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My baby girl Lana recently left this earth. She was a five year old shih tuz and she was killed by my Saint Bernard yesterday. My mom brought her home from the groomers and my Saint Bernard immediately attacked her. She grabbed her by the face and started shaking. Lana lost her eye in the process but my mom managed to make my Saint Bernard let go. She picked Lana up and rushed her to the animal hospital. The vet said she would defiantly lose her eye but that she was going to be okay. The vet came back 5 minutes later to inform my mom that my baby had passed. She believes it was due to brain damage from the shaking. I am a mess. I can’t think, sometimes I find it hard to breath, I have had extreme anxiety and uncontrollable crying. I never even got to say goodbye to my dog. We are getting rid of our Saint Bernard but are only going to send her to some place safe that we know she will be taken care of. She truly is a good dog and an extreme baby. She is the sweetest and I don’t understand why she just snapped. I lost two dogs in one day. I don’t know what to do. I have never felt this immense amount of pain in my life. Every time I close my eyes I see my baby. There is this deep searing pain in my chest that won’t go away. I don’t think I can make it through this.

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I'm so sorry.  How sad and horrifying for you and your family!  You will survive but it will take awhile to recover from this trauma.  Be kind to yourself.

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I'm so sorry for what you're going through.  I can't imagine how traumatic that would be.  It sounds like you loved Lana so much. 

In practical terms, maybe you should wait until the grief is not so fresh until you decide what to do about the St. Bernard.  You now know that he might have a prey drive and can keep him away from smaller dogs and other animals.  But if he reminds you too much of this event, I certainly understand that you want to find a different home for him.

I'm dealing with a recent loss myself so I know your feeling of pain that seems like it will never go away.  I think we will both make it through.
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