I am having real problems lookin at Buster. I know that he was only following instinct but i always told him if he killed one of my rabbits then i wouldn't forgive him.
I didn't talk to him for 2 days. then i finally let him back in my room last night but i made him sleep at the end of the bed instead of beside me like he usually does. i can't see him the same way at the moment. i hate that this happened. i will get over it i hope, because i do love him. I just wish this hadn't happened
mrose . . . I am so terribly, terribly sorry about Willow and I wish there were words to make you feel better. Time will help. You're right, Buster was following his nature. We know you love him and you don't really blame him. Please try not to be harsh with yourself either . . . (((((HUGS)))))
I am very sorry. Don't blame yourseld and don't blame Buster. Mistakes are just lessons to be learned. He was only following his instincts. You had no idea it was going to happen. I know you feel horrible and I hope that you feel better soon.
mrose.. I am sorry. I had something very similar happen to me. I came home one night and found that one of my dogs had eaten from the armpits down of my 3 foot iguana. All that was left of him was his head front paws. I was sooooo angry at the dog that did it that I started screaming at her and dragged her outside and put her in the kennel and I am ashamed to say I even spanked her.
I have never felt so much anger toward an animal before. I was so distraught that my iguana had to die such a terrible death and to think that another animal of mine caused it just tore me up inside.
I was so upset about the incident that I truly thought the dog was going to turn into an aggressive dog and I seriously contemplated getting rid of her at that point. I thought I could never love her again because of this incident.
But after a few days of ignoring her and seeing how sad she was ... it made me realize a few things. She was a wonderful dog who was protecting her puppies. She THOUGHT the iguana was going to hurt her puppies so she did what she felt necessary to protect her young. She had no idea why I was holding a grudge against her. Her ears were pinned back and she was very solemn and hiding from me.
I was a real jerk... a terrible pet owner at that moment in time. It wasn't my dog's fault. She was doing what any other mother dog would do to protect their young. It just never occured to me that she would mistaken the iguana as a threat.
The bottom line is that your dog needs your love and attention. Your dog can pick up on your feelings and knows that you are not pleased with him. He can sense your anger. He has absolutely no idea why you are mad, he only knows you are mad. Dogs aren't like people... we can't vocalize to them why we are mad and expect them to understand.
Try and put this tragedy behind you and go hug your dog. Let him know that you still love him and always will. Again, I am so sorry for your loss.