I don't post here in the pets section much. I have two dogs, a ten year old who I've had since a puppy, L (and pre kids) and her puppy who is almost four, M. In the past month they have gotten in two fights with each other so I am thinking I can not keep them both in my small house with my two children.
The younger one is now living in a crate or the backyard instead of being a part of the family. My older dog, L had puppies when my daughter was two months old and had to have a c-section, the runt would not nurse and I had to hand raise M. This is the one that I kept from the litter. When she was about three weeks old she rejoined the rest of the litter and had gotten along with her mom ever sense the.
I have only witnessed one of the fights they got in starting. They were in the yard playing with a rope toy and puppy jumped on her mom. This is when L turned and bit her and M fought back. Now my old dog L is very bit up and limping badly just like she got her last time they fought. M only has a small cut on her face. II was able to pull them apart alone because when I grabbed M's collar she let go of her mom who ran off. I am so scared that L is going to start a fight with M when I am not there and end up killing her mom.
As far as other dogs are concerned, L has never gotten along with other dogs and could not go to the dog park. M is much more friendly and will play bow with dogs when I walk her instead of growl and bark like L. Both of them are great with kids and other people, the only issue is that L is dog aggressive and is now acting that way with M when they are playing after four years of peace.
I can not have two dogs that fight around my kids it's just not safe. I love my older dog so much and can't imagine life with out her, but she is the one who is starting the fights. I think that M would be easier to find another home for since she is young, healthy and until now got along well with other dogs.
Please help me decide the right thing to do. I am afraid to put an ad on craigslist as I hear of dogs being sold off of there for research or for bait dogs. I am afraid to send her to the pound because they will likely put her to sleep. I've called rescue groups but they all say they only take dogs out of the pound, but cant take all of them.
Thank you for reading this saga, until I come up with the right thing to do poor M is going to be living in the yard/crate instead of under the couch curled up with her mom (below the couch used to be their favorite place to snuggle since there not allowed on the couch)