Comment on Rehoming a pet: How to cope with the grief by Nicole.
We are surrendering out wonderful, beautiful, family dog tomorrow. She is so great to our children and is a dream dog in most ways. Unfortunately she sees all other children as a threat to our children and she has bitten several kids (not serious injury, but bruises, tears, and sometimes a little broken skin). We tried training, we read books, we tried eliminating all encounters… But this week a neighbor girl (6) rang our doorbell to see if my son could play, I didn’t hear the doorbell and my 4 yr old opened the door. Our dog ran up and nipped the little girl. I was devastated but knew what we had to do to keep the children in our neighborhood safe. We adopted her 4 yrs ago, she is part of our family and we couldn’t fix her. I am just as sad about this as I was when my last dog of 14 yrs died from a heart condition. How can I take my spoiled baby and put her in a shelter cage tomorrow and then leave her there? The shelter said it’s the best thing to do as they have trainers to work with her more than we could ever do…and it’s less risky than me trying to re-home her and having a child get seriously hurt. But I still feel awful.