So, I'm just back from A&E after my Greyhound bit my youngest son after some 6 hours of sheer terror from endless fireworks in our neighbourhood.
We've had him about a year and a half, but we've only been here at this house 6 months. We used to live out in the countryside and have never encountered fireworks nearby before, and in all honesty I have never encountered such a constant amount of fireworks in all my life, it has been every night for a couple of weeks now, but tonight was just ridiculous. A nuisance for us alone, but it has been absolute hell for the dog.
Our Greyhound is an ex-racer and has before now never shown any signs of aggression. It is the most placid and timid thing.
We spent hours trying to calm him, and we thought we were winning and the fireworks were dying out, when it suddenly attacked my youngest and bit him in the face.
Deep puncture wound in neck and chin, and damage to his lip. Applied some basic first aid and went to A&E, thankfully it was remarkably quiet for a Saturday. Depressingly we were one of several other almost identical instances of dog bites from terrified dogs.
My boy will be fine, but he is now utterly petrified of the dog and I fear his relationship with the dog is now changed forever. My wife is mortified, the dog has always been my responsibility.
I have always had a line that will not be crossed with dogs, and that is attacks/aggression towards any of my family.
We had a problem with another dog 15 years ago and it had to go because of aggressive behaviour when we had a baby, and it was heart wrenching. This was our first since then, and I cannot believe we are now here again.
It feels desperately unfair, I'm angry and depressed. This is a huge dilemma for me, but I know deep down I'm going to lose my dog, and it brings a tear to the eye to even think about it.
I'll ring the Greyhound Trust on Monday for some advice, but I know its hopeless.
So very sad. Sorry, not looking for answers, just sharing I guess.
I detest fireworks deeply, I have never been a fan. I think it's madness we allow people to purchase them. This isn't 1 night a year, it has been 2 miserable weeks for us, culminating in a dog almost certainly losing his home.