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post #11 of 15 Old 06-08-2013, 09:30 PM
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ok, I don't know dogs very well, but I see dogs at the humane Society that are elderly, and they get adopted and can live out a few more years with their new families.. I presume that there is some good times for them to make it worth the while of keeping them, and finding an adoptive family. Otherwise, wouldn't the Humane Society feel it more human to put them down?
Isn't it possible that this old dog, if placed into a loving family that has a basically similar lifestyle as Fort Firemen, can adjust and adapt?

I would not want anything to happen to my daughter, because even if the dog has amuzzle on, if it lunges and attempts to bite her, it could leave long lasting emotional scars. And, since a parent is programmed to protect their young, it would be very stressful to me to think of my child as always in some kind of danger.

(well, of course, they ARE always in danger, but the sound of an animal growling threateningly at my child turns me into a very protective tigress)
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post #12 of 15 Old 06-08-2013, 09:38 PM
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I think it is cruel he has had the dog all 12 yrs of his life. This family is all he knows, yes elderly dogs can be adopted but it is rare and if he rehomes him and the family decides they no longer want to put up with him and get rid of him he could end up anywhere, it really isn't worth the stress in my eyes. My mom owns a 9 almost 10 yr old beagle mix who would have a break down if we got rid of her she only knows our lifestyle, doesn't do we with new animals, loud noises, car rides, kids etc and it wouldn't be worth moving her on. I'd much rather see a dog at that age put down with the family e knows then passed on to an uncertain future.

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Ok, first off, we have decided to keep him and try one more thing. He will live his life as ussual until Katie is outside with him. We ahve a large fenced in area that we ussually do a garden in. Well this year it is nothing due to my wife being pregnant and me not having the time or inclination to mess with a garden this year. It is 24ft by 48 ft and that is going to be his home when katie is outside. Other than that it is going to be life as ussual and hopefully his fear will start to pass. We'll see. My wife was pretty happy that i decided to try this and I can't believe I didn't think of it sooner. We had tried everything, so i thought. So moral of the story, HE"S STAYING .

As for if he does have to move on ( which i really hope he doesn't ) we've been talking to a recue group that deals with Australian cattle dogs and they have been great. they only send them to people that are approved and if the person decides they don't want them they go back to the rescue. We actually had 4 people contact us in the first day. I will NOT send my dog off to the humane society and I will NOT put down (kill) a perfectly health dog just because hes scared of a little girl .Especially if all it would take is to remove him from what he's scared of.
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Please try the Rescue Remedy. It's like 12$, it's totally safe and can only help.
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post #15 of 15 Old 06-10-2013, 01:52 AM
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It sounds like the dog has PTSD. All it takes is one really scary incident to cause that. I would work with him with the muzzle on and have the child give the dog treats (or even have you give the dog treats while the child is near the dog). PTSD can be overcome.

Other than that, keeping the child away from the dog is a good idea. Little children are not good around animals- they pull on tails/ears and generally it is just not a good match. This goes for any young child.

I had someone's little kid walk up to my horse one time and pinch her in the rump. No parents anywhere in sight.
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