After consulting my veterinarian and seeing his behavior not only around Bowen, but around people who've come by and expressed interest in taking him home, his continued discomfort because of the suspected hip dysplasia, we've decided that the best decision for him is to just let him go, have him put to sleep. When we first brought him home, he was fine. But he's shown increasing 'dominance staredowns' with my husband, has growled at and tried to bite people who have come by our home in the interest of giving him a home. We're afraid things are going to escalate to the point of a serious incident with our family or a stranger. And I don't trust him enough to give to a stranger who isn't really on the up and up regarding dog behavior. Coupled with the fact that not even Akita rescue is interested in him, the hip dysplasia problems that continue to limit his movement and comfort levels.. we just don't have a lot of other options. At 6 years of age, we really think that he's just had enough. He doesn't want to go to another home. And I can't risk a serious incident. He minds me (i suspect because of my breaking up the fight between him and Bowen), but no one else. And my husband doesn't have the time to work with him to help him get over his issues. This has been a really heartbreaking time for us, because picking him up has been such a complete turn around as far as hopes for his future. I guess it shows you that you just really have no idea what you can expect, I mean here we picked him up from a vets office that'd boarded him most of his life and they had no clue as to his health issues... Doesnt' speak well for them, does it? I'll be taking him to the vets office this coming Friday or Saturday. Hopefully he's happier in the next life than he has been in this one.
i am sorry to hear that. i trust you and i am sure your judgement of him and his situation is the correct one for paul. its a hsame there wasn't anything that could be done for him. i often wonder, when dogs exhibit signs such as pauls, if the owners lied as to why they are getting rid of them.
Ohhh Minniyar, that is such a hard decision to make, but I think you made the right one. He will be happier in his next life. Sometimes doing everything you can do just isnt enough, but Paul knows you tried.
I haven't seen the horse since Halloween when it was in the front yard. I did talk to our property manager though, and she said that the guy who owned that place was 'in default'. She said that they were almost to the point of moving both the horse and the guy's trailer out. I haven't seen the guy hardly at all in a while now, it's like he's moved out and comes back once once a week to 'check up on things'. I don't even know if he knows his horse is gone (though I did tell the lmanager). She says she can't even get in touch with him...