No Good Very Bad Day

21 Jun

So my heart is breaking a little.

Our sweet doggy Cash, who loyal readers know well, growled and snapped at Ruby today.  She got a big gash in her neck and two trips to the ER as a result, and now it is time for us to find Cash a new home.

Cash has been a wonderful dog and this was just so…unexpected.  He has always been patient and loving with Ruby, but we just can’t risk another incident.  I think I was in denial that we would really have to get rid of him until Matty came home today and was as strong and firm on the issue as I needed him to be.

Today has been, hands down, my hardest day yet as a mommy.  Cash was our first baby and we love him dearly, but that love simply does not compare to how we feel about our little girl.  It is so very hard to know that we have to give him away, but we are determined to find a good and loving home for our big boy.

If anyone out there knows anyone who would be interested in adopting a wonderful pet, please let me know.  Cash is about three years old and weighs 93 lbs.  We adopted him from a lab rescue over two years ago and believe that he is a mastiff/rottweiler/lab mix.  He is a very well-behaved dog–he rides well in the car, walks well on the leash, and does not chew.  He can be left at home all day by himself very easily but loves affection too.  Really he is the perfect dog; he just should not be in a home with very small children.

Has anyone else ever had to give up a pet for a child?  Are we doing the right thing???

Ruby at the hospital, round two.

Ruby’s injury

Cash. Please help us find him a good home.

5 Responses to “No Good Very Bad Day”

  1. Keri Pate June 22, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    Sarah I am so sorry your having to make that choice. I agree that while my dogs were my first babies I would not hesitate to choose Addison over them. I hope that I am never in this situation but no matter how wonderful and loving a dog is sometimes they can just lash out for no reason. My heart is breaking for your family and I hate that you are having to go through this. I really hope that you find him a wonderful loving home with older children. He is truly a great dog with a big heart.

  2. hannie6 June 22, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    You MUST get rid of the dog!! I have had to do this…and you have to remember that the dog is just an animal. I’m sure there are people out there who will attack me for saying that…but there is never a time when you should pick a dog over your child. And I say this as a dog lover and dog lover!
    When one of my dogs attacked another dog we had, I called the vet to find out my options. I would have loved to have her re-homed, but he said since I knew…and saw her violence, I could be held legally responsible it she attacked again. I had to my beautiful German Shepard Gretta down. One of the hardest decisions ever…but I don’t regret it.

    I’m so sorry for this loss for you!!! You’re doing the right thing by moving the dog out of the house…but check with your vet to see what else should happen…

  3. Loretta Pervier Grant June 22, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    oh..Sarah! How heartbreaking. Matty is right… but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t feel wrong. warm hugs. Loretta

  4. Malcolm June 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    I know how you feel. I think I would have to had to get rid of Ruby.

  5. Gail June 28, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    Sarah, so sorry to read this news. Our first baby was an adorable red cocker named Folly. Her personality changed when Alec was born. We gradually became worried about this and then more worried and finally adopted her out–and she bounced back to us two days later! She refused to cooperate with the adoption process. Then Parry was born…and she was snapping at the baby flapping her hands in her walker. So…perfectly healthy and 5 years old, she had to take a one way trip to the vet. What else could we do? Children are a gift of the Lord. Dogs are pets. Love to all, Gail

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