Fiona had a sleep over with her brother Frankie on Monday night while we were on vacation. She had a good time, she has been really tired since. The weather has just been beautiful so we have had some nice walks. Fiona is really a good dog.. sometimes she can be really sassy, but overall she is great! Lately, since she has been so tired and her energy drained, it’s been easy for her to just relax and not worry about different nosies she hears or people she spots in the neighborhood. Sometimes she just goes crazy and I can’t distract her away from her fixation for the life of me. This just shows the importance of exercise for a dog. They need that time to drain their energy and feel like there is a job to do. I believe this is the number one way to have a happy pet.
On our way home from vacation, we received a disturbing call from Adam’s sister. She told us that our almost 3 year old niece had just gotten mauled by the dog at Daycare. They were at the hospital and our niece had just gotten out of surgery. The dog bit Simone about 4 times on her face. She has bite wounds on her forehead, cheeks, eye and lip. She seriously looks like she got into a bar fight! Simone will be just fine, she was in a little pain, but was singing and really being a little trooper and we are so proud of her. A plastic surgeon stitched up some of her puncture wounds internally and then glued them on the surface to reduce scaring. We were all just sick that this had happened. When we arrived at the hospital, the Animal Control Officer was there taking a statement. I won’t go into all the details, but she was just sickened by the situation. She said that this case was the 2nd worse she had seen. She believed the dog was dangerous and called for a police officer to come up to do a full report. They took pictures and kept Simone’s bloody t-shirt as evidence. They decided that they would remove the dog that evening from the daycare property because it was dangerous (I heard they removed the dog and plan to destroy it and test it for rabies).
I have so many mixed feelings about this situation. I honestly don’t blame the dog at all.. I blame the owners. I have so many questions.. what kind of dog is it? Does it really matter what kind of dog? Any dog can attack.. some are less likely but still can in the right situation. Did Simone prompt the attack? Simone bumped the dog by accident while reaching for a pillow. Another little girl at the Daycare told Simone to tell the dog she was sorry.. Simone turned to the dog to pet it and say “sorry” and the dog attacked her. Why was this dog around a bunch of kids everyday? I wouldn’t trust Fiona around a bunch of kids unsupervised! She loves the kids in the neighborhood and she loves Simone, but I am not going to assume she wouldn’t bite a child.. sometimes she gets snippy with her toys and I ALWAYS keep an eye on her and correct her. What are the warning signs of a dog that is about to snap? Was the dog walked or exercised? If I was around a bunch of babies and toddlers all day and I couldn’t get out for a walk or get away I would snap too!! It’s just too bad that some people don’t understand and aren’t responsible with their animals and as a result the animal has to be destroyed. I don’t want to cast judgement here, but the whole thing just doesn’t sound right and it sickens me. I believe this whole situation could have been avoided with proper care.