Roddie Philip Dumas Jr.
This is my son Roddie Philip Dumas Jr. known to most as R.J. but I called him “Nookie”. RJ was the average 8 year old boy; he loved nature and the outdoors, attending church, spending time with friends and family, and playing various gaming systems. His laugh was contagious and his smile would light up room.
On April 16, 2004, my life was changed dramatically when Roddie was attacked by 4 Pit Bulls while playing outside his grandmother’s home. R.J. was 8 years old and a 3rd grader at Reedy Creek Elementary; sadly Nookie succumbed to his injuries. There are no words that can express the pain I felt and still feel today.
While coming to terms with my son’s death, I often wondered how many others were out there like me; how many others had experienced this same fate. It led me on a path of research and education that I was not quite prepared for. This journey revealed jaw-dropping statistics on dog bites, attacks, and fatalities within the United States amongst all ages from young to old. Unfortunately, youth around Roddie’s age experienced a higher percentage of dog related injuries.
What better way for me to honor Roddie’s life by being instrumental in saving others. Through a concentrated focus on preventative measures and various education initiatives, you can be the difference between life and death.
Being a responsible pet owner takes more than feeding or loving them; you MUST do your due diligence to equip yourself with the resources and tools to be the difference. Join me in minimizing dog bites and help keep Roddie’s memory alive.