There has been a lot of advice given about shelters. 95% pro shelter. I just want to tell my story.
In July I went to a shelter (after going to several others and looking around). I found a 4.5 month old puppy that I really liked. The people at the shelter told me she would be about 30 to 40 pounds and was a hound mix which meant she would be a lap dog and mellow. She was very mellow at the shelter and small so why would I not believe them? the "sugeested donation" was $275. I took her home and the next day to my vet. He read all her paperwork and called the shelter because he had questions. It turns out that she had pneumonia but had been receiving treatment. and that she was very underweight. He got the name of the meds she was on and gave me a prescription. Her only symptom was lethargy since she was almost over it.
This is where a smart person would have taken her back. But I'm a mush and the vet told me she'd be fine. And she was. She started gaining weight and energy immediately.
I signed her up for puppy school and private at-home training sessions. She learned really fast. by 8 months she was 50 pounds and VERy high energy. My trainer told me to run her for an hour twice a day. Easier said than done with 2 small children.
I did the best that I could. She became more and more agressive as she got older. If it rained really hard one day and I was not able to run her, she was a maniac. She began growling and snapping at me when I told her to get off the couch or put something down. My traineer told me to exercise her more.
then one day I was sitting with my son on my lap and the dog wanted to play. Instead of bringing a toy, barking, whatever, she but her ears back, her hackles up and lunged at my son. I saw her coming and pulled him out of the way. Her teeth sunk into his shirt and ripped a hole in it.
OK, last straw. I put her in the bathroom and called my husband and then my vet and then my trainer. My husband said he didn't want the dog there when he got home, the vat said there was nothing they could do because they do not put dogs down for any reason other than illness. My trainer said she needs more exercise.
The next day (told hubby there was nothing i could do tonight) I called the shelter closest to me to get their advice. They said to bring the dog back to the original shelter and tell them to take the dog or I was putting her to sleep. Tried that. They said they have a 30 day return policy and that I had to "do what I had to do".
I called back the local shelter when I got back. That night my husband took her down and explained the whole situation. They said they would evaluate her and go from there. We made a donation to cover her expenses and asked to be notified if any decision was reached.
I just saw her on the internet for adoption. They call her "The smiling Aussie" "Perfect family dog". I'm going to call them tomorrow and ask them what the hell they are thinking.
So that's my story. For whatever it's worth. Not all shelter stories are happily ever after. I'll never get another dog without knowing the parents and knowing what breed they are.
First of all let me say how sorry I am you had to go through that experience. Do you ever wonder if the dog was sick?
What age did you get this puppy again? What age did you give the dog back. How long was the dog with you?
I just don't want people to think ALL Shelter and Rescue dogs have problems because they don't. I do believe there was a reason for your dog to change like he/she did and I don't know what it was.
Maybe you saw a change in your dog long before this. Can you remeber?
I really think when you get a puppy, you teach it what its going to be. I don't believe the breed has anything to do with aggression. If so, then we wouldn't have Pitts, Rotties, Labs, Pins, who are so sweet. They would all be people eaters.
Maybe there is just something else that happened and you forgot. It doesn't make sense.
Same can happen with a dog from a breeder. sometimes you just can't tell if something is mentally wrong with a dog. Besides that, if she was an aussie, they are very one on one and she should not have ever gone to a family to start with. The pound does not always have knowledgable people there who know what breed a dog is and sometimes it is just hard to tell. It sounds like you had unknowledgeable people at every stop and that is sad. Your vet sounded awful and the pound sounded sad. Not all pounds are like this though and not all vets are either. It is best to check policies first, before taking a pet home. Sorry this happened to you.
i too am sorry that you had a bad experience with your shelte dog. but from reading your story, i think you should have gotten another trainer. it sounds like your puppy may have been going thru normal adolescent challenging pack status behaviors. no amount of exercise is going to curb that. that is a behavior problem not an exercise one. with 2 kids and all that goes along with that you may not have been the right home for a dog like that. i have an alpha male at home who is always challenging for a higher position in the home. they are constant work and not right for everyone. i hope that someone who is familiar with the breed worked with her to get her to an adoptable stage. or at least has some adoption restrictions put on her.
i am not trying to sound pro adoption and never buy. because i have done both for various reasons. i am just trying to give my take on what may have been going on.
I am terribly sorry for that horrible experience you had to deal with. May I ask what web site the dog is listed on? The reason is I have adopted 3 dogs that I found on petfinder.com...I know they will take action for a shelter putting up a dog that is dangerous.
I think you did the right thing by taking her back to the shelter. If a dog mix or purebred ever did that to my kid it would be gone too. And yes that can happen with purebred dogs to. Good luck with your next dog.
that's a bad experience. i may have taken the dog back sooner myself. i think some dogs regardless of breed have bad genes and will be aggressive. some shelters are worse than others. that's bad they have the dog up for adoption again. i think that can happen with breeder dogs and shelter dogs alike.