08-15-2014, 02:11 PM
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Snake bite and kennel cough = nervous breakdown
Hello! I have a situation I could really use some objective advice on, if anyone is interested. My 8 year old collie was bitten by a snake 5 weeks ago. He nearly had to have his leg amputated and if that had happened I would have to have considered putting him to sleep as he has bilateral hip dysplasia, and that would have broken my heart. It has been 5 weeks of hell as he has no skin on the back and side of his paw as it exploded and had to be cleaned under anaesthetic. Then with all the dressings he's developed sores all up his leg. My baby. I live with my dad, who is my carer as I have severe mobility problems, and with my brother and his girlfriend of 6 months. My mother died a horrible death 3 years ago in February and things have been quite hard. We also have another collie who is 4. He is supposed to be my brothers but he is never here so I do all of the looking after and my brother takes the credit of ownership. As a result the dog is schizophrenic and doesn't know if he's coming or going. I did preliminary training without my brothers knowledge as he was jealous that I spent more time with the dog which was no ones fault but he was at work all the time and I was at home. He just thought the dog was an amazingly quick learner! I repeatedly said it wasn't the right time for my brother to get a dog but he wouldn't listen. I didn't approve of the aggressive methods he used for what little training he did do but I was over ruled. Anyway, 4 years on and we have these 2 lovely dogs who get on brilliantly and a cat called Michael. The reason I need advice is that on Saturday my brother and his girlfriend came home with a patterdale/ terrier cross that I didn't know they were getting. I went ballistic and asked my father if he knew about it and he apparently had been called that day and asked if he was okay with the idea of a dog and he had said yes, thinking it was just an idea. My anger arises from many things; bringing a puppy in to a house where the top dog is at a disadvantage, four adults, 2 dogs one of which is all over the place and a cat, plus my walking frame which is an animal in its own right, all living under a roof that is going to shrink when we move to a smaller house next year. I just think it's mad but I've been told I'm stubborn and that I m just looking at the negatives. I say I'm looking at the practicalities. The day after the puppy came my dog got kennel cough which he's picked up from all his trips to the vets, and now the other collie has it. They are staying at her mothers because of the puppy getting it but I've been told I've turfed then out and that it's now affecting their relationship. If anyone has got to the end of this without falling asleep, can you tell me if I'm being too hard? Neither of them have ever lived away from home so they've been spoiled to a degree and I don't think they've thought it through... Please help!