Zooey bit someone while I was away. Though she's nipped at people before when she's gotten scared, this is the first time she really hurt anyone.
I don't know what to do. Normally, she's the sweetest animal in the world. I spent the past week and a half talking about her constantly and anticipating being able to cuddle with her upon arriving in Baltimore.
Should I take her back to the shelter? Should I keep her and be more strict about her interaction with other people? Is my constant traveling schedule what's doing this to her?
We've already seen a trainer and to be honest, I thought Zooey had been making progress. Maybe I should have been more strict in her training...or maybe she needs to see a dog psychologist. (Has anyone ever been to one? Do they actually work?) At this point, a sense of fear might just be ingrained in her due to previous abuse. I truly hate the person who made her this way.
This is probably one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make, and after thinking it through for the past few hours, I still don't know what to do. I've emailed the SPCA to tell them about the situation and am waiting to hear back.
I don't know if bringing her back to the SPCA is better for her or better for me. I don't know if keeping her is selfish and that maybe she needs a different owner who can dedicate more time to her "recovery."
I still remember the Zooey I first met. She was timid yet loving and just looking for the right person to take care of her. I've become that person for her. I am, to put it simply, her person.
How can I send my best friend back to a place where I know she won't be happy?