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Friday, December 1, 2023

Pet Advice


Sad, but true

I learned a valuable lesson the other day. I’m not able to save all of the animals that need help.

Tough day, that day. I made a difficult decision. This one will haunt me for a while.

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Ditka, a big shepherd mix that we pulled from deaths door a few months ago was put down today.  I hated this, but it was the right thing to do.  He came to us from Indiana with no back story.  He was bouncy and very dominate.  He had a few health issues that needed our attention.  We had him neutered as well.  We had significant interest in him over the next few weeks.

He went home with a family, but was returned within a couple of days because he growled at the young child.  The owner let us know that she didn’t see anything, so it was unclear if he were provoked.  In an abundance of caution he was returned. Ditka was aggressive towards other animals.  He spent a fair amount of time outside and in the large indoor pen here.  Nearly two weeks ago he bit a customer badly.  He was unprovoked.

I’ve had Ditka evaluated by multiple trainers. They all came to the same conclusion. He was a dominate and aggressive animal.  They could not recommend a foster or any other environment.  His inability to be with other dogs didn’t help.

I feel like I let this animal down.  It will be a while before I can shake this. I know that his passing will open the door for many dogs to find homes. I am coming to terms with the fact that I just can’t save them all.

RIP troubled soul. . .

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Greg Gordon
Greg Gordonhttp://dogpatchpets.com
Greg Gordon is the General Manager and Proprietor of Dog Patch Pet & Feed in Naperville. Contact him through the pet store at info@dogpatchpets.com.


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