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Seeing the World from Both Oculars-- a Bananaslug's Journal

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We just got back from the vet hospital, where we sent Rocky, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi we've been fostering, to the Rainbow Bridge. He was 6, in decent health, but he was a biter. We thought we'd worked through that, but yesterday he severely attacked and bit Betsy (fingers, elbow, hip and knee...if he'd gotten a better grip on the knee, she'd be in the hospital now getting ready for a new knee)...so we thought about it overnight and took him to the vet early this morning and sent him home.

We are of course, very upset, but this isn't anybody's fault, and a six year old dog who has a clear history of biting isn't going to get a third chance and a new home. He went peacefully. Betsy, who has got to be the bravest woman I know, lay down with him on a blanket on the floor of the examining room, hugged him and whispered in his ear as he went. There are reasons I love that woman.

I feel sorry for Rocky, but there are hundreds of dogs put down every day who didn't get his chances.

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You don't need me to tell you that it was the right thing to do, and I agree wholeheartedly that Rocky got plenty of chances. Still, that's never an easy thing to do, particularly when you try so hard to help. Along with my kudos to Betsy for her gift to Rocky, you have my sincere condolences.

While we were there, some young children who were there wanted to pet Rocky. Betsy didn't want to lie to them so she told them they could not, and why. They said they were there because their dog was giving birth and one of the babies was stuck in the birth canal. The vet came out and said she'd been able to get it free, and it was born and doing fine. The kids asked Betsy if it was okay if they named it Rocky. We, of course, dissolved in tears.

That's so sweet -- it's almost as if he got his third chance right there.

::hands over extra box of tissues::

Well, damn, Walt. I'm sorry to hear that. I hope Betsy's doing ok.

My sympathies. It's not easy to lose a member of the family, no matter the circumstances. Our Bart dog is 10 this year, and he's starting to slow down. We'll definitely be heading to the animal shelter when we lose him. A boy has to grow up with a dog, but with Jody and I working housetraining a puppy just won't work, so we'd like to find a dog who needs a second chance.

It's it is always sad when you have to put down an animal that you have taken into your home and family. In college, we had to put down a cat that would attack strangers, and it started growling and hissing at us. You can't take the chance that it will injure or kill anyone.

You've given many dogs second chances. I'm sorry Rocky's second chance didn't work, but I thank you for all those other dogs.

I hope Betsy heals quickly and well, and that there are happy memories of Rocky to keep in your hearts.

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