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    Default WOW.... I was shocked~!!!

    As some of you may know our world has been turned upside down this last month, after "rescuing" my very abused sister from Ohio from her marriage, and getting her down here to FL. to live with us, til she gets on her feet. She has a Chihauhua that is 12 years old. Well UNFORTUNATELY she gives Robin tiny little Rawhides, and keeps them in her bedroom with the door shut. Today Vegas come slithering like a snake into the living room and I KNEW something was in his mouth. He ran straight to his crate. I seen him chewing and I got in his crate to find what he had. Vegas will be 7 in March and NEVER, EVER showed one ounce of aggression towards me, anybody or any animal. I tried to stick my hand in his mouth and he growled a growl I have never heard and snapped at me!!!! , I continued to try to pry his mouth open and I have to admit I had fear. I have never experienced any behavior like this before. Finally the damn little rawhide slid out of his mouth as he was chewing and I snatched it up!!! It was slimy and gross. I yelled at my sister that it could of easily killed him (perfect size to get stuck in his throat!!) I lectured her on keeping her door closed AT ALL TIMES and I know she felt horrid. I later apologized, but made it VERY clear to keep her door shut at all times!! I am still in dis-belief that Vegas was really going to bite my hand off and he meant business.

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    OMG.... thank goodness you caught him with it and he did not swallow that thing! I too am shocked that he growled at you -- so not V-boy at all
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    I want to really believe he felt bad after.... He remained in his crate for almost an hour with out coming out, OR he was mad at me for taking it from him. I choose to believe he felt bad for almost biting me.... Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMARINO View Post
    I want to really believe he felt bad after.... He remained in his crate for almost an hour with out coming out, OR he was mad at me for taking it from him. I choose to believe he felt bad for almost biting me.... Lol.
    that is the one I would go with too....
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    Default Re: WOW.... I was shocked~!!!

    Good thing you saw him with that. They do get a little testy as they get older. I'm sure he felt bad afterwards, and I'm glad you stood your ground.
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    Oh Honey...sending you the biggest hugs of sympathy, comfort & understanding.
    And love to each one of y'all, I'm sure Vegas felt very bad, and I believe he took
    your actions as aggressive towards him (in your fear) and it confused & frightened
    him and yes, sounds like some bully possesiveness too. What a terrible scene filled
    with strong emotions, I think he felt your anger and thought it directed at him and
    responded in kind. But Kelley, if he wanted to bite you, he would have...

    I went thru a similar thing with Cami about a year and a half ago, so had her a couple
    years at that point and bonded at the hip so to speak. She'd been outside & digging in
    the mud around a large, thorny rose bush. After she came inside, she was favoring her
    paw/leg, couldn't tell so was down on the floor trying to get a look. One of her back nails
    looked broken or was a thorn driven into it beside a nail. The brat was sitting on that leg
    so was trying to get it out from under her. She came up into my face (about an inch away)
    and pushing her chest into mine, gave me what for! I was stunned, shocked & yes, scared.
    Instinctively I calmly but sternly told her, "No, No, Cami, DOWN!", she immediately looked
    ashamed & backed off. It hurt my feelings as I'm sure yours were, hurts to feel our beloveds
    have threatened US.

    Vegas is probably feeling unsettled & a bit, on edge and insecure (Cami & I had just moved).

    To be safe, I'd ask your Sister to stop giving those rawhides while at your house. In case the
    lil dog gets out of the room with one and carries it into Vegas' space, nothing beats prevention!

    Thank you for posting this, Kelly, we all need reminded that, in times of stress & heightened
    emotions, our beloved 'babies' can react differently & revert to instinctive behavior in protecting
    themselves against perceived threats. It can happen to any of us and we shouldn't take these
    things personally. Your Vegas loves you as much as ever, nothing to do with that...just unsure of
    what was happening and feeling threatened in that weird moment.

    None of us are perfect, neither us or them


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    Just lucky you were home Kelly, I say he is just feeling bad for getting cranky with Mummy

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    Default Re: WOW.... I was shocked~!!!

    Excellent post by @Texas Carol. I think I learned something from that post.

    I can't imagine how scared you were Kelly! How is he today?


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    Default Re: WOW.... I was shocked~!!!

    Oh my, so sorry that this happened! Can I ask, have you had to go into his crate before? Maybe because the crate is HIS safe place he reacted the way he did? He didn't realize you were potentially saving his life, he just reacted to his space being invaded?? Maybe? Not that it's ok that he reacts that way, I just hope this possibility makes you feel better.
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    Must have been scary! I too think the post by @Texas Carol was very informative - the new situation with his aunt and chihuahua cousin in the house perhaps threw Vegas off balance. Seems like a good idea that the little dog doesn't get any non-bulldog-friendly treats that Vegas would be interested in.


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    Default Re: WOW.... I was shocked~!!!

    i had one do this... i figured out it was because i had him cornered in his kennel... when i tipped the kennel up so he couldn't get back in it he realized i was in charge.. but i know it is scary.. i try not to let them see it but its hard... im glad things worked out and all is ok... i don't like rawhide's... your sister shouldn't even be giving them to her dog... that's just how i feel.. but that's just me

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    Aww Kelly, I'm so sorry this happened, but glad that's you were able to get the rawhide away from Vegas. I agree with others that he was probably acting out for different reasons such as being unsettled with all the new changes in the house, new person, new dog, you being in his space, and him being possessive over the bone, he didn't want you to take it from him, and also,he's getting older which can cause changes in his temperament. You just have to be firm with him, and stay calm and in control. I'm glad everything is okay.
    LEARN A LESSON FROM YOUR DOG, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS YOU, KICK SOME GRASS OVER THAT AND MOVE ON.

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