Monday, April 30, 2012

Better Safe Than Sorry//Storytime

Hello loves,
Today's post is going to be a little different than normal...

"Imagine this- you come home to your upscale apartment building after doing a little grocery shopping. The elevator stops at your floor and the doors slide open. The first, and last, things you see are two snarling 120-pound Presa Canario/mastiffs breaking away from their owner's leash and charging straight for you.
That's how life ended for Diane Whipple, a thirty-three-year-old lacrosse coach in San Francisco, in January of 2001. The dog's owners were both convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served four-year prison terms. This was perhaps the most notorious dog-attack death in the US, but it's not the only one by far. 18 people on average die each year in this country from dog attacks. We spend more than $165 million treating the nearly one million serious dog bites that occur every year. Dog bites result in approximately forty-four thousand facial injuries in US hospitals. And tragically, 60 percent of facial dog-bite victims are children. Most of the dogs responsible for these bites will end up as statistics- just part of the 2.7 million animals put to death in shelters every year."

*That's an excerpt from Cesar's Way by Cesar Millan.


Now it's my turn:

"It was a beautiful spring day and Julie was outside playing in her driveway with her cat and little brother, Grant. She laughed as her silly cat pounced and danced around her. Suddenly her cat's back arched, her hair stood up, and her ears went back. "What is it?" Julie wondered while quickly looking around. That's when she spotted him. He had appeared silently and now stood just yards away from Julie and her cat. Julie quickly surveyed the dog and guessed him to be some sort of lab/rottweiler mix. He was hard to read, but Julie recognized wariness, fear, curiosity, and perhaps some aggression. In all honesty, he was a cute dog, but something just didn't feel right about the situation. Julie didn't like the way he looked at her, or his body language. As Julie slowly backed towards the garage she softly called to her brother who was already near the door and told him to go get their Mom. Julie was now at the garage when she softly called for her cat who was still in the driveway. Just then the dog whipped around and disappeared just as quietly as it had appeared. Julie's cat quickly darted into the garage and hid under the car. "

Now I know I changed my name, but that's a true story, and it just happened to me this afternoon. It made me realize how quickly dog attacks can happen. I'm so thankful nothing happened, but it really makes you watch your back, and be more careful.

I've been around a few aggressive dogs in my life and two of them have even tried to bite me. I've learned a few things from those situations, and I thought I'd share them with you guys.

*Don't look a dog directly in the eye. It can take that as a threat.

* Even if it's a friends dog, don't get super friendly with a new dog, until you know what it's like and feel like you can trust it.

*Be wise. Survey the situation. Follow your instincts.

*NEVER run away from a dog. Because honestly, you can't out run a dog. Slowly back away from the dog.

*Dog's read body language. Watch yourself. Relax, take a deep breath, and don't act fearful.

* Do keep in mind the dog's history. Has it show aggression before? Is it a shelter dog? Now , most shelter dogs are not bad, honestly, some of the best, sweetest, dogs come from shelters. But, dogs from shelters occasionally have a history of abuse and neglect and can act out. Even dogs that you've known for years, if put in what they feel is a threatening situation can turn on you.

I'm not telling you this to make you afraid of dogs, or hate dogs, but simply to be wise, so that you know what to do if you're ever put in this kind of situation.

Much love,
Em

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for helping us be aware of what to do in a situation like this! I had never thought of it before! I am glad you and your brother are ok though! (And your cat!) :)

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  2. You're welcome Becca! Glad you liked it!! :)

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