When you go to the hospital for dog bites they have to report it to the authorities, so we didn't have a choice in the matter.
There were two other instances where he showed some aggressive behavior, but we decided to give him another chance. When he was still a pup he bit my bottom lip, but it didn't require stitches and it was late at night, so we figured he was just tired. The other time he attacked my dachshund who was minding his own business at the time and his medical bills were over $300.00 due to him getting under the muscle, so we decided to then keep the dogs apart since my dachshund did at times start it with our Akita, so we decided that it was just due to dog on dog aggression. We have given him every chance and my husband has decided that I am more important at this point. He was awake at the time, he had just walked over to the side of the bed, so he was awake and it was an unprovoked attack on me. I think in part that he became jealous of Kevin's attention for me.
This is no easy thing for us, I have always been a dog lover, but we don't feel its safe to have him around. Next time it could be someones child and if he were to hurt, maim or even kill someone, I would never forgive myself. I never thought I would be in this position, but when you are on this side of the coin then you understand.
I know some of you may judge me for being a bad pet owner, but we have given him everything and every chance in the world. Until it happened to me I would have felt the same way. He was raised with love, a large back yard to run around in and the freedom to sleep with us at night, lots of walks, car rides and all his shots were up to date and we even recently took him to the vet and he was amazed at how healthy he was.
thanks for listening,
Lupus March 2004
accepted diagnosis 05
knee injury due to Tae Kwon Do May 04, surgery to reconstruct ACL and MCL Aug 04
hysterectomy Oct 2001VIEW IMAGE