Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Well, today was one of those days that doesn't quite go like you plan. This morning I was putting our 3 1/2 year old lab, Jack, back in his kennel after his morning potty break. I grabbed him by the collar from behind him (bad form for a dog owner), and he whipped around and bit me--hard, on both hands. Ryan ended up putting 20+ stitches in my hands, and my function is somewhat limited for a couple of days. My right hand especially is pretty swollen and tender, but I learned to type one-handed in all my years of nursing babies and working on the computer at the same time, so I can still do some things. I'm just a bit slower that way. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Jack has shown signs of aggressive behavior, and we have hoped he would grow out of it, or that we could train it out of him, but that has not been successful. At this point Ryan decided we would just have to put him down. So, this afternoon Ryan took both dogs down to the Humane Society--Jack to be euthanized and Jill to go up for adoption. Jill never showed the aggression, but we just don't have the time to really train her to be a good family dog right now with everything else going on. Plus, the girls never really loved her because she's so rambunctious and jumps up on them, so they wouldn't walk her or play with her. Anya is the most sad of all the girls because Jack was her Birthday dog when she turned 1. As Ryan tucked her in tonight they were talking about Jack being put to sleep and she said, "I wish this was a dream and not real life." Ryan is in the depths of despair--he had dreams of Jack being his garage buddy and bird hunting dog for many years to come. A few things to be grateful for with all of this--Jack bit me and not one of the girls; the girls are home for spring break, so they can really help out for a few days until I regain most of my function; it wasn't a busy work day for Ryan, so he won't get behind after not doing much work all day. So the timing was good, even if I never would have chosen the experience.