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I'm so sorry about your doggy. What a difficult decision to have to make. No judgment here, only sympathy.


That is so difficult for you and I'm sure for the rest of the family. Pets become part of the family, my thoughts are with you.


it's not much but in these situations there isn't much else.


I'm so, so sorry about this. The same thing happened with my cat (if you can believe it) about a year ago. He bit my mom so severely that she had to go to the emergency room for iv antibiotics. Then he bit my mother in law. Then attacked my husband in front of my son. I didn't see what happened, but the screaming and yowling (from all three of them) was so scary that I was sure a coyote had gotten them. The vet said we shouldn't have waited to put him down after the first attack.

It was horrible, but I think once it starts to happen it's just a matter of time before it's you or your husband or (God forbid) one of the girls.

I really do know how painful it is. Jake was like our child, too. We'd had him for 7 years and he was the love of our lives. But people always have to come first.



Oh, Megan - what a terrible situation. We had to do this a few years ago with a dog we'd only had for a few weeks (a rescue dog, natch). That was incredibly hard; I can't imagine how difficult it'd be to do with a pooch who's become part of the family.

Hugs to you....


Meegs - So sorry to hear about Cronkite. You are a strong person for making the decision. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jay and the girls. XOXO - Darc


I'm so sorry that you're going through this. You're very much not alone, though...I just dealt with the same issue only a week and a half ago. We had a wonderful, sweet, huge dog who started being aggressive when he hit adulthood a few months back. I wasn't as prompt about dealing with it as you, though. I waited until he'd bitten my three year old son twice and started growling at him almost daily. I kept thinking my son must've provoked my dog. Then, when I saw it happen first hand and realized my son wasn't to blame, I thought we could train it out of him. I hired a dog trainer to come to the house and that didn't work either.

It's horrible and I'm still torn up about it, but your earlier poster had it right...people have to come first.

Carolyn L.

Oh, Megan. I'm so sorry to hear about Cronkite. We've had some health issues with out older dog lately, and we've been thinking that soon we'll have to make a similar decision. Doesn't matter what the reason is. Anytime you lose a pet, it's a sad day for the family.


Mimi, I'm so sorry... that had to be a horrible decision but I think you know that you can't take chances. But I can feel the sadness. Our animals, even when bad or obnoxious or just plain neurotic, are our lovies too. Hugs and love and all that's good to you, Jay and the girls. Give Cronkite an ear scratch for us. xoxo


I'm sorry to tell you this but it is the right thing to do and it sounds like you both know it. Like any other death remember the good times and remember that this is why you are doing this so there aren't anymore bad times. Let this be a learning lesson to both of you and the girls and without death we can't truly love.It will be hard but you will get through it. We've been there and are thinking of you.


how heartbreaking!
i feel so bad for you. but you can't risk your precious pup biting a child... or anyone, but especially a child.
you've given this doggy a wonderful loving home, don't ever forget that. she's had a wonderful life with you. she know that you love her, that's all she knows.


Oh Megan, I know this kind of heartbreak. I had to do the same thing when a dog we rescued bit the neighbor and then went after me one night. It was totally unlike this dog to do things like that and we tried really hard to find other options but, like you, we couldn't risk another bite or worse. You really did do a good thing rescuing her from the shelter. My heart goes out to you because I know how difficult it is.


Thank you all so much for your support. I had really expected some folks to disagree with our decision--and that would be fine--but I'm very comforted by all the understanding comments you all made.
And my heart goes out to those of you who have been there before. I'm sorry you had to go through the bites and the heartache, but please know that your willingness to share those stories here make me feel better about our choice.


ugh- my heart just dropped reading this post.

our sweet dog ollie has done the same thing. he actually bit me in the face.

the thing is, we got him after our beloved Beatrice was hit by a car and killed...it still affects me to this day (her death) and to think I would have my hand in my pet's death just sucks.

I SO SO feel for you and you have given me more of a reason to seriously think of our sweet boy.

thanks for sharing this. I will be thinking of you and your family.


I'm so sorry, Carol--for the loss of Beatrice and for Ollie's biting. It's such a hard situation. We went back and forth over the last couple of weeks but finally went ahead with the appointment yesterday. Having her life in our hands was the hardest thing. I still think we made the right decision, but I'm a fountain of tears anyway.
We happened to have a pediatrician appointment this morning and I mentioned it to our doc. She is a dog lover, too, but she said she would have done the same thing, especially after seeing the bites that some of her young patients have received.
I'm not trying to sway your decision AT ALL. Every situation is different. I'll be thinking of you and Ollie, too.

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