When people who DO NOT have kids try to tell those that do, how to parent.
I will go ahead and say it.....I'm about to be blunt and rude.
After 24 hours, I DO NOT regret our decision to get rid of Bella (yes, she is already gone) and I DO NOT have once ounce of guilt over it.
She is a dog who ATTACKED my child in the FACE!!!!
And with her teeth, left bruises around her eye and a scratch across her cheek.
My only REGRET in this whole situation is that we had removed our guns a few months ago because the dog would have been dead THEN and THERE.
It's MY job to PROTECT my CHILD.
Your right...it is the first time its ever happened....So, let's PRETEND (even though I really don't even want to entertain those thoughts) that we say "oh, it's the first time Bella has ever attacked Olivia in the face. I'm sure it was an accident." Let's pretend a few months go by and Bella snaps again at Olivia, but this time she DOES get her eye and my daughter is now BLIND in one eye.
Please tell me how do I explain to my daughter who is now blind in one eye, that she will be blind for the rest of her life, because we decided to give a dog who had ALREADY ATTACKED her once another chance!!!
Yeah, I thought so....I'm sure my daughter will really feel LOVED and PROTECTED, since I chose a dog's life over her SAFETY.
And I'm not going to say oh, it may never happen again, because let me tell you a little story....about ten years ago, my parents had a Jack Russell named Sport. Sport one night attacked John in the hand. It was the first time it had ever happened and it was kinda random, so my parents just kinda blew it off. He wasn't really hurt and it was just a little scratch. Fast forward about a year later and guess what....Sport attacks a little boy from down the street in the face. The boy required medical care and surgery and now has a scar on his face because a dog attacked him. Guess what??? My parents were told they had no choice but to put him down.
Have you ever tried to get rid of a dog that has attacked someone???
Well, if not, let me explain...IT'S NOT SO EASY.
We have actually spent a good part of the day trying to find another home for Bella without children in it. But AMAZINGLY even those who are looking for a dog and do not have a home with children in it,
DON'T WANT TO TAKE THAT RISK.
If you call the NO KILL places such as the Human society, GUESS WHAT????
THEY SAID THEY WILL ALSO PUT HER DOWN.
Yes, it's sad. But guess what....
IT IS A DOG THAT ATTACKED A CHILD IN THE FACE!!!!
So what other choice do we have???
Yes, your right, Olivia DOES have to learn how to act around dogs. ANYONE who has ever been to our house will tell you that we are CONSTANTLY showing and telling Olivia to "be gentle" and showing her the correct way to pet dogs. BUT, yes there is a but, Olivia is only a year old, she is understanding it the way a one year old would. And yes, Bella needed to learn how to act around Olivia, but once again,
THAT IS NOT A RISK I AM WILLING TO TAKE.
I'm not sure if you read what I wrote at the end, but I wrote that we were going to wait a few more years when Olivia is older and can understand better how to treat dogs.
As PARENTS, we feel it's too risky of a lesson to be taught at age 1!
David and I find it ironic because out of everyone at Church and David's work that we've talked to about the situation to in the last day,
EVERY SINGLE PARENT SAID THE SAME THING......THAT DOG WOULD HAVE BEEN DEAD!!!!
And those who didn't have kids...."awwww....poor dog."
Yes, your right, IT WAS A KNEE JERK REACTION/DECISION.
MY CHILD WAS IN DANGER AND I QUICKLY RESPONDED AND DID WHAT WAS NEEDED TO BE DONE TO PROTECT HER.
THAT'S MY JOB!!!!!
Have you ever heard of the expression....
"A MAMA BEAR ATTACKS?"
Well, when you become a parent, you'll learn that instinct is very real.
And just so you know, the next time that SOMETHING or SOMEONE attacks my baby again...
THIS MAMA BEAR WILL HAVE HER CLAWS OUT, GUN LOADED, AND READY TO SHOOT!!!!