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Discussion in 'Emotional Support' started by PariahDog, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. PariahDog

    PariahDog Puppy

    I don't know if this part of the board is very active anymore, I just needed somewhere to dump all this. I made this thread earlier today and I've just realized that, no matter how much training she could get or what a behaviorist says we could do, I just won't ever feel 100% safe and comfortable with a dog who might hurt another person, especially a child. Especially since we can't afford to fence in our yard. If we could, I'd be more comfortable managing her behavior.

    I feel terrible, I haven't stopped crying all day. This is something I've been thinking about and considering for a long time but I guess I never really thought it would actually happen. It feels so horrible because she's wonderful with the people she does know. She's amazing with my family, she absolutely adores us. She's so loving and gentle with the people she knows.

    She's not old, she's not sick, so there's a tiny part in my brain that's saying what if I'm not doing the right thing. It feels so wrong because she's a young healthy dog. She's never been sick a day in her life. She loves us so much and we love her and this is such a hard thing to do, I can't even think about it without crying. I'm so scared what if I'm doing the wrong thing. I'm terrible at making decisions to begin with and there's no going back from this one.

    There's so much I wanted to do with her that now I won't be able to. She's been my hiking/exploring buddy for years. She loves being outdoors just like I do. I was going to buy a pass to the state park in town and hike with her every single day. We were going to work our way up to the most difficult trail. I was going to take her to the lake this summer and swim with her. I just bought her a flirtpole and she loves it. I wanted to take her to the beach someday. She's so enthusiastic and excited about going new places and seeing new things.

    I don't know when I'm going to call the vet to ask about setting a date. I probably won't be able to do that without crying, either. I can't picture my life without her in it. I can't imagine not being able to play with her every day. I can't imagine looking out the back window and not seeing her there, or not being able to see her bright blue eyes. I can't imagine not being able to take her for car rides and her sticking her head out the window. I can't imagine hiking alone.

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  2. phillysmom

    phillysmom Good Dog

    Sorry that I just saw this today. Sometimes this forums gets overlooked. I guess by this time she is already gone, but I want to say that I am sorry for the hard decision that has had to be made. It is heartbreaking, but at the same time people's safety does come first and if you don't feel like you can completely control her environment then you have to do the right thing. :sad:

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