Dogs and children.
"A GIRL of three was scarred for life yesterday after being mauled by her grandparents’ Doberman guard dog.
Little Hope Dew had been playing in their back garden when the dog lunged.
Neighbours rushed to help and managed to pull the girl free in the village of Claverdon, Warwicks.
One, farmer David Burman, 58, said: “The dog had something in its mouth — I thought it was an animal — and was shaking it ferociously like it was a rag doll.”
Last night Hope was “very poorly” in intensive care after being airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, with serious neck and facial injuries.
Hope and mum Emma, 26, lived with grandparents Kim and Martin Dew. Last night all the adults were at Hope’s bedside.
Warwickshire Police were investigating. The dog, named Slynn, was destroyed."
There has been a spate of toddlers attacked by dogs recently and in some of those cases the children have died.
Is it really so difficult for some people to understand that children that small should not be allowed near a dog, ESPECIALLY a guard dog.
That it was a doberman that carried out this attack is terrible and bad news for the breed as now everyone will once again associate them with being dangerous animals, which they are not. I had a doberman for years, he was a lovely, well trianed highly socialised animal, quick, intelligent and fiercly loyal. I loved him comletely and trusted him.
But I wouldn't have left him alone with a child for love or money.
Kids have no concept of animal tolerance. Kids will be kids. They can't read sign of distress in a dog, they pull ears, poke, run around making a lot of noise. In short they make dogs nervous. And even the most placid animal can bite if hurt or distressed in any way.
I hope this little one pulls through, but really it is time for all dog owners to come to terms with one thing, he might be your baby, but he is an animal at the end of the day.