Not to be overly blunt about this, but - seriously? You're now fostering a dog that has a history of biting, that's caused serious injury to a family member who didn't provoke it. You acknowledge that you're not equipped to train it, your wife isn't comfortable with it, and you're still making excuses to keep it around?honestly for me it hasn't changed much
You're right about all of that - I don't mean it as an excuse to keep him, rather "it majorly sucks and I wish it were different'.Not to be overly blunt about this, but - seriously? You're now fostering a dog that has a history of biting, that's caused serious injury to a family member who didn't provoke it. You acknowledge that you're not equipped to train it, your wife isn't comfortable with it, and you're still making excuses to keep it around?
What happens the next time it bites someone while you're out walking it? Or when it decides to bite your wife while she's petting it or feeding it? Or you? You don't understand the dog's triggers, you can't predict when it will get aggressive, and while it sucks that the dog will end up in a cage if you send it back, that's a lot better than what will happen to it if it bites someone who isn't inclined to forgive it now that it has a history of this, right? Or what will happen if it decides to bite something more dangerous than an arm the next time.
It does suck, and it's to your credit that you're concerned about what's best for the dog as well. It also sounds like you're leaning too heavily on that side of things, though - risking the health of your family, friends, neighbours, and strangers out on the street so that a foster dog with a history of unprovoked aggression has more freedom just isn't a reasonable decision, especially when you don't have the tools or training to work with the dog to resolve the issues it's having."it majorly sucks and I wish it were different'.
Have you considered a muzzle when you're walking him?You're right about all of that - I don't mean it as an excuse to keep him, rather "it majorly sucks and I wish it were different'.
having said that, what I meant about "it hasn't changed much" is in my stress levels and method of walking.
With some of our previous dogs I could walk with my headphones on, hardly paying attention, and it was fun. Or I'd have to pay attention but it'd be a fun walk. Since the first bite, I've been continuously on edge, keeping him away from anybody, etc - I don't think he's been more than 1m away from me on a normal road since. I meant "I can't do more than I was already doing", not "I don't care that he bit my niece".
You can't do a virtual appointment? That is what I am doing.I messaged the doctor to get my asthma medicine refilled because all this smoke is messing with me, and they said since it’s been over a year since I saw them, and they want me to come in for an appointment before they refill it. Guess why I haven’t been in? Guess what’s still a problem and still getting worse?
No thanks. Refill it and I’ll see you when I feel comfortable. I’ve had asthma my entire life. Seeing you isn’t going to change how I manage it.
It's not nonsensical. It makes perfect sense. I mean, you're not wrong about what's going on. And maybe it would be a lot easier to (mentally and procedurally) deal with Climate Change if (y)our brain(s) weren't simultaneously being forced to deal with the economy, energy, politics, social anxiety, and so on. You're feeling overwhelmed because you ARE being overwhelmed.Another nonsensical insomnia fueled Twitter rant.