So I have a dog, a beagle. He's very sweet, friendly and eager to please most of the time. We adopted him last April from the local animal shelter, and before I brought him home, I seriously touched this dog just about everywhere, manhandling him to make sure he could handle my 3yo DS. Until today, they were a perfect match. My son could lay on him, poke him, pull his tail, and the beagle would tolerate it.
Then, my son climbed onto the couch where the dog was sleeping, and barely touched him. He must've startled him awake. The dog bit my son, fortunately only getting hair in his mouth. He didn't release him until I moved toward him. (I was sitting on the floor about 4 feet away, facing the other direction when it first happened, but I heard it.)
My son was terrified. He wasn't hurt, but he was very frightened by the event. I'm not sure I want to keep a dog who will bite my kid. My son is usually very careful around animals, but he's never had a reason to fear our beagle. What would you do? Would you keep the dog, or try to find another home for him?
Asked by Anonymous at 4:04 PM on Jan. 21, 2011 in Pets
Answer by Freela at 4:16 PM on Jan. 21, 2011
Answer by louise2 at 4:10 PM on Jan. 21, 2011
It won't be the last time that your ds will startle him. I would never be able to forgive myself if my son was injured by a dog who had already had a close call. Do what you feel is right. You'll make a sound decision.
Answer by jen2774161 at 4:08 PM on Jan. 21, 2011
Answer by Syphon at 4:08 PM on Jan. 21, 2011
Answer by MrsMWF at 4:08 PM on Jan. 21, 2011
Answer by But_Mommie at 4:08 PM on Jan. 21, 2011
Answer by meandrphoto at 4:14 PM on Jan. 21, 2011
Personally I would find him another home. There is a chance that he would never bite him again period but in reality who wants to take that chance?
Answer by MrsHouston47302 at 4:08 PM on Jan. 21, 2011
Answer by midnightmoma at 5:00 PM on Jan. 21, 2011