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A Sad Weekend at Our House

We had to make a really difficult decision yesterday.  We had to say goodbye to our beloved dog of seven years, Sasha.  While she has been a good dog over the years, she has not been good with the influx of kids we have been watching in our home lately.  Friday night, she snapped at our daughter (something she has done before), and I thought she had bitten her because our daughter was screaming that she bit her eye.  Nothing can quite stop a parent’s heart like hearing their child scream.  Sasha was immediately thrown outside while I looked my daughter over.  She wasn’t bit, but she was scared of Sasha.

When Jamie came home from work, we had a huge fight about it because I was furious with her.  But when Jamie got our daughter up the next morning, the first thing she told him was that Sasha had bitten her and that she wanted Sasha to go bye-bye.  She didn’t want Sasha around her at all.  It was then that Jamie made the decision that we had to get rid of her because we are about to have another child, and our children cannot be afraid to live in their own home.  Plus, I watch so many different children during the week that we were afraid she would get more and more aggressive and wind up hurting one of them.  Nothing is more important than my children (my own children or the ones I watch)!

Because of Sasha’s breed and age, we had no choice but to take her to the Humane Society.  My husband works for a pet care facility and asked the experts if we could give her to someone else, but she is just too aggressive with strangers and would end up biting a new owner.  She ended up biting the people at the Humane Society anyway, so they had to put her down. 

I believe that this has been the worst weekend of our entire marriage and the hardest decision I’ve had to make as a parent (yet – my daughter’s only 2).  We loved our dog very much, but she was just becoming uncontrollable.  At some point, you have to make hard decisions to take care of your children.  I am having a very hard time with this decision, though, and I miss my dog very much.  My mother-in-law bought her for me from the Humane Society back when my husband was working a lot of nights.  She was meant to keep me company, and she has successfully done so for exactly seven years.

Thank you, Sasha, for being such a loyal companion to me for so long!  I love you and will miss you very much!

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