Should I put my dog down?
July 23, 2012 11:16 AM Subscribe
Should I euthanize my healthy, but difficult dog?
posted by anonymous to Pets & Animals (64 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My ex and I adopted a rescue mix about 7 years ago, naturally I ended up with the dog.
From day one, he has been a difficult dog. Resource guarding. Leash reactive. Has bitten several people. So on.
Generally, he's very mellow and the biting incidents only occur during resource guarding situations. He's generally friendly and people like him.
Over the years, I've gotten by because I was lucky to have a support system (roommates and lovers helping out), but right now I'm entirely on my own. And of course, at this most inopportune moment, he developed a severe separation anxiety and has caused a thousand or two dollars in damage and vet bills. He has to be with somebody 24/7, which is starting to take a toll on me. It's so severe to the point where if I step out even for a minute, he'll immediately try to break out.
I can't really afford doggy daycare or trainers. Due to his age and temperament, I'm having a difficult time finding a new home for him. Family members and friends have refused to take him in, even temporarily (not that I blame them).
On top of this, I'm healing from depression, and am hanging from a thread financially. The whole situation is really stressing me out to the point where it's affecting my health and work, not to mention really bad for my bank account.
Now, the main question: Should I have him put down?
I'm wrestling with this question, because 1) It will be held against me by some of my friends who feel that I should be responsible for him no matter what. 2) I will feel like a murderer. 3) It's not his fault.
Alternatively, I could surrender him at a shelter, but that's a pretty much death sentence for him anyway. He has been rejected from no-kill shelters (not that being stuck in a crate for years is any better).