The burden of euthanizing an aggressive dog

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Jack Russell Terrier SnarlingYesterday I read a painfully poignant post by Phyllis DeGioia about her dog, Dodger and her decision to put him down due to his aggression (“Euthanizing Aggressive Dogs: Sometimes It’s the Best Choice“). Her words were not only  powerful because they came from her own experience, but also because they so clearly articulated the conflicting emotions and guilt one feels when faced with euthanizing a dog due to aggression.

Societally, it is so much more acceptable to euthanize a dog for old age or illness than it is for a dog with behavioral issues.  And yet, many a pet owner has had to face making this type of decision.  I admire Phyllis for her courage in writing about her decision to euthanize Dodger.

In 2011, I wrote about a dog park friend who had to make this difficult decision after her cream-colored Golden Retriever showed serious signs of aggression…

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Chicken Tabaka … the tastes of my childhood

When I was a kid, my parents took me on vacation to Sochi, a resort city on the shores of Black Sea. Every day we would go for lunch to one of the local restaurants and I would always order Chicken Tabaka. It is a Georgian dish and is a classic example of that amazing... Continue Reading →

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