Please excuse our regularly scheduled blogging for a sad announcement. Today we had to put down my labrador retriever, Mickey, normally the dog on the banner image for this blog.
As warm and affectionate he was with humans, this dog had a strange aggressive streak towards other dogs. Last Spring, he bolted through a tiny hole in the porch of our cabin and attacked a small dog that was passing by. After reinforcing our fences, dropping a wad of money at a doggie therapist, using a bark collar, we were resigned to the fact he could not be around other dogs.
Yesterday, a visiting relative stopped by the house with his new Great Dane puppy. I was not there, and missed the incident by 10 minutes, but apparently Mickey managed to squeeze out the door, and again went straight for the puppies neck in a death grip. Fortunately they were able to pull him off, and after a trip to the 24 hour pet hospital, the pup was found to have cuts and abrasions, but no serious damage.
I could not put anyone through this again, as Mickey could easily kill another dog, so this morning I sadly took him to the vet to have him put to sleep. This is one of the saddest things a person can do, it is unavoidable with pets, but there is no getting around making these decisions.
I do not blame him, he was a dog, and had animal instincts that proved to be unacceptable. The ironic thing is that this was the first dog we did not get from the pound, but from a “breeder” with papers and such. Given the skin diseases of his sister and Mickey’s aggressive streak, I am rather doubtful of the quality of the papers or the breeders who sold him to us.
His picture will return soon, but for now, in honor of Mickey, he is transaparented out…