Day Two update: Not Good! We had a very bad night with Loki & Roshaan.evening wasn't too bad. We managed to finally sit on the sofa at around 9.30pm & all three dogs settled down for a snooze until around 11pm when Roshaan got up, so took all of them outdoors for their last pee & a romp around the garden. We put Loki into his crate on one side of the room, & Roshaan into the ex-pen,on the other side of the room. Headed off to bed, with both dogs barking .....Loki never barks when he goes to bed, but we realised there would be some stress with a new dog added to the equation. We got to bed at just after midnight. Half an hour later, with both dogs barking continuously, we heard a loud banging noise, so my Disgruntled DH got up to investigate, & returned to tell me that Roshaan had leaped over the ex-pen, which is quite high, & was running about loose in the kitchen in a highly-excitable state, with Loki barking like crazy in his crate. Chaos! We realised there was no point in returning Roshaan to the ex-pen, & he was way too big for Loki's crate, so decided he would have to sleep in the sunporch next to the room Loki was in, with the door closed between them. Loki was then put back into his ex-pen with his crate, with crate door open, which is how he has been sleeping recently. Back to bed we both headed ....after 1am now. Loki immediately settled down. Roshaan barked continuously until 3am & then was barking again at 6am, with Loki quickly joining in. So after three hours of sleep we were up again, totally exhausted.
I was expecting Roshaan to have peed in the sunporch, & maybe to have pooped, but he was a good boy & had done neither. Loki, on the other hand, had peed in his ex-pen, which is something he has not done since he was a small baby ....stress, I am guessing. The two boys went outdoors & had a long play together, whilst I got their breakfasts ready ....cooked chicken, rice & cottage cheese for Roshaan due to his two bouts of diarrhoea yesterday, & Loki & Jontay got their usual breakfast. As we had to do yesterday evening, my DH gave Roshaan his breakfast in the sunporch, which he ravenously gulped down in seconds. Loki ate only half of his usual amount (he has only been eating about half of his food since Roshaan's arrival). I removed the bowl with leftover food in it & then let Loki into the sunporch as knew Roshaan had finished his breakfast & was out in the garden with my DH. Loki went out to join them & the two boys played tug with their new rope. then suddenly Roshaan started chasing Loki all around the garden at top speed, & poor Loki look really frightened, stumbling, ears right back & eyes wide. He came thundering into the house & into the kitchen, with Roshaan on hot on his heels, & hid behind me! Roshaan then spotted some small bits of Loki's breakfast on the floor (Loki is a messy eater & I had not had a chance to clean it up before the boys came thundering back indoors).
As this is the usual place Loki eats his food, he barked at Roshaan & within seconds Roshaan went into a full-on attack, biting at poor Loki's ears & face. Loki was screaming in pain & terror. We managed to get the boys separated, but both my DH & I were badly shaken up by the attack,& Loki was left with one ear bleeding & whimpering pathetically. DH took Roshaan outdoors again & I tended to poor Loki ...fortunately no real damage done, but my poor baby looked frightened & his tail was down between his legs. I settled him into the lounge with Jontay & he immediately went to sleep .....he would not have had too much sleep last night either & with all the playing outside & the stress, he is obviously exhausted too. My DH said we could not trust Roshaan around young Loki, even with us in the room.
Roshaan seemed so gentle when he first arrived yesterday, but now it's a different dog, with Loki at least. He takes no notice of tiny Jontay, but as Jontay barks like crazy at him when he is having a go at Loki, we are really, really worried he will snap with Jontay & attack him too. So I phoned his breeder & was told this is why he was returned after a few days in his previous home! She had told us that the people returned him as they both worked long hours & did not have enough energy to exercise him! She also admitted that there had been issues of him barking throughout the night too. In the middle of all this, there was a knock at our front door & it was our next door neighbour complaining about his entire household being kept awake most of the night!
Karen, the breeder said it was obvious that Roshaan could only live happily with them, & she would come & pick him up this morning. She said at home he was gentle & had no aggressive issues with other dogs, but as this is the second time this has happened, he obviously gets so stressed in a different environment that he becomes aggressive to other family pets & develops serious food guarding issues. So she wants him to go back, & as sad as I feel about returning him to a situation where he is obviously crated or caged for the greater part of each day, I feel we have no alternative, as I cannot have my five month old puppy being attacked in his own home, which is supposed to be his safe place. As the breeder is now saying, this boy becomes so stressed taken out of his environment that he becomes a danger to other family pets.
I wish she had been honest with us before we had to have the distress of seeing our beautiful golden baby attacked, screaming & terrified! I think Roshaan would be great in a home with no other pets, but seems as if the breeder has now decided to keep him. This has been a very expensive 24 hours! We paid $400 for Roshaan, plus another $343 yesterday getting bedding, food, harness, lead & toys for him. I would rather have donated that money to our local rescue shelter, to be honest. And what is worse ....I feel distraught at returning Roshaan to what is less than a wonderful situation, though I know he is never physically abused .....I feel like I have failed him .....I feel like a failure! And I feel as if I am responsible for my precious Loki being traumatised in his own home ..... not to mention that my DH is absolutely stressed out now. David is going to have to hand Roshaan back, as I just cannot do that. So sorry for the very long posts.
Last edited by Dwyllis; 12-29-2012 at 03:42 PM.