|Barked: Mon Nov 4, '13 12:04pm PST |
|This topic has been a huge debate in the mushing community this year. I know Jake, and he's a nice guy. I agree, the mother was very negligent in letting her children run loose around the dogs. If you put a child in a pen with one or two sled dogs, and one of them knocked the kid down so it started crying, do you think the dogs would stay away? No, of course not. It's pray, and it's crying. Even if a dog was in a kennel they would still have attacked that child because they do have a very high prey drive. It just so happens that these dogs were chained, and one of them broke it's chain.
It's a very sad situation for the family of the child, and the child herself. She now has permanent damage on her body, she'll probably never be able to sing, and everyone is focusing on "it's the dogs fault for being chained" which is just wrong. Sorry, but I've been debating this subject with mushers all summer, and it's most certainly not the dog's fault.
If you ever have questions about the supposedly 'horrible' conditions our dogs are kept in, come talk to me. I'll show you my beautiful, happy, healthy family members hanging out in my backyard.
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