|Barked: Fri Dec 28, '12 7:31pm PST |
|I'm going to be blunt and it's going to likely come off as rude and upset you.. But it's me being honest from what I understand of the whole situation.
You got a German Shepherd puppy... When you have a nine month old.. And expected to have time for even a well balanced puppy, AND the baby? I mean.. Trained, older dogs and a baby are one thing... But put a puppy and a baby together and in my opinion, that's asking for A LOT of hard work and energy and time out of your day, not to mention that pups need one on one time and giving that to a puppy while you have a baby demanding all that attention too... I fully see all of that as poor planning and not being prepared in the first place for a puppy in and of itself. Your nine month old baby is safer, in my opinion, with a sound ADULT dog that adores children and has been well socialized with them from the get go. Puppies jump on people, scratch people, bite people, etc and will no doubt do it to a baby just as quickly as they would an adult. My fiance wanted to raise a puppy with a baby. I outright refused and told him if he wanted a puppy, he'd better get one well in advance, or after our baby is in school because I refused to deal with a puppy jumping all over my baby and injuring my baby. I now have a nine month old pup, an a five year old adult dog, both well into their training, and well socialized with young babies/children that when my baby comes in seven or so months, I'll be able to handle it better than if we decided to get Ria soon after baby was born.
I'm STILL appalled by the fact that you would have considered euthanasia over fearfulness and a UTI.
I'm going to also be blunt and point out that with many of these dog owners that responded having worked with puppies, rescues and even breeders(or are breeders, in Toto's case), that they are well aware of what the socialization period is.
It does also sound that if this breeder FAILED to inform you of these issues prior to you taking her, that you did not do your research and find a REPUTABLE breeder in the first place, which, if you wanted a better likelihood of a 'sound animal', you should have done(I apologize if I am wrong). Many dogsters here can help you find excellent, reputable breeders if you need help finding them and can help you with what to look for.
Again, still not entirely certain why you would have considered euthanasia at four months old.
I can absolutely understand why you wouldn't want a puppy with issues. Not everyone is equipped to deal with a dog of any age with issues. But it doesn't sound like, with a nine month old, you really have the time for a young puppy that requires constant attention, training and potty breaks either. I apologize if my post offends you in any way. I'm just still a little shocked by the entire post and while I do understand some aspects of it... Others still shock me.
Edited by author Fri Dec 28, '12 7:32pm PST
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