I'm new to this forum but needed some advice/words of wisdom
About 10 months ago we adopted a 10 month old Great Dane mix (we thought he was 2.5 years at the time). He's been the most wonderful pet we could have hoped for, very loving, gentle, well-behaved, etc. We absolutely ADORE him!
We were always curious why someone would have given him up, so I started doing some research and eventually traced him back to the original shelter he was transported to our state from, and finally to his original owner! She was very kind and so happy to hear he had found a great home and answered many of the questions we had. She confirmed he was a lot younger than what the Humane Society had told us as well.
Now here's the surprising part. The previous owner lives on a family farm which is next to another family member's farm. To make a long story short, she said that despite what a great dog he was with children, their other dogs, some of the farm animals,etc. they had to let him go because he got out into the fields and killed one of their sheep! We were shocked, as we live in the city and that is one reason we never thought of. Apparently, once that happens, the dogs are put down unless they are able to re-home them, which in farm country can be extremely difficult.
Needless to say, I researched the subject of dogs killing sheep online, and after reading so many posts basically saying that a dog that does this is a "lost" dog and should be put down, it's been very depressing. We LOVE our fur baby so much it's hard to read those comments and we would never even think of giving him away, etc.. Yes, we know dogs are predators and sheep are prey, and the same thing could happen with many dogs put in that situation, but you don't imagine your lovable, cuddly family member in that type of situation. Since we live in the city and are NEVER around sheep, I don't foresee this to be an issue, even though the naysayers online have made me paranoid it could happen with another animal!
Has anyone had an experience like this, or know of similar situations? Thanks for listening to my vent. Look forward to your thoughts.