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What's Your Take: Jon Gosselin's Dog Treatment Comment?

What's Your Take: Jon Gosselin's Dog Treatment Comment?

It's not uncommon to have some exasperation and exaggeration when describing a pet but, if talking to strangers, you have to assume every word will be taken literally. Jon Gosselin described his family's interaction with their two dogs to People:

Those kids beat them up, climb on them, pull their tails, bite at them, drag them around and everything you can imagine not to do to an animal, they've done.

There was then so much outcry — dozens of complaints to the local Humane Society of Berks County, Pa — that he issued a second statement:

Whenever my kids are with Shoka and Nala, everyone is carefully supervised to ensure that no one – dog or child – is injured. Shoka and Nala are loyal companions who we consider members of our family.

On the one hand, this could just be an exaggerated example of how tolerant the pups were and, on the other, he could be backtracking to change his tune. The Humane Society weighed in that they have no credible evidence of abuse so what do you think?

Photos courtesy of TLC

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corcar86 corcar86 8 years
I think that this got blown way out of proportion. Everyone I know with children and dogs can chime in that they have had a simmilar experience, my nieces and nephews used to tug on our dogs and all that all of the time and neither child nor pup were ever harmed by the interaction...we have to remember that natural doggy play is definitely rougher then what these dogs endure from the kids...and while I agree that perhaps these dogs aren't the primary focus of the household they have the run of a hug home and yard and plenty of playmates!
Niami Niami 8 years
Anyone that has kids AND animals knows that kids poke, pull, bite, sit on, drag around, etc. the animal no matter how well you watch them. Fortunately my cat learned to chase my son and with a few well placed swats taught him to respect her very early in life.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
I agree with KBee, I think people are overreacting. Kids play with dogs all the time. As long as they are supervised (and how can they not be with nannies and cameras with them most of the time) then both species should be fine. Come to think of it, I hope they have a dog trainer on staff as well :)
Rally-RE Rally-RE 8 years
my eyes were big when they announced on the show that they were getting two puppies ... german shepherd of all dogs (just because they already have 8 kids and wanted to add two very big dogs). i'm glad they got two pups, though, because they have each other for company. the kids seem to be kids around the pups (based on what the cameras show) - and while kids can be rough, the pups can more than hold their own. they are not toy size ... they are large pups. i think people should relax and not assume that the kids are abusing the pups. geez. everyone wants to have a cause these days. the pups seem happy enough on the show - lots of love for the kids and each other to play with ... AND acres of land to run and run. those are not abused pups.
mudnessa mudnessa 8 years
I think he probably over exaggerated how the kids play with the pups. That's how kids play with animals sometimes, it looks all rough and tumble but a lot of times the kids aren't being actually being rough they are just rubbing every which way and not in an organized fashion like adults do. That being said though the children should be taught proper ways to play with their pets and Jon shouldn't have said what he did say. He really needs to shut up or learn that everything he says will be scrutinized in every possible way and not just blurt things out.
weffie weffie 8 years
Also, he's an idiot for saying something like that if it's not true... and if it is true, he's an even bigger idiot for bringing two poor puppies into that madhouse.
weffie weffie 8 years
I don't watch the show so I'm not sure how the dogs are treated, but I do know that large groups of kids frequently get overexcited and harm animals accidentally by playing too roughly... Especially if they are accustomed to being around high-strung, bitchy people that inspire them to act out aggressively.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I'm not surprised by the first statement (and I think it is true). Little kids are going to be little kids. They are going to tug and pull and play with the puppies not realizing they can hurt them. It seems like the dogs are actually very tolerant... which is a good thing because one of the kids could get hurt. Think about that for a minute, though. If one of the dogs were to seriously hurt one of the kids, no one would bat an eye if the Gosselins got rid of the dog. For some reason, that's just how it works. Yes, I think they should have waited a little while longer to get the dogs. I also think all the kids should be taught how to treat animals. As far as the treatment of the dogs, that rests on Jon and Kate's shoulders. Not the kids.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
i have never watched the show...but I can just imagine that his first statement was in fact true.. Not the second one. I feel bad for the dogs.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Holy cheesecake! Sorry for all the typos! When I'm mad about something I tend to type faster than my fingers move,lol.
mannylove mannylove 8 years
I'll never understand why that family got 2 puppies? B/c they were free? that's not a good enough reason, I've watched the show and feel bad for those dogs every time I see them...
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I feel bad for those pups. You have 8 kids and two puppies! How thr heck do you think you can keep an eye on everyone at all times. Many times young children don't know how to properly interact with animals and when the animal finally has enough...guess who gets in trouble?! Arg...thye should have waited until the smaller kids are older beofre getting dogs. Those poor little pups.
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