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Old 01-25-2010, 10:11 PM
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Unhappy Camden is gone...roomie gave him up

Wow, so I was in NY this weekend & got a call from my roomie today saying she gave Camden up last night.

Apparently he bit her yesterday. She was practicing w/food (he had been doing REALLY great with this) & was using the clicker...

There was a noise outside...Oakley started barking (he was gated in my room), Cam goes after him...realizes he can't get to him, and goes after my roommate instead She said she was so calm...didn't yell...was staying very positive & calmed him down.
Then something else set him off (another noise??) & he bit her...she was cornered by him for like almost 15 mins...calm, but obviously terrified. She was home alone, so she couldn;t get help. She knew not to try to grab him, so she just had to wait it out while he was flipping out at her.

He drew blood again this time.

She & her bf had agreed that if he did it again, they would take him to be euthanized. She brought him to an emergency vet clinic like an hour after this happened, saying that if she waited any longer, she wouldn't be able to do it (since he returns back to his old, happy self)

She said her good byes to him, bawled her eyes out, & said she didn't want to watch. They took him back...and then a few mins later, the vet came out & said he wanted to give him a 2nd chance. So she signed ownership of him to the SPCA. They are going to hopefully find someone with tons of land & the resources needed to take care of him.

I'm sure things could have gone differently with him, but I think she made the right choice. Each attack has been further in btwn, but each time seems to worsen. She is a small girl & he is 80 lbs of dog that could reach up & rip her face off in a split second. Ultimately, her safety is just more important.

Here is to hoping he finds a new home. I'm gonna miss him...I never got to say goodbye.


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Old 01-25-2010, 10:16 PM
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It sounds like she made the right decision, no matter how tough - the thing that scares me though is that the vet apparently didn't take the seriousness of the attack for what it was. Rehoming a dog with this history is *rarely* a good idea and I hope that at least the SPCA will be told of his history before they place him.

Paws crossed for Camden.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:19 PM
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That's such a bad situation all around I hope it works out for Camden in the future.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:23 PM
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How sad for everyone involved... well, I guess that's what happens after so much supression and punishment is forced onto a dog.

Poor Camden. He must be so confused and frightened by all of the stuff he has been through at such an early age. I hope some one is willing to take him who will be fair and consistent with him, and who won't blame his issues on everyone but themselves. I hope so, but very few people are willing to even consider biters when there are so many dogs who have never bitten who need homes so badly. Good luck puppy.

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Old 01-25-2010, 10:25 PM
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Poor guy. I wish him well.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:40 PM
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I don't think this is just 'punishment based problems' If everything comes across as it happened. Yes its bad, and yes it causes issues. But IMO a dog who redirects and continues to flip out has something wrong with him

I hope the SPCA works with him to get to know what he's like before they adopt him out.

I am so sorry you didn't get to say good bye
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:13 PM
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I'm sorry you didn't have a chance to say goodbye It sounds like your roommate made the best decision for the situation.
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:26 PM
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But IMO a dog who redirects and continues to flip out has something wrong with him
I agree. That sounds like a medical issue.

I'm so sorry Dreeza and I'm sorry that it came to this.

Vibes going out for Camden that he gets what's best for him. Honestly, I think it's a bit of a shame that the vet didn't do the euth.
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:02 AM
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I also think the vet should have euthed. I feel bad for the dog but I just think it is not a risk worth taking. And from you description, he only goes berserk few and far between, so it's very possible that the shelter will never see the behaviour before adopting him out.

My grandpa adopted a dog like this. A complete sweetheart 98% of the time. But when she flipped, she had the power, strength, and size to seriously injure somebody, not to mention the fact that it was completely unpredictable. It was believed to be a chemical imbalance and related to her health, so they made the difficult decision to euthanize her.

I wish Camden the best of luck and hope something works out for him.

Your poor roommate and poor you. Its hard, but it was the right thing to do.

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Old 01-26-2010, 12:19 AM
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I'm glad the vet did not euthanize. If the dog has a medical problem that can be corrected then why euthanize?

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