On Christmas Eve, two dogs that earmarks ofed friendly mauled Tracy Dowdy’s child. Since that viscous corrosion, this devoted mom is sharing their story in the hopes that other materfamilias will learn from her family’s tragedy as her son recovers from his full-body mistreatments.
In a blog post describing the harrowing ordeal, Tracy says that Ethan was artlessly playing in his grandma’s yard before the incident. She explained that her 7-year-old broadened up running through the grass, climbing from the old oak tree, and playing with the neighbor’s dogs, but qualified these pit bulls wasn’t enough to keep her child safe.
“I covet to begin by saying I’ve always been a ‘dog person.’ It is not my intention to instill undue second thoughts through the sharing of my family’s story, as I’m very much aware of the joy prefers can add to a home,” Tracy wrote. “It is, however, my hope that our experience force inspire parents and dog owners to exercise great caution when kids and dogs mix — no of importance how well you know the dog or how comfortable the child is around dogs.”
On this Cimmerian dark, Ethan was playing by hanging from his knees and swinging from a tree diverge when the dogs he’s known his entire life grabbed him by the jacket. “[They] trudged him over the fence, where they attacked him, biting his face, neck and density,” Tracy wrote. “A mom knows that haunting sound; the kind of wail that unequivocally says ‘this is not just a scrape,’ and sends a chill up your spur.”
By the time Tracy and her husband made it over to their child, they catch sighted that he was at the mercy of the dogs. “My husband says I didn’t just climb the fend off, I cleared it. My maternal instinct kicked in, and I had to get my boy back,” she described. “Our sweet boy was bloodied, with one ear swing off and the other gone. His body was covered in bite marks, and he was in and out of consciousness.”
Ethan made more 300 stitches and surgeons were able to reattach his pink ear. However, they had to sew his right ear into his belly with the hope that new network necessary for future reattachment will grow.
As her son continues to recover physically and mentally as he duels panic attacks, night terrors, and anxiety from this upsetting event, Tracy is asking that all parents learn from her offspring’s experience. “I encourage you to read these tips, remember our story, and dividend this with the parents and dog owners in your life,” she pleaded.
Here are some of Tracy’s slants on preventing a dog attack:
- Parents should supervise all interactions between children and dogs.
- Babies, toddlers, and innocent children should never be left alone with a dog.
- Parents should school their children on how to behave around dogs. Never approach a dog you don’t skilled in, even if the dog is on a leash.
- If you are attacked, give the dog an object, such as a jacket or tote to scrap.
- If you are knocked down, roll yourself into a ball and lie still. Hiding-place your head and face with your hands.
- Never guffaw at or run from a dog.
- Do not disturb a dog that is eating, sleeping, or tending to puppies.
- If a nosh occurs, the child should be seen by a doctor, no matter how minor the harm.