On This Friday’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kim Zolciak-Biermann and husband Kroy Biermann will tell their story of their son Kash’s traumatic dog bite that took place in April.
Ahead of the episode’s premiere, the reality star posted a picture of her now 5-year-old son kissing Sinn, the family dog that mauled him only seven months earlier.
“There are no words to describe the episode tomorrow night of Don't Be Tardy,” Kim captioned the Instagram post. “Kroy and I after a few tough days and many conversations decided to share our story about Kash and the dog bite. I’m sick to my stomach and my eyes are full of tears as I try to even write this…the sole purpose we did share this was to raise awareness that this can happen to ANYONE!”
At the time, Kroy had been outside using a leaf blower when Sinn, a rescued Husky- Boxer mix nipped Kash in the face just one millimeter away from his eye.
“I'll never forget Kash's plastic surgeon a few weeks after the bite/ and Kash's surgery. He looked me square in my eyes and said, ‘You guys know how blessed you are (it was less than a millimeter from his eye ball (his waterline was sliced in half) and you have the platform to raise awareness and I hope you do!’” the reality star recalled on social media. “Well, Dr. Williams, you best believe we will!!”
Immediately following the incident the dog was removed from the residence, however the couple later decided to keep the pooch.
The duo revealed in a recent interview with People said that ultimately the decision came after watching security footage of the incident and speaking with nearly a dozen behavioral specialist, child psychologist and dog-bite survivors.
Eight weeks later Sinn was welcomed back under more restrictive guidelines and Kash, after several months and several surgeries is 95 percent healed, even getting a puppy for his birthday in August.
Now knowing what to look out for, the reality stars are ready to share their experience in the hopes that they can help others
“We’ve taught our kids, no matter how nice dogs are, they are capable of anything and can not communicate to us in another way than through action—be it barking, growling, biting, scratching, or running away,” Kroy says. “A child sees flurry, fluffy, fun, slobbery … they don’t see danger. And we didn’t either, as adults who had always owned dogs but never gone through something like this. But you have to understand those triggers. Whether it’s loud noise, their tail being pulled, whatever it is, it should be on the forefront of everybody’s mind. Not as fear, but just awareness.”