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The right choice can hurt the most.

Discussion in 'Memorials' started by ergumflurgle, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. ergumflurgle

    ergumflurgle Puppy

    We had to have Titan put to sleep yesterday afternoon. I posted about his behavioral issues a few times but never delved into his fear aggression, because I knew what the answers would be.

    We had consulted with a behaviorist, and with a trained who specializes in aggressive dogs. Both of them were optimistic. We worked on counter conditioning and desensitization and management for months. He was making huge improvements, and I'd hoped that someday he would be safe. In the meantime our management was perfect, so he never had the chance to hurt anyone.

    But it Monday evening he lunged for and snarled at my boyfriends 9 year old son. He's fine, because we always kept them under close supervision there was no chance for Titan to hurt him. But it was a line that couldn't be crossed.

    My heart is broken. Even though I'd been prepared for this possibility for months now, waking up today and the house being empty is horrible. He wanted to be a sweetheart, he loved my family so much, but he was just too afraid of everything.

    i have no doubts that this was the right choice. But I'm devastated anyway. I'm going to miss him so much.

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  2. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Very sorry for your loss. Know that you made the right choice and it was the kindest thing you could do for him.
  3. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    He deserved more than living in constant fear. You tried to overcome it but sometimes you just can't and have to make the difficult decision to let him go. I'm Very sorry for your loss.

    Run free in paradise, Titan.
  4. ruffiangirl

    ruffiangirl Little Dog

    Im very sorry for your loss, you are right, the right choice can definitely hurt the most, being the right thing, doesnt make it the easy thing.
  5. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    I'm really sorry for your loss. It is the hardest thing to do, but always the right thing. It's never easy to lose one, but at least you tried to help him.
  6. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    Very sorry
  7. bsand

    bsand Good Dog

    So sorry for your loss. Hopefully he is finally able to run free without any fears.
  8. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I'm so sorry. We had to put down our 2yr old Boxer once. Similar situation, lots of training, etc. we were very nearby wherever we went. Then he lunged at a girl who worked at the pet store. He was gong to measure his neck for a bigger collar. I prevented it because I saw that he was getting worse. I took him to the Vet. The next day and they recommended that we put him down. We adopted him when he was 8 wks. Old. It was so hard. We didn't get another dog for 5 yrs.

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