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Okay, so here's the news for those of you who are wondering what has been going on with me lately.
The past few weeks my dogs (pit bulls) have been getting in fights with each other (almost killed each other, the boy had to be taken to the vet and was badly bleeding and beaten) and now they got a hold of my potbellied pig, ganged up on him and almost killed him. Up until this point, they have gotten along really well and they have been the sweetest dogs ever. I love them with all my heart. These two events have been some of the most horrible things I've ever witnessed. I was unable to stop them when they attacked the pig, it was by sheer luck he was able to get back in his pen and I was able to keep them from getting back inside with him. They are so much stronger than me and it was horrendous. I used every ounce of energy I had for 10 straight minutes trying to pull my big dogs off of my poor pig. I'm small and have fibromyalgia so this kind of thing took a horrible toll on my body. I'm in so much pain today it's not even funny. It's messed with my mind so badly that I totally forgot to do my Thursday's Tutorial post on FCCB and didn't have time to get anything new together for Gill's B-day. :0(
I had to take major anti-anxiety meds today and slept all day at a friend's house. In fact I slept all the way until 8:00 PM and I realized, OMG, I have two hops I'm in that I need to post! Got them done, as you'll see below, but wow, it was not easy to focus so I hope everything is done correctly. If you notice any errors, please let me know.
On top of all that, I have to get rid of my piggy so he is safe because the dogs keep trying to find a way in to his pen (he's an indoor pig), and I'm also contemplating getting rid of both of my dogs because of this aggression towards each other and other animals. I am scared to leave them alone together. I am scared they might jump the fence into one of my neighbors yards, all of which have pets. My neighbor has a beautiful little min-pin she wants to give to me because my hubby and I have fallen in love with the dog and she can no longer keep her and work as much as she needs to, but my dogs have already shown signs that if they got to her, they would kill her. They try to bust out of the room and both doggy gates that I have put up and I can barely hold them back! I would feel horrible if something happened to another creature because if they got something that small, it would be dead within minutes.
I am heartbroken and I don't know what on earth to do. Several people say I just have to get rid of the dogs to avoid any future lawsuits or them turning on me, etc., Yet we contacted a rescue and they were so incredibly insensitive and mean. (They'll be getting a real piece of my mind soon.) Basically they said we are bad owners and we shouldn't even consider getting rid of our dogs if we were any kind of good people.
I have had these dogs for a while and have loved them more than anything. They have been babied, but disciplined, have had plenty of freedom and exercise and more love than most dogs get. They even sleep in the bed with us! I am so pissed that anyone would blame this on me or on ignorance. I always study breeds and dogs and have raised and had dogs my ENTIRE life and have NEVER seen them act this way towards each other or another creature. It made me sick. They were trying to rip out his eyes and his ears and his throat and OMG, I couldn't stop it. I was screaming at the top of my lungs for help and none of my neighbors heard me. I even ran outside and was screaming and no one came. :( Finally was able to call my neighbor and she came and then my husband showed up at the same time. By that time I was a nervous wreck and I was inconsolable. Nervous breakdown to a T. So that is what has been going on over here and I am such a wreck that I can't even handle the situation. I have no idea what to do and the thought of getting rid of my dogs just sends me into a frenzy. Please, does anyone have any non-critical, constructive advice other than saying I'm a bad owner (because I'm not)? I have read that once a pitbull turns like that, you can't turn them back. I am scared that no amount of training will make me feel safe enough to keep my dogs and not worry about them killing each other or jumping the fence and killing a neighbor's pet. My girl is not spayed and I know that will help, but will it be enough? Please help.
fibro and am home-bound 97% of the time.
XO ~ Amy Jo