The title explains itself. I’m mad. I’m not including a picture of this woman. Honestly, her face and existence makes me angry, for a lot of reasons beyond this story.
Nikki Phillippi, YouTube influencer, has come under fire (rightfully so) for putting her HEALTHY dog down and then using the dog’s death for click-bait to promote her YouTube channel, where she monetized the story “explaining” why her dog needed to die.
In her Instagram post, promoting the upcoming YouTube video, Nikki showcases a myriad of photographs taken with the family and their dog THE DAY THEY KILLED IT. They literally went out into their backyard and had a family photoshoot with their dog, right before putting it down. In the caption she explained that she was saddened she was forced to make this decision, but it was the right decision to make and her YouTube video would “explain everything”.
In the video, Nikki and her husband explain that their dog (a bull terrier) was attacked as a small puppy and had lived with trauma that made it skittish and defensive ever since. Nikki said that she felt the dog was aggressive because of unresolved trauma.
If your dog is attacked, you need to get it proper training and give it proper love to help it work through its trauma.
In the video, Nikki and her husband explain that the dog was amazing, and their “cloud angel”, and that he was so good to their family and that he was their child prior to having children. She then immediately contradicts all of those statements by saying that this dog attacked another dog five years ago and they should’ve put him down then, but they weren’t going to provide any details because they didn’t want to dishonour their dog.
Nikki, who’s been on record in previous videos saying that her and her husband didn’t have enough time for the dog and felt like they neglected that, at one point proclaiming she hadn’t walked their dog in months, exclaimed that their dog wasn’t aggressive unless their son was bothering it. Her husband tells a story in the video about how their son pulled at their dog’s ear so badly that he got ‘cauliflower ear’ that took more than a month to properly heal. She goes on to tell more stories about how her son would go over and yank on it’s neck and steal its food out of its dish, scream at it and pull on its tail to wake him up.
As parents, normally people teach their children to be gentle with animals. These people, just seemed to brush off their son’s behaviour as ‘kids being kids’ not understanding that they need to teach their child how to act around, and with, animals.
So we have a bull terrier who doesn’t get walked, isn’t let outside, whom they let their toddler scream at, yank on it’s fur and tail, steal is food and wake it up.
Yeah, maybe the dog’s mad.
Maybe the dog’s annoyed that it cannot vocalize the child consistently pissing it off. Maybe the dog cannot vocalize that it’s tired of being a prisoner kept in your own home.
In the video, they explain how they wouldn’t let their dog outside unless it was in a car.
So they wouldn’t take it for walks, they would just put it in the car and drive around with him.
Dogs need exercise.
Dogs need love.
Dogs need affection. They need attention. They need to be made to feel as though they’re a part of the family too. Dogs do not need to be tormented by a small child that no one has ever taught to act with animals.
I’m not blaming this child. This child is a toddler and if it’s parents have neglected teaching it how to act around a dog, it’s not the child’s fault. It’s Nikki’s fault, and her husband’s fault.
Nikki talks about how great their dog was with their son. How amazing their dog was and how their dog always protected their family. In the same sentence she says ‘But he was aggressive, he bit our son. It wasn’t a bad mark, but it was a small mark.’
When they talk about the “small mark” (direct quote, not paraphrasing) the dog left on their son, her husband proclaims that right then and there, he wanted to take the dog out back and put it down right then and there, but he restrained himself.
So basically, he was a great dog, but he was violent because he left a small mark on their child after their child attacked him. He was aggressive in his past and they considered putting him down before, but now was the right time to end this dog’s life.
OHHH and she said the Humane Society told her that she couldn’t rehome her dog because she’d be liable if the dog attacked someone whilst living in a new home. She said the Humane Society told her it sounds like they were just waiting for ‘a big attack’.
So they paid someone to come to their house and put their dog down after having a family photoshoot with it in the back yard. She promoted her upcoming YouTube video on her Instagram account proclaiming that she’d “explain everything”. She then monetized a YouTube video where she and her husband talk in circles for 24 minutes about how aggressive, but not aggressive, their dog was. She then used the end of her video to promote the “Upcoming changes in her life” and that she “hopes people will follow along with the next stage of their family’s journey”.
She NEVER mentions getting the dog training.
She openly admits to not walking the dog anymore.
She openly admits to neglecting the dog.
She didn’t teach/hasn’t taught her child how to be gentle with animals.
She didn’t rehome her animal because of some “person” at a Human Society who told her an animal cannot be rehomed and retrained to be less aggressive.
But it was the right decision to put the dog to death. Because he was aggressive, though he wasn’t aggressive. Oh, and he comes from a dangerous breed.
She murdered her dog. She’s now trying to justify murdering her healthy dog. She monetized the entire story because she knew it would boost her channel clicks, make her a big pay day and help promote her platforms.