Monday, July 23, 2012

IT'S A SAD DAY...

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.

6 comments:

jackiek said...

i;m so sorry. but it probably was for the best. you do want a dog that you can be social with. and if you decide to one day have kids, you want the dog to be completely okay with that! my dog is fourteen and has literally been with me every step of the way. xo

Ashley Shihab said...

Aw that is really sad! My dog was the same way when I got him. Granted he is small so he's easier to control, but we did have to spend a lot of time and money on obedience school to get him to a better place. I'm glad you wrote this post because I feel like a lot of people don't understand how much work it is to have a dog. They just think they'll have a cute little friend to play with, and they don't think about what they will need to do to make sure the dog is healthy and happy. I'm a big fan of animal rescue and am sure you will find another furry friend who better suits you guys.

Casey Drake said...

this is a sad day! Alfie will find a wonderful home and hopefully you will find a perfect dog for you two! :(

McKenzie said...

So sad, but you made the right decision. Someone will give him a loving home and help him get the extensive training he needs. My parents had a dog with aggression issues growing up and seeing their current dog who loves to be around other people, dogs, cats, etc. it made me realize how unfortunate it was! I;m sure you will find the perfect fit for your family. Best of luck!

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Lauren said...

Awe Alfie! I'll say a puppy prayer that he finds the perfect home for his free spirit :)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

That's such a tough decision but it sounds like it was definitely the right decision for you guys. Hopefully Alfie will calm down and find a good home to go to.