With a great sadness and disappointment, we are re-homing Ratchet.
He bit my son in the face a week or so ago.
The good news:
- It was over a very high value item (pork tenderloin – yum!)
- He used bite control (he mostly left a large bruise)
The bad news:
- His resource guarding is only geared towards my children
- He gave no warning.
We worked with our trainer and vet, but we were informed that, because his resource guarding was limited to my children, much of the work was to the minimize possibility of a reoccurrence.
Everyone was hopeful that it was an isolated incident.
We followed all suggestions.
However, Ratchet bit my son again on Thanksgiving morning.
I contacted the rescue group per our contract, and they will be taking him as soon as possible. Probably today.
I am sad but firm in my belief that it is the right thing to do.
He is a good dog, which is the only reason I was willing to work with him after the initial bite. But he’s not meant for children. At least not our children.
We will not be getting another dog because to have re-homed two dogs within the last six months makes me doubt our ability to be dog owners. Considering we’ve had three cats for ten years and counting (and our fourth was with us for five years before dying of cancer), I think it’s safe to say that we are good pet owners.
We will adopt again. But it will be a cat. Or a fish. Or a child. Something we know that we’re good at.