The thing for me about Orson was that he was just fine with his family and *I think* people he knew? Someone correct me if I am wrong on that.
The guy lives on a farm quite a ways form his nearest neighbor- so couldn't that situation have been managed? I mean come on this is the dog you describe as you soul dog; the dog whose story has made you buckets of money? Build a kennel run for him, learn to crate him when company is over, put up a warning sign for people who come to the farm. Friends of mine have a sign that says "Guard dog on duty. Blow horn" so that they can grab the dog before people get out of their cars.
I dunno. I can't decide and if it was just ONE dog I'd be more willing to give him the benefit of the doubt or as Paula says If he said he had consulted a behaviorist.
The article in that link doesn't have much information about some of those points, and I haven't read anything else about it, so I have no idea.
He says [color:"blue"]I'd tried every tactic from sheepherding to acupuncture to calm him, and I'd had considerable successï¿½I thought.[/color] but he doesn't mention what else had been tried, so there's no indication that he did -- or didn't -- consult a behaviorist.
He also says [color:"blue"]for reasons that weren't clear, he suddenly became aggressive and bit three people.[/color] Definitely, it matters whom he bit. If he bit people in the household, that's -- to me -- a huge problem and not likely to have a solution. If he bit the mailman and the meter reader, that's a bit different and maybe can be dealt with.
I also don't know that Katz has made a great deal of money from his books about his BC's. Writing books, unless you're Nora Roberts or Stephen King, tends not to generate an income that impresses.
In his defense, I do see what he means about the moral component of this. Whether or not I would have euthanized Orson, had he been my dog, I think that people owe it to the dog to consider the dog's quality of life. Simply remaining alive is not always the best way.
That's one point that Cesar Millan makes in his book that I vehemently disagree with: he wants no dogs euthanized, ever. He wants them to live out their lives in safe, no-kill shelters -- even if they can't be around humans or animals. I think that's a terrible fate for a dog. I believe that a dog often does better, in the karmic and cosmic scheme of things, with a humane death than it does living with whatever demons or deficiencies plague it and cause its aberrant behavior.
Here's a strange thing: a local woman I know, who is a communicator, told a mutual friend a few weeks ago to tell me that the dog who'd had such problems and was now dead, wanted me to know that he thanked me and that he was happier out of this life than he'd been in it. She meant Danny, the foster I euthanized when the rescue couldn't find a place for him and his fear-aggression.
The funny thing is, I believe this woman. I feel, and felt, that Danny was not necessarily ready to go, but he was less prepared to stay, and that all his life, pretty much, he'd felt backed into a corner. When any being feels that way, it's no way to live.
So there is a lot about the Katz/Orson situation that I don't know. Maybe if I knew it, I'd loathe Katz. I don't know.