Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Albuquerque, NM
I'm also confused about what you want from this thread. For what it's worth, I do think that after a bite like that, euthanasia is probably the best option. Finding him a suitable new home will be very difficult if not impossible, and you clearly should not have him in your home.
However, I also agree that in your post, I saw multiple instances where you made huge mistakes and set your dog up for this bite. He may have a weak temperament, but as the human in this situation, it is your responsibility to either determine that you cannot handle that temperament early on and rehome him, or manage him appropriately. He should not have been out in your yard at that party with the history you describe, and even if he was, you should not have trusted him to a neighbor--in a stressful situation, he needs his owner there 100% of the time. Whether or not this dog had a flawed temperament, from what you have written here you let him down in a big way, as well and endangering the safety of all of your guests.
I am sure this is not an easy situation for you and I am not trying to be cruel, but I hope you will consider this when you look into another dog.
edit: I'm sorry for redundancy on the confusion bit, I left the reply window open while I was looking into New Skete Shepherds and missed a couple of posts above.
The rowdy dogs:
Hector-2 y/o GSD (mix?) rescue
Scooter-12 y/o ACD/Border Collie mix
Bandit-8 y/o ACD
Wooby-14 y/o ACD
Abutiu "Abi"-ACD puppy and hopeful future SAR dog!