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I don't know you would ever get over something like this if it happened to you. Steve from K9 Pro posted about it and wishes there was an opportunity to discover why this happens before the offending dog is pts and the evidence is lost. I get where he is coming from. This one is just all tragedy and no learnings.

 

https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/baby-killed-mauled-to-death-by-family-dog/news-story/3ccdf75df6016e0e004030105447d64f

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Just awful :(Those parents will be in three kinds of hell, and  I really feel for the first responders in this one .
edit : I agree with SteveK9Pro.

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Thinking..... how did dog have free access to baby during the night ? :( That in itself is asking for accidents to happen . Babies smell/they make odd noises to capture a dog's interest - they wriggle ....   *sigh* Poor little mite .

 

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the only lesson here is not to allow dogs access to unsupervised  babies. 

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1 hour ago, persephone said:

Thinking..... how did dog have free access to baby during the night ? :( That in itself is asking for accidents to happen . Babies smell/they make odd noises to capture a dog's interest - they wriggle ....   *sigh* Poor little mite .

 

the only lesson here is not to allow dogs access to unsupervised  babies. 

but is that what happened?

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I figured it was the middle of the night ...everyone would be sleeping ? maybe not - maybe they were doing something with the baby .... you're right...it may not have been that scenario.

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On 13/07/2021 at 1:22 PM, Little Gifts said:

I don't know you would ever get over something like this if it happened to you. Steve from K9 Pro posted about it and wishes there was an opportunity to discover why this happens before the offending dog is pts and the evidence is lost. I get where he is coming from. This one is just all tragedy and no learnings.

 

https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/baby-killed-mauled-to-death-by-family-dog/news-story/3ccdf75df6016e0e004030105447d64f

 
 

A friend rang asking would I put her cattle dog girl in pup, when I asked why, she said Im hoping it will change her attitude to my baby. Immediate red flag to me. asked what’s going on with her. She said "I can’t risk her near my newborn baby." "Soon as she sees the baby she is looking about to attack" told her she might look like a cattle dog, but she sure isn't. If my dad saw that she would be wearing a bullet. Normal ACD takes one sniff of your newborn and it’s added to the list of family additions. , anything with your scent on it is automatically "your" property and now under guard.. Benny and Rosie after introduction to newborn Emma deserted their beds to sleep beside her cot, so Paul closed her bedroom door, so instead they guarded her door. 3 days later Sue and Paul went for a walk. The pair walked beside the pram. Instead of at heel. People coming the other way and crossed the road as they approached. Paul wondered why, so crossed the road and walked parallel to the pram. as the people approached both dogs "smiled" and the person crossed the road. .... That I told my friend is normal acd behaviour. There is something wrong with her dog. She had to build a run for her with a double fence so she could not grab her daughter, nor could the baby get an arm through the first fence to the second fence. I bet the parents of that baby were not reading their dog as well as my friend did with hers. Or their baby would still be alive.

 

 

 

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My 'nanny dog' was a farm bred  ACD ...he would guard me from even my grandparents , and as I grew, I could do anything to him - he never minded . He saved me from a snake twice...I remember playing with him, and doing things I would cringe  at if I saw a kid doing. Mum told him to look after me, and he did . 

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Certainly not the first time an infant has been killed by the "family pet". I dare say a small minority of dogs get emotionally unstable and commit infanticide just like humans. Incidentally an 8 year old girl in Belgium has also been killed by a staffy in the last few days: https://www.newsweek.com/dog-fatally-mauls-8-year-old-girl-american-staffordshire-terrier-belgium-1609288

 

And so it goes: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9785955/Staffy-killed-five-week-old-baby-Central-Coast-viewed-infant-prey-experts-warn.html?fbclid=IwAR0xL0OGBx_Dnm29IfrbOO117Wg0V5vJQNrhSy-BLytleRDMutU_v6694Oo

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On 14/07/2021 at 6:31 PM, persephone said:

My 'nanny dog' was a farm bred  ACD ...he would guard me from even my grandparents , and as I grew, I could do anything to him - he never minded . He saved me from a snake twice...I remember playing with him, and doing things I would cringe  at if I saw a kid doing. Mum told him to look after me, and he did . 

 

even guard kids they just met,  never forget my brothers daughters didn't want to go home after their first visit, so they ran from their dad.  he chased them, next I know brother is running for the house with my acd girl debbi hot on his heels "protecting" my neices.  Breed trait.   daughter wasn't any help either she was laughing too

 

laughed so much I couldn't tell her to stop, he dived in the back door and closed it with me laughing my head off

 

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 There must be something about some dogs that seem to naturally protect infants and young children at all costs, and others for whom things go horribly wrong. The ACD stories above made me wonder if this guarding instint was common to  other  "working dogs" too.  My first dog as a child was already around 5 yrs old when I came along.I am  not sure what mixture of breeds he was, but the closest thing looking back, by his colouring, shape and form seemed to be a  Bordie collie Kelpie cross. He had been adopted from a shelter at around 18 mths, and my parents had no prior knowledge of his background.  There were also no formal socialisation programs for dogs and babies back then.   Despite this my parents must have have trusted him alot as I was placed outside in a pram  for the " sun kicks" that were all the rage for parents to do with infants back in the 60's! Fortunately for me he immediately took on the role of guarding my pram. In a secured backyard he didn't have anything to"guard" me from, but Mum & dad used to show me photos of him sitting by the side of the pram & if guests were in the yard he became quite alert if they came too close.  

 

One particular day however, my mother recounted what could have been a disaster. I was about 18mths and was outside alone with my beloved Sebastian whilst she looked on to the backyard from the nearby kitchen window whilst she washed up.  ( Obviously all the things you should never do with a dog and an Infant!). As my mother watched me interacting with the dog, she suddenly realsised to her horror that she had forgotten to take last nights lamb bone off  our dog Sebastian before I had ventured out in the yard!   Filled with natural anxiety for what would happen, she rushed outside to see me gently taking the lamb bone right out of my dogs mouth whilst he sat there patiently waiting.  It was too late for her to do anything  and she didn't want to rush in and startle him. Sure enough I gave it back to him, (after having a chew on it myself!!), and he calmly continued knawing on his bone!  He was one amazing dog.

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When I was a toddler we had some kind of black furry terrier. I would be left sitting in the sun on the back steps nomming on my vegemite bread. Chimmy would often sit on the step beside me at eye level and steal the bread from my hands causing me to cry. Apparently I would sometimes bite Chimmy on the ear after he stole my food and make him cry too. My mother (always watching this from inside the house) thought it was all quite funny and never intervened. It's like dumb luck that some of us weren't mauled by family pets!

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On 14/07/2021 at 2:16 PM, asal said:
 
 

A friend rang asking would I put her cattle dog girl in pup, when I asked why, she said Im hoping it will change her attitude to my baby. Immediate red flag to me. asked what’s going on with her. She said "I can’t risk her near my newborn baby." "Soon as she sees the baby she is looking about to attack" told her she might look like a cattle dog, but she sure isn't. If my dad saw that she would be wearing a bullet. Normal ACD takes one sniff of your newborn and it’s added to the list of family additions. , anything with your scent on it is automatically "your" property and now under guard.. Benny and Rosie after introduction to newborn Emma deserted their beds to sleep beside her cot, so Paul closed her bedroom door, so instead they guarded her door. 3 days later Sue and Paul went for a walk. The pair walked beside the pram. Instead of at heel. People coming the other way and crossed the road as they approached. Paul wondered why, so crossed the road and walked parallel to the pram. as the people approached both dogs "smiled" and the person crossed the road. .... That I told my friend is normal acd behaviour. There is something wrong with her dog. She had to build a run for her with a double fence so she could not grab her daughter, nor could the baby get an arm through the first fence to the second fence. I bet the parents of that baby were not reading their dog as well as my friend did with hers. Or their baby would still be alive.

 

 

 

 

Just realised, the family of that baby didn't even do something as basic as Paul did that first night they brought Emma home. He shut the door to her room, ensuring the dogs could not go near her unsupervised.  Even though they had proved they had no intention of harming her that first time he found them under her cot guarding her.  Never forget, Pauls best friend was gesticulating one day, just after Paul and Sue began dating. He accidently hit Sue.  Paul had to catch Benny in mid air as he flew to Sue's defence.   As for Robbo, he was utterly shocked, he had grown up with Paul and Benny, yet some how Benny knew Sue and Paul were already a couple and instantly flew to "defend" her from the shocked Robbo. Although cattledogs are a very differently selected breed, herding and guarding their human and belongings, compared to terriers bred for hunting.

 

That is why that poor baby died.

 

I well remember my mum making sure the cat could not get into the room when my brothers and sister were asleep in their cot, she was so sure a cat might suffocate a baby if it curled up with the baby.

 

Duty of care was lacking in that home.

 

 

Is the "fur baby" syndrome part of the problem?

 

Not enough practical education anymore?

 

We were taught far more about animals than modern parents are anymore now all pets are considered "fur children"

 

Leaving a baby unsupervised with even another young child can end in tragedy. Young children left unsupervised can just as easily injure a baby.

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