Concerns about keeping Jackson Roloff safe around their family dog has led to lots of drama on social media. Tori Roloff addressed fans after she posted an adorable video of the toddler and his dog playing together.
Two-year-old Jackson and his pup Murphy have been besties since they first met, but it seems as if fans are worried about the potential dangers associated with the boy’s interaction with the dog.
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The day we brought Murphy home…we can’t wait to share it with you. These two have been buds since they first met. The only difference now is they are bigger and have more hair and love each other even more. We love our durph murph and are so thankful he joined our family! Watch us bring him home tonight at 9pm on @tlc ! #adventuresoftoebeansanddurph #lpbw #murphthedurph #babyjroloff
On Thursday, the “Little People, Big World” star took to Instagram Stories to reassure her followers that Jackson is safe around Murphy. The family welcomed the animal last year after they lost their previous dog, Sully.
The 28-year-old mom began a series of posts by saying:
I have gotten a lot of feedback on how we let Jackson play with Murphy and I feel like I just need to clear something up.
The “LWBP’ star continued:
Please know that I am VERY aware of safety when it comes to animals. Murphy LOVES Jackson and often times engages him in play. He is also very protective of J and I know in my bone of bones he would do nothing to hurt J on purpose. (The occasional knockdown happens but that’s life with a 120-pound uncoordinated teenager.
Contrary to popular belief, Tori said the pair are natural companions, and the family uses safety measures with the family animal. She explained:
We also do not let Jackson hurt Murphy. Murph loves to squish his face into us and that’s how he and J show affection.
Jackson’s mom added:
I understand that many have scary stories of dogs hurting their kids and trust me we take that seriously. But also not all dogs are alike. You have to know your dog and what your dog’s limits are. Murphy doesn’t have many limits haha. He has no bubble [per se] and loves the attention. Just because you get a Berner or dog with mellow attitude doesn’t mean they will be as tolerant as Murphy. Again you have to know your dog. And we know Murphy would never hurt Jackson. So that being said let them be best buds. Kthanksbye.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), sometimes nonchalance toward the animal that’s part of the family could be putting kids at risk.
To prevent a dog bite injury or tragedy, the organization recommends teaching kids boundaries with their pets.
Tori ended her statement by saying, her biggest concern isn’t Jackson and Murphy’s relationship; it’s teaching him not all dogs are like his dog.