A few weeks ago, I posted a picture on Facebook of our new dog, "Hannah".
We loved her. She came to us at 5 months old already crate & potty trained. She was a "rescue" pup with few details about her past. She allowed my kids to lay on her, walk her on her leash, & to give her commands. She was the best puppy that anyone could ask for. That is, until another kid stepped foot on our property.
After having her for a week, she began to show a territorial behavior that turned vicious when children were around. After a couple of incidents of her biting children, we had to make a tough decision to find her a new home.
Our kids understood that we could not keep a dog that bites our friends, but they were still devastated. I held all four, crying kids in the driveway as my husband took her to her new owner.
She now lives in a home with no children & an owner who can properly train her in ways that I could not.
It was one of the hardest decisions we had to make as parents. I felt like I had failed our kids.
One of our children deals with a behavior issue that became nonexistent when we brought Hannah home. But, when she left, our child regressed terribly.
After much research & many discussions, Sergio & I decided it best to get another dog. We chose a full-blooded Beagle whom our kids have named, "Spike".
It's not easy having a 6 week old puppy in our home. It's full-time work.
However, when I see my kids with him, I am reminded that they are worth it. They love having a dog. The memories they will have with "Spike" will last a lifetime.
Goodnight, Spike. Welcome home.