Friday, February 19, 2010


Our kids like animals, but usually from a distance. Especially big dogs. The other day Ellie and Ethan were out playing in the back yard. I had the door open a bit so I could hear them while I was in the kitchen. All of a sudden I heard both children shrieking and crying. As I rushed to see what was happening I saw Ethan on the ground and Ellie trying to help him get away from a very large but friendly dog. As it turns out, our neighbor's sister (and her dog) were also outside and the dog rushed over to make friends with the kids. It tried to lick Ethan but ended up knocking him over instead. Ellie wanted desperately to save her little brother but she was also terrified of the dog.

We brought the kids inside, snuggled them and talked about what happened and how proud we were of Ellie for rescuing Ethan even though she was so "nervous". Keep in mind that all this trauma happened in a matter of about 10 seconds. It must have made a deep impression on Ellie, though. She drew this picture the next day.

It hurts my heart every time I look at it. (That dog is HUGE!)


  1. Oh. That is so sad. And so brave of Ellie. Hopefully the trauma won't last very long.

  2. Oh that is so sad. Ellie did great rescuing her brother.