My 9-week-old shepherd terrier mix puppy lost her eye today in a disturbing accident. I have been carefully working to socialize my pup and introduce her to my seemingly friendly 13 year old cat. I read articles online and followed all of the advice in introducing the two, and the transition seemed to be going steady. The cat and puppy could peacefully sit next to each other, though at times my cat seemed a bit upset and would hiss or leave.
In a regrettable lapse of judgement on my part, I left my pup out of reach, but still in view, while doing something in the kitchen. I see my cat spring over to her and slash her over the face, and I lunge in and pick up my puppy only to see that the damage had been done. My cat punctured my puppy’s left eye, and she had to undergo immediate enucleation (and because this happened on Saturday of memorial day weekend, the surgery cost a whopping 4,000 dollars).
Now, I am left with feelings of regret and disturbance, as this angel puppy trusted me to protect her, and I let her down. I am planning to move out of my mothers house (the cat lives with my mom) and into my own place, but I worry that I can never forgive myself and am making the wrong decision. I love my puppy more than anything, but I am stuck with the feeling that I might not be the right owner and home for her. What should I do?