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So, Max bit me. Like, broke the skin made me bleed tetanus shot needed bit. My mom is freaking out. I tried to pull him off of Lilly and he turned around and bit me- in three spots. My mom immediately called the vet. They told her that knowing about the previous biting incidents (with other dogs, my sister, and me) and that we have tried medications and behavioral therapy, they didn't think there was anything else we could do other than put him to sleep. The behaviorist doesn't seem to think that there is a whole lot to be done, either, even though I don't know the details of what my mom talked to them about.

Basically, everyone, even dog experts, are telling us to put Max to sleep. My parents and sister are starting to agree. They say that now that he is biting humans, it will only get worse. The rescues won't take him and it would be unethical to give him to someone else knowing his issues. And the vet is encouraging us to make a decision soon. I'm so upset and confused, I don't know what to do.
 

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If you try to break up a dog fight, you will be bit if you do it wrong. Even my mom got bit by our Basenji, who worshiped her, because she got in the middle of a dog fight and tried to grab his collar. Worst thing to do. Has all the other bites with your family been because of dog fights? I can't remember. If it is, then they aren't exactly his fault, you just got him when he was busy fighting and then anything around is fair game.
 

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If your mom truly exhausted all of the options and has come to this decision,
would she maybe consider shipping Max to me? After hearing what you have
tried, the only thing I can suggest to your mom is to try another behavior
specialist. If the answer is no and she wants him to be put down, then I
will gladly take him and work with him, after all I'm not that far, we can
arrange to ship him over, if you guys are willing.
 

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No, all the rest were completely unprovoked. I know I made a mistake this time, too. I just am so out of my mind with worry and wasn't thinking.
 

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LS, thank you for the offer. I will pass it on to her and let her know what an amazing second chance that could be for him. Ultimately, it is her decision and as much as I try to talk to her, she will make the final call.

I just wanted to get it out and express what I have been thinking. I've been trying not to mention it but I feel so out of control because my opinion doesn't really count. I have given everything I can, and I think I need to step away a bit and realize that I can't change her mind or change the problem.
 

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If your mom truly exhausted all of the options and has come to this decision,
would she maybe consider shipping Max to me? After hearing what you have
tried, the only thing I can suggest to your mom is to try another behavior
specialist. If the answer is no and she wants him to be put down, then I
will gladly take him and work with him, after all I'm not that far, we can
arrange to ship him over, if you guys are willing.
I was about to make the same offer, but you are closer. I also have good results with aggressive dogs. I hope she decides to give you a chance.
 

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Ashley, yes she will do what she wants to do, but it won't hurt for you to try
and influence her to avoid euthanasia by offering other options. I am absolutely
serious in my offer, so please know that it is on the table and is not going
anywhere. And do not feel bad talking about this, you have friends here willing
to listen and help as best as we can.
 

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I'm sitting here crying because of your kindness, LS. The thing is, he is PERFECT 85% of the time. It's sad because he was okay until he was attacked last year and almost died. It's horrible...

Anyhow, I PROMISE that I will pass along your offer and beg her to consider it. My dad also has a friend at work whose wife rescues and has said she may be willing to take him, if my mom decides that it is best.
 

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Ashley, my heart really goes out to you and your family and Max. Please know you are in my thoughts as I know this is a very hard situation, and I know that you and your family are absolutely looking for what is best.
 

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I am so very sorry about Max. Really, I am. My mom has an aggressive dog also, but she knows how to make sure he doesn't bite people. I know its very very hard. I hope LS can take him. I would offer, but Cricket really isn't other animal friendly, and I don't want to put either of them in jeopardy. Good luck.
 

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hi so sorry for your sadness over maxs biting i had to put one of my earlier dogs down for biteing and it still bothers me to this day ls has offered you a wonderful alternative if the decision has to end up at putting him down good luck with your moms decision
 

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I hope your mom agrees to let LS take him. She is an angel to offer to take him and work with him. Tell your mom to give her the chance to save him, please. Good luck.
 

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My dad talked to his friends wife who has rescued several dogs down in Miami. She is willing to take max in and give him a forever home. Her only dog recently passed away and shee normally doesn't work with little dogs but she wants to be here for max! And we will get updates on his progress and be able to stay in touch.

LS- thank you so much for your offer. I have never been so touched. For you to take in a beloved but troubled dog is truly a great act. My mom would prefer him to be with someone she knows and that only lives a few hours away. Plus, my dad works down there 4 days a week so he may even be able to see max once in a while!!! He is leaving tonight- she is coming to get him.

The vet is still trying to convince her that he needs to be PTS. So far though she has realized that that is not the answer in this case. I am so thankful that I was able to talk her out of that- I don't know that she could have ever forgiven herself.

It's still very sad because I have to let him go, but I feel much better about the situation now.
 

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Great news Ashley. :)
I'm very glad that things turned around for Max.
If anything changes I'm here.
 

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My dad talked to his friends wife who has rescued several dogs down in Miami. She is willing to take max in and give him a forever home. Her only dog recently passed away and shee normally doesn't work with little dogs but she wants to be here for max! And we will get updates on his progress and be able to stay in touch.

LS- thank you so much for your offer. I have never been so touched. For you to take in a beloved but troubled dog is truly a great act. My mom would prefer him to be with someone she knows and that only lives a few hours away. Plus, my dad works down there 4 days a week so he may even be able to see max once in a while!!! He is leaving tonight- she is coming to get him.

The vet is still trying to convince her that he needs to be PTS. So far though she has realized that that is not the answer in this case. I am so thankful that I was able to talk her out of that- I don't know that she could have ever forgiven herself.

It's still very sad because I have to let him go, but I feel much better about the situation now.
I am truly happy for y'all! Yea for you and your mom and Max. I hope everything works out. I'm sure it will.
 

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I watch the dog whisper all the time. He trains dogs like this, watch it if you can. Maybe be you can call him to help. I have watch for ideas for Amberleah lou lou mis behavior. yup such cute chi some times is naughty.
 
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