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Dog Safety

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Yesterday was my Grand-daughter's third birthday and we gathered with family and friends to celebrate. It was a beautiful day and we spent most of it in their backyard. One of the guests had his son's dog (he was dog-sitting for the weekend) on a leash and since he lives close by, just brought the dog over for a few minutes. He is an older dog (10 years old) and seemed very well trained and behaved well. I was helping my son set up a lawn game when I heard my grand-daughter scream. I turned around to see her sitting on the ground and crying hysterically. I quickly checked her over for any scratches or a bite and then her parents took over. She had a mark on her chest, but the skin wasn't broken. I, personally, did NOT see what had happened, but another guest did and filled me in. My grand-daughter came running at the dog and was excited and loud and scared the dog. He lunged at her and knocked her over. My daughter-in-law was very quick to blame the dog, but I really have mixed emotions on this topic. I firmly believe that children should be taught early-on how to treat and to behave around animals. You NEVER rush up to any animal and speak loudly. It scares them and their first response is to protect themselves. We have 2 dogs and when Elizabeth is here, we lock the older dog up because he is very protective of us and I don't trust him around anyone. The younger dog is very friendly, but I have had to pull Elizabeth away from him to warn her that you don't get in a dog's face and you don't yell in their ears. As much as I hated to see what happened yesterday, I am hoping that it taught her a lesson. I think that as parents and grand-parents, we need to teach our children how to respect animals and treat them in a way that they don't feel threatened.
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  • FLAME42
    What a scary situation. Knowing you as I do, you are able to see all sides of the situation. Have to agree it wasn't the wisest decision for the dog to be brought along to the party for a child. It was warm yesterday and that adds to animals not feeling the best. However, I do see what you mean about children needing to be taught ways of interacting with animals. Hard lessons to learn but necessary.
    Just so happy E was not hurt!!
    2851 days ago
    I have mixed feelings....I don't understand the idea of bringing a pet to someone else's party.
    There were children around (bound to be running, laughing, making noise).
    It's not their pet... they didn't know how it would react.
    They definitely should have asked first.
    They don't know how it's going to react with your pets, animals are territorial....and your's isn't feeling well.
    If you bring a dog to someone else's house, you are responsible for watching out for the dog, especially when there are children around.
    If Elizabeth had been seriously hurt who would be responsible?

    You have the patience of a saint and a heart of gold.
    2852 days ago
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