Hi everyone I've posted here a few times before and have always received good advice. While my current situation is not one anyone can tell me how to respond to, I was hoping for some feedback during a difficult time. My husband and I adopted an Akita, Sakura, in October 2015. She has anxiety and is reactive to other dogs and nervous around strangers. It takes her a very long time to warm up to people if she even does. She is not good around children. We have taken several classes with her and are working to find a behaviorist (we saw one several times but she had no experience with Akitas and normal breed traits, like indifference to strangers, she thought disturbing so we are looking for a new one). We have not begun medication but our vet strongly suggested it and we were looking into it when she bit me. Basically, we were doing what we could to manage and hopefully help her with her anxiety. We were enrolled in another class that started this week. A little more than 2 weeks ago, I came downstairs late to get water around 11 PM. Sakura was laying down in the hallway. I do not remember the event but a security camera picked up audio. I asked her if she wanted to come to bed and then there is just several seconds of her barking. She stopped the attack before my husband got there, no one fought or pulled her off. What is likely, based on my past behavior, is that I crouched down while reaching a hand out for her to sniff not realizing she was asleep and I frightened her. We had learned she startled easily if woken and I would not have gone near if I had realized she was sleeping. I needed to go to the emergency room and had surgery a day later, needing over 200 stitches to my face. They were layered with dissolvable ones so not 200 external stitches. I live in the US and the rescue we adopted her from took her 3 days after for a mandatory quarantine. After speaking with the rescue, they agree with my assessment that I unintentionally frightened her. They are willing to give her back to us and our county regulations would most likely not protest given the fact that it was me, not a stranger, and it was "provoked". I miss her so terribly as does my husband. She was so protective of me it is hard to believe this happened. I guess, given the fact that we are planning to have children in the near-ish future, what would you do if you were me? Or anyone's thoughts or experiences? It would be impossible to feel comfortable having her around children at all given that, while all dogs are capable of biting, she has. I just look at her as my family and this is an extremely upsetting situation for us and her. I feel like I failed her. Sorry for the length of this post. I appreciate anyone's feedback or advice.