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    A very tough decision

    This past Sunday, our 4 ½ old male Maltese knocked over our
    kitchen trash container very early in the morning. The dog
    jumped up on my bed with the chicken bones in his mouth.
    He then went under my bed with them. Not wanting him to choke
    on them, so I told my wife and she proceeded to reach under the
    bed in an attempt to get the bones. The dog charged out from under
    the bed without warning and bit down into my wifes bottom lip. She
    got up from the floor and the dog was stil attached to my wife's lip. She
    was bleeding badly and screaming. Luckily my sister-in-law and someone
    else was here that could drive her to emergency since I was in my bed and
    I’m a quadriplegic. She needed about 7 or more stitches inside her mouth
    and 4 outside plus a very painful antibiotic shot.

    She has been very traumatized by what has happened and does not want the
    dog for fear of another attack by the dog. I’m have grown very attached to the
    dog since he has been my pet and companion. In the 2 ½ years that I’ve had
    him he as never showed any food aggressions and has mainly kept me company,
    slept and been a lap dog. I can’t change my wife’s mind and wish I could find a
    good home for him. If I can't have him, I definitively want to find a good home

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    Addition to A tough decision

    I meant to send pictures of my dog

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    A very tough decision? I'm sorry but you really think the dog should be allowed to stay....as far as finding another home for the dog I would think after you told them "why" there isn't anyone in their right mind who would take him...sorry...I hope your wife heals...I love dogs...but once they cross over and attack my personel opinion is they gotta be put down...what if that was a child...thank goodness there was someone there to assist your wife...

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    Pockets, my advice is to keep the dog and get rid of the wife if needed.
    "The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off." -Gloria Steinem

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    This is a dog behaving quite normally, he was in "his" den protecting his food. Nature's way.

    I feel terrible about the bite but it is NOT indicative of an aggressive dog really. Hope you find a solution for all, hope the wife can get past this.

    I especially underrstand your attachment.

    I had a Scottie, Murphy who spent almost all day every day with me through 3 years of bad surgeries with extended bedrest. She died 2 years ago and I still miss her.

    Hope you can find a solution.

    Kindly,

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrpockets View Post
    This past Sunday, our 4 ½ old male Maltese knocked over our
    kitchen trash container very early in the morning. The dog
    jumped up on my bed with the chicken bones in his mouth.
    He then went under my bed with them. Not wanting him to choke
    on them, so I told my wife and she proceeded to reach under the
    bed in an attempt to get the bones. The dog charged out from under
    the bed without warning and bit down into my wifes bottom lip. She
    got up from the floor and the dog was stil attached to my wife's lip. She
    was bleeding badly and screaming. Luckily my sister-in-law and someone
    else was here that could drive her to emergency since I was in my bed and
    I’m a quadriplegic. She needed about 7 or more stitches inside her mouth
    and 4 outside plus a very painful antibiotic shot.

    She has been very traumatized by what has happened and does not want the
    dog for fear of another attack by the dog. I’m have grown very attached to the
    dog since he has been my pet and companion. In the 2 ½ years that I’ve had
    him he as never showed any food aggressions and has mainly kept me company,
    slept and been a lap dog. I can’t change my wife’s mind and wish I could find a
    good home for him. If I can't have him, I definitively want to find a good home
    find a good home for him, get another one
    We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bollefen View Post
    This is a dog behaving quite normally, he was in "his" den protecting his food. Nature's way.

    I feel terrible about the bite but it is NOT indicative of an aggressive dog really. Hope you find a solution for all, hope the wife can get past this.
    I agree with the above. My dog once bit me on the lip (and I needed stitches) when I bent down and kissed her head while she was asleep. I startled her. It was my fault.

    Another dog bit a woman's hand when she reached inside my car window while my two kids were in there. She was protecting her family.

    Dogs do what dogs are supposed to do. I would never think of getting rid of a dog for these reasons.

    I understand your wife's fear of being bitten again, but she was reaching under the bed while the dog had bones. I'm sure it happened in a moment, and with the best of intentions, but it wasn't the right thing to do.

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    I agree with Bollefen and Shelley. Everybody knows you don't take the dog's food.

    My cat bit me after being lost for two months last year, but he was so afraid. He was hiding because I had another cat there and I tried to take him out. He has never been biting again. But he bit me so bad I had to go to the doctor and get a shot.
    TH 12, 43 years post

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    Actually, I disagree - ideally training as a puppy does involve taking a dog's food - so that he/she knows you are dominant, and that you can.

    That said, people don't often do that. And from under a bed, I can see a dog that isn't seriously aggressive doing that.

    If the wife doesn't try to take the dog's food again, it probably won't bite her.

    However - I can see the wife being afraid. If some dog bit me in the face, I might very likely be afraid of it (and I've bred and shown dogs). So I understand the wife's position too - that was more than snapping at her hand.

    However - it is a little dog, she can probably keep her face away from it and not actually be in too much danger. Perhaps she can be persuaded to give the dog one more chance?

    Seems a lot of discussion is needed - my sympathies in a sad situation.

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    Contact Cesar Millan. He is the one to fix your dog. Lack of alpha leadership. You or your wife should be able to take any food away from the dog.

    Sorry what happened to your wife.
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