Hospitality, Friendship, Encouragement

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Hard Day But A Good Day

I'll start with the good first.  We delivered the gift bags today to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia!  They are very organized to accept gifts like this, and it was quick and easy to make the delivery.  We are praying that these gifts will be a blessing to the parents who are going through such difficult things with ill children.

The bad...Kay's dog Khloe had to be put down.  Khloe was a Pit Bull, German Shepherd, Rottweiler mix.  This to me is irresponsible breeding.  Kay got this dog not long before her mother died 2 years ago, and loved on this dog while grieving for her mother.

In this last year Khloe started to nip people - once she even gave Kyle a puncture wound on his hand.  We knew that Khloe was dangerous - we had many conversations with Kay about this, but her heart wouldn't allow her to see this. 

A few weeks ago, she attacked our lab mix Samantha one of the most laid back of dogs.  I was present and Sam had done nothing to bring on the attack.  We got a bit more adamant about Khloe needing to go somewhere other than here where we have children and friends children in our home.

Last night, we went to look at the Christmas Lights that are part of our yearly tradition.  If you click on the link you will go to an old post about this tradition.  Kay and Kamryn were going to come along but Kamryn was not feeling well, so they stayed home.  While out we got a call that Khloe had bitten Kamryn.  This was not the first time.

Kay knew that the time had come.  I think it helped her to realize that it was that Khloe was a bad dog, she was simply a product of her breeding.  Being a dog and not a person she could not change her way of being.

It is hard - we are sad and grieving with Kay.


Becky K. said...

Hugs to Kay....I know that pain. Kimmy had the same problems. It was still one of the hardest things I have ever had to do!

So happy the packages are on their way to the families who aren't exactly having the best of Christmas'. Thanks for making that trip.

Terra said...

How sad about the dog, I know the family is missing her but she was dangerous, biting people and other dogs.
That is delightful that you delivered those gift bags to the hospital; they will definitely brighten the recipients' day.

Vee said...

Very sad to put down a well loved pet; however, a very good and wise decision. These dogs really don't have a chance with their haywire brains and their jaws that lock. Somebody somewhere has done a horribly irresponsible thing with breeding. Our neighbors have two and they scare me to pieces. They nip at their four-year-old all the time. It's concerning and causes me to fret daily. So, I'm taking a sigh of relief that Kamryn and Kyle are safe again in their own home as are you all.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

Recently a man in one of the small towns here in the county was killed by his pet pit bull.

Neighbors said the dog had never ever been mean or nipped at anyone but when the guy wasn't answering his phone, a family member went to check on him and he was dead.

The coroner said it he had dog bites but it was one at his neck that had been fatal. His dog was curled up next to him!

Even the family said they didn't know what possibly could have set it off as it loved its' owner. The police reminded people these breeds can be dangerous.

Sue said...

So sorry about Kay's dog, I know it was a very tough decision.I agree with you about the irresponsibility of people, when it comes to breeding animals.

The bags look so pretty, and I know they will be so appreciated.

Thank you for visiting me and for taking the time to leave me such a sweet comment.

Ginny said...

It's always difficult to have to put a pet down, even when you know deep down it's right. Safety always has to come first, especially when our children are involved. We had to make that decision about a cat when our firstborn was small.

I'm sure your gift bags will be very much appreciated by the families who receive them.

Cheryl said...

Oh, how often the good days and the hard days are intertwined...the rejoicing and weeping, all a part of life in our sojourn here.
I am sorry to hear about the dog. It is always wrenching to lose a beloved pet. Thank the Lord that Kay was able to see, and to make that choice for herself. I will pray for her today...

no spring chicken said...

You're right about the irresponsible breeding. Poor thing (though I know it's hard to feel sorry for them when they are acting aggressive with our children and our animals).

I'm praying for Kay... and your shoulder.

Blessings, Debbie

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry about the dog, but it was absolutely the right decision. You are so right when you said 'irresponsible breeding'. All those breeds mixed together isn't a good thing. I read somewhere that 50% of a dog's personality comes from breeding. What a shame.....

The bags look so pretty and festive and I'm sure will be appreciate by the recipients.

My Cottage Charm said...

So sorry to hear about the doggy....poor Kay, I hope she feels better soon. People really should breed more responsibly. :(
I can def tell you're a RED girl...even your blog shows it. :)
I love the color red, but I just love pink more! I wear red ALL the time...funny huh? :)
Glad you liked my pink lantern...I liked the price! lol
Have a great day girlie!


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