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Carol Perkins: The Good Dog
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By Carol Perkins
I love dogs, but I also know that a dog is a dog, and I don't trust them. Therefore, when I see newborns and infants lying beside or cuddling with a dog, I flinch. Animals are unpredictable and no matter who says, "My dog won't hurt you," there is always a slight chance a trigger will set it off.
Recently, my brother brought his puppy when he visited my mom for a week and tethered him in the backyard. When I grew close to pet him, he was too animated, so I backed off. However, he reached my wrist, clamped his jaws tight, and left his mark. He was playing and didn't "aim" to hurt me, but he did. That's what bothers me about dogs and children.
Before I got my dog Fluffy, I answered an ad in the paper for a Maltese whose master was going into a nursing home.
When I knocked on the door, a bark that sounded like a German Shepard came through the door. The lady invited me inside, at which time the dog made a lunge, she yelled at him, and he crawled under the chair and growled. I was not taking this dog home with me.
My dog Fluffy was only nine pounds, but his teeth were sharp, so when guests came, he went into the utility room where it barked constantly. If my family came overnight, he went to the doggie hotel. I did not trust him. He went for the ankles of everyone except for Guy and me. When Guy was dressed for work, Fluffy knew he was leaving and sank his teeth in his good pants. Fluffy was, otherwise, a "good" dog.
Dog owners sometimes overlook that their dog is an animal and animals can't always be trusted. That is why I cringe when I see small children/babies lying beside the family pet. Maybe I'm overreacting, but there are those of you who have horror stories to tell about "good dogs." Never say, "My dog won't hurt you." Ask any mailman!
You can contact Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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