I had an incident occur last Friday after the days hunting. While packing up from the day, a couple stopped by my Nephew’s place to chat. The couple had another dog in the back of their truck. We all in good nature, gathered around the truck, talking about the days events, as they were about to leave, their dog stuck his head out the truck window. In the next moment, almost too fast to recount, my nephew got between the dogs, and my dog bit his are…bad. It was a “level 4” bite, meaning multiple canine teeth sank in deep in a tearing action causing heavy bleeding and leaving a large bruise as well. My dog is nearly 2 years old now, when we got him as a pup, we went through the puppy socialization classes. I followed up with the puppy two classes and two levels of obedience training after that, even winning one obedience contest at a fair with him. As a hunter, he’s been the best dog I’ve owned in terms of instinct and field abilities. As he’s matured he’s been snapping at my family members when told to “kennel up” in the mornings. We’ve also found out that one of his letter mates is reported to be “mean as a snake” by his owners. I have two small children and we always have a house full of their friends. Now that we know he’s a biter and all the risks of liability, and concern for our kids and their friends, also consulting conversations with our family Vet, we’ve come to the conclusion that we must put him down. Under law, we have to keep him quarantined at home for two weeks following the bite, even though we know there is no chance he has rabies. After the consultation, I think the vet was crying more than I was, like my wife said, the Vet knew our history and all the work we’ve done with the dog. If there is a lesson at all, I guess I should have sought out owners of dogs from previous litters and been more thorough with the breeder. Not looking for comments…just felt a need to vent.