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OpenID truthbird  |  12/10/2013 10:26 PM  |  Flag  
Interesting notes on the shiba temperament:

The Misanthropic Shiba
THE BAD: This is a high-strung, highly prey-driven breed with little patience for rough handling. They are not ideal toddler’s pets and do best with older, respectful children. They can be aggressive towards other pets unless socialized very early. They may never learn to accept animals outside of their pack after they become adults. They are extremely independent and, while learning obedience commands quickly, will never listen to a thing you say once they are running free. If left to their own devices, they will bark, dig, and chew.

The Shiba Inu was bred to be a hunting dog for the ancient people of Japan. These dogs can be strong willed and without proper socialization and obedience training may not be the breed for everyone. With proper training Shibas are wonderful, loyal usually long lived companions. Shibas can be active but also quiet. They need activity to keep them happy and can be a good family dog but older children do best with this breed. This breed loves to go for walk but can never be off leash because of its hunting tendencies.

Blogger Colleen Lynn  |  12/11/2013 8:37 AM  |  Flag  
The original Dispatch article eliminated a line at some point that explains the comment about NetCare left at the Dispatch:

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I'm sorry--"the parents agreed to go to NetCare,"? Is that the best we can do? Whatever backstory there may have been to this (the dad slept through his daughter being mauled to death next to him? were these dogs safe to have in the presence of an infant, etc), this woman just lost her child and clearly was wild with grief. Is the best that we can do is to send them off on a promise that they will go to NetCare, where they will be screened to determine if they are clinically a "danger to self or others"? Netcare provides a valuable service, but it is limited. Once they rule out suicide risk, they might be able to make a referral for grief counseling somewhere, and the family may get an appointment in about 2 months. The dogs were taken to animal control, where presumably they will be fed and sheltered until further decisions are made. It looks like we may be better equipped to handle the animals in this case than the family.

Blogger PutMeInCharge4OneDay  |  12/11/2013 9:11 AM  |  Flag  
I will be interesred in seeing updates on this story.

I can not imagine sleeping with a baby next to you and not being woken up by the dog(s)killing the child.

Blogger Randy T  |  12/12/2013 12:06 PM  |  Flag  
My sympathies to the family. That being said, I have to wonder about the judgment of a father that falls asleep on a couch with a 3-month old, even if there aren't dogs around. There's too much probability that he could roll over & crush the infant, or she could fall on the floor (which was in fact what happened).
Then add to that 2 hunting dogs bit her while she was right next to him, and he slept through the whole thing!
I know this is a grievous time for this family, but I have to say it sounds like there was a fair amount of negligence here...this seems that it was very preventable.

Blogger Tom Elston  |  1/02/2014 9:37 AM  |  Flag  
Its not hard to imagine falling asleep on the couch while holding a 3 month old. Ask any parent what its like when you sleep deprived, and holding a fussy infant.

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