Monday, May 19, 2014
7 million nice dogs… but any dog can bite!
As your insurance advisor, friend, and fellow dog owner, we would like to make this week – National Dog Bite Prevention Week – our focus. We not only wish to help you avoid an insurance claim and possible nasty legal scenario… but to keep you and your loved ones, including your furr-babies, safe and happy!
On a personal note, my family has experienced this several years ago, and to this day it still hurts and breaks our heart. Our Great Pyrenees mix bit someone visiting our neighbor’s home. Zeke escaped the backyard for just a minute, which is all it takes. Mind you, he NEVER EVER showed any behavior like this prior which is why I believe it was provoked & instigated. In his mind, Zeke was protecting my daughter who was about 4 or 5 yrs old at the time.
Long story short, he had to be put down because he drew blood (small puncture in the buttocks), the police were involved, and no rescue would take him since he had a “record”. For the sake of our neighbor’s peace of mind and to avoid this ever happening again, we had to do what we had to do… and it crushes me to this day. I played it over and over in my mind, trying to find another option… but we couldn’t take the risk. Thankfully the bite was very minor and the case was settled out of court with our homeowner’s insurance company.
I say all of that to say this, be an informed dog owner. Don’t think your funny little furry-faced friend is not capable of biting someone. Don’t be ignorant. I was.
What could I have done differently? Put a lock on the gate, locked the back garage door, communicated with my husband better, and been more aware of what was going on at the time. Yes, I still beat myself up over it.
Here’s a link to some good information on this topic! Please share! Let all the dog owners out there take some time to reevaluate this topic, have a family talk about it, with your visitors, work on socializing your dog more, etc.