November 16, 2012
Joan Orr and her partner developed and continue to grow this outstanding program. We will never know how may children over the years have avoided dog attacks due to lessons so easily taught and learned from their work. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I evaluated dog bitten children over my three decades in practice. Some unfortunate dog bite victims are affected for a long time. Some younger victims suffer secretly and silently from PTSD. Prevention, always worth more than a pound of cure, characterizes Doggone Safe's goal. In the past year they created a board game, Doggone Crazy, that presents a fun way for children, by competitive repetition, to learn dog safety. They continue to promote and distribute classroom presentations, my wife and I did them, that engage children by teaching them to "Be a Tree". The treatment of children following a dog attack is often inadequate from emergency departments to physician's offices. That is another reason that Doggone Safe's lessons on prevention will remain important for years to come.
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