On Halloween, Liam was penned into the kitchen. It has pocket doors that we use to keep the dining room off limits so Casper can eat in peace. Dad didn't fully close the door and Liam was able to stick his paw in half an inch and open it. He ran past me and Mom and bit a child Trick or Treating.
The boy is doing very well (3 stitches) and the family has been graciously kind in working with us. However, this event labeled Liam a "dangerous" dog. You cannot re-home a "dangerous" dog because it is impossible to get insurance. The church (who own the house; we technically rent it) were the ones to pay the family. With the danger of another bite, and the probable lawsuit therein, we were told we had to get rid of Liam.
Those pictures are our first and last car ride. Liam breathed his last at 10:45 Monday morning. He was our angel and is already missed fiercely.
I have a final video taken yesterday morning that I'll post to Instagram when I can watch it.
Having this community has been one of the bright spots in all of this. Thank you.
I know the pain you're going through... A while back, I had to put my dog to sleep, too... She jumped fence and attacked my neighbor. She was labeled a liability, and we were advised to put her to sleep. I gave her two good years of life in a world where she would've been put to sleep if I hadn't taken her, but there was only so much I could do for her after that happened. She died with a happy and expectant look in her eyes, which made me feel like a traitor, but also made me feel relieved that her final moments were good ones. Most dogs who are put down die in the arms of strangers, but ours died surrounded by her family.
When you have reached a point in your life where your only regret is not being able to do more, you can rest assured that you've done enough. I'm certain that your next companion will help your heart to heal by leaps and bounds if you let it.
I'm so sorry for your loss, the story absolutely broke my heart. I am absolutely convinced that Liam had the best possible life with you and your family. He's probably on some space moon watching over you and enjoying his cosmic snacks. Take care!
Casper is coming into himself. We brought him home 3 days after Liam, so he had never known this house without a giant bully. That's changing!
Before, if I was lucky, Casper would hide under my blanket and I'd have a warm spot against my leg. Pleasant, but not very cuddly. (If Liam realized he was under there? 😬)
After Liam? This cat... He lunges after scraps of paper like they're bugs. He watches bugs, but unless they're easily reached, ignores them. The slightest sound outside? He's on the back of the sofa. Or worse: the back room must be opened.
This cat will try to open a fully closed door. If he doesn't succeed (which he will, if it's anything but fully closed), he cries. He whines. He tries the window we leave open in warmer months. Anything to get out there.
And then yesterday. He's started curling on laps without blanket interference. And yet...
(I would not change him for the world. He is such a cat.)
Ooooooh I actually had the same experience with two cats, one of whom was a major bully, and another one who has always been small and skinny and incredibly supicious of everyone and everything. Well, now that the bully is gone... she suddenly became cuddly, communicative, playful... the whole lot.
Also, I hear you so much on the window thing. One of our cats still cries in front of "his" window which is always open in Summer but closed now. He could walk around but no. He needs to get out from THAT window.