Podcast Episode 9: A Dingo Ate My Baby

September 29, 2010

in Pets

The title of this episode refers to the famous disappearance of a ten-week old Australian baby in August 1980.  Although this baby girl was attacked on a camping trip by a wild animal, the dangers of all dogs, wild or otherwise, are often overlooked.  In July of 2010, in San Diego, a two year old boy was fatally mauled by a family’s German Shepherd Mix in military housing  The mother was downstairs during the attack, the father deployed overseas.  This story struck a little too close to home and prompted me to reevaluate the way I allow our German Shepherd and baby girl to interact.

How dangerous are dogs to babies?  Do we treat our dogs like our babies?  How does the relationship between an owner and pet change when a newborn enters the picture?  I talk with my husband, Dave, about these questions and more.

Article:
“Newborn Babies Steal Pets’ Spotlight” by Stephanie Pappas at Livescience.com on 15 August 2010.

News Reports:
“3 Week Old Baby Mauled to Death by Dog” at cbs2chicago.com on 21 January 2009.

“Fatal Dog Mauling of Toddler Determined to be Accident” at 10News.com on 31 July 2010.

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