(Closed) We had to put our dog down:-(

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m so sorry for the loss of your dog. Dogs are such special parts of our families, and losing one always hurts. For what it’s worth, I think you did the right thing protecting your human family. It sounds like it would have been just a matter of time before he seriously injured one of you.

Post # 4
3367 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’m so sorry.  My husbands dog has become aggressive and bitten us over the past few years and when he bit our youngest child, we decided to kennel him.  His aggression is age-related, so we’re trying to make the decision of when it’s best for him to euthanize him.  My husband can’t even consider it at this point; it is such a difficult decision.  I’m so sorry you had to face the decision and I totally understand how you feel you’ve let him down.  I feel horrible with a dog locked in a crate all day, but if he’s that fearful that he’s biting the people who have loved him all this time, then he must be more comfortable in his “cave”.  The final decision will have to be my husband’s… and I know it isn’t easy. 

Post # 5
3204 posts
Sugar bee

I am so sorry you went through this. This is a terrible place to be in, I know because we have an aggressive rescue dog. Had it been me, I think I would have put our dog down if we had kids. I don’t like the idea of pushing a problem off onto someone else, no matter how willing or educated they are about it.

We didn’t put our dog down and ended up contacting and utilizing (extensively) a specialist, but in our case, there we only two adults in the equation who both know what the risks are and how much we can handle.

You can’t really control kids like adults can control themselves, so even with specialized training I would say that your home was not the right place for Walter and one of your kids would have been bitten. Seeing his things will always be hard, but remember, you did what you had to to protect your family and he is in a much better place. (He probably lived in a constant state of high anxiety and stress to have become so aggressive.)

Post # 6
3775 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

I am so sorry.  The death of a pet is always so heartbreaking.  ((hugs))

Post # 7
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Oh no, I’m so sorry.  Pets are like family, so it’s just as hard losing one.  

Post # 10
3580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@19801111:  Awww he was so adorable! I am so sorry for your loss. 🙁

Post # 11
967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m so sorry….sometimes dogs can have mental health issues, and this can cause biting and aggression (same as humans)….I think what you chose was likely best for him…it would have been a long hard road for him….he’s probably happier where he can’t hurt anyone

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