Last night, we received some devastating news. Duke, one of our alumni adopted back in July, needs to be rehomed and is in immediate need of a foster or adopter.
Duke had settled in wonderfully with his family. He bonded immediately with his new dad, enjoyed snuggles in bed with his mom, and grew to love the family’s new puppy when he was brought home a few months later. He spent his days going for morning walks, playing with his puppy brother, and keeping his dad company while he worked. Life was good.
That was until he began showing signs of aggression towards the family’s 11-year-old daughter. This was completely out of character and managed by simple interference and redirection on part of the parents. Last night, it escalated, and he bit the daughter on the arm.
Having dealt with reactive rescue dogs in the past, Duke’s family knows the sacrifice that comes with living with animals that exhibit this type of behaviour. They know the love that is possible when the right nurturing is paired with the right environment, but they also know when that’s not possible. They are not willing to sacrifice their daughter’s safety. Nor should any family.
We know how limited the options are for a dog of this size (Duke weighs a whopping 105 lbs!) and with this history. Prior to this, Duke hasn’t ever shown any aggressive behaviour towards another animal or person. We believe that Duke can thrive in the right environment, and that’s simply one without kids. Please help us find him that home.
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