Yesterday started as a wonderful day. The day to get our new pup. To get Sophie's playmate after a month of her being alone. It was also Annie's birthday which gave us great comfort that we were doing the right thing. We got to the adoption office and filled out all of the paperwork. Then they brought her in. Kimba. What a beautiful and playful puppy she is. She gave everyone kisses and jumps and wiggled all over the office.
I had taken some dry food in a baggie to hand feed her to make sure she wasn't aggressive. She was great with it. She was also starving. Only weighed 48lbs and every rib showed. We finished up everything and after taking her by the vet for her microchip we came on home. She rode in the truck like a pro. Mostly in my lap and looking over the seat to make sure Steph was back there. We were all so happy and felt good for having been able to give this sweetness a good home.
Then we got home. We changed her collar immediately since she had on a very weak one. We fed and watered her then let Sophie come out and meet her. Kimba immediately started to fight Sophie. We corrected her and tried again. The same thing happened. We thought it was because she had not eaten enough so we let her eat some more and them put the food up. We brought her in the house but every time Sophie would come up to her she would either growl or try to fight her. We realized very quickly that she has a very bad food aggression.
To make a long and very disappointing story short, we will not be able to keep Kimba. She will make someone a great pet but she needs to be an only pet. They had told us that she played really well with other dogs but that was not what we experienced.
I sent an email to the SPCA to let them know what had happened and needed to know what we could do. I hate it so much. We so much wanted to give her a home and keep her forever. But food aggression is something that has to be corrected before an animal is adoptable. I can't risk Sophie being hurt or worse yet Abby or Leah being hurt. So she will go back and they will find her a home. They are a no kill shelter so I feel good about that part. Other than that I feel so bad. She can't help the way she is. Kimba is a gorgeous animal that was used as a puppy making machine. I don't think she is a year old yet and she has obviously had puppies. I will be sure to ask them to let us know when she gets a home.
We will eventually get another dog but it will be sure to be a puppy. It might be a while though. Sophie will have to get past this incident. She will be ok of course, but we won't push it.
We tried...we really did.