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If there is one thing I am passionate about, it's responsible pet ownership and family safety.
My family was attacked last week by 2 dogs, of whom it was obvious that their owners, were NOT responsible pet owners and I want you to learn from our story and please spread the word for the benefit of others.
I want to make it clear here, that I am in no way attacking particular dog breeds but targeting the importance of responsible pet ownership and why it's so important.
We have 2 small dogs and had just entered a dog park.
There were 2 off lead Rottweilers at the other end of the dog park playing with their owners
By the time we entered the park and I shut the gate, our 2 dogs were shaking and crying fearfully, whilst 2 aggressive dogs were intimidating them and ready to attack.
My husband pick up my baby girl dog, raising her in the air and I did the same with my boy dog.
These dogs jumped up and had their paws on our shoulders in order to try and attack our dogs.
The owners didn't tend to their dogs until my husband yelled at them, demanding them to control their dogs.
By the time the owners came, it was painfully obvious that they did not know how to handle their dogs during the situation.
Thankfully the situation could have been far worse.
On a local walk, a friend of mine witness an innocent chihuahua being viciously killed by a Greyhound with its throat ripped out in plain sight.
No matter the breed, no matter the size, all dogs have the capability to be dangerous.
Some breeds are more prone to being aggressive than others.
Regardless, I urge you all and I will say this loudly:
Having a dog is a privilege not a right, and it should never be abused.
One of my dogs has a lower back injury due to trying to escape one of the dogs - he was on life-support 5 months ago from an acute, prolonged seizure and has still not been cleared for brain cancer, it has been a living hell for us.
My husband, myself and our dogs are incredibly anxious as a result - I truly believed we were going to be harmed.
We have been struggling to sleep, having bouts of trembling with fear and have been edgy since.
Like really, did we need this bullshit - all because someone decided to get themselves a pair of dogs and not bother to learn how to ensure they were safe around others?
What if we had a child with us?
What if we were harmed?
All we did was walk into a dog park and there were two other dogs on the other side of the dog park playing with their owners...
Pardon my French, but this is seriously fucked........
We don't want sympathy, we want people to be responsible.
So please BE RESPONSIBLE and if you haven't done a dog training course, it is never too late, find one and do it.
Do yourself a favour, you don't want it to be you or your loved ones next!
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Kellie Eason RN, RM, IBCLC
Nurse, Midwife, IBCLC, Infant Feeding Therapist, Birth & Parenting Educator, Baby Sleep & Settling Consultant