Last Saturday was one of the worst days I had in a long time.  My dog whom I have had for 5 years since he was 17 weeks old bit me in the face.  It wasn't as bad as it could have been, but I still needed to go to the hospital.  Thankfully I didn't need stitches.  Instead they sealed the wounds with dermabond....a tissue glue.  Well I spent the whole day crying because I knew what this meant....we would have to get rid of him.  He has had a split personality for sometime and it was only a matter of time before he bit.  We decided for the safety of our daughter that he need to go.  The problem I faced was not only had he just bitten, but he isn't the most friendly dog.  It is very shy and scared of strangers which I knew would mean certain death for him if he went to a shelter, but I wasn't convinced that someone else would want him.  I took a chance anyway and posted on craigslist an ad for his adoption.  I specifically stated that he would not be appropriate for families with children, and needed someone who has had experience with his breed, American Eskimo, or had the ability to provide him with training.  I got a few people interested but was felling it wasn't going anywhere.  On Saturday I got an e-mail from someone who was interested and when I called her, I told her everything, including the bite incident.  She still wanted to see him.  She has a 2 year old American Eskimo and was looking for a friend for him.  Her, her husband and their dog Max all came to meet Anakin yesterday.  They spent over an hour trying to see if he would be a good fit.  Anakin was his normal self.  He was scared of them and wouldn't let them touch him.  He growled a bit at the dog when he got too close.  I thought for sure they wouldn't want him.  They actually decided that they wanted to try and take him home.  We all agreed that Anakin would never accept anyone as long as I was with him and he was at him home.  They decided they would take him home and give it a shot.  So yesterdat afternoon my Anakin drove away with all his belongings.  I told them that if after 2 weeks they felt he wouldn't work out, to bring him back.  I am hoping for his sake that it does work out.  They seem like really nice people who really want to love him.  I just miss him so much.  Some people can't understand and I feel like a bad mom even questioning my decision, knowing it was decided to protect my daughter.  I felt like I was choosing between my children.  Unless you are a real dog lover you can't possibly undertand what I am feeling right now.  I know its for the best, but I feel like I just gave up my child.  Sorry, I just had to express some of my thoughts and feelings.  I know with time it will feel better.  Right now I am just trying to deal with it. 



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Jun. 2, 2008 at 10:07 PM i too had to get rid of our dog, kind of like the same story. i miss her and does my oldest girl.

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Jul. 6, 2008 at 12:14 PM How has it gone?  Did they keep him?  I hope it worked out.  I think I may have mentioned this- but we had to get rid of our dog too.  He bit Kylie.  But he lives with my bil and seems to be doing fine.  It sounds like the people that adopted your dog seem really nice, and I bet they'd let you visit if you wanted.  Good luck :)

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