A pair of YouTubers have been slammed after revealing they had their family dog put down because he bit their child.
Nikki Phillippi and her husband Dan, who made headlines for cancelling an adoption back in 2018, confirmed the news on May 4 in an Instagram post.
They wrote: “Bowser had an aggressive side that reared its ugly head a few times over the years… and recently he bit Logan….after a lot of counsel, we decided it was time for Bowser to pass peacefully on.
“I know a lot of you will be shocked to hear this… my brain is still shocked. McTrowsen has been part of our life and content HIS entire life…and for the last 9 years of our marriage…”
She continued: “We didn’t want to make this decision…as I’m sure you can imagine. I’m not kidding when I say this was one of the saddest days of my life. That being said, I’m so grateful we got to hold him and kiss him in our home while he passed…I will be uploading a video tonight with more of the story if you want to know….We will miss you forever Bowser.”
However, not everybody was sympathetic towards the YouTube stars and insisted they should have rehomed him.
One person remarked: “He didn’t ‘pass,’ he was murdered.”
Another added: “Some dogs can’t live with kids but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be allowed to live.”
“This is one of the most selfish irresponsible posts I’ve seen,” a third wrote. “Even if you made that horrific decision, please do not post about it to hundreds of thousands of followers because you are normalizing the idea that putting a dog down because of aggression issues that YOU did not address is a feasible option.”
Addressing the backlash in a video, Nikki explained this ‘wasn’t an option as he had been with us from birth’ and he could ‘attack someone’ else.
“We woke up, had a really great day with him,” she recalled. “He was fed really good food, taken on a really beautiful outdoor drive, the weather was perfect… we played with Bowser in the back and soaked up the sun. We did it at our house so we paid for the anesthesiologist to come over.
“In some ways, it’s been anticipated for a really long time, and in others, it was completely shocking.
“Never crossed my mind — ‘Oh, now we’re gonna have to put Bowser down’ — I just thought, ‘Oh, he’s just gotta be in the right home’. But after getting counsel from multiple professionals who are with dogs all the time, all of them said that, they all said the same thing.”
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