We got a dog from an animal shelter five years ago. He had been there over a month and needed a good home. He is a Terrier Hound mix and was left because he just didn’t play well with other dogs. At first, he had little interest in his adoptive parents. We were told to hand feed him every bite. We did this for a week and he warmed up to us.
Our daughter has a Mastiff Pit bull mix named Apache. Sam and Apace get along like brothers but they have a toxic relationship. They love to box and nip at each other all in good fun. Dawn was going out of town for a few days and needed us to watch her dog. We agreed because that is what parents do.
Our newly married son needed a place to stay for a couple of weeks until his rental home opened up. His wife had two Yorkie’s that she moved into our home as well. We kept the Yorkie’s upstairs while Sam and Apache played in our backyard all day and were crated at night.
My husband joked. “When did we become a kennel?” It was day five and our daughter was due home that evening. Sam and Apache were playing in the backyard while my son was out walking the Yorkie’s. Of course all the dogs went into a barking frenzy. While David controlled his little Yorkie’s and started toward the house he saw Apache lunge and grab Sam’s face. Then the fight began! David put his dogs away and ran to stop the fight. When he returned to the yard both dogs were licking each other in brotherly love but the damage had been done. Sam’s lip had been torn along the jaw with another bite on the ear. Apache’s nose was bloody and his hear had been bit as well. $411 dollars later we have decided that we can no longer be a kennel. After all, Sam needs a home where he can feel safe and loved.