A Public Service Announcement
My son went to a friend’s house this week and, being a typical boy, he thought their dog would like to play a game of ‘let’s put a towel on the dog’s head’. Unfortunately, the dog did NOT like this game and bit my son on the arm. In a panic, the boy popped the dog with a towel and tried to get away. The dog did NOT like this either and bit him in the hind quarters. That’s right, right in the booty! Luckily, the other eight year old boy grabbed his dog off my son. He is definitely our Hero!
Now, considering my son provoked the dog and considering all adults had stepped inside for a moment, the incident could have been A LOT worse. The boy learned a valuable lesson about how dogs don’t like to play and no stitches or shots were required. Just butterfly bandages, Neosporin, peroxide and repeat. Plus, lots of bruising and whining!
The reason I am sharing this with you (besides the obvious fact that it is a part of my crazy life) is because I learned a valuable lesson too! And yes, whether you like it or not, I am going to share those lessons with you!
#1. No dogs should be left alone with children not your own. I know this seems obvious, but how many times have you let the neighbor kids or little cousins play in the back yard while your sweet little puppy was back there? Well, STOP IT. Dogs are uncomfortable with any kids but their own, and children are unpredictable and sometimes even stupid acting.
#2. Vaccinate your dog! Just do it! Sure you’re busy and it cost a lot of money, plus Pooky (or whatever silly name you call him) is inside with you a lot and you know he won’t get sick WRONG WRONG WRONG If your dog bites a child, even if the kid is a brat, and the bite breaks the skin, that child may need rabies shots if your dog’s shots are not up-to-date. These series of shots are still very unpleasant and could actually number up to 10 sticks with a needle each time (for a month) for the child. If that is not incentive enough, let me also tell you that you (the pet owner) will be responsible for the cost and each vial of medication can cost around $1000.00. Hmmm…that vaccination bill doesn’t seem that high now!
No one thinks these things are going to happen to them, but then they do! My son’s ordeal was very minor but it opened up my eyes to few things, including how bad it really COULD have been.
Keep your kids safe! And one last word, NO I don’t blame Pooky for not liking his hair bring pulled, I would bite the brat too!
Love to all
PS-My friend took good care of my son after his bite, Thank You, and I’m sure the dog would say in his defense “The boy started it!!”
*Also, this sweet bundle of fur in the picture is not the alleged attacker, but our dog Axel, who is a creampuff! Unfortunately, he is a creampuff with allergies, so this week I am putting ointment on his eyes. He is a sad little puppy! Not sure what he is allergic to, hopefully it is not the insanity in this house, or we will just have to schedule daily shots, cause that is not going to clear up anytime soon! :)