Well I am at my wits end. I have done everything I know to do. My vet is at his wits end as well other then druging Morph. I don't want him to live his life drugged. The behaviorist was scheduled to come on Thursday but I can't wait that long. This dog is destroying my house. Yesterday he tryed to bite my 5 year old daughter. This morning I got up and he had destroyed crate number 2. He had the metal so mangled that he actually got quite a few superfical wounds on his face. He had a metal rod from the crate entangled in his collar. We had to put ply wood in the bottom of his crate because he tore up the pans. He has now dug a 1/4 inch groove in the ply wood. I put him out in the yard and he blows right through an electric CATTLE fence and over my regular fence. I talked to the breeder this morning and I have no choice but to take him back. I hate to do it, but I have no way to confine him now and he does not like my daughter at all. My daughter can sit on the couch and watch tv and Morph will stare at her and growl. The vet wants to keep him sedated until the bahaviorist comes and then there is no guarantee that he will come around. If was I single and Morph was my only dog and I didnt have any kids he would fit in perfectly. Thanks for all of your advice with him. Charlene
i am really sad to hear that. i totally understand how you feel. that is one of the reasons i have always been hesitant upon getting dogs from rescues. like you, if i didn't have a child then i would take a rescue with no problem. i would like to know what the breeder said to you. i hope the breeder is not placing blame on you for wanting to return the dog. if i remember the breeder told you she kept him in the yard all the time for some of the same reasons. its a shame he is suffering such severe anxiety. i hope the breeder is a wee bit more intune to the next family she may adopt him too. the more he gets bounced around the less likely he is to ever change. i hope this doesn't discourage you from getting another one though. it seems from what i have read they really do make great family dogs, loving with children. maybe the key is getting a younger dog or a puppy. i am sure this wasn't an easy conclusion to come to. i am so sorry.
The breeder is very understanding. She is a victim here as well. Morpheus was a import from italy and the he was pretty much like this when she got him at 12 weeks old. She paid lots and lots of money for him and the breeder she purchased him from in italy is not responding to her. She is a very poor breeder. Aparently she once was a very good breeder and all of her dogs are champions but her and her husband split up and there has been talk of lots of drug use so she just doesnt do for her dogs like she used to. The breeder I got him from is at her wits end as well. Morph is very comfortable with them. She was placing him because she really doesnt have room for him in her breeding program. She has very good breeding tatics and will not breed him even though his bloodline is wonderful. He fits the stardard to a tee but she say his personality is not what it should be so she wont breed him. So Morph will go back to where he is happy and she will keep him as a pet. It is going to take a very special person not a family to deal with Morph. He doesnt fit in with a family. I just feel so bad that I couldnt help him. I have done nothing but cry all day. My finace will be home at noon and we are heading back to Maryland which is a 5 hour drive. Anyway I will keep you posted. I am not giving up on the breed. I have a deposit on a little 3 week old blue female. So I will get her in about 5 or 6 weeks. I have named her Donata. which means "gift" in Italian.
We had a similiar experience with a mastiff that we had rescued. He would sit and growl and snap at my son for no reason. My son would just be sitting on the couch watching tv. He didnt behave this way towards my daughter. My friend and her son came over and he also did this with her son. We called and had a behaviorist come to the house and she said that we should return him. That he just was not safe to have around children. We had to call the rescue group and have them take him back. He was such a sweet dog wiht me and the rest of the family. He didnt seem to realize how BIG he was because he would try to climb his big butt into your lap. I still have a picture of him sitting out though. No longer than he was here, he still captured our hearts. But of course my children do come first. I could not take the chance of him attacking my son or another child. I think that you have done the right thing by returning him.
I am very sorry cschimizzi. I know that you were sooooo excited two days before you even got him! Well, I know that it is very sad, but remember, you don't want Morpheous to injure your daughter-ever, when you are not there because you would have no control.