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My cat Dickens still suffers from stress-induced bouts of colitis translation: diarrhea everywhere , the latest just two weeks ago when I had the audacity to come home reeking of a litter of kittens; Mr. Sensitive acted out, and about 24 hours later he had a raging fit of colitis. He likely has irritable bowel syndrome , caused by stress rather than inflammation , and I still think it's all related to how afraid Dickens was of Dodger, a beast four times his size with a penchant for bowling over cats.

There will be no new pets for me while Dickens is alive. Plus, he runs up some interesting vet bills. If it were not for Mr. Sensitive, I would be emotionally ready for another dog. It's just not meant to be at this time. The best part is that I no longer feel like I can't trust myself to select another dog. When Dickens is no longer here, I will get another dog. Maybe it will be my usual rescue, maybe it will be a puppy for the first time.

That's the personal side. How I feel about the public side - this article - is different. I don't really know how to explain it. Even though writing about an experience is inevitably how I deal with life, the explosion of comments that still arrive weekly three years later is breathtaking and yet formidable.

For a while the level of fresh grief it brought was difficult, a bit like salt on an open wound. But that's not the case now. Today, it's the sameness of what commenters say that disconcerts me, and sometimes numbs me: "I didn't think he was actually aggressive until he He's really good most of the time. The hardest part is when people couch the question if I think they should euthanize their dog.

Here's my blanket response: each family is solely responsible for that decision. Listen to the advice of someone who has actually seen the dog: your veterinarian or your veterinary behaviorist while there are no veterinary behaviorists in some geographic areas, in this scenario they are preferable. In scenario A, an extensive medical workup, medication trial, behavioral consults would all be reasonable and probably should happen. In scenario B, even if the owners scraped together the money, someone could get mauled or killed before any of those steps could kick in. All of us here are taking the road less traveled by being so open; in some cases, the only ones we're not honest with are ourselves.

Traditionally, euthanizing aggressive dogs has been a topic avoided in public, as though you are so ashamed of your "inability to turn that dog around. When the veterinary technician said that to me, I caught my breath and thought what a terrible thing that was to say. Eventually I saw that she was right. What's right for me may not be right for anyone else.

The reasons to euthanize or not are a moving target, and little about this topic is clear cut. It's a topic constituting a hundred shades of grey and not much black and white. I believe that if your dog has inflicted enough physical damage to send someone to the ER, or has mauled or killed another dog, it's time to act definitively. But that's me.

I'm more than lucky I didn't break my neck on that fall down the stairs after he lunged at my face, and it is sheer grace that I got up and walked away with only bruises and a limp to show for it. My wish for every one of us is the love of a non-aggressive dog without any need for us to walk on eggshells. May that love be with us all, and if not with this dog, then another one. I feel worried about the young female mixed dog we got from rescue. She is ok away from house, yet very aggressive in defending the yard and the house. She has bitten two people not breaking the skin yet doesn't respond to commands.

We were not told about past bites from rescue. It is better to put these dogs down and not keep passing them on. Me and my boyfriend bought our french bulldog puppy around 3 years ago, we fell in love with him straight away and never stopped kissing and cuddling him. We always knew he was different even from a very young age, he seemed to dislike all dogs very quickly and this stopped us from trying to socialise him with other dogs. After about 6 months of having him, his behaviour towards people changed, he seemed to be very over protective of me and would hate it when people came over.

It became stressful when people came through the front door, we had to keep him separate at all times. Now, coming up to 3 years later he has bitten around 15 people, including myself and for such a small dog he is so strong and powerful. Kathy, I'm so sorry for your loss. I understand it, I really do.

Yes, it's definitely one of the worst days of your life, or one of the worst episodes. I'm grateful that you did not try to rehome him, and am broken hearted right along with you. You tried everything, tried exactly what you should have tried, and understood that it has not worked well enough. I believe you made the right choice. The chicken nuggets were an excellent choice.

Over time, the hurt will ease, but not soon enough. My heart is with you. I posted a comment here over a year ago about my 9 year old boxer with an extensive bite history snapping at my toddler. The vet looked at me with disdain when I mentioned euthanasia and I felt so much guilt. I convinced my husband to allow strict separation at home and to try again. In the past year, we had another child. Then my husband tried to move the dog away from the door of a room I was in and was bitten twice.

How can I keep two children safe? He was a shelter dog and I have tried meds, training, a behaviorist, and containment over the past 7 years. I would never forgive myself if one of my children was bitten. I contacted a different vet who agreed it was too dangerous for him to live with children. Today he ran at his favorite park, ate treats and chicken nuggets. I held him until he passed and it was heartbreaking and horrifying. I held him and told him he was a good boy and that I loved him. The grief and guilt is fresh and I wish the memory of the euthanasia could be wiped from my mind.

I hope he was happy with his snacks and my hugs. I love him so much. This may be one of the worst days of my life. Walked on eggshells etc etc. But took him to the Dog Park. Thank you for reminding me how dangerous they've become. I'm having a similar situation. I've had Buckley since July of and picked him up from a rescue. The problem is this dog is not really nervous on a day to day basis. He's very sweet, constantly rolling on his back for a belly rub. What triggered the event yesterday was my mother in law was watching my son 1 years. A physical therapist which my son sees once or twice a week was coming in the house and as my mother in law was handing off my son, that's when he attacked.

It wasn't the first time he bit her, but this was the first time that this much damage was done. To date, the only people he attacked are my in laws he bit my father in law once when we were catering BBQ and the delivery guy came in. It's easy to say that it may have been due to how they were handling the dog I didn't see any of the attacks , but that isn't something I can prove and our household is becoming more and more chaotic with family members coming in and out.


I feel like I failed this dog and put him in these situations he should't be in. This is very tough because i feel obliged to do something considering what happened to my mother in law but I don't want to make hasty irreversible decisions. Natalie, I am so sorry you are having to deal with an aggressive dog as well as living as a prisoner in your own home. You said, "I would never put down a healthy dog". I would say that your dog is not healthy, he is mentally unhealthy; living in fear and anxiety.

You too are living in fear and anxiety, trying to protect people who come to your house. If a mistake is ever made, and he does bite someone, you will feel even worse. Living in fear is not good for you, your family, your other pets, or for your dog. I read this article often. Ever since he was a puppy, he was difficult and different. He was almost always aggressive towards other dogs, but then after about a year or two years he became that way with people. The situation escalated even worse when we moved to our first house and he started showing extreme aggression to anyone who came over.

We have spent the last 2 years trying our hardest to isolate him from anyone who comes over and have to resort to keeping him in the back yard when company is over. We got another dog who is an absolute sweetheart, in hopes that she could improve his quality of life, but he has not changed though the dog interaction is a complete blessing. He even bit the cat he grew up with in the face, has tried to attack my old cat who we had to rehome to my parents after trying to get him to be nice to her for over a year and basically we just manage the situation.

I wish there was more I could do. But I don't know what will draw the line. I don't know how I could live with myself. But we have to realize if he gets hurt, we would never be able to take him to a vet. It's devastation. I feel like I'm living in a prison in my own home. I hope that everyone who has experienced this or has problems like this will eventually have peace with whatever decision you decide to make. Thank you all for reading this and understanding each other's pain.

Hi all. I found this site a year ago when my boyfriend sent it to me. When he was 6 months we noticed something was different. He avoided people, he barked and lunged at people during walks. We took him to a trainer who said he was exhibiting fear aggression and recommended an amazing vet behaviorist. It was there that he first bit my aunt hard enough to draw blood.

Our behaviorist immediately set up an appointment. We began medications after medications, and training him. We had to close all blinds in the house because when he saw people walking, he would throw himself at the window. When we had people over, he had to be put on tranquilizers and kept in his kennel in a separate room. A few months later, he bit another relative so hard she should have required stitches. I was devastated. My one year old puppy only cared for me, my family and boyfriend.

When he got into his fearfulness and aggression, nothing could snap him out if it. I worked with the behaviorist monthly and car home from college weekly to work with Chip. It broke my heart that he was constantly living in a world of fear- even with medications. I began seriously thinking of a future with him and how he would be in an apartment, or with a child. I made the incredibly difficult and most heart wrenching decision to put him down.

The risks were too high and his quality of life was not what it should be for a dog. I was wracked with guilt and grief. I still struggle. What if I had done more? What if I had caught it sooner? Three days after Chip was put down, our beloved family lab passed away unexpectedly. I was left completely and totally devastated and full of anxiety. I miss both dogs every day. You stood by your best friend.

You stood by him and did what was needed. My advice to anyone is the same-if possible consult with your vet, trainer, Behaviorlist but dig deep and pull out your courage. She has never been 'normal' and I'm very nervous of her around people. She has gotten out of an invisible fenced yard twice to chase 1 particular dog.

This morning was the 2nd time, she had her collar on, and I was outside with her picking up poop. The neighbor threatened to call the city. When I have company over she is closed off in my room. She doesn't listen to me very good, but is sweet to me. I'm even afraid to take her to a kennel. My friend says to just put her on a leash all the time, but what is her quality of life?

I don't want to give up on her, but I don't want her to hurt anyone or another animal. I'm so sad. My heart is absolutely crushed! I know it's the right thing to do but still so very hard! Thank you for sharing your story, and please know, you are not alone, and you did the right thing. I had a female Boerboel who was my pride and joy.

I socialized her constantly, and brought her to training classes, and followed all the rules for giant breed guard dogs. When she was six months old, I got a ten week old male Boerboel. He had extreme possession aggression issues, and bit my arm down to his gums with his baby teeth. I was skeptical, and feared I would one day have to put him down. It was horrible, and I knew she would have killed him if she could have.

I kept her separated from him, and sought every kind of professional advice and help. Several months later, apropos of nothing, she savagely attacked and killed my 14 year old Boston Terrier, whom she had grown up with, and played and slept with all the time. It was as though we did not exist. While she had always been sweet, loving and submissive to my son and I, I made the agonizing decision to have her euthanized.

There was no doubt in my mind that if she ever got loose, she would have killed something, or someone. I can take a steak out of his mouth easily, and he loves other people, and is good with my horses and cats. I always thought HE would be the problem, but after his initial possession aggression was dealt with, he has never once showed any of the predatory or wary behavior my female always had. Which is fortunate, because he is currently lbs.

Love to all. Thank you very much for sharing your story and helping others to share their story. A lot of you knew the completely awful side of your dog. You experienced a bite. Thankfully and not so thankfully I didn't experience that. Two days ago my wife and I put down our foster dog. He came to us at about 5 months old. He was becoming reactive at the rescue's main office in his crate and they thought having time out of his kennel in a home environment would do him good.

It did help him. He took well to both of us. He loved us. He showered us with kisses, snuggles and all types of affection all the time. He was so incredibly affectionate towards us. We looked past the jumping to head height at first and what seemed to be his attempts to nip at our face. We took it as he wanted to give us kisses. I still don't know if it was kisses or he thought we were a toy or he wasn't sure if he should bite us or not.

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Whatever it was he never bit us or anyone else. And he showed us sooooooo much love. He just struggled to let almost anyone else in. We spent nearly 11 months with him. We feared having friends or family over because he would go crazy and he had the scariest bark you will ever hear. Even when crated he would go crazy in his crate. My wife lived in constant fear the last several months that he would get out and seriously injure someone. We didn't know if a neighbor kid would inadvertently leave the gate open.

We just didn't know what might happen. He was fearful of others and he always seemed to revert to fight mode. He was on the wrong end of a few dog fights with his first foster brother. He always wanted to play and the other foster seemed to be happy to play most of the time but then he wouldn't show him respect when it was time to be done.

During this past summer, we gave him lots of exercise, play dates with dogs, treats and training. After a great play session, we loved watching him snore on the floor in front of the air conditioning vent. One time after a walk he changed positions three times to get the best air. First for his back, then for his chest and lastly for his face. He could be so great. The thing that hurts the most is the lingering thoughts that maybe if we had done this or that it would have been different. How did I screw up so bad to screw up this dog and now make him pay for my sins? My wife tells me he wasn't wired correctly.

I know she is right. She worked with the behaviorist. She says he was only going to get worse. And I know she is right. During all his time with us he only had one meet and greet with potential adopters. He nipped both of them upon first meeting them. He wasn't adoptable and despite the fact that we loved him he wasn't our dog and we didn't choose him. He did choose us and we gave him a great life while he was with us.

He wanted for nothing. We gave him lots of toys and kongs and mental stimulation through snuffle mats, and on and on and on. And now that he is gone a part of me feels missing. And I know it isn't right for a dog to be that dependent and needy and yet I feel almost lost. I know he is now out of the pain of his own head. He was too fearful of everything. My wife tells me I should feel proud that we never let him bite anyone. I am trying to feel that way. And your stories help me to feel that way. And right now I just hurt. I am sorry if this comes off selfish. I can assure you my wife and I struggled with this for a long time and we feel horrible that we couldn't save him.

We wanted to so badly. We wanted everyone to see the side of him that we saw. He didn't want to though and we couldn't change that. We will miss you and you will live on with us forever. Thank you for writing about your experience. Momo was euthanized today. He was about 8 years old. He came to us from a shelter, and we were told he had been returned because he was frightened of things.

Turns out he was fear aggressive. There were dog fights with our other dogs and we got bit, and you could not touch the dog. After Foster died he had always protected us by getting between us and Momo , Momo tried to bite my face, but I basically was just scratched. We got Momo checked out to see if there was a physical reason--there was none. Momo went on Prozac. We sought out a behaviorist, but it was clear things could get better but not good. He was an only dog for about 8 months, but although he improved, he still wouldn't allow touching past a certain point. You could pet him, then suddenly he would growl and bite.

I was lonely and we adopted another dog, keeping them apart. Momo barked at the other dog through the window, and I tried to calm Momo. I was picking up something and putting it in his bed when he bit my elbow, with the whole elbow in his mouth. I successfully calmed him and he let go. It was very scary as I thought he might crush some bones.

A week or so later, my husband, for some reason, let him sleep next to him while napping. When he awoke, he spoke to Momo, then Momo got up and licked his face. Then suddenly Momo bit his face, puncturing the cheek. He bit down three times until I came running. Momo had gotten into a fight with Foster once and had also bitten him resulting in a puncture wound to the cheek.

We had to euthanize Momo. Momo was his same self afterward, but even I knew hat it could be me, my husband, or my mother next. Whatever happened to Momo when he was young, there was no fixing it. I've always believed love read caring treatment and behavior alteration could fix things, whether husbands or dogs or whatever, but it is clear that sometimes it isn't enough. Still, I feel as if I have failed Momo. I feel guilty in that I adopted another dog, making the situation worse.

But Foster had been my solace and it was clear that Momo would never be a source of solace--thus the other dog. I feel guilty in that Foster was my sweetheart and I could not interact with Momo was much as I wanted to when Foster was alive as Foster would get jealous. But then, maybe Foster knew Momo's heart better than I did. I feel guilty in that I did not contact a behaviorist sooner. I feel guilty in that Momo was showing increasing affection and love toward me until we go the other dog. And I feel guilty that my husband got bit in the race. I feel terrible guilt in having to euthanize Momo.

It is worse in that because there was no day quarantine period, the vet must submit Momo's head to be tested for rabies. I can only go forward from here. I thank you for posting the updates. Your posts help heal many of us. Thank you so much for this article! I have a 17 month old blue Lacey pit bull mix named Ace. He is a beautiful boy. He is our baby boy. My sister saw him on Facebook and the momma dog had quit nursing so he needed a home fast. We were too excited to bring him home. I have 4 kids all over the age 16, still living at home as well as my sister and my mom.

We all took turns taking care of him. He slept in our arms as a puppy. We took him to the vet. Got his shots. Got him neutered. It took a little longer than it should have because it is kinda pricey. So we did just that. But by this time we started noticing that he did not like strangers at all. We finally got all his shots and took him to puppy training. His first group lesson did not go well because he barked at the trainer and other dogs the whole time. The trainer said he would have to start out with one on one classes then work his way up to the group class.

It sounded so easy at the time. Cut to 6 months later and he still is doing one on one and is still barking and lunging at strangers. Then one day we forget to make sure the latch clicked on the door and boom. He gets out. My youngest daughter was the only one home at the time and she went running after him. But he is so fast!

He does not listen when he gets out. He ends up biting a teenage boy that day. Our dog was quarantined for 10 days and because of the things the vet saw during those 10 days he advised us to euthanize Ace. He felt that something was wrong in his brain. He said It is not a breed thing or even anything we might have done or not done. We were not ready to hear that at the time so he suggested anxiety medication. We started him on trazadone and faithfully gave him his meds. We became very diligent about making sure doors are closed and locked.

Making sure when guests come over that he is kenneled. But the inevitable happened again 2 days ago. He gets out and it all happened so fast. There are workers outside and he bee lines it right to them. He is barking and getting closer and we are panicking and running after him. Calling his name. He lunges at his leg. I see him bite. My neice gets to him first and he runs. The guy is yelling.

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There are neighbors coming out. Ace runs to them. We are yelling to please go back inside. Ace runs after him. Barking and snarling. All his hair is standing up on his back. He is slobbering everywhere. Thankfully the guy turns around and Ace does not bit him. Finally something back by our house catches his eye and he runs to our side yard. The neighbors dogs are outside in their fenced yard and they distract him enough for us to catch him. My daughter actually caught him and in doing so landed on a rusty nail puncturing her knee.

I then grab his collar and try to get him to our yard. My sister actually picked him up to get him in our backyard and he scratched and bit her and I somehow got a scratch on my arm. Not sure if it was Ace or the trees when trying to grab him. Animal control was called. I was literally still shaking an hour later.

My only thought was what if a child were to come outside at that moment. I could not live with myself if he had hurt a child. And I have no doubt that he would have. It is so because he has never been aggressive towards us. Except turning on my sister when she grabbed him that day he sleeps in our beds at night. Taking turns between family members. He can be the sweetest baby boy. It hurts my heart so deeply to make this decision.

Will there be a child walking with their family to the park? Will there be an elderly neighbor working in their yard? What if my mom is the only one here? I believe now what our vet told us months ago. He is not wired right. Whether it be genetic or overwhelming anxiety I write this crying as he sleeps at my feet tonight. We will be taking him to the vet tomorrow. I hate this has happened to my family. I hate that my kids have to experience this. Please pray for us. This was hard to read and stirs up the mixed feelings I have over euthanizing our 6 yo Lab-Rot cross 2 wks ago after the 3rd attack on our 14 yo GSH Pointer.

It was serious, with slashing bite wounds on the neck and the side of her face, the inner ear on that side "shredded", causing her to lose hearing on that side. She pulled through remarkably well, with no lingering affects other than the hearing loss. The 2nd attack came in November, was life-threatening, with the same kind of wounds in the same places as the first attack but far more serious this time. Again, we thought a wild animal attack, but, this time,somewhere deep in the back of my mind, was a nagging question, could these attacks possibly be coming from the younger dog.

We adopted her at 6 months old and she'd been raised with this older dog. They were tightly bonded from the very beginning, the younger dog never wanting to go anywhere or do anything without the older dog. I just couldn't imagine that she would do this, so I pushed the thought from my mind. After that, with winter coming on, both dogs were kept in our attached, heated garage for the most part while the older dog healed from her injuries. While being housed in the garage, they got lots of attention since both my husband and I have work shops out there where we spend many winter hours on various projects.

Any time I was out there, I closely observed their behavior I saw nothing unusual. The winter went by without incident, and now it's March, nearly a yr after the first attack. Two weeks ago, on a Sat morning, my husband went into the garage, as usual, to let the dogs out for their morning potty break and roll in the snow. What he stepped into was nothing short of a nightmare! The garage looked like something out of a slasher movie, blood from corner to corner, on the floor, on the walls, on the door leading into the house where Sadie the older dog had obviously tried to get help. It was everywhere, and the older dog was laying on the concrete floor, in a pool of blood that had coagulated into something that looked like her insides had spilled out.

She was alive, but hanging by a thread. We loaded up both dogs, into separate vehicles, and went to the Veterinary Clinic to see if the older dog could be saved and also consult with the veterinary regarding the younger dog in light of discovering, for certain, that she was the source of these vicious attacks.

For background Going back about 18 months, this younger dog had suffered a torn CCL, which is the canine equivalent of a torn ACL in humans. We were told that the long-term results of these surgeries are not positive, that it was not likely to be a long-term solution, especially with large, active dogs such as ours. She'd been on a regimen of pain pills every since, but, as time passed, I could tell that they were no longer taking care of the pain completely and wondered from time to time if I was being selfish by keeping her with us because I didn't want to give her up or if I was doing the right thing by giving her as much time as I could.

It's so hard to know the level of pain in a creature who can't tell you how much it hurts. As we consulted with the Vet that Saturday morning, this situation was part of the conversation.

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The Vet's feeling was that this "lashing out" was likely due to the pain that we couldn't completely control, and that the most humane solution for the dog, as well as for the safety of others, both animal and human, she thought it best to euthanize. That is the decision we made, and my beautiful dog didn't come home with us that day. The Vet was able to patch Sadie up one more time, and she has survived another vicious attack, but not without long term repercussions this time. The same ear was injured and a nerve destroyed so the ear doesn't move anymore.

When she cocks her ears, only one goes up, the other never moves. It doesn't really matter to her since she lost hearing in that ear after the first attack, but it sure looks goofy! She's also quite weak in the back legs, which doesn't have anything to do with her injuries, per sae. She's now a full time house dog, although she's not settled into that yet, still not sure that it's a good thing to be inside when all the "action" is outside. Come spring and warmer weather, she'll be able to out more often, but I'm not ready to let her out of my sight quite yet.

I can't lose them both soon close together! What's really heart wrenching, is the fact that she's grieving over her friend, always looking for her when we go into the garage, checking out the corner where her bed was, sniffing around old "haunts" whenever she goes outside, not eating eagerly and sleeping much of the day. I've had other dogs grieve the loss of a companion dog so I recognize the signs she's displaying. I know this will pass, but I am again reminded of a dog's ability to forgive, how much abuse a dog will take and still love their abuser.

Sadie's companion nearly killed her three times, and yet she grieves the loss of her beloved friend, and so do I. I will never be completely at ease with our decision to put down this beautiful dog. She was exceptionally intelligent and had always been affectionate to everyone, never showing any aggression until this. Did we do the right thing? Was this aggression something that was aimed only at the older dog and would never have shown itself again, to anyone else? Did I give up on her too soon? I'll never for certain the answers to those questions. What I do know is we have 7 grandchildren, and we felt we just couldn't take the chance that this aggression would rear again, and the next time, be aimed at a child.

In my mind, I believe we did the only responsible thing we could, but in my heart, I will carry the heaviness of doubt forever. We have just gone through this same situation. I recued a dog from the woods 9 months ago -- it took me 2 weeks to finally capture him. He was so weak and malnourished.

Around Thanksgiving he became aggressive when startled, and like you He was prescribed paxil… I was walking into my bedroom the other night and he charged at me I have just recovery from a knee fracture after he ran past me and knocked me to the ground while on a leash walk. The shame I felt and the sadness that was deep in my soul when we made the decision that we could not keep him.

The final straw was 2 days ago when he jumped the 6 foot fence and mauled my neighbors small dog - requiring 13 sutures. I had hopes we could turn him around - unfortunately we could not. Sadly my neighbors dog was injured and I can't forgive myself for this. We all have to make difficult decisions. He was not a dog that could be re-homed. Thank you so much for writing this, and posting the annual updates.

I started crying when I read your first few paragraphs about the betrayal and other emotions you felt when being bitten by your own dog. It's like you read my mind and articulated the feelings I'm having. I never thought I would be in this place with a dog, especially not one that I raised from 3 months of age and deligently trained using positive behavior training, consistent daycare, socialization and so much more. Georgia, This decision is possibly one of the hardest of your life.

I understand. I know the decision I have to make, but it is so hard. My 2byear old pit is getting more and more aggressive. Over the summer, he mailed a child's back and bit him several places. This child had to go to the ER. The parent were amazing and didn't even ask us to euthanize the dog. His behavior became erratic only a few weeks before this attack because the dog himself was bitten and attacked by a neighbor's dog. After that, he has never been the same.

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I thought time would heal but each day, his barks and growls get more terrifying. I have nieces and nephews that come to visit and I am certain by his behavior that he would attack them if he was loose. This is just so hard. I miss Drake everyday. He was our beautiful black boy but he had a side that was frightening. The last episode my 2 month old was sleeping and he attacked our small dog he had known for 2 years. I broke them apart and he then attacked me.

He had been aggressive for a long time but we always made excuses and hired the wrong type of dog trainers. We may not have been perfect dog owners but we did our best. He loved running, we ran miles and miles in all different states over the years. Its heartbreaking and I will never be the same. The only peace I have is reading all the similar stories and also knowing my baby will never be hurt by him. The only way my husband and I knew it was absolutley time was when we took him to a behaviorist. She confirmed he had too many triggers to live with a child and was not rehomeable not that I would want anyone else to get hurt.

I talk to his ashes all the time and still feel his larger than life personality by my side. My advice to anyone going through this is please save the money if you have to and go see a professional behaviorist.. Thank you. I have been contemplating on whether to Euthaninzing my dog. We've had him for 7 yrs and in that time he's bitten us several times and each time the bites get worse , we love him so much that we overlooked it even last year when he bit my sister so badly we had to go to the ER on Xmas Eve.

I have only found out last year that i'm Diabetic. My worries have since escalated seeing as he bit my sister again very badly yesterday. Time and time again we have tried to curb his aggression. We now have a child that lives with us and he has grabbed her a few times , she has not been injured by him though. It is with a heavy heart that we have made the choice to have him Euthanized. I thank you for this article as it has made me come to terms with what must be done. You're welcome, "the one that had a beagle.

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However, I wish with all my heart and soul that you didn't feel guilty - I know you went over in your head how you would feel if the worst happened. There are chemical issues in people and dogs that we simply cannot control; think of people who are under regular care by psychiatrists whose mental illness cannot be controlled even with medication and talk therapy.

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I believe that mental illness or extremely poor socialization is at the heart of most canine aggression; this does not make you a failure. If you still cannot talk about it within your family, I suggest talking to a professional. A year and a half is a long time to feel such a burden of heavy guilt, and it must affect most areas of your life. I am sorry about Hollie, and how much you and your family hurt. Please take care of yourself. I've read this article at least 3 times in its entirety as I grapple with this same issue and wait for my hand to heal from the latest in a series of bites from our 9 year old beagle, Rockwell.

Most of the time, he is sweet, affectionate and loving. Then without warning, the next thing you know you have been bitten. The latest bite is a puncture wound to the palm that required a tetanus shot. In the last 5 years, he's bitten me 5 or 6 times, in varying degrees of severity. We've consulted with our vet, who agrees that euthanasia is the right thing to do, but I am consumed with guilt. Rockwell was a rescue that previously had been hit by a car and likely had owners who abused him, or at the least, neglected him.

He's had a loving home and the best care for the last 8 years, but the biting incidents come without warning, even if far apart. This animal I love feels like a stranger to me now. Someone in my house that I can never trust again. I feel as I have somehow failed this animal, but don't see a way forward with him.

I know I need to find the resolve to go ahead with this, but it is so very hard. The one that had a beagle March 3, Dear Phyllis, thank you so much for your article, I discovered it whilst researching material for the canine behaviour and psychology course I am studying. I am not ready to talk about details yet but had my beloved Hollie euthanized 16 months ago due to unpredictable aggressive behaviour. It was the hardest decision I have ever had to make and I have struggled with the guilt ever since but reading your article has helped me tremendously.

I am sorry you and so many of the commenters have experienced this too but reading through the situations of each has offered some comfort and helped me to started to believe I am not a failure after all. Thank you for your honesty. Thank you for writing such an honest article it helped me heal after I had to put my aggressive German Shepherd down. Since that time I have been grieving hard and filled with guilt. My dog had bitten all 3 of my children and attacked 2 men. He started growling at me and showing me his teeth.

One time he bit me on the arm but as soon as his teeth touched my skin he retracted. He tried to attack everyone and everything. Confined him to a crate. Until one day my adult son said the dog had to go because they all lived in fear when I wasn't there. So, I took him to Animal control. He lunged at the workers viciously snarling and trying to attack. If I hugged him he snarled at me. If I tried to cut his nails he tried to bite had food aggression. I had him for 4 years. I was crazy to have put everyone in danger and kept him after he kept biting.

But I still feel horrible. Miss him more than anything. I did buy another dog. What a difference. No more dog wars or putting my family, friends and strangers in danger. That is what it came down to. To make a decision to be responsible and find an adult that had been professionally trained its entire life. Reading the CDC webistie about people getting killed by their dogs was a wake up call. Thank you for listening. Thanks for the great article Phyllis. Yesterday, my wife and I put down our bassador of three years.

Oliver was a pitiful 6-month old rescue who was in bad shape when we got him The rescue told us he was food aggressive. As a lifetime dog owner, I too thought I could take on his food aggression and any other issues without fail. He had deep seated trust issues that caused him to have random bouts of unpredictable biting hard to train or train around or for that.

Although he became my smartest and best trained pup Putting him down yesterday was devastating It will continue to sting, probably for years to come. Knowing we're not the only ones out there going through this helps greatly. Thanks again! Phyllis DeGioia February 7, Hi Rebecca, Thank you for the kind compliment. This decision is excruciating and final, and when they have so many days during which they are really their own happy selves, it compounds the difficulty.

Human behavior being what it is, we do tend to wait for a disaster. Later, Chrono accepts a quest that could get him to Grade 2 in one stroke. Chrono was going to do it alone, but Shion and Tokoha insisted on coming with him. With their help, Chrono completed a quest that seemed impossible to complete on his own. After a period of diligent questing, Chrono ultimately became unable to get to Grade 3 in time for the tournament because he had to stay with a lost child while waiting for his mom to pick him up from the police station.

Mamoru convinced the Dragon Empire Branch Chief to create an emergency quest specifically for people who still need to get to Grade 3 in time for the tournament. Even with Shion and Tokoha's help, Chrono still didn't quite have enough tokens to make it to Grade 3. As they were headed back at the end of the day, Tsuneto stepped in and challenged Chrono to a fight. Chrono won earning enough tokens to get to Grade 3. After the event, Shion seemed pleased to see that Chrono was now on the same level as him.

Team TRY3 easily made it to the top 16 of regionals. In the first round of the top 16, Shion fought Shouma Shinonome and lost because he didn't get a critical trigger during Saint Blow's attack. Afterward, Shion got depressed despite Chrono's attempts to cheer him up and even wanted to quit Vanguard, but Chrono wouldn't let him and challenged Shion to one last fight.

If Shion won, Chrono would agree to leave him alone. Shion won but ultimately decided to continue playing Vanguard. That night, Chrono, Shion, and Tokoha participated in the concert itself by playing the villains in a skit starring Saya. After hearing about a tournament where the winners would get to fight Team Demise, Chrono, Shion, and Tokoha decided to enter.

They all made it to the top 3, but Shion noticed one of the other 3 finalists being dragged away by Yuya.

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After they were supposed to go home, Chrono decided to investigate Taiyou Asukawa 's suspicious behavior and Shion decided to investigate Yuya being there. The way back inside was locked, but fortunately Shion figured out that the door opens by applying the bracelets they received after winning the tournament. Once inside, they were found by a security guard. He asked why they weren't wearing their bracelets, then said they needed discipline and took each of the trio to separate floors. Shion was then forced to fight Yuya using a GIRS that was modified to inflict pain to a fighter who takes damage, with Yuya having rigged his side so that he doesn't feel pain.

At one point, Shouma Shinonome came to watch the fight. When Shion was told the story about how Shouma was directly responsible for Yuya joining the United Sanctuary, Shion got worked up and defended against Yuya's attack without even looking at him before winning with Saint Blow Dragon. After the fight, Yuya was dragged away and Shion asked Shouma where they were taking him, and Shouma replied that the United Sanctuary didn't need weaklings and that they should be training "birds" and not "dogs". After his fight with Yuya, Shion was brought to Kouji Ibuki 's office as Chrono was about to confront him about the affairs of the United Sanctuary.

He was shortly followed by Tokoha, who was also forced to come to Ibuki's office. Chrono, Shion, and Tokoha attempt to convince Ibuki that what the United Sanctuary was doing is wrong. He fought all 3 of them at once and won without even having to resort to his trump card in any of the matches.

During the fight, he scoffed at Team TRY3's ideals and asserted that "a heart makes you weak". Chrono, Shion, and Tokoha were on a rooftop reflecting on Taiyou's decision. After Shion went home, Iwakura gave Shion a letter containing invitations to a fight against Team Demise. While the other clan leaders refused and called the idea childish, Ryutaro gave Chrono a chance to show how serious he was. Chrono managed to prove that he was indeed serious, but Ryutaro still refused to delay the meeting. Later, Shion was training for the fight.

Iwakura saw that Shion was doing things without his support and gave him Soaring Divine Knight, Altmile. Throughout the fight, Shouma went on about how he could see the future and that the path Shion was following would end in death. Shouma used his finisher Mythical Destroyer Beast, Vanargandr to drive check a triple critical trigger, but Shion held on by using 2 Perfect Guards and won on his next turn. Shouma commented on how Shion had grasped a future unknowable to him but said that it was more fun that way.

Shion was with Chrono and Tokoha when they met Luna and watched Chrono's teaching fight with her. Shion got paired up against Sharlene Chen and won. However, after the ceremony rumors about the Kiba's company being taken over by the Ace Corporation started to rise. Shion got a call from Ace himself and went alone to confront him. He found that his uncle was being held captive by Ace and Ace challenged Shion to a cardfight with the future of the company on the line. Since he figured Shion would be concerned about cheating, Ace offered to have both fighters build improvised decks from packs.

After the fight, Ace revealed it was all a trap design to gain more support for Ace corporation's takeover of Kiba and that his uncle was involved. Shion kept losing which made him doubt his abilities and caused him to be tormented by visions of his friends and family leaving him and Ace and Shouma taunting him. However, Kai told him to "picture it". His own avatar, Altmile begins to glow brightly. The ball of light which probably represent a boon of hope makes Shion try to grab the light with his own hand and vow with himself that he will not end his life in misery.

Afterward, Shion fell asleep and when he woke up Kai had already left. During the Dragon Empire Quest, Shion kept fighting chasers and beat all of them. He ended up on the news which he took advantage of to draw the chasers in. After hearing that Chrono and Tokoha were in the drop zone, Shion came to their rescue and challenged the guardian, Miwa.

Miwa's Seal Dragon deck perfectly countered Shion's deck by gaining advantage based on the number of Shion's Grade 2 rear-guards, but Shion won anyway. During the Zoo Branch Quest, Shion suggested that he and Tokoha search for seasonings rather than just going after the premium ingredients. During this series, Shion becomes one of the students of Fukuhara high and decides to form a Vanguard cardfight club in the school.

He recruited Henri Hayao and Rin Hashima to join him and make the cardfight club grow and become more popular. Altmile has a Soul Saver Dragon -esque Generation Break , which gives power to all his front row units during his turn. However, his deck has an inherent weakness of not being able to superior call cards that can boost, so he improves it by including Techgal to compensate for it.

His deck is now focused on improving his formation and powering up rearguards with Altmile's skill. For his second fight against Ace, his deck now focuses on the new skill of Royal Paladin to power up his rearguards and vanguard, as well as the skills of Aerial Divine Knight, Altmile and his new ace, Transcending the Heavens, Altmile. For his third fight against Kai, his deck is focused on increasing his formation and, once again, on the skill Brave.

He also has a G Guardian. His deck in Stride Gate includes new cards with the Brave skill. He also has a new avatar, Knight of Heavenly Decree, Altmile , that helps with this strategy. For his second fight against Valeos, his deck changes once more. During his second fight with Valeo he gains a new G unit Immortal Holy Sword, Fides , which forces his opponent to guard with more than one card when his brave units are attacking, otherwise the attacks will hit regardless of their power.

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