December 6, 2023

2nd in a sequence.

I was not scarred for daily life when Buster the Boston bit me but it was unquestionably an eye-opener on canine and human actions. All 4 mother and father leapt out of their chairs like they’d been shot from cannons. Fusillades of reprimands descended on bad Buster, now cowering even further into his erstwhile hideaway. An speedy consequence was essential. Vicious canine would not be tolerated! Answers ended up bandied about like a ball in a no cost-for-all tennis match, emotion-driven remedies masquerading as educated logic bouncing off the partitions. Give Buster absent? Put him to slumber? It was overpowering I way too was attempting to get modest. An ice pack to my cheek de-escalated the disaster.

We’ve learned a ton about these child—dog debacles. In her seminal exploration paper, “Behavioral traits associated with pet bites to children,” Dr. Ilana Reisner discovered that, “Children are the most frequent victims of pet bites presenting to medical center emergency departments.” Of the 203 kids in this study, 51% were under age 7 55% ended up male. The biting pet was acknowledged to 72% of the children. Most bites to more youthful little ones transpired for the duration of constructive interactions, initiated by the little one with stationary, familiar dogs indoors. That sounds just like me and Buster.

It could be argued that my experience chunk was in fact my fault, not Buster’s. So what could I have carried out in another way? Gimme a break, would ya? I was only 4 years previous. I hadn’t even started out kindergarten. But if I understood then what I know now I would have taken a second to observe ahead of rushing in. Buster had sought safety in a secluded room upcoming to his person’s ft. As this marauding 4 year outdated advanced, the inadequate canine was caught in a corner with no escape. His fearful alerts could have, ought to have been respected.

Buster’s men and women weren’t paying notice. They believed their pet dog was trustworthy with little ones. Plainly, I was not the only knucklehead the developed-ups didn’t have a clue possibly. Very well, we know what occurs when we presume.

Upcoming 7 days: I was one fortunate kid. We can do greater.

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