Some people would have gotten rid of the dog when she started growling at the babysitter. A brand new baby in the house--you just can't have a dog who acts aggressively to visitors. But the Jordans knew better because their dog is part of the family.
The Jordan's dog, Killian, started growling at their toddler's babysitter. Rather than reprimand the dog, they monitored the babysitter who will be serving at least one of her three year sentence for child abuse. Now you might think, there should be an award of valor for dogs like Killian. Well there is. But Killian doesn't care and Killian's peers don't watch TV or read the papers, so they'll never be inspired by Killians's story. For a dog, it's all part of a normal life with a pack, be the members canine or no.
What I think, is there ought to be an award for Killian's family for knowing his opinion counts, for understanding their dog's behavior, and for believing him. With over 250 million pets in the US and less than 4% seeing the inside of an animal shelter each year, families are doing a pretty good job of keeping their pets. But too often, those that bail on a dog do so because they misunderstand a dog's behavior. The more common reasons for leaving a dog at the shelter include homelessness for the human family, death or health problems of a human family member and financial strain. But even today, families still part with a dog because they don't understand his behavior. One of the most common behaviors of concern is growling at strangers.
In most cases, a dog is simply scared of people he doesn't know. Solving this takes less time than one might think but it does take effort. In the case of Killian, his sudden "unpredictable" behavior was obvious to his family. Killian didn't like the babysitter. Instead of dumping their dog or even hiring a dog trainer to solve a problem, they just believed him.
And now their son is safe. Thanks, Killian, for doing a good job. Thanks Jordans for knowing he would.