how do you draw the line?

We are having some trouble with Baldr.  98% of the time, he’s a great dog, smart, affectionate, easily trainable, tends to not bard w/o a reason, and generally quick to settle down.  However, in the last week, there have been 3 biting incidents.  None of them were unprovoked, in a dog’s world at least.  The first time, I was brushing him, and pulled a knot unwittingly.  He turned, and bit my hand.  He didn’t break the skin, but he has left a formidable bruise. Well, I thought to myself, you pulled his hair and hurt him.  What do you do when somebody hurts you?  What will make it stop, esp if it’s unexpected pain.  Second incident was a bit more worrisome:  He was sleeping on his pillow, and T stepped over him, waking and startling him, plus stepping over is apparently quite an agressive move in dogworld (who knew?).  T wasn’t hurt, primarily because his slipper took the brunt of it.  But the third was the most alarming…(warning for slight overshare, but jeez, I’m 41 and I live w/ the guy, what do y’all expect?)  I had been laying in bed, reading, Baldr curled up next to me, and T came in, and after a moments of convo, started to kiss me.  Baldr nosed his way over, to try to understand what those crazy bipeds where doing, and was pushed away.  Then, he growled briefly, and went at T’s face/head.  He scrapped his ear, but did no damage.

Well, we talked and I cried, and we decided that it was quite possible that this was a situation we did not have the expertise to address.  We would contact the American Eskimo rescue, and the Simon foundation, and see about surrendering him.  We would not give him to a kill shelter, cuz we are sure he can be trained out of it, we just weren’t sure how.

Unfortunately, neither of them are going to be able to help us by taking the dog.  So, it seems like our options are surrender him to a regular shelter, which would do nothing to help him, and if he were to get rescued again, the problems would likely be exacerbated.   Or, he would be put down.  Either is an option we’re not willing to accept at this point.  The decision was re evaluated this morning, and we have decided to ratchet up the training, find the money to involve a professional, (Oh, Ceser, why are you so far away??), and give him one more shot.  The problem is, we’re both a bit leery of him now, which doesn’t make for a good training circumstance.  But, we can fake it til we make it.  On the plus side, he’s not food aggressive, stranger aggressive, kid aggressive, and not particularly fearful, so these are all really good signs.  We took the dog, knowing it would be a commitment, and while we’re not sure we’re the best to handle the situation, we are apparently the best chance this dog is gonna get.  If it happens again, we’ll have to put him down.  If he hurts my T, I will be sorry for the decision forever, just like if he hurts me, T will.  However, this is the commitment I’m making right now, in public, in writing, to be held accountable for.  If we can’t fix him, and that is the step that has to made, I will take him to the vet, and stay w/ him while it’s done.  I won’t turn him into somebody else’s problem by surrendering him dishonestly, and I won’t be coward enough to just abandon him.

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104 in 2011

I’m dreadfully far behind on the reading challenge I’ve given to myself, only on 15 as of today.  The latest read, which I read yesterday afternoon while T watched Dr. Who stuff (gosh, that man loves him some Dr. Who!) and lat night when I couldn’t sleep was Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

This is a quick, dirty, fun, delightful read, far better written than I had expected from the author of Pride, Prejudice and Zombies.  (I found PPZ to be a lot like a delightful SNL skit turned into a full length movie–even the funniest joke wears thin after a while).  However, this one worked, and not just as a joke, but as a vampire hunting story.  There were moments of keen action, and even moments of genuine emotion.  I really liked this book!  One of the cool things about it was that throughout the text, there are “photographs” of Abe photoshopped to reflect his vampiric hunting calling, and civil war pics with things added to make them vampire-y.

But perhaps the coolest thing in this book was the idea that it was vamprism that led to the civil war.  Vampires came to the US in droves, not least of which because of the “peculiar institution” which allowed them a cheap, easy food source.  Of course, this works brilliantly, because of course what slavery did to people WAS vampiric, and not too far from literally.  Thomas Jefferson, I think, said something along the lines of one of the biggest evils of slavery was what it did to the slave owners, (I cant’ find the exact quote, and jeez, this is a blog, not a seminar paper) that the power over a humans life inevitably makes one a tyrant.  (this is me, now, not paraphrased Jefferson)…if a person is dependent on destoying other humans to survive, then what are they BUT vampires?  BRILLIANT!

I would recomend this book for fans of the reVAMPed lit genre (I just made that up, I wonder if it will catch on?) and or vampire books in general.

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Adventures in cooking:  Too depressed/worried to cook last night, so T whipped up some pasta/tuna/cheesey thing that was quite delish!  Tonight is date night, so no cooking tonight, either.  Sorry folks.  However, on Friday there is company coming, so I should have many wild/wacky adventures to tell.

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. AMo
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 12:47:08

    Sorry to hear about the dog situation. That IS scary, but good luck on the training!

    Reply

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