nick and i had to make a really hard decision this weekend...
we decided not to keep alfie.
although it was the right decision for us, it still makes me tear up when i think about dropping him back off with the trainer we had picked him up from just two weeks prior.
last thursday, we took alfie to the vet for a check-up. we expected him to be a little scared, but what we didn't expect, was that alfie wanted to lunge at every dog in the place and he showed crazy dominance aggression toward the vet. she told us that alfie would likely require intense one-on-one training in order to maybe be trustworthy around people, other dogs and kids. he wasn't "timid"... he wanted to be the top dog, and if anyone tried to challenge him, he would react by jumping higher, mouthing, growling, etc. unfortunately, we weren't ready to invest in private training, and we wanted a dog that could be sociable with us, since we live pretty social lives. it hit us pretty hard when the vet said, "if i were you, i wouldn't adopt this dog."
i know we only had him for 2 weeks... and he wasn't a perfect dog, but i got really attached to him in a short amount of time. it was hard to say goodbye.
we hope and pray that alfie finds a family that lives out in the country, that lets him run around off leash and get plenty of exercise and that gives him lots of love and belly rubs. we'll miss him.