Pets, Diets, Defense…Oh My!!!
As we think of safety, defense and families, we generally think about robberies, burglaries, attacks and the such. Well, there is one thing that can be just as devastating but may not relate to any of the things mentioned before. Animals and the safety of the family!!!
Animals, or “pets” can be an amazingly rewarding contribution to the family. No doubt that Fido, Rover, Fluffy, Spot, Whiskers, Snowball and even Spike, are all loved members of many families out there. So to understand what this post is about, let me dispel any thoughts that this is going to map out which pets are good with kids and won’t shed all over the couch or anything like that…no this post is about the safety factor for families whether they are your pets or someone else’s pets…the fact is that they are animals either way and you have to be aware of what could happen at any given moment.
Let me start by adding a story that was emailed to me by Joe Kruessel. Joe sent me an email just to say how much he loved and appreciated this site and the content we are providing. Certainly, such a compliment made my day, but the story he related was worth the mental effort and is the story that spawned this post.
Joe writes, “I am a recent proud papa of a new baby girl and have a wonderful 3 yr old girl. So as you can imagine, safety is on my mind for my family all the time. Over the weekend, we attended a family event where they had a very large great dane. As I was sitting in their home, I went to feed my daughter her bottle, when out of nowhere, the dog appeared and came towards us. I was positioned on a couch feeding my daughter her bottle and was taken back as the dog was curious as to what I was doing. Within a few feet, I quickly put up my leg to attempt to keep the dog back. I did this because I was unsure of how the dog would react to the baby. After a few sniffs, the dog walked off. Upon seeing the dog leave, my nerves steadied a bit and I recalled the station and what could have happened. The lesson reinforced for me was to NEVER trust an animal, no matter what the owner says. Especially when it comes to my family. The dog could have turned on us in which case my daughter and I would have been in a very dangerous situation. The smaller lesson learned is to not worry about hurting someone’s feelings when it comes to their pets. A pet is an animal regardless. With that said, an animal can turn on people at any given moment and so I am always on guard when my family and I are near them. This doesn’t mean I am to treat animals with a distrust or even a malice attitude. But I am to always be aware of them and the potential for danger that could arise if they turn on me and my family. I respect animals and will attempt to gain respect from them. But know full well, that my family comes first, regardless of someone’s feelings for their pet and how it relates to my family.”