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MJHerc

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My sweet Aphrodite was a white Jack russell. About 4 months ago she was having issues, I took her to the vet and she had a tumor on her heart that ruptured and we made the choice to set her free. It was a hard decision but I knew it was the best. She was the first dog I had on my own, when I bought my first home. She was the start of a chapter in my life.
Just over 2yrs ago now, we had a baby, bought a new home on 10 acres about a 5 hour drive away from our hometown and got a beautiful puppy 3/4 Great Pyr & 1/4 St. Bernard, whose name is Hercules. Hercules is so good with the family, but has a terribly hard time accepting strangers(if at all) which can be an issue with Great Pyrs. Herc is a big teddy bear, he loves to snuggle, get pets and you can tell he seeks my approval. He is a good dog, but when it comes to anyone stepping onto our property or in the house he just loses it, total jekyll/ hyde. It's very difficult to get him to focus and he only does if I have him leashed. He has a small circle of people he trusts, my inlaws who live on the same property, my mom and stepdad, my sister who lived with us for a few months, and my Aunt who comes to visit 2 or 3 times a year. Herc was good with Aphrodite and is with my inlaws dog. Any dog he hasn't known from the get go, he has had jekyll/hyde moments with, and we don't trust him around other dogs or people without leash and muzzle. Even outside for a walk he goes nuts about cars or people passing. There has been an incident when my sister came to visit, she was sitting outside with him, he was barking so she called him to her and was petting him and he jumped up and snarled in her face, which had never happened cause he knows her. She now doesn't want him around unless he is muzzled. We have plenty visitors come to visit in the late spring to early fall, our house is a getaway destination for friends and family. None we can get him to be consistent with. I was away a couple months ago to bury my Grandma's remains and my husband had one of our friends over for a fire and brought him out on the leash, no muzzle. He was barking at him but would calm down a bit. Long story short our friend got a bite to his tush when he turned his back to Herc. My father just came to move with us about a month ago, Herc is very slow at getting to know him, we are trying things but my dad doesn't seem interested in working with him. He said well the dog has bitten someone, don't they usually get put down when the bite? Today there was an instance where my young son unocked our bedroom door and let Herc out of his kennel while my Dad was upstairs. I caught him and put him back in with zero incident, but it scares me to think what could have happened, especially if I wasn't there. My in laws have broached the subject with me many times about liability and their other concerns. I understand their standpoint, but feel like they are pushing me to make the decision to get rid of him. I don't feel it's responsible to re-home, therefore I would need to make the decision to euthanize. I have made a pros/cons list. The thought of giving up on him absolutely breaks my heart, but at the same time, I don't know if I'm being responsible keeping him. We also plan to have another child, and it scares me that he may not accept the new baby. I'm so torn, but I almost feel like I need to free myself of the guilt of the decision to let him go , in order to make the decision. It feels like the rational and reasonable thing to do is euthanize. My Husband is also back and forth and can't land on a decision. Heart and mind are definitely at odds here... I know this is solely our family's decision, but I appreciate any feedback or advice.
MJHerc

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I was going to put up a pic of Herc and my pros/cons. I can't seem to add them in.
MJHerc

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My worst fear with this situation happened today. I'm always so careful to keep him isolated or on leash, somehow under control. A neighbour was walking up the driveway to my inlaws to visit. We were out on the sundeck and Herc actually jumped onto a chair and over the railing off the deck and bit the neighbor. I'm in such shock. I contained him and tended to the neighbor. We are making arrangements to have him euthanized. It's so hard to believe after all we have done that this actually happened.
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