It’s with a heavy heart that I have to report that we have to end our study. During one of our coordinated play times, there was a fight between a couple of the male dogs. One of the alpha male dogs ended up biting the throat of another male dog and killing it.
As a result, one of the female dogs attacked the surviving alpha male dog and killed it.
It was a truly devastating day. Unfortunately, we had to put down that female dog. Once a dog kills like that, it’s very difficult to rehabilitate them.
As for the rest of the dogs, we have placed them in good hands with the local adoption agency that we had gotten them from.
Personally, I am extremely upset that we aren’t going to be able to conclude the study. We were starting to obtain some promising data that certainly would have produced conclusive results.
I don’t think I’m going to attempt to start up a similar study. I found myself bonding with the dogs and was devastated by the ultimate loss of three of them.
I’m not sure what I’m going to channel my efforts on going forward, but I’ll certainly let you all know.