I guess I just want to unload here.
I kenneled all three dogs Thursday night. We were going to take the kids to Virginia, where they would head off to Florida with my folks. Then my husband and I would get some time alone. We get almost all the way to VA, when the kennel calls. Tess and Tallulah got in a horrible fight and Tallulah is ripped to shreds. We drove back the next morning.
Apparently, Tallulah was being walked from the outdoor kennel to the indoor, when Tess climbed out of the 6 ft run and ran into Tallulah kennel, where her food was sitting. Tallulah yelled MINE and that was all she wrote. He tried to get them apart with a piece of fencing, but they kept going around. Finally he hit Tess several times with a 2X4 to get her into a run, then got Tallulah back.
Tallulah's face and neck have multiple puncture wounds and her ear is bitten off about 1/3 of the way down. I took her to the vet immediately because she already was swollen and her wounds were getting puss filled. She was put on pain meds, anti-inflammitories and antibiotics. Tess has a few minor scrapes, that is all.
He tells me that Tess is all wired, and to be careful because those dogs can turn on you. I told him he was an idiot (well, not so rudely) but I told him that Pits do not 'turn'. Human aggression and dog aggression are two completely different things. He opened the door (Tess had climbed out of her kennel again) and she ran to me and submissively sat at my feet, shaking. She was completely freaked.
I am just beyond thought at this point. I feel responsible, even though I wasn't there. What if Tess had climbed into Tallulah's closed kennel at night? I feel like I have been completely selfish in keeping Tallulah, knowing that Tess and she do not get along. Tallulah would have died, if he didn't get them apart. Tallulah means more to me than any dog I have ever had, she is my heart dog, and I looked at her tonight and wondered if my selfishness was going to get her killed.
I don't know. I probably should just go to sleep and hope I feel more together in the morning.