You live with the dogs, so it is like they are your dogs, I mean how you feel about them.
Watching two dogs you care about trying to kill each other is one of the worst experiences. You have adrenalin going, and are in danger, and the dogs are getting hurt -- anxiety, as well as physical exertion, and it happens so fast. I so understand the crying afterwards. I usually start shaking and get all weak after the fact. I worry about heart attack. This year I have had a minor scrimmage -- no one hurt between Bear and Milla, and a pretty good fight between Jenna and Ninja. But it has been pretty quiet for a couple of years anyway. I guess I let my guard down a little, or I got better and making sure they were indeed separated.
Why keep dogs that are willing to kill each other? Well, the 14 year old Labrador, it would be kinder to euthanize that dog than to rehome it at this point. It is true, the dog does not have that much longer to live, and there is just something not right about taking the best years a dog has to offer and then give them up when they need us the most. As for the pit bull, you might be able to find a home for a pit that has exhibited SSA, but it is still hard. I am with you on keeping them separated and managing the situation.
It is not a job for everyone, and if people just cannot manage it, then the PB, would probably be the one I would rehome, Or I would Euth the lab. It is hard either way. We are talking family members here, when you look at the whole picture and the total insecurity of rehoming a dog you love, well I can understand totally why people would just manage the situation.
Jenna, RN CGC & Babs, CD RA CGC HIC
Heidi, RA CGC
SG3 Odessa, SchH1, Kkl1, AD
Ninja, RN CGC & Milla, RN CGC
Joy, Star Puppy, RN CGC
Dolly CGC & Bear CGC