On When Dogs Bite Infants
A friend (age 50-loves dogs, has had them forever, only rescues) recently married a woman (much younger, not that interested in dogs) and they had a baby (now about 8-months old). The friend has two dogs, one of whom is 13-years old and is apparently experiencing a bit of mental deterioration.
Without provocation, said dog bit infant in such a way that required stitches on her face and back. Just a handful, but still.
New wife is apoplectic and won't let the dog back in the house (the dog is at a friend's house). There is a good chance that the dog will never, ever be permitted back in the house (lucky they also have a guest house! But actually that's not a viable long-term solution).
I'm just telling the story, here. We cannot change what has occurred and the friend, at least, has learned the lesson that no matter how well you think you know your dog, you always have a grown-up person between the dog and the infant and you also never let your guard down.
This is the only time in the dog's 13 years that anything like this has happened. It's also the only child that has ever been in the dog's home for more than a weekend.
Any advice? My friend isn't one of those "I'm-putting-the-dog-down" people. Oddly, when I called a trainer friend, that was the first thing she suggested, as whatever happens it's not going to be as fantastic as the life the dog used to have, alone with his canine sister and his daddy for nearly 13 years. Interesting point, but death or else a less-fantastic life? I think there might be another option.
Anyone . . . anyone . . .