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We loved our rescued bull terrier. But after she attacked another dog, could we keep her?

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Snoopy, the writer's adopted bull terrier.

(Paul Karrer)

We beloved our rescued bull terrier. However after she attacked one other canine, might we hold her?

Op-Ed,Animals & Pets

Paul Karrer

July 28, 2023

Practically two years in the past, my spouse and I adopted a 57-pound, 8-year-old feminine bull terrier from the SPCA. She was pure white with black patches over each eyes. And he or she was all muscle.

Some would possibly keep in mind bull terriers because the Goal canine, the Budweiser canine or Gen.

eral

George

C. S.

Pattons canine. You dont see the breed too usually.

Our bull terrier, whom we named Snoopy, had been used for breeding and was most likely deserted when she was not capable of produce puppies. She got here to us with points, as is the case with many rescued animals.

On her first day with us Snoopy jumped within the garments dryer after which hyperventilated maybe from nervousness on our sofa. Shed go within the bathe, lingering at the hours of darkness if we let her. She might seemingly by no means drink sufficient water. And nothing mattered to her greater than meals. Within the automotive she at all times buried her head within the seat, not often desirous about

what

was outdoors.

I discussed all this and extra to our vet on her first go to and stated, Id like to know her historical past. The vet replied, I dont assume you’ll. I can solely guess, but it surely seems like she was not fed or given water often, and possibly lived in a tiny kennel. Thats most certainly why she made a beeline to your dryer. Its a small, protected place. You already know, they’re a really tough breed to handle.

Sure, I knew. Id achieved my studying on bull terriers earlier than we bought her. Some canine trainers consider bull terriers ought to be on a leash in public, significantly in the event that they haven’t been socialized as puppies with different canines.

After eight months with us, Snoopy had calmed down. I might stroll her on the town with no points, together with when consuming at an out of doors restaurant, the place she stayed proper below my seat, whereas one other canine lay just a few ft away.

Then, in the future on a stroll within the woods, we rounded a nook and stumbled on a lady sitting together with her massive canine. Snoopy went nuts and tried to assault it. I managed to drag her away however from that day on, if she noticed an enormous canine to not her liking, Snoopy would growl and lunge.

I talked to our vet once more, who informed me, Typically after they settle in, their true nature comes out. Or one thing triggers them.

A couple of months later I left Snoopy in our fenced-in yard. Usually, I depart her on the market for 5 minutes, letting her again in when she barks. This time I didnt notice I had left the gate open a hair. Snoopy left the yard, noticed a younger girl strolling her pit bull on a leash and attacked.

I heard a high-pitched scream and regarded out to see the 2 canines going at it. Although Im an outdated geezer I ran out, put my arms round Snoopys chest and my legs round her again legs. The lady was additionally on the bottom, tugging at her canine for all she was value. However the canines wouldn’t let go. I ended up getting bitten by Snoopy. My garments have been shredded and splattered with blood each the canines and my very own. The police and an ambulance got here. Thank goodness the pit bulls proprietor was not bit

ten

.

We paid vet payments for each canines and we didn’t get sued. The lady was tremendous. She even referred to as every week later to learn how Snoopy and I have been doing.

I discovered that there are 5 canines that my owners insurance coverage doesn’t cowl: pit bulls, chows, Rottweilers, Dobermans and, after all, bull terriers. Most insurance coverage insurance policies dont cowl these breeds. Snoopy appeared like a loaded gun with no security. My spouse and I beloved her however we knew some guests to our dwelling have been intimidated by her and after the assault we have been apprehensive. What if one thing else set her off and he or she damage one among us, or worse, another person? We already knew neither of us was sturdy sufficient to manage her if she misplaced it once more.

We debated and debated however got here to the choice that we needed to put Snoopy down. We cried as we introduced her to the vet. After which we have been knowledgeable they’d not euthanize for aggression. And the vet informed us about anti-aggression courses.

That was 4 months in the past. Snoopy has gone to eight anti-aggression courses. When shes in public she wears a muzzle always and is at all times on a leash. I’ve a steel cable that I connect to her harness when shes within the yard.

Within the automotive now, Snoopy not hides she appears out the window and places her head outdoors to really feel the wind. She not often goes into the bathe anymore. When she sits on the sofa, as a substitute of hyperventilating

she

likes to place her huge head on my shoulder. I prefer it too.

I suppose cats arent the one critters with a couple of life.

Paul Karrer is a author in Monterey, Calif. He taught fifth grade in Castroville for 27 years and is the host of the podcast

“Karrer Shorts.”

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