Today was a heart breaking day for us as we had to give Beegee back to the rescue society we got her from. We had an incident that happened last night that we could not ignore. She lashed out at Shortcake and bit her face. She didn't break the skin, but left a nasty knot on her head and a bruise on her eyebrow not to mention emotional scars that will take some time to heal.
I need to tell you that we are full believers in giving animals their personal space and recognizing that they are not rational creatures, but rather are driven by instinct and habit. We have taught our children not to approach sleeping dogs or bother them while they eat. This attack was completely unprovoked. We were saying prayers. Shortcake was sitting next to Beegee calmly and when everyone got up to say goodnight, Shortcake reached over to pet Beegee who then turned and snapped. At her face. And then she did it again. Even as Shortcake screamed and scrambled away, the dog snapped again. Not viciously, not savagely, but disturbing enough that we can't have her in our house. We can't trust her around the children.
We are truly devastated. Everyone had come to love her so much and enjoy her presence in our lives. The rescue center has offered us another dog that has been around children a lot, but emotions are a little too raw around here to agree to that.
Some people might be more willing to give the dog another chance, but in my mind, this wasn't just one strike, it was a big strike. A growl is a warning to back away. There was no growl. Snapping at a hand tells you to stop. Snapping at a face is different. She had yelped and snapped at my hand earlier in the week when I was leading her into another room but I thought it was because her collar tag had poked her neck. Now I see that it was some kind of trigger probably due to an experience in her life as a track dog.
We wish her well and have been assured that she will be placed in a family without small children. Shortcake still loves animals including dogs and knows that she did nothing to provoke that response. Her plans for a puppy themed birthday are still underway and I am on a hunt to find the biggest stuffed dog I can with a sparkly purple bow on top.