Hi guys, I took my white boxer off to the SPCA last night because he just turned on me. I was cleaning up the kitchen while he was eating and he tried to bite me, he has never, never done anything like that before. Having small kids I had to take him the the SPCA.
I was honest with the guy who was handeling the paperwork and said that they would do some temperiment testing and see what they come up with. Well I just called to see how he was doing and they said he was extremely aggressive and the put him to sleep.
I don't understand what got into him, we are talking about the nicest dog, he would cuddle with you and everything. I feel sick, I think I would of done better if I could of prepared for this to happen but he is only 2 years old and was not expecting him to leave us so early.
Wow, I understand about being concerned about your kids but did you look into rescue groups? Running the clinic at our local SPCA we would have called Boxer rescue bofore we would think about putting him down. Why were they so quick to do so? I know first hand that new dogs can display agression but not be agressive. I have a hard time understanding this.
***Edited By: utopia on 6/9/2006 4:34:30 PM*** Reason: ++
I called 3 local rescues, trust me that was the first thing that came to my mind and since he was aggressive they immediately said no. If they weren't so full right now they might of considered and try working with him but I don't know what got into him, I'm so upset.
I feel like the SPCA didn't even give him a chance to settle in.
Sounds like some kind of neurological problem to me if all of the sudden your sweet dog of two years attacks. Maybe you should have taken him to a specialist before taking him to the SPCA. Just my opinion though.
Sounds odd to me. There had to have been something that provoked him, or something wrong with him. Was he current on vaccs?
***by provoked I am saying that I find it weird that a cuddling, loving family member would suddenly attack***
I have 5 dogs, and at times they may "snap" at me or my hubby, but usually when we accidently step on their paw, or wake them up from a dead sleep (on the couch lol), or something of that nature. They quickly give kisses in their own way of appologizing for the boo boo.
I have had several dogs in my time, and not one has every attacked me "just cause". But could you have put him somewhere safe, (crate, yard, pen,etc..) until you found other means for him?
***Edited By: jackie17 on 6/9/2006 6:20:30 PM*** Reason: add
That is very sad, I am so sorry to hear that, particularly since I am a boxer person. I really have never heard of that happening before, unprovoked. Maybe there was something wrong with him, as other suggested.
I have owned boxers for 12 years and raised them for 10 and I am glad nothing like that has ever happened in my home. I have never had any incidents at all. Even if they get stepped on, by food, what ever.
If you have small children in the home, I would say you made the right decision though. Kids have to come first. Sorry about your loss :(
I agree with stdogz; boxers are very prone to cancerous growths and I wouldn't be surprised if he had a tumour in his brain to suddenly become so aggressive; this is very sad and it is unfortunate that he wasn't given a chance but at the very least he is at peace now.
Regardless if hes done anything like that before, food guarding is a normal dog behavior. Alot of times the small signs are there all along, owners just aren't able to recognise them. It starts small (hovering over dish etc)and progresses into an attack one day. Also bigger dogs go through a ranking stage around two years(Kind of makes sense). I hope the shelter was aware of these things and just told you they put him down and really didn't, it can be delt with in some cases. If the dog actually bit you, they would have to quarentine him for 10 days,Then euthanize him.
I am so sorry. That has to be so hard to do. I had a little mini doxie that would bite at the drop of a hat. I can not tell you how many times he bit me. Finally one nite he bit through my tennis shoe and I was so mad I actually put him in the car and drove to the spca. He was in the floor of my car and when we pulled up he began to whine. I think this dog actually knew what was happening. I am such a softie, I turned the car around and took him back home. We did not have small children and I can certainly see your point. Still it doesn't make it easy. Wish it could have been different for you.
I got what I deserved, explain to me why I should keep a dog that try to attach me. He was in trainging and was great at it, he was very obedient. Something like a brain tumor or something like that is the only thing the vet said could possible make this happen and if that was the case he would be put down anyway. What if that was one of my kids standing there and not me.
~Maggie~ I'm saddened to hear about your Boxer... even more saddened by your immediate choice of solution.
My first dog snapped at me one day and even tried to bite my hand. I was so shocked and a little frightened of my sweet girl. I had my vet do a complete check over her. They found a small splinter in her leg. This splinter had caused an infection on the inside of the muscle. Which was giving her some discomfort. She didn't limp, no foul smell and certainly no change in eating habits.
They took it out straight away. I'm glad that I took an alternate route with her. Mostly because it was first suggested that she be put to sleep becuase of the change in behaviour! Thank goodness I took this one step further. I ended up having 10 more great years with her! :)
Maggie we all believe you, Some of us is just trying to figure out what went wrong. plus the fact you have small children you did what you thought was best. It would have been sad if you would had came on here telling us your boxer bit one of the children. Although I hate knowing you had to put him down. its sad this had to happen so please dont take the comments wrong ok. like the vet said they didnt have time to work with him how did you know they was going to put him down so fast. they should have call you to let you know what they decide to do and see how you felt about it.so since they didn't... I feel they was wrong.
Wandering spirit , I'm surprise at you to say something like that .no one deserved to have their dog put down for whatever the case might be.she is already hurting about her dog being put down.she didnt have to tell us about what happen. maybe no one notice maggie is new to this forum and if she would have been on here long as I have she probly would have taken a different approach .i dont feel she need to be bash.when teacup bit my hand when i try to take something from him last week and drew blood i probly would had put him down but i didnt b/c by me being a member for quite some time and learning from this forum I figure it was a reason he did it. so think before you type. if you read any of my thread you will find out bashing dont bother me... lmao.. b/c I'm a loving person and will love you and talk with you again & again when all the bashing is over with..
I understand your issue and the fact you have children as well. Though at the same time I am concerned at the fact that your family pet deserved the benefit of the doubt. He could have been food guarding, not feeling well at the time, had some underlying medical issue that was easily corrected. I believe he deserved to be checked out medically before deciding to PTS. If it was an inoperable tumor, so be it. But it could have been something simple, but you will never know now.
I am sorry about your dog. I do think saying " she got what she deserved" was a little harsh. I do agree that the dog shouldn't have been put down, at least not right away. You did what you felt was right in getting the dog away from your kids. We have a boxer and last winter as we were getting ready for bed my husband went to let Molly out one last time to potty. Well if anyone knows Boxers, if they are nice, warm and cozy. They are not gonna go. he opened the door and she just layed there. when he said molly out she showed her teeth at him. He went to reach for her collor and she came unglued, growling and snapping. First thought was "thats it she's got to go". we have 3 young children and I wasn't going to have her anywhere near them if she was going to do that. She did it a couple of times the next day and after that she never acted like that again. She is not allowed to be alone with the kids. And is watched closely when she is around them. I am gald i didn't make that snap judgement on her, but I can see where that was the only thing on your mind at the time.
You did the right thing if the dog turned on you like you said. I would have done that too, but knowing my redneck husband he probally would of bare handed killed the dog 1st. I can bet that the people that think you got what you deserved never had to go through such a tramatic experiance. I hope you will be able to trust another dog some day because having such an experiance can make some people question ever owning a dog again. A REAL LIFE dog Attack is not a light matter and having had small children I feel she did what was in the best interest for her family. I love dogs but my children's safty comes 1st and if my dog turned on me unprovoked then how could i ever trust it around my children. Then I would be a bad mother if I kept the dog and it damaged my child. So I would rather have the dog PTS than my child put in danger.