I’m not crazy about dogs but I can’t honestly say that I dislike or hate them. There are definitely some that I’m more drawn to than others. We all have personal preference. I’ve had my own dogs and I loved them dearly. They were part of our family and I can’t imagine having grown up without them in my life. I’m afraid of any other dog though. Its just who I am. So if you’d be so kind as to please keep your dog away from my kids, I’ll tell you why in a sec.
I’ve always been a cautious person. I don’t like taking big risks, especially where my kids are concerned. Alot of the time, I am told that ‘I’m over reacting” or “Don’t worry, my dog doesn’t bite” or “My dog loves kids”. Still, I don’t think theres anything wrong in being extra careful. I don’t expect my kids to live in a bubble, no. But I strongly believe in the quote “Rather safe than sorry”.
Now I know all dogs are not the same, and I understand that many people know their dogs well. I also understand that their training and relationship with their family (owner) plays a big role in how they treat others. Infact, this is the same for us humans. Our upbringing and relationships can determine how we treat others and how we react to certain situations.
My reasoning is this: If we as humans can turn on each other, at any given time, without warning, how much more so can a dog?
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that all dogs will turn on you or anyone. Infact, I’m no expert on the matter. The point is though, not all humans will turn on you but, we all do have a mind of our own.
I’m just a mom, protecting my young. Can you blame me?
My colleague’s own dog bit her
A couple of weeks ago I noticed that I hadn’t seen a certain colleague in a while. Initially I passed it off as her being on leave. But then it seemed abit too long to have been leave. I then found out she was off sick as her dog had attacked her.
Wait what? Her dog – her own dog – attacked her? I was, and still am completely shocked. This story gets me every single time. Of course upon hearing this, I pictured it as being like a minor bite. I mean her own dog couldn’t have possibly bit to kill her. I wasn’t even quite sure I believed the story. Surely they got abit of the details wrong. Perhaps it was someone else’s dog who had bit her.
So I thought I’d wait to hear the full story from her when she returned to work. To cut a long story short, she explained to me that it was a usual evening and she had just fed her dog a few minutes prior. Her dog then came gushing at her and started biting her in various places. Her dog had bitten big chunks from her (I personally saw the photos of the bites). Only after a long struggle and with the help of her boyfriend, they were eventually able to free her from the dog.
Please keep your dog away from my kids
I’m not putting all dogs under the same umbrella here. This is specifically why I’m not going to get into any detail of the breed of the dog. That does not matter.
What matters here, is that an owner, who had a loving relationship with her dog, was attacked by her dog. We can dissect this story and think about why and how and find all sorts of reasons as to why this happened. Or we could choose to be cautious. Cautious when others are around our dogs.
I’m surely not asking alot of you when I ask you to please keep your dog away from my kids.
Tata for now