YouTube star Nikki Phillippi is facing a furious backlash for euthanizing her dog Bowser for having 'an aggressive side' after he bit her one-year-old son Logan.
The influencer, 33, took to Instagram on Monday to share photos of Bowser with her family over the years — including a new picture of him with Logan — to announce that she and her husband Dan Phillippi had put him down.
'...I'm so grateful for our time with you. You were a mini horse, a shark, a bear, a mouse, a dinosaur and Dans best friend all in one,' she began her post. 'You made me laugh... you made me cry... you destroyed our property... and you also kept it safe. lol You kept ME feeling safe...
'Bowser was the ultimate cuddle bug, but you wouldn't necessarily know that if you just dropped by our house... he just acted crazy. Well,' she continued. 'Bowser had an aggressive side that reared its ugly head a few times over the years. After a lot of counsel, we decided it was time for Bowser to pass peacefully on.'
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Shocking: YouTuber Nikki Phillippi 33, announced on Instagram Monday that she and her husband Dan Phillippi had put down their dog Bowser, saying he had 'an aggressive side'
Photo shoot: She shared photos of Bowser with her family over the years, including new pictures of herself hugging him goodbye and posing with him and her son
Say what? 'Bowser had an aggressive side that reared its ugly head a few times over the years. After a lot of counsel, we decided it was time for Bowser to pass peacefully on,' she wrote
Nikki, who has 1.29 million YouTube subscribers and 439,000 Instagram followers, acknowledged that the news would be upsetting to many of her fans.
Too little, too late? Nikki paid tribute to Bowser at the start of the post
'I know a lot of you will be shocked to hear this... my brain is still shocked. McTrowsen [Bowser] has been part of our life and content HIS entire life...and for the last 9 years of our marriage,' she wrote.
'We didn't want to make this decision...as I'm sure you can imagine. I'm not kidding when I say this was one of the saddest days of my life.
'That being said, I'm so grateful we got to hold him and kiss him in our home while he passed.'
Nikki promised to share a video update on her YouTube channel and concluded her post with a message to her late dog, writing: 'We will miss you forever Bowser.'
'Woah... what about adoption?' one person asked. 'At the LEAST. Not a judgmental person here but wow, this saddens my heart and truly rubs me the wrong way.'
Huh? Many people also took issue with the fact that she had a photo shoot with Bowser before putting the dog down, including a picture of him close to Logan, whom he had bit
Heartbroken: Nikki said the day they euthanized Bowser was one of the 'saddest' days of her life, adding: 'I'm so grateful we got to hold him and kiss him in our home while he passed'
Teddy bear? A number of the photos she shared show Bowser cuddled up with her husband
Fellow influencer Aja Dang slammed Nikki, writing: 'Hold on — you kill your dog but play it off like you did him a favor?!?!?! There were at least a dozen other steps you could've taken when you first saw aggression issues but you. jump to killing your dog bc YOU let it get to the point where your dog bit your kid?'
'Your dog didn't fail you, you failed your dog,' another Instagram user hit back. 'To end your dog's life in this manner is deeply disturbing.'
Many people also took issue with the fact that she had a photo shoot with Bowser before putting the dog down, including a picture of him close to Logan, whom he had bit.
'A "pre killing my dog" photo shoot. cute,' one person commented, while someone else asked: 'A photo shoot while you were killing your dog???!! How is any of this okay??'
Tribute: Nikki became emotional and started to cry as she recounted 'the way he smelled' and 'the thick fur on the back of his neck' at the end of the video
Reason: Nikki and Dan said Bowser had 'seriously injured a couple different dogs' in the past and most recently bit their dog Logan in the face when the toddler grabbed his food
The couple explained that Bowser was attacked as a puppy, which contributed to his aggressive nature, and he had 'seriously injured a couple different dogs' in the past, including their other dog Zoe.
The mom noted that they had considered euthanizing Bowser five years ago after a moment of 'aggression.'
In the most recent incident, she said Bowser bit Logan in the face after the toddler took food from him. They said that while the bite 'wasn't bad,' their son still has a 'little mark.'
She claimed they had consulted with a humane society about rehoming Bowser but was told that wasn't an option for the dog, who had been with them for nearly a decade.
Looking back: Bowser had been with the couple for nine years before he was euthanized
What she said: Nikki claimed they had consulted with a humane society about rehoming Bowser but was told that wasn't an option for the dog
Other pet: The couple also have a dog, Zoe, whom they claim Bowser was aggressive with
'In some ways it's been anticipated for a really long time, and in others, it was completely shocking,' she said. 'Never crossed my mind — "Oh, now we're gonna have to put Bowser down" — I just thought, "Oh, he's just gotta be in the right home." But after getting counsel from multiple professionals who are with dogs all the time, all of them said that, they all said the same thing.'
Nikki concluded the video by reading 'a list of things that I'll never forget about Bowser' while showing a montage of photos of the dog.
She became emotional and started to cry as she recounted 'the way he smelled' and 'the thick fur on the back of his neck.'
'On today’s episode of influencers are the real pandemic... @NikkiPhillippi puts down her dog for biting her kid but not before she has a photoshoot with the dog inches away from the kid the dog allegedly bit and needs to be put down for. F**k you,' one person tweeted.
Not going away: Critics have been taking to Twitter to denounce the couple, who both made their Instagram pages private on Thursday
'I’m not going to watch the Nikki Phillippi video — but can someone tell me if they showed “proof” that the dog was euthanized?' actress Meghan Rienks asked. 'I’m having a hard time believing a vet would do that; and a way easier time believing they murdered him at home.'
YouTuber Lauren Riihimaki urged people to hold Nikki accountable, writing: 'For 3 days, this story of @NikkiPhillippi unnecessarily euthanizing her bull terrier has truly shaken me to the core and makes me SICK. Please hold them accountable for this cruel decision and know that there are OTHER OPTIONS.'
Other Twitter users shared photos of Dan's Instagram bio, claiming he had written 'Dog Murderer (allegedly)' before removing it.
'Not @NikkiPhillippi husband putting “dog murderer(allegedly)” in his bio as if it’s some funny joke,' one critic tweeted. 'YOU DID KILL YOUR DOG! YOU HAD other options but you chose to murder your dog instead of taking the tile to find someone to help train the dog! Y’all are gross af...'
Both Nikki and Dan made their Instagram pages private on Thursday in the wake of the ongoing criticism.