A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down. ~Robert Benchley
Recently, I found myself tuned in to Cesar Milan (you know, the Dog Whisperer), and he was promoting an upcoming show in which a couple needed his help with their bulldog mix who’d bitten their 3-year-old child.
The couple trained horses for a living, and the mom — despite the boy’s scars, despite her husband’s pleas to get rid of the dog — prided her abilities and refused to admit defeat. Even if the dog bit the boy again.
What was she thinking??
This was her BABY. Her only child. Yet she turned a deaf ear on reason.
Stuff like that infuriates me.
When Domer was little, like many kids, he was afraid of dogs. It started when the neighbor’s Weimaraner jumped on him and slid its claws straight down his back. The mental trauma was much worse than the scratches.
I figured the best way to counteract his fear was to get a nice, gentle dog of our own. After shopping around, I found a beautiful Eskimo Spitz and brought him home.
At first, everything was fine. Domer was tentative around the dog, but I could tell he was warming up. Then, without cause, the dog started growling, snarling, nipping, and jumping on us. I chalked it up to playing, but Domer wasn’t having any of it.
Instead, my poor son refused to get down on the floor for fear of the dog. As soon as he’d come into the kitchen, he’d perch atop the counters (where the dog couldn’t reach him) and scoot from one counter to another.
I couldn’t have that, so reluctantly, I found a new home and a good family for the dog.
A few years passed, and we tried again. This time, Darling Doggie Dallas came home with us, and he’s been an angel. Shelties are easy to train and want to please their owners. Dallas doesn’t jump on people (usually), and when Domer comes home, he and the dog spend lots of time cuddling and chilaxing.
But if Dallas hadn’t worked out, he, too, would have been shipped off. No dog is worth more than my own kid.
I don’t know how Cesar’s training went for this couple with the bulldog, but I have my suspicions. I’m betting the couple got divorced, Dad got the kid, and crazy Mom got the mean ole bully.
What do you think?!