- 8 years ago
Oh gosh I don’t even know where to start with this post. I will warn that it doesn’t have a have a happy ending. Also, please do not judge the decision that was made, especially since the person who made it is not here to defend themselves.
A year and a half (Dec 2008) ago I moved back home with my parents to finish up school and I brought with me my dog (I’ll call him Tank). There were no problems but my dog seemed a bit lonely and in Oct 2009 my parents brought home a dog (I’ll call him Spot). Spot and Tank got along from day one and have become the best of buddies. They were inseprable!
My step-father is retired so every afternoon he would take the dogs to the dog park for an hour or so to play. Over time Spot became a little mean and would nip at other dogs and the other owners didn’t like him too much. It became more of a hassle to take him to the park than it was worth so we switched to nightly walks, instead.
It became apparent that Spot didn’t like other dogs or people in general. And I know this sounds terrible, but he especially hated Asian people. He would lunge and bark at every Asian person that passed (which is quite a few because my city is about 50% Asian). My step-dad saw this problem and decided to enroll him in private obedience courses.
I will preface this by saying I don’t agree with the school he went to. They use shock collars and I am absolutely against them. However, this wasn’t my choice to make and I was happy that maybe Spot would learn to behave better. He was in class for about a month when the worst thing possible happened.
He bit someone. They were going on a walk and he lunged at a lady and ripped her jacket. She and her husband flipped out and called the police. She didn’t know she was bit, she was just upset that her “favorite” jacket had been ripped. The paramedics examined her and found a puncture wound in her thigh. If they hadn’t inspected her she would not have known that Spot actually bit her!!
Well Spot was put in an at-home quarantine for a month, meaning he could not leave the house or come in contact with anyone but those of us who live her (step-dad,se mom, me, and my BF). We live in a townhouse so we have no yard, but we do have a decent size patio that he could go potty/lay out in the sun on.
Spot and Tank found ways to busy themselves. Our home is over 2400 sq. ft. so they had plenty of room to run and play. Neither one seemed sad that they weren’t allowed outside our patio gates. I figured once Spot was off quarantine we would try a new training program and slowly work him up to being around people.
Today my step-dad dropped the bomb. They are putting Spot down on Monday afternoon. Step-dad doesn’t think he is happy staying in the house and he doesn’t trust him to go outside anymore.
I am heartbroken, both for myself and for Tank. I don’t agree with putting Spot down but there is nothing I can do about it. I’m trying to come to terms that when I come home from work on Monday Spot will no longer be here. I am dreading seeing Tank searching the house for Spot. My whole body just feels so heavy.
Thanks for listening ladies, I know this was long. I just needed to get it out.