Registered: 1159791478 Posts: 31
I have been to this site for more than15 years now. I put down 2 beautiful Golden Retrievers in that time. This site and it's members have helped a lot. Last Xmas, my wife and I decided to rescue a dog. I really didn't want another dog, especially a puppy. It had been almost a year since we had put down Sandy and she was lonely for a pet. I gave in and we rescued a mutt from Georgia The week before Xmas. Lacy has been a handful and will be a year old in 2 weeks. My problem is that she is very aggressive towards other dogs and sometimes children, We have had a trainer for months but she isn't showing any signs of calming down. We will be grand parents in 3 weeks and I am VERY concerned about how she will act towards him. Just this morning, she scratched my wife in the face while acting crazy. I am strongly considering bringing her back to the shelter to be re-homed. My wife is against it and says she will work harder with the trainer and Lacy. I have seen dogs that can't be fixed and I would rather not have a problem that can't be fixed with my grand son. I enjoy Lacy but not at the expense of my family. I am thinking about bringing her back tomorrow before my wife gets home from work, It's for everyone's own good and even though my wife will be mad, I feel I am doing the right thing as the protector of this family. We will get over it. I love the dog but...
Registered: 1157161163 Posts: 1,821
Okay - I can see your point, an unpredictable pup and a new baby are a recipe for a tragedy. That said, do not re-home her behind your wife's back. That will feel like such a huge betrayal and breach of trust, and that is also a recipe for a tragedy.
You need to sit down together and find a solution you can both live with. I know your wife does not want to put grand-babies at risk - or live with them not coming to your home because that is too dangerous. And it also puts Lacy at risk - one really bad incident and animal control will step in - and they don't love Lacy so it would just be a routine destroy a dangerous dog, so no love or compassion for her. It is still a loss if she is re-homed (and I feel like the shelter may not be the best option there as they may label her as aggressive and put her down) but if you can find a rescue that will help find a good home you will know she has a shot at a happy life.