D'Elle Posted April 6, 2013 Report Share Posted April 6, 2013 First, sorry this is so long. My beautiful female dog, Kit, has been with me now for five years. At the end of this year she will turn 11. She came to me because where she lived she had been repeatedly injured by other dogs and my vet found her a new home with me. I adore her beyond reason and always will. She has always loved my male dog Jester, and deferred to him and they pal around together well. She is fine with the cat; no problems there. About 2 years ago she started getting a little grouchy with the foster dogs who come in and out of the household, and as time has gone by she has gotten more and more so. At first it was as if she were saying to the new foster dog "Now, this is MY home, My person, and don't get uppity". But, no worries, after a week or so she would be playing with the foster. Then it shifted into her seeming to say "Just leave me the heck alone, you don't belong here". But she would come around eventually. And now it is more like "What the %#@& do you think you are doing here, you worthless #$%@ !! &*^%$!" And she doesn't come around to a different point of view. She has been attacked twice by foster dogs, both times after she started the serious threats, cussing and snarls approach to the fosters. I remember my vet telling me her previous owner said she used to start the dogfights, and I utterly disbelieved it then. Now I am not so sure. She even snarls at Jester and my little dog, on occasion, and her language to the foster dogs is extreme. I had her vet checked when the grouchies first started, and I know that she has some body pain. She is stiff at times, or limps, possibly some arthritis and also, I think, a result of all the injuries she received before she came to be with me, some of which were extensive. My vet prescribed a steriod which I give to her in very small doses, but out of my fear of steriods I do not administer every day. My approach has just been to do my best to calm the waters, get the fosters away from her and try to keep things easygoing. But lately I wake up every morning to the sound of horrendous snarls eminating from Kit's bed (under my bed), and it's not a good way to wake up. Typically I can see the other dogs in the room and none are anywhere near her while she is barking and snarling at them. She doesn't keep it up all day or anything. but it is frequent enough that my peaceable kingdom of a home is no longer so peaceful. It might become peaceful if I stopped fostering because she doesn't seem to growl very much or often at my other two dogs, although the frequency of that is increasing as well. But I would hate to stop fostering, because I feel strongly about helping those dogs. I have fostered for 8 years and it means a lot to me. What are your opinions? Do I need to stop fostering for Kit's sake? Should I have her checked out again? (I doubt anything new will be found) Any suggestions? She is the sweetest dog I have ever had, and this behavior is hard on all of us including Kit. Her photo is below. D'Elle Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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