We put one of the foster dogs to sleep yesterday. We had had him for over a year. His story will break your heart - he lived with a family that abused both him and the son. Kane would try to defend the son and of course get beaten for doing so. Finally the dad got tired of Kane, and to punish his son he broke Kane's front leg and tied him into an alley, left him to die. Fortunately Kane was found and my rescue took him in. We fixed the leg, which had already started to set on its own, and tried to fix him mentally. He was an amazingly sweet dog 99% of the time, but he was very fearful towards different people - children, men w/hats/sunglasses/beer bottles, etc. We worked hard with Kane for over a year, hoping we could heal him mentally. However, he bit one person, and snapped/growled at several others over the past couple of months. A behaviorist began working with him, took him into his home, and was working miracles. But Kane bit him too. He was just too damaged by the time we saved him.
So the difficult decision was made, and he was euthanized on 5/10/07, at 5:10pm. There were 5 people in the room that had loved him, and he died knowing he was loved.
He will forever haunt our hearts, making us wonder if we did the right thing.
RIP, sweet Kane - it wasn't your fault.