|Barked: Fri Sep 7, '12 11:18pm PST |
|We have a 5 year old cocker spaniel. Due to chronic ear infections, we had to have his ears removed about 2 years ago, so this only complicates my problem. Sammy is a wonderful dog 98% of the time, but that other 2% he flips out into this weird psycho dog and he will aggressively attack whoever, for whatever reason. He has attacked almost everyone in our family. We have had him training multiple times, but he cannot seem to learn. We also have had him on mood medication (the exact name I cannot remember), all to no avail.
Finally, two nights ago, I was laying on the sofa, and Sammy was on the ground next to me. I reached down to pet him and he started to attack me and he even tried jumping onto the sofa to attack me (we had him tethered to the coffee table, so he couldn't reach me). He was awake when I was petting him, so it is not as if I startled him or anything.
I am out of ideas and I have schedule to put him to sleep on Monday morning. I just don't know if I can go through with it. As I said, 98% of the time, he is my 'little buddy' and I know that on Monday, he will be all excited to go on a car ride not knowing what is in store for him.
In my mind I know that this is the responsible thing to do, I am just having the hardest time justifying this to my heart. I love this dog, but we haven't had any luck finding another home for an aggressive, deaf dog, and with a baby on the way, this is all that I can think to do.
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