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Old June 27th, 2013, 08:53 AM   #1
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Default Free to good home - 10-11 year old shepard husky

I hate to do this but I have to get rid of one of my dogs.

He is a 10 year old shepard husky mix. He has been by friend for ever but he has a few "quirks" that are causing me to get rid of him.


We got him as a stray about 9 years ago... the story told to me was he was runing on the streets for about a year before he got caught. He was very skidish, food agressive and malnurished...with a lot of work all that was fixed and he is usually wanting to be a lap dog most of the time.

The reason I am asking if anyone wants him is beacuse I am having a hard time bringing myself to putting him down. I know this is what will probably happen.

I dont feel comfortable having him around small children any more, He is "grumpy" at times and I dont feel safe leaving him with my child who doesnt know how to act when around him.

I would have a hard time living with myself if I didnt try everything first. This is my last desprate step.

In the very recent past he has growled and niped at both me and my wife, he has not done it to my 7 month old and I will not let it. I have tried every type of trainer, diet changes, vets.... spent a ton of time and money trying to work it out. I feel very responsible to do everything I can to give my animals the best life they can. I was never really able to feel comfortable with him around small childern of people afraid of dogs.

He plays agressive and is hyper friendly which scares alot of people and worries me with other people around.

I would say I would only be comfortable giving him to someone familair with taking care of dogs, lives in a house with yard ( he is electric fence trained), and has no kids arounds.

I know I will get the " Just put him down" response from most on this board but I am sure you all know how hard that decision is for anyone with a 10 year relation ship with your dog. No shelter will take him knowing his agressive past and dont want to put him thru that sitiuation, so if someone doesnt take him my friend will be put down.


****** We have set a date, If someone doesnt take him by Tuesday at 5pm I will be losing a family member forever******


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Old June 27th, 2013, 10:45 AM   #2
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Good luck with whatever happens. I know it cannot be easy to deal with this situation.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 06:17 PM   #3
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its gonna be tough, but IMO he is aggressive because he knows its almost time. Our collie got the same way, just didnt want to be around anyone and was mad at any attempt to comfort her. the vet told us it was her clock telling her it was the end.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 06:36 PM   #4
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So you would feel better pawning off on some one a known liability. A dog that isacting agresive towards its owners is only going to be more agresive toward someone they do not know. Some dumb bleading heart could be convinced to take on your problem and get hurt because of there stupidity and your inability. Shoot the dog.
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Old June 28th, 2013, 08:59 AM   #5
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And there is it GL4x4 ass hat comments
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Old June 28th, 2013, 10:37 AM   #6
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I'm sorry, but besides the "shoot the dog" comment, I agree with his statement. If a dog has been aggressive towards the family hes known for years, chances are good it will happen when he's forced into a new environment against his wll.
How/why would you put your dog or another family in that position, just so YOU don't have to see it end and YOU are "having a hard time putting him down".
Sounds awfully selfish to me.
I know everyone wants to be all lovey dovey with their pets, but I truly believe part of being a loving responsible pet owner is knowing when enough is enough.

It's time.
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Old June 28th, 2013, 11:16 AM   #7
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I know, read my post I have a time and date set, I admit that its not a good situation but I wasnt looking to hand him off to anyone not knoiwing but there are people out there willing to take cases like this sometimes. I didnt want to find out later there was someone willing to help and all I had to do was ask.
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Good luck wish I didn't have a dog to I understand my boxer is 10years old and we go everywhere together
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my shepherds 3 years old.. I dread this day. just like I did when I put my 15year old begal down. some times things gotta end.. all ya can do it get it over with and then remember all the good time had!
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hope you find it a good home
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I completely understand your situation I have a Border collie that is 14 yrs. old and can't control his bladder or bowels very well anymore and just plain acts as though he doesn't know where he is at most of the time. We have tried the meds but they just aren't working much anymore. It has been time for awhile but we just can't seem to take the final step as he is still very much playful and loving. That being said his quality of life has diminished and it is only fair to him to end it. I agree your best option is to put him down if for nothing else the aggression issue, as something is bothering him enough it is making an otherwise good dog not himself. He must be in pain. I had an Australian shepherd that started getting that way at 9 yrs. old and he had bone cancer so we lost a member of the family then as I had him put down to end his suffering. It's hard but do it for him.
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I know, read my post I have a time and date set, I admit that its not a good situation but I wasnt looking to hand him off to anyone not knoiwing but there are people out there willing to take cases like this sometimes. I didnt want to find out later there was someone willing to help and all I had to do was ask.
I'm crazy about my dogs and I dread the day but you get into it knowing that they won't live nearly as long as you and you need to prepare yourself a little bit each day for this eventual outcome.

Take your best friend in and be at his side for the end. Show him the same love and compassion you always have. Don't let him go without the people he loved most in his life at his side. Don't let him go scared and surrounded by strangers.

It's time.




Now I'm gonna go dry my eyes and drink a lot of beer.
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I'm crazy about my dogs and I dread the day but you get into it knowing that they won't live nearly as long as you and you need to prepare yourself a little bit each day for this eventual outcome.

Take your best friend in and be at his side for the end. Show him the same love and compassion you always have. Don't let him go without the people he loved most in his life at his side. Don't let him go scared and surrounded by strangers.

It's time.




Now I'm gonna go dry my eyes and drink a lot of beer.
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wtf! good training!
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Bummer man, but you know what needs done
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I'm crazy about my dogs and I dread the day but you get into it knowing that they won't live nearly as long as you and you need to prepare yourself a little bit each day for this eventual outcome.

Take your best friend in and be at his side for the end. Show him the same love and compassion you always have. Don't let him go without the people he loved most in his life at his side. Don't let him go scared and surrounded by strangers.

It's time.




Now I'm gonna go dry my eyes and drink a lot of beer.
Very, very true. My golden could go live with somebody else and never even miss me as long as they fed him good. My German Shepard on the other hand I would put down before I got rid of him. I don't think he would make it without me. He is a wreck if I even walk out the door without him.
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Its hard but its most likely the right thing to do, unless some correctable issue is found. Thats pretty much in the range of a normal life span for large dog. Usually, there's something degenerating thats led to this behavior. I put two dogs down this year, one for physical, one for mental reasons. The one had CCD (canine cognative disorder), which is like alzheimers for dogs. It was tough, since she was physically in OK health for a 15 yr old dog, but quality of life wasn't there. She was nipping at people (everyone but me), confused, barking, pacing, etc. Its sometimes easy to miss signs, since they gradually grow. But usually, there's a reason. They've lost sight, or hearing, brain issues, pain issues, etc. Its a reaction usually to being in pain, confused and/or afraid.

Sorry for it all Its the way of life, but it still sucks.
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