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JWill86

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I rescued my dog 4 years ago from a local rescue group. He was 18 months old and was dealt a pretty crappy hand in life. Abused, neglected, attacked by two other dogs etc... He is an Australian cattle dog mix. He weighed in at 65 lbs. He came with a seemingly bottomless pit of emotional baggage and behavior issues. I poured every bit of love into him and by the end of our first year together, he was a completely different dog. He realized his place in our "pack" and brought endless joy to my husband and I. My daughter was born on October 28, 2018 and my dog absolutely adored her. He was very protective of her and always exceptionally gentle with her. That all changed rather abruptly a few weeks ago. Suddenly my dog began acting like she was an enemy. He would stare her down for a minute then start to show his teeth. He would walk to her crib and bark at her unprovoked. Just the other day, it all came to a head when he randomly decided to walk across the room straight to my daughter's pack and play where she was fast asleep and attempt to get ahold of her head through the mesh side. I have never seen the type of body language he was displaying when it happened. He looked like a aggressive wolf or something. I knew he had to go. I already paid a hefty deposit for a top notch dog trainer and was fully dedicated to doing what I had to in order to keep him. I have no idea why he suddenly changed his attitude toward my daughter. He was my baby for years before my daughter was ever born. My heart and soul are absolutely torn to pieces. My daughter is my priority and I fully understand that it was no longer safe to have him in our home but I'm really struggling with the guilt and pain of surrendering him. There is a huge hole in my heart that hurts probably more than it should. I've never surrendered or had to re-home a pet. Am I crazy for being so hurt over this?
twinkiesmom

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I am so sorry for the trauma you are going through. You are not crazy for being sad and miserable. Because of you he has had four years of life in a home filled with love, something multitudes of animals and people as well, never experience. Just as humans suffer from mental and and emotional issues so do some animals and many times there is no cure nor will any amount of retraining help. This has happened to many of us here, myself included, and we understand your pain. Unfortunately at a time like this doing the right doesn't feel right at all. You have come to the right place and are among friends who are filled with compassion and will help you through this time of sorrow. Please take care, you will be in my prayers.
JWill86

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Thank you so much for your heartfelt response! My heart is undoubtedly broken. I am beyond grateful to have found this page and the support it offers.
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