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#5988191 - 10/21/15 08:22 PM Real bad news
changedmyname Offline
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Registered: 09/08/10
Posts: 14523
Loc: Weatherford, TX
My dog Blue just bit a little girl at soccer practice. Got her on the upper lip. I had to get the kids home but headed to the hospital now. I've taken him up there so many times and he's never done anything g like this. Wife is up there and said the hospital got our info to call animal control which is fine with me. I won't be keeping him.

If they don't take him though, I'm posting this to see if anyone has a hunting home for him without kids. Someone patient who knows about vizslas.
He's a good hunter as a few can attest to on here.


#5988245 - 10/21/15 08:54 PM Re: Real bad news [Re: changedmyname]
Michael W. Online   content
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Registered: 11/22/10
Posts: 3548
Loc: Central Texas / Comal County
Hope this turns out well for you and the kid. I have only been around a couple of Vizslas and they were both pretty friendly with me, and I was a stranger to them.

A clear conscience is often the sign of a fuzzy memory.

#5988259 - 10/21/15 09:01 PM Re: Real bad news [Re: changedmyname]
changedmyname Offline
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Registered: 09/08/10
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Loc: Weatherford, TX
I have no excuse. He started when she walked up behind him and turned and snapped.

#5988263 - 10/21/15 09:02 PM Re: Real bad news [Re: changedmyname]
changedmyname Offline
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I should have never had him up there.

#5988277 - 10/21/15 09:11 PM Re: Real bad news [Re: changedmyname]
Barny Topwater Online   content
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Registered: 11/22/09
Posts: 3420
Loc: New Braunfels TX USA
My V used to body slam my youngest grandson then dance on top of him when he was 3. Before you get rid of him do some more investigating, did she hurt him in any way, startle him. Biting is a defense mechanism. I hate that the little girl was bit but I hate to see you lose your dog this close to the season also.
There is time, and you must take it, to lay your hand on your dog's head as you walk past him lying on the floor or on his settle, time to talk with him, to remember with him, time to please him, time you can't buy back once he's gone" GBE

#5988373 - 10/21/15 10:14 PM Re: Real bad news [Re: changedmyname]
nak Offline
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Registered: 08/26/12
Posts: 1279
Loc: DFW
Went through this about a year ago. The next door neighbor startled our Collie Great Pyrenees cross and she snapped at her ankle. Neighbor did not want animal control involved, but the clinic she went to for an antibiotic shot reported it, as required by state law.

It was a pain...but home confinement for three weeks and a couple of trips to the vet was all that was required.

Just hope your homeowners insurance does not become aware.
NRA Lifer / Member TSRA

#5988374 - 10/21/15 10:15 PM Re: Real bad news [Re: changedmyname]
passthru Offline
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That's a bad thing to have happen. Especially if you are pretty attached to the dog. Hope the child isn't scarred. But honestly if a dog bit my child in the face I would probably be pretty unhappy and when I was younger I may have acted rashly.

Before you let the dog go just consider that you may want to be more choosey about the environments you take the dog. A good hunting companion is tough to find, takes time to train, and years to replace.
I work hard, drink a little and hunt when I can.
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#5988394 - 10/21/15 10:27 PM Re: Real bad news [Re: changedmyname]
txshntr Offline
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Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 35148
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
Sure hate that for you, your family and the child. Good luck on your decision, but I would sleep on it before making any major decisions.

If you still decide to get rid of your dog, hope it goes to a great home. Good luck

#5988396 - 10/21/15 10:29 PM Re: Real bad news [Re: changedmyname]
PaulZ2 Offline

Registered: 11/08/13
Posts: 175
This is really sad to hear.. has the dog been aggressive towards kids in the past? Any thought what so ever that could have done this?

Edited by PaulZ2 (10/21/15 10:29 PM)
God Bless

#5988468 - 10/22/15 12:10 AM Re: Real bad news [Re: changedmyname]
mreed Online   content

Registered: 11/17/09
Posts: 672
Loc: wise county
I had this happen a couple of years ago with a lab/heeler mix and my wife's cousin's little girl, the dog had never met a stranger he didn't like, had never been aggressive in the least bit and had never bit anyone, he was just a real sweet dog. We live close to a busy FM road and already had a dog get run over so we installed a wireless e-fence to keep him from getting on the road. He adjusted to the new boundaries and the e-collar very well. One day my wife's cousin and her daughter came over to visit, the little girl was sitting in the floor petting Cannon and all of a sudden he whipped around and nipped her right above her top lip, one of his canine teeth punctured the skin and poked a hole in her upper lip area. I was in the shower when my wife told me what happened and I walked out to see a 5 year old bawling with a bloody paper towel and a dog that had no clue what was going on. I was so angry I couldn't see straight. I wrote all of this to advise you to not make any hasty decisions just yet, take some time to calm down and think about it. After everything was said and done with Cannon I started thinking about all the what ifs and could haves, maybe there was a beep on the TV that sounded like his collar was about to zap him, maybe she pinched his ear, maybe this and maybe that. If I had it to do all over again I would have taken the time to think it through. Just my humble .02

"Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid."

#5988615 - 10/22/15 07:41 AM Re: Real bad news [Re: changedmyname]
kindall Offline

Registered: 08/01/09
Posts: 3978
Loc: Spring, Tx
If he has a current rabies shot he can be quarantined at your house. A vet check now, and one in a couple of weeks. Think about it for a couple of days before you give him up. If you don't change your mind send me a pm.

Shopping with your husband is like hunting with the game warden.
Experience is what you get, when you didn't get what you wanted.

#5988695 - 10/22/15 08:37 AM Re: Real bad news [Re: changedmyname]
bill oxner Online   content
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Registered: 11/03/09
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Loc: Katy-Fulshear
It's a tough decision but I'd find him a new home.
Quail hunting is like walking into, and out of a beautiful painting all day long. Gene Hill

#5988712 - 10/22/15 08:55 AM Re: Real bad news [Re: changedmyname]
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Personally I wouldn't give him up that quick over that but he would have to be kept from kids from now on. But it is a decision only you and your family can make. Kindall would be a great home to get him to if you do decide to get rid of him.
Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Haven't had it in years but never spit any out.

#5988772 - 10/22/15 09:28 AM Re: Real bad news [Re: changedmyname]
Budgeteer Offline
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Registered: 09/16/09
Posts: 392
Loc: Frisco, TX
Originally Posted By: iliketohunt
I have no excuse. He started when she walked up behind him and turned and snapped.

I think this is a key bit of information.

Even the best, most even tempered, and well behaved dog can have a bad day or react poorly in a new environment. From your post, it doesn't sound like you know exactly what precipitated your dog's reaction. The dog may have been sort of overwhelmed by all the new people and action going on that the girl startled him, and he reacted just like any dog, good or bad, might very well react in the same situation.

If this is an isolated event, then I suggest giving the dog the benefit of the doubt for this indiscretion. It sounds like you're otherwise happy with him, so why get rid of him for this? Learn from the experience, recognize that you may not be able to take him to similar events, and drive on. You didn't get him to parade around at soccer practice...Go along with what's legally required of you and hope that you're not having to deal with some ridiculous parent who will accept nothing other than having the dog removed or destroyed.
"Hee cannot be a gentleman whych loveth not a dogge." --Anonymous, The Institucion of a Gentleman (1555)

#5988781 - 10/22/15 09:36 AM Re: Real bad news [Re: changedmyname]
BenBob Offline
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One time and he is gone? I know you want to do the right thing, but dogs make mistakes too. You already admitted that he should not have been there. To remedy the situation, don't put him in that situation. I am not saying trust him with your own kiddos until he proves he is worthy, but every once in a while, dogs have bad days also. Bottom line is there are not many dog problems, but a lot of human problems. I have had my share also, but I just try to learn from my mistakes and not put my dog back in the same situation again. Dogs deserve second chances, just like humans.
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