It’s not the decision that’s hard…it’s carrying it out.
Payton bit Grady today. Grady’s face is a mess. He has two points where Payton’s teeth punctured his cheek & then a jagged cut where the teeth scraped along his face.
A few months ago, Grady had the same wound on his other cheek. Adam & I had gone downstairs to the basement to put Christmas decorations away. All of a sudden we heard Grady howl. It was one of those cries where you know something is really wrong. We raced upstairs & his face was cut up & bloody. It looked like a stab wound, so we thought maybe he got ahold of a kitchen knife or a pair of scissors. We have locks on those drawers, but we couldn’t think of what else could make those kind of cuts. We looked all around, however, but there were no sharp objects out.
The next morning when I looked more closely at Grady’s cuts, I told Adam, “They look like bite marks. Do you think Payton bit Grady?” It was hard to admit, but that seemed the logical explanation. But, we didn’t really know for sure & we didn’t want to make any decisions based on a suspicion.
Today, though, was different. Garrett had already gotten on the bus for school. I went to the kitchen to fix Ava & Grady’s lunch, when I heard that familiar cry from Grady. I quickly turned around & Grady ran to me holding his cheek, as blood trickled down his face. Payton was backed in a corner & barking. Ava started crying, saying that Payton bit Grady.
So, now we know for sure.
And, as hard as it is to say, we can’t keep Payton.
We’ve had him almost nine years. He was Adam’s & my first purchase after we were married. We love Payton. I had little birthday parties for him every year. (I get him a piece of chicken & put a candle in it. I know, I know…I’m nuts). But, we can’t knowingly put our kids in a situation where one of them could get hurt. Payton was never the same after I had kids. And the more I had, the more territorial he became. I feel horrible about this whole thing. Payton most likely bit Grady because he was scared. Grady put his face by Payton’s because he wanted him to lick him. Neither of them understand.
I don’t want him put to sleep. He’d be a wonderful pet for an elderly couple or someone who doesn’t have kids. We’ve called the humane society & apparently they don’t take animals whose owners have to give them up. So, today we’re exploring our options.
This is a real sad time for us. I know he’s a dog, but he is part of our family.
Christmas Eve, 2001