As you all know, last week we gave our 12-year-old husky to a new home. Â Our reasons were varied. Â We travel A LOT, so she would spend days on end at the kennel, which is both pricey and not fair to her. Â Another reason was Poppet. Â We discovered when my niece started to crawl that our husky, who loved children, and had NEVER had any issues, did not like a little being crawling around her. Â It meant competition for her food, her affection, etc. Â I remember we heard her growl and realized it was at my niece. Â Ever since, the RULE was that NO MATTER WHAT YOU THOUGHT the dog was NEVER allowed to be near the baby, whether adults were around or not. Â The ONLY time was if an adult was holding the baby and Nikita could come up and smell, lick, explore, etc. Â Other than that, if there was a child around, the dog was not. Â She would be on a different floor behind a child gate until the house was clear.
When Poppet came home, Nikita had to be fenced in to the front entryway. Â Although she loved Poppet, we were not at all willing to risk her being around the baby. Â All it takes is a second. Â Ask anyone who has lost a child to a family pet that never showed any signs of aggression in the past. Â And it is one moment you can never take back! Â They would BEG you to not leave your child alone with even the most docile dog!
Although I miss Nikita terribly, I know that it is not fair to her, or to Poppet to have them behind barriers in their own home. Â I can only hope that she has settled in to her new surroundings, and will be given all the love and affection she readily deserves. Â She is a gentle hearted animal, a true pet in every sense of the word. Â I implore you, think long and hard, and please don’t make a decision that could have effects that last a life-time!
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