|Barked: Thu Sep 28, '06 11:34am PST |
|I see that I'm jumping in here at the end, but it really gets my fur up to have posters say "PTS isn't the solution". You have NO idea. It may be the only solution, and making an absolute statement like that is not helpful to the poster at all. Some of you have had dogs with minor aggression issues and severe aggression issues, and had them solved through a behaviorist/trainer. Some of you have spent months with a behavorist with the end result that the behaviorist recommended the dog be put to sleep (oh, yes, my dogster friends, that happens quite a lot).
Holding a dog while he takes his last breaths is a much harder and more loving choice than fawning him off on a rescue that will then put him down, in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar, but hopefully still loving, hands. Aggression is lots of times textbook, and lots of times not, and I think that in a decision as tough as this one throwing a lot of guilt at the poster is just plain mean.
Sorry if anyone thinks I'm showing my teeth, but these judgements make me sad. There are dogs that can be fixed, and there are dogs that cannot. It is sad, but as responsible pet owners we owe it to ourselves and our dogs not to become another statistic that hurts all dogs.
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