First of all, I'd like to thank everyone who's sent their heartfelt condolences and comforting comments on Ginger's passing. We are blessed to have online friends like you.
I've had Whitey on crate rest for a long time. Ever since he and Puppy have had major fights, I've had him crated on mornings and afternoons to avoid the usual blood shed and aural hematomas. Noon time and night time is break time from crating.
I thought crating my senior dog was the right thing, but I was wrong.
|Tiny Dog Bites and Teeth Scrapes from Buchi|
These dog fights were often initiated by Whitey. In fact, he's bitten me twice because Puppy would go around us and taunt him (which I think was Puppy just being a playful and curious... puppy). To add more to the drama, Whitey had the flaps of his ear drained about 4 or 5 times because he kept on attacking Puppy, and Puppy would simply overpower him-- sending him ear first on the concrete floor. That's when I decided that these two should avoid contact as often as possible.
But I was wrong.
|Big Dog Bite from Whitey|
By doing so, I think I've made the situation worse.
I think I forgot to trust my dogs' intelligence in working as a pack-- in working things out.
I think... I've underestimated my dogs' social skills.
Of course, I preferred being safe.
|Whitey, my senior love dog.|
I'd rather have Whitey placed on scheduled crating than to see my senior badly injured again: the aural hematomas, the wound gashes, and the bloody bite injuries.
But I was still wrong to crate him like this for so long.
He should have been with the others while they played.
|Lounging on a cool sunny day, destroying their toys.|
He should have been with them running or trying to catch up.
I was scared that he might get injured again that I have ended up isolating him from the rest of the pack.
Even though he's free the entire evening, and it's only mornings and afternoons that he is crated, I could still see how much it has affected his muscles, his energy, and his life.
Sometimes, I feel the people I live with are far better dog caretakers than I am.
Yesterday, one of them decided to leave Whitey free. With a hose in one hand, she prepared herself to quench Whitey's possible rampage against the rambunctious pup.
Thankfully, there hasn't been any incidents yet. And hopefully, it remains that way for the rest of our happy dog days!