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Monday, September 12, 2011

I Need a Peaceful Place



I need a peaceful place like the room pictured above.  This weekend was far from peaceful for my family.  It started out great, but everything changed Saturday evening.  Our beloved English Setter, Biscuit, bit our little boy.  He is okay and thankfully didn't need stitches (and thankfully the bite was on the back of his ear and not his eye or face), but it forced us to make some very difficult decisions.   

Biscuit is the farthest thing from a malicious dog you'll ever find.  But she suffers from painful hip dysplasia, which we have been treating for years.  We have to be very careful with her legs and hips, and in that split second that we turned our backs on Saturday, our little boy, wanting to play, grabbed her back legs and she reacted. 

After a sleepless night weighing the options followed by a tearful goodbye on Sunday, Biscuit left to go live with family in South Carolina.  She will be happy there.  There won't be little children there to bother her legs, and she'll be able to swim every day, which is really good for her hips.  We aren't sure if this will be permanent or temporary while we look for the right new home for her.  She is such a sweet, loving dog, but now we know she isn't the right dog for a family with small children who can't understand not to play with her when her legs are hurting. 

My heart is so heavy, because she was such a big part of our family.  "Biscuit" was our little boy's first word.  He asks for her first thing when he wakes up in the morning, even today.  He adores her more than words can express, and it is heartbreaking to try to tell him that his best friend isn't going to live with our family anymore.  But at the end of the day, the safety and well-being of our children have to come first. 

I need a peaceful place...  Maybe I'm due to add some gray to my home after all.

8 comments:

Jenny Castle Design said...

My heart goes out to you - as a huge animal lover, I know how difficult that decision must have been, but you did the right thing. Biscuit will love on happily in SC and just know she is in a good place. Hang in there!!

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

I am so sorry- that is such a difficult decision...but you have done the right thing for your family and Biscuit- I am sure he will be very happy! I am wishing for a very peaceful week for you! Take care, Caroline

Splendid Sass said...

You made the right choice. I will have to find a home for my precious Shih Tzu when I have grandchildren. She is 10 and is not as well as she has been.
I know that you were torn, but in the end you did what you had to do.
Teresa
xoxo

Melissa said...

My heart is with you-- it's so incredibly painful, isn't it? You made the right decision, though-- it's not worth the risk, or the worry to you with a new baby of constantly monitoring your toddler/dog. Hope tomorrow is easier.

Jones said...

I couldn't imagine how hard that decision could have been. I am so sorry. Best wishes coming your way. Chic Rooms

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

All of us who have loved and been loved by a dog will understand what a painful decision you had to make. But as you know about dogs, their love is so unconditional, that I'm sure in his own way, Biscuit understands. Gratefully, you could find him another place. My heart goes out to you and yours.

ryankates said...

Im so sorry for you, I only have a doggy whom I adore no kiddos yet.. So I cannot imagine. sending hugs!

Rebecca said...

I am so sorry. Big hugs to you and your family.

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