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Dog looking for a home (Big Dog/Little Dog Problem)
This post isn't really about a Havanese, but since we're all small dog people, if anyone can help out, it would be great.
I'm posting here rather than rescue for two reasons. First, this dog isn't a "rescue" he's a well-loved dog that needs to be re-homed for his own safety. Second, I thought it was a good follow-on to the story of the Havanese killed by the Husky. This is another case of a little dog getting badly hurt, (fortunately, in this instance, not killed) in a big dog/little dog altercation. It also shows that it can happen every quickly, even in a household of TWO experienced, professional trainers.
My trainer had a very unfortunate situation happen with her Papillon this weekend. He is a very sweet, gentle dog with people, but is feisty with other dogs, especially larger ones. She also has 3 larger dogs, a Golden, a Lab and a Spinoni, all are VERY gentle and well trained. The dogs have always been crated when not supervised, just because the Papillon can be a little trouble maker, and doesn't know his own size. Over the weekend, the whole family was in the family room, watching TV with the dogs. I guess Boo (the Papillon) suddenly decided to get in the Golden's face. Even though the Golden is a VERY sweet, gentle dog, when the Papillon charged at her, she snapped back. What would have been a warning bite between two similar sized dogs sent Boo to the hospital. He has numerous stitches but is expected to recover fully. If the Golden had MEANT to hurt him, he'd be dead.
My trainer has decided that, sadly, she just can't keep him safe in a big dog household. She feels awful that this happened, but the only other alternative would be to keep him confined to a crate (or another room) almost all the time. So she is looking for a new home for him. This is an EXTREMELY well trained dog. He has his UD in both AKC and CDSP, and multiple Agility titles as well. He's 10 years old, but in good health, and should still have a number of good years ahead of him. He would be a PERFECT pet for an older, retired person who wants a cuddly lap dog, and doesn't have other dogs. Perhaps someone older who has recently lost a pet. She also said that if the person who took him were older and on a fixed income, she would be willing to continue to carry his medical expenses. (not just for the injury... I suspect she'll want to keep him with her until he's healed, but going forward)
She wants to find someone in eastern MA or possibly RI, so the prospective new owner can have a number of "dates", and a couple of sleep-overs so that both Boo and the new owners are absolutely comfortable with each other. So if you know of anyone who might be interested, and needs a very cute, completely trained, 7 lb. fluffy puppy to cuddle with, please contact me, and I can put you in touch with her.
I hope this makes the person who posted about the other dog feel a little less responsible for what happened. It can happen even to very experienced people, and even in a supervised situation. Things can happen very fast between dogs!
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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