I have two dogs. Molly is a 13yr old jack russell who's suffered epilepsy, is going blind and near deaf. She's nearing the end of her life. Nowadays, if she has a seizure, she finds it difficult to walk for 2-3days requiring anti inflammatory's. We know if she stops eating and barking we'll soon have to put her down if she doesn't pass away in her sleep (a decision we dread but won't have her living in pain).
The second dog is Charlie, a 4 year old labradore/bullmastiff/huntaway/blue healer cross (looks like a skinny brindle lab). Charlie has a natural beautiful nature with people. Responds excellent to command, learns quick and very obediant with minimal training (which suprized me as molly's and many dogs I've met love to be cheeky and test boundaries with their owners). She loves playing with other dogs when I take her for walks or intorduce her to friends dogs.
When Charlie was introduced to Molly, Molly didn't like her and didn't want to know her. She often snapped and growled at Charlie.. they soon enough sorted themselves out. Charlie simply learnt she couldn't play with Molly and Molly soon learnt Charlie is a lot bigger and stopped snapping at Charlie.
Over the years Molly's health has faded and they seem mates, occassionally we'd catch them giving each other a lick.
Charlie does get her fangs out if another dog comes near her food (never ever has she growled at a human, you can take a bone out of her mouth and she just looks sad but never growls or snaps at a human).... so Molly and Charlie are seperated by a fence at dinner time only.
TODAY... my Dad heard Molly yelping like never before, upon investigation Charlie had Molly's head in her jaw which upon Dad's voice/arrival Charlie released... they were seperated into different yards and Molly remained ?stunned lost for some time. Dad states Charlie's grip seemed tight, he feared if he hadn't have come.... Charlie would have killed molly. Needless to say.... they are seperated for the rest of Molly's days.
There was no food around... why would Charlie turn and attack an old selfless dog??
Could molly have been seizing and this is Charlies reaction???
Can anyone help give an explanation regarding this act of voilence from my normally beautiful, calm, loving Charlie?