A dog is said to be man’s best friend. Being as that I grew up with family dogs in my childhood, I never questioned that statement. I have always loved dogs, however my family always kept small breeds like Pomeranians (to the left you can see my “cooler than you” Pomeranian, Todd.) It’s not that I don’t adore larger dogs and their goofy appearance, I just have never had a large amount of luck with them.
When I was three, our family chow grew tired of me and my antics. She decided that she was going to teach me that she was not a pony, and I was not a cow-girl. She snapped at me and grabbed hold of my face for a split second. She didn’t bite hard. It was merely a warning, however it changed our life with her forever. She was my parent’s baby, but I was their actual baby. While they couldn’t let her around me any longer, they didn’t have the heart to put her down. Nikki sadly lived out the rest of her life looking out of a fence and I was always warned to never go near her.
When I was around 15 a neighbor and family friend greeted me while I was walking home from the bus stop. I walked in their yard to talk with them. The summer was just beginning so our neighborhood was slowly gaining its summer and weekend residents. This family was one of them. While I was talking to my old friends, I took notice of their sleeping dog that was chained in the yard. I commented on how pretty he was and I learned that Chance from Homeward Bound was his great-uncle! How neat was that? As I said goodbye to continue my walk home I looked over at this relative of Chance and laughed to myself because he really did look just like him. Suddenly the dog bolted up and charged me, slamming his front two paws on my chest and aiming his jaws around my neck. The force of his attack pushed me back and made me fall away from him just enough so that he ran out of length on his chain and it snatched him backward. I laid on the ground covered in scratches that would soon turn to bruises and thought if I had been 6 inches closer, that dog would have had me by the neck.
In July of 2015 my mom and I were at my best friend’s home, trying to assist them during a stressful time in their family. When my friend opened her door, her rottweiler-airedale-chow mix rushed out of the door, grabbing hold of my hand and shaking me around like a rag-doll. I got away from him and was rushed to the hospital. I ended up with seven stitches in my right hand, a two-inch laceration in my pelvic area that they couldn’t stitch and a hole in my thumb on my left hand and a loss of my whole nail. I’m still not too certain where it went. Perhaps he ate it.
Since my last attack, my fear of dogs kicked in. A large dog could so much as bark and I would have a minor panic attack. It left me scarred mentally and physically. I had hoped that my fear would subside as time passed, however it did not. I found myself wanting to get used to being around big dogs again, but I was unsure how to start. Any large dog that walked toward me or looked in my direction sent a chill down my spine.
Fast forward two years and I am now living on my own with my fiance. He is sensitive to my fears, but he wanted a large dog and thought that maybe it would help me to own one too. I agreed after thinking through my reservations. “If I raise a puppy when it’s small, then I will know their personality and will be okay with it as it gets bigger,” I thought. After talking for some time, I admitted that I have always had a love for huskies. We spent huge amounts of time researching the breed and we decided that she would be right for us and our active lifestyle.