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        05-07-2013, 12:08 AM
      #51
    Weanling
    My other brother just came home from college...and he did the same thing. I thought maybe he felt territorial over my room (because that is the only place it has happened) but no...he was downstairs. Seemed fine, wagging his tail and giving kisses. Then all the sudden went for his face :( he is scheduled to be put to sleep Wednesday at my vet. I have never been present for euthanasia...I know it's going to be really hard. But I want the last person he sees to be me. At least know that someone loved him after sitting in a kennel for half his life...
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        05-07-2013, 01:22 AM
      #52
    Foal
    Most often the hardest decisions are the right ones. I'm sorry you have to go through this. My thoughts are with you and your foster dog.
         
        05-09-2013, 06:29 PM
      #53
    Weanling
    Flynn has rescue!! He is being picked up in a few minutes by a rescue who is going to try and rehabilitate him!! :) I am so happy...
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        05-11-2013, 02:09 PM
      #54
    Yearling
    I'm happy to hear that! Hopefully they can rehab him and give him a working dog home! A tired dog is a happy dog. It sounds like he needs a career change.
         
        05-11-2013, 02:45 PM
      #55
    Started
    I am glad that he hopefully will have a chance to be rehabbed. Hopefully they're a rescue that knows what they're doing and is responsible enough to have him put to sleep if the rehab doesn't work rather than condemn him to a kennel for the rest of his life. There are some wonderful rescues out there. There are also some terrible ones. Hopefully this one is the former.
         
        07-03-2013, 01:33 AM
      #56
    Weanling
    Just an update if anyone cares lol...The rescue renamed him "George"...wouldn't be my first choice, but hey, he's not mine anymore. They also hate me because I won't pay $600 to cover his heartworm treatment. They had a fundraiser and he's had his first round of treatment...he also has hookworms and dermatitis. The first month they had him they claimed he was "a totally normal dog who had experienced aggression issues in his previous foster home". Well here we are in July and they're saying "We're going to have to call in for help on this case. He is NOT a lost cause but I just don't understand why he's fine one minute and the next he has a random act of aggression". The trainer working with the rescue turned out to be a little less experienced than what people had told me I guess. I loved that dog, but it's a little sad to think about the multiple dogs they could have saved with the money they're spending on his HW treatment and other issues...
         
        07-07-2013, 03:21 AM
      #57
    Yearling
    I'm glad to see an update.

    I am not surprised they have not seen a huge amount of progress. Training takes months, sometimes even a full year or more to make a breakthrough, especially with an animal of unknown history. My severely dysfunctional dog certainly has become a greatly improved citizen, despite the number of times I have wanted to kill him for bad behavior. It is a continual work in progress.

    Rescue work is always a gamble. A rescue won't do much good if it opts to put down an animal as soon as it has a behavioral or health problem. Most animals at shelters are going to have issues of some kind, otherwise they wouldn't be at a shelter to begin with.

    Which would you pick to save? A mean healthy cat? Or a sick sweet cat?
    A starving horse, or one with lameness issues? Should a rescue stop saving any animal that is older than a certain age limit?

    It is up the the people who run the rescue, on what expenses are "worth it" to them. If they can manage the dog safely does it matter that he has behavioral issues? Many rescues choose to keep animals as lifers that have too many health issues, or need special handling.
         
        07-07-2013, 11:09 AM
      #58
    Weanling
    While I do agree with you, he has behavior issues AND health issues. They're not even sure he's going to survive the HW treatment it's so bad. I just feel like; who is going to adopt a dog that has a history of attacking when they can get a friendly dog elsewhere? I have no idea how they will adopt
    Him out...if he's ever even adoptable. And if they can't, living at the rescue isn't much of a life either. Gets out a couple times a day to use the bathroom and then back in the kennel he goes.
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        07-07-2013, 11:47 AM
      #59
    Foal
    I feel like with the amount of animals in shelters and rescues, they should have to make the rough decisions.
    Yes, every animal deserves a chance, and some animals have had amazing turn arounds, but when you've got a dog that is awful sick and have serious behavioral issues, and towards people no less, you have to decide what are his chances of being rehabbed, what are his chances of being adopted with his history, and how many other ill dogs who are fine otherwise could be treated and placed in homes easily but now can't because of all the time and money put into one.
         
        07-07-2013, 01:56 PM
      #60
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    Each rescue has their own limits, both on what health issues warrant euthanasia, and on what behavioral issues warrant euthanasia. While I agree that I would have recommended euthanasia for this guy due to the combo of expensive and severe health issues and seemingly unpredictable aggression towards humans, this rescue didn't. That is their call, and I wish them the very best. Hopefully they can get him rehabbed and find a home he can be safely managed it. Living for years in a kennel is not an acceptable quality of life IMO. Fingers crossed that everything goes well for them and for now-George.
         
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