Father of baby snatched by dog pens a book
The Kentucky father whose 3-day-old son was snatched from a crib by the family’s wolf-hybrid dog last summer has written a book about the ordeal.
A spokesman for AuthorHouse, a Bloomington, Ind., company that specializes in self-publishing, confirmed to the Lexington Herald that the book will be published in late May.
Its mouthful of a title? “Could It Happen to You?: Baby A.J.’s Story of Being Taken From His Crib by the Family Dog Dakota.”
“I think it’s going to answer a lot of questions about who we are,” said Michael Smith, who along with his wife, Chrissie, became the subject of nationwide TV coverage and news articles after their family dog snatched Alexander James “A.J.” Smith from his crib July 20.
Dakota, the female wolf hybrid that had a habit of taking objects from the house, carried the baby outside in her mouth, eventually setting him down in the woods behind the Smiths’ house north of Nicholasville.
A.J. was treated for a cracked skull, cracked ribs, a collapsed lung and a partially collapsed lung and returned home after several days.
Except for a small scar, he has recovered fully, the family says. “He’s a healthy little boy. He’s doing great.” Chrissie Smith said.
Michael Smith said the book will be a behind-the-scenes narrative of the ordeal that included his interviews with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and Deborah Norville on “Inside Edition.”
The book, he said, will clear up any notion that he’s an unfit parent.
The Smiths were investigated for child neglect, but a Jessamine County grand jury found no criminal intent.
The family attempted to get Dakota back, but eventually consented to letting the dog live with another family.
The Smiths still have two dogs, one of them a wolf-hybrid.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 9th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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