Thank you all for your input. Unfortunately I know that my feelings towards him, as much as I love him and have since we rescued him at 5 months old, cannot trump the safety of my own children. I was just hoping to find a couple or single person that was looking for an older dog to have as a companion, but I don’t think that is what is going to happen. It breaks my heart to think I would have to put him down, but at least it’s a decision we would make and not a rescue. His vet is fully aware of what has been going on, and the vet tech at the office helps care for him while we are out of town and has been helping me in searching for a place for him.
To answer some questions, he bit my son last year about a month before we lost our purebred, Chopper. We were ready to get rid of him then and started searching, and then Chopper suddenly passed and we didn’t have the heart to have our son go from two dogs to none, as he and Chopper were the very best of friends. Aksel got better in those 10 months that he was an only dog and didn’t give us any inclination that he would nip again. (The first time, our son was playing with him and Aksel laid down with the toy and our son grabbed it from him, did not break the skin, only scraped.) Our son is almost 4, but Aksel was near his food bowl (he has always been protective and we keep him separated while eating) and our son picked up a toy near him and he bit his hand, broke the skin and punctured it, causing it to bleed a few drops. I was not even 5 feet away. Obviously this is our last straw, and I’m trying to do the most humane thing for him as I do have love for this dog. I really appreciate your responses and I am definitely in a tight spot. My husband is all for putting him down, so it’s somethkng we need to discuss doing, as hard as it may be