I do understand how you feel about your dog biting a little boy. Two years ago we really wanted a large dog to bring home to our kids. My son was set on having a big male dog. I search everywhere for a big adult male dog. I finally found one. I went to the vet where he was being boarded and he was great. He let the kids rub his belly. I was ready to take him home. His owner met me the next day and was showing off some of his tricks. My son asked if the dog would shake his hand. As soon as my son looked down at the dog it tore his lip open. After this the man had told me that the dog was probably teased by other kids and was never around anyone but him. He chose not to put the dog down. At the time I was so upset I just didn't care about that dog's life. Now, I know that dogs are dogs. I will probably never look at a dog with trusting eyes again, but you have to know in your heart what is the best thing in your situation. It is not an easy thing to choose. I hope you come to a conclusion that you can feel comfortable with. I know you are probably really distraut over the whole thing. In sympathy, supermommy
usatxmom, i read your post, too, about having to put your dog down that bit. like you say, it's really hard. but it can be the best thing to do. another chance may mean another person being bitten, and, it could come out much worse. i'm sorry this happened!
It's a hard thing to have to do, but if you are unsure about the pet, and a lot of times to avoid a law suit, you do what you have to do. My moms Irish Setter had never been around children, one day the lady across the street was over, with her 2 year old. Everyone they knew, knew Rusty was unsure of small children. The lady petted him, and said"look, Rusty will let you pet", before you knew the little girl put her hand to pet and he bit her. It was awful, my mother was sick, she needed the paramedics as much as the little girl. She was actually ok, just a couple of puncture wounds (which is scarey enough for a mom) she is twenty two now with no problems at all. My mother had me have the dog put down after the legal quarenteen time. I hated it, but it is what she wanted. This dog was my mothers ears, because she cannot hear, but to this day she has never had another dog, and my father thinks she found a home for him. I did try to tell him 30 years later, but he insisted she gave him away. Anyhow, that's my story, and I feel for you also. So sorry.
I feel for what happened to the Irish Setter,but at the same time the dog should have not been around kids,or the little girl should have not been allowed to pet the dog. My Sadie hated little kids,so when kids came over she was either crated or when we where out side in the summer she was kept in. Then no chance for her to bite.I would never have put her in that situation for her to be able to bite.She was never allowed around small children. She loved adults. It's the same with Tigger around dogs ,she hates dogs,so she's not allowed around strange dogs.
Children and dogs or any animals should never ever be left unattended. With myself having 6 dogs and all of which are supposed to be of the "aggresive" breeds and a 5yo daughter I never leave them unattened. All of my dogs love my daughter and all people of ages, but I keep in the back of my mind that they are animals and have feelings. If a dog is teased or abused in anyway by a child, man or women they never forget that and may become alitte weary. Also if dogs have ever been around children, men or women of course they are not going to know how to accept them. Socialization is the best advise here. Also agression should not be tolerated at all. Years ago I used to raise Shar-peis and I had one male that seemed to be more aggressive then the others. He would jump on my son and growl at him. His first day of puppy kindergarten he growled at the instructor. Well when he was 10 months old he attacked and killed one of my other dogs. As hard as it was for me I had to have him pts because I would have never been able to trust him again. I could have placed him with someone else but then I would have always wondered if he had attack someone or something. I didnt want that on my concious. I currently have 2 Cane Corso's, 2 Rottweilers, 1 am staff and 1 pitt bull. The neighbors dogs will actually come over and wait for me or my husband to open the gate to let her in to play. My dogs all stay in the house unless we are home and then they play outside in the back yard. I live on 3 3/4 acres so the dogs have their space and my daughter has hers. Her swing set and trampoline is not in the fenced area with the dogs and my gates have locks on them. She goes outside with me and plays with the dogs and they are all fine with her, but I never leave them unattened. All dogs have teeth and can bite so it really doesnt matter what the breed is. Charlene