|Barked: Mon Dec 31, '12 11:13am PST |
|Thank all of you for your responses. I was afraid most of you might say to euthanize her. Maddie and her brother (Cooper) are the first mixed breed dogs that I have ever owned, prior to adopting them I only bought pure bred dogs. In February this year, I had to euthanize my two year old aussie due to cancer. It was the first time for me to ever see a dog euthanized, and it ripped my heart out to watch the life disappear from his eyes. From that day on I decided to "save a dogs life" and I adopted two puppies that might not otherwise have a home. It seems so ironic that not even a full year later I may have to euthanize a dog that I thought I was saving. What makes the situation worse is that I'm not sure it is her fault. If she would have ended up in a home that had no other pets this issue might not have happened, or perhaps it is her training and socialization that was the problem..I'm not really certain.
Maddie is not a large dog, she has the build of an English Bulldog only slightly taller. She weighs around 25-30lbs. If you look at her without knowing her past, you would not see a vicious dog. She doesn't really challenge larger dogs, she has gotten a little nippy with a few big dogs in the past, but always backs down and will roll onto her back with most large dogs. My biggest worry is that she might be more willing to challenge a bigger dog once she is full grown, she is going to be fairly short, but you can see that she is going to be very muscular.
My sister's dachshund had pretty large gashes on his hind leg, front leg, by his ear, and a smaller one at the back of his neck. I did not see any bites on his back or stomach, so I believe she must have killed him by grabbing his neck. We were home when it happened and the attack only lasted a couple of minutes, she was actually caught in the act, so I don't know what point she would have ended her attack on him.
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