There is a local big time radio personality Bert from the Q100 Bert Show a morning radio show. The other day he tweeted about how his English Bulldog got after his wife as she was trying to put the leash on him. Bite marks, scratch marks up and down her arm. Bert has even mentioned that the dog has done this to him before. His dilemma is what to do with the dog. Try and have it trained, get rid of it, a caller of his even said to "put it down". So his update as of this morning was that he and his wife are going to discuss it this weekend.
Now here is MY opinion on his matter and the general matter of it all together. T and I and the 4 C's have a dog. A boxer. Laila. We had another boxer Tyson that passed away when C1 was very little. T has worked in Vet Clinic's and Emergency Animal Hospitals before in Ga. and in Tx. She is very educated on animals and her favorite breed is the boxer. Laila takes a lot from the kids but she have never and I mean NEVER shown any kind of aggression towards the kids or T and I.
But let me say this...If our dog, Laila, which we have had for 7 years ever attacked the C's or T or I, she would not only be out the door, she may be out of the door in a plastic bag. T says she would be taken to the Humane Society, me on the other hand, I would probably not handle it as well. If the dog attacked me or T, I probably could just get rid of it, give it away..whatever. But if the dog attacked one of the C's, my first gut instinct would be to take it out behind the fence and take care of it Old Yeller style. I know that's cruel and mean and unloving to do that..But I have a a job, duty, responsibility, heart that beats and every beat is about protecting my family. My kids. If it happened once and I tried to fix the dog and rehab the dog and then it happened again and it may be worse than before, who is to blame?
How many times would it take? For me ONCE!!! That's it, no bullshit, no talking, no trying!!! I mentioned this before but Bert has said on his show that his English Bulldog dog has done this before to him. That should have been it. How is he going to feel if that dog hurts his children. He has two boys. The 2 H's. Kids around the age of 2 of mine. How is his wife going to feel towards him if he petitions to keep the dog and this happens to one of the boys. I get a feeling that he would be so hard on himself and he would NEVER forgive himself. So what are you waiting for? T and I said last night that at this point it should really be his wife's choice and hopefully she wouldn't want that dog around. I know he loves his dog, but damn dude..Look at pictures of your boys, is it worth the risk? What about long term affects on the boys and how they would feel about dogs in the future if something happened?
Some dogs are provoked. On purpose, on accident. Some kids play rough with their family dog. Some dogs can take it and some cant. Does your 2 year old know that pulling a dogs tail or getting in the face of a dog that is eating can be harmful? Probably not. That is what parents are for. To protect our children.
I love my dog. I like animals. I don't go out looking to hurt animals. I'm not a hunter. Whatever. But at the same time, I am not one of those people that say "My dog is like my child" F-That! I loved Tyson and cried when he passed. I love Laila. I will cry when she goes. But she is not my child. She is my dog. And she is not up on the same level as my kids. She sleeps outside. She eats outside. She pee's and shits outside. So to the people that say their animals are like their children, have children and then try saying that. If you have children and pets and you still say that...Well...I think you are nuts. NO ANIMAL can EVER be loved by me as much as I love my children. Dogs can be replaced..Your children cant!
You may agree, you may not. Everyone protects their family in their own way. I will never purposely put my family in harms way. I feel like keeping an aggressive dog does that.
What would you do? What should Bert do?
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