Ok, heres the deal. I have a 12 year old Blue Heeler. I got him when he was around 6 weeks old and he has been my buddy ever since. When he was about 5 he had my buddies toddler son jump on him off the couch. He was laying on a hard wood floor and it hurt him pretty bad. One of the only times I've heard him yip. Well now my daughter is going on 2 years old and Roper is a nevous wreck around her. He is outside most of the time and even then if she comes out to play he either runs away, sits and shakes or growls at her. Even if she isn't paying him any attention. The growling is what is bothering me. I will not put my daughter at risk of getting bit.
Roper seems to get over his fear once the kid gets to be around 5-6. At least he did with my nephew. So I think he will get over it with Katie. However we are expecting a second on July 1. By the time katie gets to be 4-5 we will have Breanne right behind. I don't think it is fair to have a dog living inconstant fear and I deffinately don't think it is fair to put my daughters at risk.
I talked to my wife about it yesterday and she started crying over it. It may just be the pregnant hormones but I think she is inagreement. I think we may need to find Roper a new home. I reeeeaaaallllly don't want to but I will not put my daughters at risk. This just really sucks. I was so hoping that he would have ended up being my daughters dog as much as mine but it doesn't seem to be going that way.
I just needed to vent a bit about the whole deal. THIS SUCKS!!!