You may have seen the headlines about 2-year-old Deeon Higgins who was killed by the family dog, a bull mastiff cross, last week.
Various stories are of course doing the rounds online. And so I felt this is something I should discuss because after reading some of the sensationalised stories, carelessly written by journos from all over the news sphere, I felt angered. I felt less inclined to care about the tragedy itself, and more inclined to be pissed off at the one minded nature of some writers and some stories that have skimmed over the finer details and cut straight to the quick blaming the “dangerous” family dog.
For example – the fact that the 2-year-old child was outside BY HIMSELF according to some sources, with the 57kg dog, who, on most occasions was kept tied up!!! His 71-year-old grandmother was inside. First of all DO NOT EVER LET A 2 YEAR OLD CHILD BE ALONE WITH A DOG! No matter what the breed! Secondly, if you need to keep your dog tied up, you have clearly not trained it to be around people and especially kids. Thirdly, the dog probably thought he was playing at first until the grandmother started attacking him with a broom. This is not going to make the dog feel less threatened… this will make it angrier! Why can’t everyone watch Cesar Milan for god’s sake!
I’m sorry if this seems harsh, of course I feel terrible for this dear little boy and his family, what happened was clearly a tragedy, but I also feel sorry for the poor dog (who was put down). And for all the other Bull Mastiffs out there being looked down on by us high and mighty humans who today are labelling them, the ENTIRE breed, as vicious, dangerous dogs that need to be destroyed!
Check out the photo doing to rounds…
Are you kidding me!!!!
I’m sorry but no breed is dangerous. And every breed has the potential to be dangerous. It all comes down to the owners and the way the dog is brought up. Yes, some breeds could be more susceptible to dangerous behaviour, but if you take on one of these breeds, then you better be bloody prepared and willing to provide it with the correct training and discipline it needs to become a loving family pet. It’s a simple as that!
You know if you buy a typically “dangerous” breed that you are taking on extra responsibility. If you choose to ignore that responsibility and then your dog does something wrong, well you are the one to blame. Not the dog.
And shock horror… how did these breeds become “dangerous” in the first place… humans made them so! Wow, who would have thought us perfect beings (cough cough) could be responsible for this. No, we are not to blame; the dogs are just born bad. Bull shit!
Stupid humans have been mistreating dogs, and well pretty much every other animal, for centuries! Dog fighting is a blood sport that can be traced back to ancient times and guess what dogs got used for that… not shih tzus and Chihuahuas.
I’m going to use a very controversial analogy here to prove my point – think back to the days of slavery, where people with black skin were forced into slave labour, tortured, mistreated. STILL, to this day, some of the descendants of the original slaves hold resentment against the people who did that to them. So if human beings are still affected by activities of the distant past, why wouldn’t certain breeds of dogs be the same?
This is why it is so important to understand the breed you are buying and understand the responsibility that comes with owning a dog – no matter what the breed.
Then maybe, just maybe, people will stop using our beautiful 4-legged friends as scapegoats for our own failures.
RIP little Deeon Higgins. If only your death could teach us a thing or two…
Here is one of said articles that I do not agree with! In fact, I’m ashamed of it and the source it came from … http://www.mamamia.com.au/social/dog-buyback-scheme/