Unfortunately some families do not deal well with imperfection and thus try and cast aside family members who do not live up to their expectations. Ignore your nephew, dogs may fight, but it sounds like the other dog was planning on KILLING your dog, not fighting. I figure that the owner is responsible since animals learn their behavior from those who care for them. Thus you could say that the owner is okay with their pet killing other pets, perhaps they think anyone stronger can hurt or kill anyone weaker just because they are stronger? I dunno. I avoid toxic relationships, and by the sounds of it your family makes your relationship with them border on toxic. I agree with your twin. Family does not have to mean blood. I have friends who are more family to me than those related by blood- people I would hurt more over if I lost them than my mother or sibblings. You can make your own family and surround yourself with supportive positive people. You are welcome to join my family, I figure all of us who are imperfect need to stick together.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005- definate CNS involvement dxed late 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, damaged periphrial nerves 2007, pregnant due May 2008
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Darvocet, Singulair, Flexeril, Baby Asprin, Imuran, Procardia, Prilosec