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leela64

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5 years ago I adopted a 4 year old Chihuahua, Peanut from the local shelter who had caught him running around in the local Costco parking lot, he was in rough shape and not fixed.  After medical treatment and neutering Peanut was adopted by a family with a large dog, unfortunately Peanut has reactive aggression toward dogs which this family found out the hard way when Peanut attacked their dog causing him to be returned to the shelter.

Feeling confident about my experience as a past Chihuahua owner and not having any other animals in the house, I felt I could provide just the right enviroment for Peanut....WRONG!

5 days after I adopted him, my grown son who lived in our guest house came into the family room to have a chat with me, Peanut laid in his bed, quiet the entire time my son was in the house, after about 20 minutes my son got up to leave, almost at the door when with no warning, bark or growl, Peanut lunged from his bed and with the intensity of a Police K-9 he bit my son's leg over and over and over, leaving 6 puncture holes, of course my son's knee jerk reaction was to kick at Peanut and I was frozen in shock!

Needless to say we immediately sought behavioral rehabilitation intervention....fast forward...5 years later and $7,000 in 30-day Behavioral Rehabilitation, Private Trainers, Veterinary Behaviorist, 3 different anti-depressants, Valium and Xanax and nothing has helped, not only not helped but over the past 5 months his reactive human aggression has turned towards myself, he constantly paces and pants and can not sleep without being medicated.

Our Vet and Behavioral Vet have both expressed their concerns that Peanut may have had some form of neurological trauma before he came to us or this could be inherited neurological disposition, but not only would have 1 but almost everything we have tried would have helped if this was only a behavioral issue.

After months of long heart wrenching consideration we agree with our Vet that euthanizing Peanut truly is the best interest for his overall well being...but it certainly does not help with the pain an guilt I am suffering.

He is scheduled to be put down at the end of this month, I will be taking sometime off work before to spend my days doing all the things my Peanut loves and enjoying the moments I can with him before having to say good bye...I am empty and truly heartbroken and feel like I have failed him somehow, although I know we did more than most would have and tried absolutely everything possible to help him.   

   
RF

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I know some people pooh-pooh this, but a chihuahua is small, right?  What if you had a vet remove his teeth?  How much damage could he do to someone?  I don't know, but I would think this might be an option.  I had a small dog once who had a chip on his shoulder and would nip.  But his teeth got bad and the vet removed most of them.  After that he tried to bite a little girl (who, in his defence, was bugging him and deserved it!) and no damage was done.

I hope you can find a solution ...
dhaight71

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You DIDN'T fail. I know how you feel. I put my beloved Coco down last Sunday for the same thing. She was 7, healthy, beautiful, smart, funny and my best friend. I have tremendous guilt and I miss her and I cry all the time, BUT there was no other option. I couldn't rehome her - she was very attached to me and anywhere else would have caused her more stress and had she attached my daughter --- well that would have been a tragedy. I hate myself on some days but I know I did the right thing and Coco, she would have been very upset had she hurt my daughter. Sometimes the right thing just hurts....
leela64

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Thank you djaight71 for the reassurance....I think putting down an otherwise physically healthy dog is probably one of the worst and most painful decisions a pet owner has to make and I am sure it is not easy on the Vet either....but like my Vet has been drilling in my head, just because Peanut is not physically ill, he is no less suffering, he is in a constant state of  daily fear, anxiety and aggression which for a dog IS physically painful.

Peanut can not be re-homed either as he is a repeat offender when it comes to biting and I do not mean, little Chihuahua nips...full on attacks! and he is a 10 pound Deerhead Chihuahua not a little tiny 4 pound applehead Chi and lately it has gotten to the point where he is turning on me and I am his "person".

I know time heals all wounds and I know we gave him the most privileged, pampered life any dog could want for the 5 years we have had him...but the guilt is settled really deep in my soul right now :( 
dhaight71

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I am right there with you. My sweet coco is with my every day. Last weekend is just a blur of horrible feelings. The worst part is she was trying to comfort me because she knew I was upset about what I was about to do to her... sweet thing. 
KobasMom114

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so sorry.. I had to make the same decision last month and really feel like I have nothing left inside me. I wish I had been in the position to make the decision without the pressures of my living situation, etc. Be comforted in knowing that you tried EVERYTHING possible before coming to this horrible gut wrenching decision. I know not much helps.. but at least you're not the only one. I struggle with relating to many people who've lost animals due to old age.. even though I was in that boat about 9 months ago with my childhood dog, Bella. Koba came into my life like a miracle on Christmas Eve at the local shelter. He chose me.. the bond was inexplainable. His aggression ended him but was such a small part of who he was.. only few understand that. This one hurts so much more.
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