|Barked: Sun May 12, '13 11:26pm PST |
I'm sitting here in tears and need advice. Like us all I am an animal lover and believe that if you adopt, it's your responsibility. When I moved to Australia from the US, I went through hell & spent 6K to bring my two cats with me.
My husband had an older border collie and we adopted a papillon puppy from a reputable show breeder (he has buck teeth so she was not keeping him). 2 years later and my older male cat has died and the border collie as well due to cancer which we fought as much as possible.
I have recently moved to Hong Kong for work for a year or two while my husband has stayed back in AUS with the dog & cat & house to finish his phd.
I love my papillon Atticus so much and had a new love for dogs that I started thinking about adopting from one of the rescue orgs here. There is a huge problem here with people abandoning dogs and the government kennels euthanize dogs in 4 days!!
Long story short, 2 months ago I adopted Clement, who was believed to be a papillon mix (much bigger) and about 5-6. He was from the government kennels so nothing known about his background. I knew that he was people shy and likely previously abused and would need a lot of patience. I was fine with that. I have treated him really well. 2-3 walks a day, brushing, toys and playtime, special treats, lots of love...
Gradually he went from sitting across the room to spooning me under the covers. He has his grumpy moments but he had never tried to bite me. He does have issues with strange men and people seeming to appear out of nowhere. He barks and lunges and frightens people. We've been working on it and just this morning I was congratulating him in 3 days of calm behavior.
I make it a point not to push him for snuggles or forced closeness. When I come home from work he rushes in with kisses and saggy tail.
This morning on my way out the door I bent down to get something off the couch and said goodbye and Clement lunged at my face without any warning. It wasnt a nip. He latched on to my nose and wouldn't let go. It was really frightening and I remember thinking he was going to rip my nose off before I managed to get him off.
I was in shock afterwards and bleeding heavily. I had to grab a towel and literally run to the hospital. I'm home now after seeing a cosmetic surgeon. I'm bitten in 3 places, on antibiotics and need to go back to the surgeon in 3 days... it is quite bad. I'm hoping it will heal without a huge scar.
My heart is broken and I don't know what to do. I like Clement and was starting to love him but this is way more than I bargained for. I may never have the same nose again. And I can never trust him with another human or my cat or dog. Atticus is half his size. One thing I forgot, only after I adopted him had the foster told me he had tried to bite his wife's face before. Therefore I generally stayed away.
What do I do? I feel like a fool and I can't even look at him.
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