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'Jenny & Nikki'

Day 4 Without Nikki

Jan 24, 2011


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You Are In My Prayers
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I know your pain. God Bless You and help you through this horrible time.

So sorry to hear about Nikki
by: Katie

Dear Jenny

I am so sorry to hear about Nikki and what you are having to go through. I'm an ex dog handler and I've seen this a great deal of times and I want you to know that I'm saying what I'm about to say to help you rather than judge you.

When I've seen this happen in the past it has usually been because at least some of the dogs involved aren't neutered. This may not be the case in your situation but in case it is what often happens is that a new dog is brought into a situation with other unneutered dogs and whilst they may appear to get along perfectly fine, at some point when their hormones kick in and they are in season, either the dogs will fight or one dog will turn on the other as they see the other dog as competition.

It doesn't matter that they got on well previously, because with hormones to cloud their judgement they revert back to seeing every other dog as either a potential mate or a potential threat or competition for a mate and they act accordingly.

I realise the situation is hard because if this is what has happened, it is hard not to judge your other dogs and believe that one has turned on the other and attacked it. However if your dogs are unneutered then they are simply behaving as dogs do, and it it the situation of them not being neutered that has caused this, rather than them turning into a violent dog etc.

With males they may fight and there is a lot of noise but one will usually back off. Unfortunately with females they do set out to permanently harm or kill the other to literally get rid of their competition for the advances of a male dog. Sometimes even if a dog is neutered but has been neutered later in life, they can still behave like this, suddenly seeing dogs they were previously okay with as a potential threat.

This may not be the situation in your case and if it isn't I apologise, but if it is I would rather tell you the facts so you can hopefully do something about it and avoid the situtation happening in the future, than leave you questioning which dog it could have been and wondering why it might have happened. I often see cases like this where people not only lose the dogs who are attacked, but end up giving away their remaining dogs because they cannot understand what has happened and subsequently feel unable to trust their dogs again, when maybe if they understood why what happened, happened, they may see things differently.

Again I would emphasise that I do not know your situation and am only guessing from what you have written and the situations I have seen in the past, and I do not write any of this to upset you but to try and perhaps offer an explanation that may fit with your circumstances and explain what happened so that you do not judge your dogs perhaps more harshly than you should.

I hope this helps and once again am very sorry about what has happened.

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