It started out with a surprise gallbladder surgery, during which they poked 3 holes in my upper abdomen and then pulled an organ out through my belly button (seriously... through my belly button). Did I mention that I had a c-section earlier this year? Yeah... two abdominal surgeries in 7 months is a little rough. My stomach looks like a war zone! I'd post pictures but no one wants to see that shit.
And then... about two weeks ago, our beloved family dog bit the baby. Charlotte wasn't badly hurt - just a little cut over her eyebrow - but it drew blood and scared the heck out of all of us. I don't think the dog (Piglet) meant to hurt her, but she clearly thinks of Charlotte as the lowest member on the "pack" totem pole, and was trying to show her her place (although Charlotte just happened to crawl by too close, and it seemed to be unprovoked).
Piglet's nipped at strangers and snapped at kids before, and she has a rather nervous personality. She's not comfortable around children - they're too unpredictable for her. She likes teenagers and adults, and when we got pregnant I just kinda hoped that she would get used to having a kid around.
Not the case.
As much as I love my dog, I can't have an animal around that could hurt my child.
I'd hoped we could train the dog to behave well around Charlotte, but I can't risk something happening again. What if it ended up being worse? What if she hurt someone else's child? I could never, ever live with myself.
Luckily, Will's sister volunteered to take Piglet while we look for a new (kid-less) home for her. I've had Piglet for 5 years; I adopted her from the animal shelter 3 weeks after I bought my home, and the house just feels strange without her. The weekends feel weird without trips to the dog park, and walks around the neighborhood aren't as fun anymore. Will used to sing funny songs to Piglet every morning, and still does so absentmindedly before we both remember that she's not around anymore.
I love my baby, but I miss my dog.
I'm committed to finding her a good home somewhere but I don't think it'll be easy, and I don't think it'll happen fast. Piglet tends to bond to women, and she needs a lot of exercise. She's ridiculously smart, and she knows some great tricks (like "chillax"). Maybe she's not great with kids, but she's an AWESOME dog - she's loving and sweet, and will curl up at your feet for hours. She's medium-sized (about 50 lbs), spayed, and completely housebroken. If you know anyone interested, please let me know! I'm willing to travel out of state to find her the right home.