grandmother best of all. You gave Koda five years of love in a wonderful home and though right now you are unable to think about that, in time you will. Right now give yourself time to grieve your loss and begin healing. You are among friends here who understand your pain and will offer support and comfort. Again I am so very sorry.
twinkiesmom

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Michael, I am so sorry. You are doing the right thing even if doesn't feel like it. Many of us here have gone through the same thing and understand how painful it is. In my case my dog attacked my grandmother who was treated for shock and treatment of her wounds. We had gotten Tessa as a puppy from a friend of mine and she loved my grandmother best of all. You gave Koda five years of love in a wonderful home and though right now you are unable to think about that, in time you will. Right now give yourself time to grieve your loss and begin healing. You are among friends here who understand your pain and will offer support and comfort. Again I am so very sorry.
twinkiesmom

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Michael, I am so sorry. You are doing the right thing even if doesn't feel like it. Many of us here have gone through the same thing and understand how painful it is. In my case my dog attacked my grandmother who was treated for shock and treatment of her wounds. We had gotten Tessa as a puppy from a friend of mine and she loved my grandmother best of all. You gave Koda five years of love in a wonderful home and though right now you are unable to think about that, in time you will. Right now give yourself time to grieve your loss and begin healing. You are among friends here who understand your pain and will offer support and comfort. Again I am so very sorry.
Michael1969

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I have an update: Fortunately my dog Koda was rescued today by the local GSP Rescue.  Even though I had to surrender him to the shelter and he had to be quarentined for rabies check,  I kept calling the Shelter and also the GSP Rescue I had previously worked with to see if they could still save him, knowing he could not be adopted to the public due to the dog bite issues.  I was worried he was going to be euthanized and it looked pretty dim for awhile as the rescue kept telling me the shelter was not reaching out them even after multiple attempts.  Finally on Friday I called the shelter and got a manager involved to reach out to the resuce and it all came together.

I am sad we no longer have him in our family, but feel better knowing he will get a second chance in life, and hopefully I can get updates on how he is doing.

Never thought I would ever be so attached to a dog, but they really do become part of your family.
 
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