My sister and her husband brought a beautiful husky pup into their home 13 years ago. Her name was Nikita.
My sister and her husband loved this dog. Nikita was their only child for over a decade. Then my daughter was born, and we learned Nikita was a jealous pup. She had spent over 10 years having much attention to herself. A couple winters ago, as my daughter crawled along the ground at a chalet we were staying at with extended family for the holidays, Nikita bore her teeth at my baby girl and for the first time we all realized she was a possible danger to kids. My husband immediately removed our daughter from the situation, and we never let the two of them get that close to each other again.
A year later, my sister became pregnant. After a decade of trying to conceive, my sister’s belly swelled with the delicate package that was to be my niece. After a rocky pregnancy, the miracle that was her heart and soul, was born. My sister and her husband were torn. What should they do about their beautiful dog? They took every precaution to keep their precious baby safe and still keep Nikita, their dog, living at home, but one swipe towards their daughter was, understandably, all it took for my sister and her husband to start searching for a new home, a good home, for their beloved Nikita. It broke their hearts to let her go, but how could they live with themselves if anything ever happened to their baby girl? Disallowing any negligence on their part to come between them and the protection of their daughter, they put their baby’s safety above all risk. Three times they found a home for their dog, and three times she was returned. Each time their dog left they struggled with mixed feelings, between the sadness of letting her go, and the peace of mind that their child was not at risk. Plus, with a new job for my brother-in-law, he was traveling so much that Nikita was often in a kennel. They wanted her to have stability. Each time Nikita returned, they felt they had failed.
The third time Nikita returned, they diligently looked for another good home. They contacted the humane society, rescue agencies, posted ads on Kijiji, Facebook, and so on. To no avail. Then, their dog bit my brother-in-law’s hand and drew blood.
Today, with dreadful hearts, they took their 13 year old husky to the vet to be put down.
Encouraging emails were spatted with heinous letters and phone calls. One disturbing individual cowardly phoned my sister with a blocked number, asked for her by name, and said, “Shame on you. You should have given away your baby before you put down your dog.”
You should have given away your BABY before you put down your dog? Really?
Our family are animal loves. My sister has had birds, cats, and a dog. My father has had three huskies, a number of cats, two rabbits and a mouse. I have enjoyed the company of two cats until they both passed away. We love animals. We also know where to draw the line and prioritize between the safety of an innocent baby, and the life of an animal who, as loved as she was, made three attempts to threaten two children and one adult. What kind of phone calls would they be receiving if they neglected to make the hard, but right, decision, and an attempt on their child’s life was successful?
My sister and her husband exhausted every attempt to find a home for their dog. Every attempt failed. You might be thinking, “Did they try this?” Yes. “Did they try that?” Yes. Putting their pup to rest was a last resort, and it became they only option left at their desperate disposal.
I want to show my sister and her husband that they’re supported. They are missing their sweet, but jealous, husky girl and feel guilty enough, but as parents to a vulnerable little human girl, there is no doubt in my mind they made the best choice they could.
Will you join me in helping to lift their spirits? If so, please leave a comment here so they will be encouraged that their tough decision, was the right decision.