My husband and I rescued Guidry before we were even engaged, though I'm pretty sure Jonathan was carefully selecting the ring I now wear at the time. We wanted an energetic dog, one that would run with me, and we liked the idea of taking in a dog that somebody else had rejected. Murphy was a dog whose family had three small children and a live-in, very ill aunt--they had too much going on to take care of his neurotic, spastic moods. We changed his name and thought that we could change his behavior just as quickly.
We were wrong.
Within a few months of adopting him, he had bitten our neighbor's nanny and nipped a child at a dog park. Both were eye-opening incidents, and rather than correct Guidry's behavior with serious training we enabled it by shutting him up anytime anyone came over. When walking him, I'd cross to the other side of the street if someone was coming on the side Guidry and I were walking on. When we had company over, he went into the garage (crating him made him foam at the mouth--I tried it once with disastrous results). My sister, having been attacked by a dog she knew well, politely refused to let her growing brood near him. Having a dog with aggressive tendencies was tough.
One wedding and three kids later, Guidry was still as nervous and neurotic as the day we got him. We got another weimaraner a year after rescuing him in an effort to provide a calm companion. It didn't work. We moved from a house in the suburbs with a dining room table sized yard to a house in the ex-burbs with five acres in an effort to provide space to run. It didn't work.
|Noble, crazy Guidry.|
And then he bit my neighbor's son. And then her other son. And then, a friend. I realized, sadly but surely, that it was probably just a matter of time until he bit one of my kids. I made the call to the rescue organization, hoping they'd take him despite his behavior issues. I'm grateful they did.
So I drove him back. I stroked his long, silky ears and patted his strong back. When they weren't tightly shut and sleeping, he looked at me with sad, droopy eyes. Crazy Guidry. Poor guy. I weighed this decision the whole way to the rescue lady's house. Yes, I rationalize it. It's not completely wrong--it makes sense for my family, to protect them from a likely bite, and to decrease the stress and strain among us. But it's not completely right--I'm giving up on him, un-committing to him, un-becoming his Person. I have to live with the discomfort of doing something mostly right, but a little wrong.
My front seat empty, I cried the whole way home.