We know of a rottie who was adopted a few weeks ago who is trying to kill the people’s cats. They are keeping her, and we are working towards training. It’s working for now as long as the cats are outdoors while the dog is indoors, and vice versa. The dog is now able to be in the room with the cats, but if the cats move, she goes over the top.
Your suggestions are appreciated for the rottie.
Thanks so much!
And thank you for sharing.
Even with the best of training supplemented with a highly effective flower essence program, some animals—the rottie in this case—are keen predators. Small animal who move and dart about, be they squirrels or cats, are fair game and are looked upon as prey. This is, quite simply, the way of survival in Nature.
Personally, I would not like to live one day in a home with this kind of tension, and can’t imagine that anyone would choose to do so. Plus the guilt for a “slip up” and the consequences would be an immense burden to bear.
I am reminded of a Great Dane who was a rescue dog. After 2 years in his new home, he attacked and killed the owner’s 13-year-old cat without any warning signs. The woman was understandably devastated. She considered having the dog put down for his behavior, and had in fact scheduled a euthanasia appointment with her vet for the following Monday.
With some urging to the contrary, she was able to find the Dane a perfect home on a farm with no cats on the land. It was indeed a “happily ever after” situation for the dog who, in his mind, did absolutely nothing wrong; he was merely following his instincts.
This is indeed a very sad situation, and one that calls upon us as caregivers to love without condition. Likewise, it’s not fair to ask an animal to live beyond his inborn instincts. Even with a great, successful flower essence program, there’s always the possibility of a “relapse,” and the results of that would indeed be disastrous for everyone involved. If there’s receptivity on the owner’s part, relocating the dog is a failsafe solution, ideally to a farm with outdoor access and appropriate outlets for hunting. OR, the owner might consider re-homing the cats themselves.
Interestingly, a flower essence program here might be of great benefit to the owner: Grape Essence, to support her ability to love without condition and with the highest good of the animal uppermost in mind, as well as for the natural grieving process in relinquishing a beloved pet; sequentially followed by Tomato Essence, to act on the courage of her convictions and to find a sense of rightness and responsibility in loving heroically; and lastly, Coconut Essence, to “see the bigger picture” and realize, truly, that this solution is for everyone’s highest good and happiness.
Please let me know the outcome of this situation; it’s not an easy one.
Give my best to everyone,