|Barked: Fri Jan 11, '13 7:28am PST |
|I remember a time when my great grandparents owned this BEAUTIFUL, absolute sweetheart of an Irish Setter named Rusty, and they used to let us babies/toddlers crawl all over her. I can still remember using her as a pillow while sucking on a bottle as a toddler. And while I PRAISE that wonderful dog for her tolerance, I can't help but be astonished by my great grandparents for allowing it. Not to mention that they once had a Golden Retriever named Buddy, and he was GREAT with kids. I was playing ball with him once and he got overly excited, tried to grab the ball out of my hand, and accidentally sunk a tooth into the palm of my hand. NOT his fault by any means, nor mine. It was just an accident. But my grandma sent him away immediately.
My little cousin is eight years old, and I can't trust him with animals as far as I can throw him. His mother raised him into a MEAN little boy, who not only abuses his mother, but would with animals too. I've seen him try to LAY his weight across my mothers Rottweiler and given him trouble. I've seen him shove my dog with his foot, and given him trouble for that. And I'm NOT nice about it either. He REALLY watches his behavior around me because he knows that unlike my aunt, I'll follow through with discipline.
Charlie is INCREDIBLY tolerant and patient with children and even likes to play with them at times, depending on the child. There was one time at a friends house where he was playing fetch with a stuffed animal, with her five year old. And her five year old is very, very smart and very well behaved. Treats dogs REALLY well too. But I noticed he was starting to get to be too much for Charlie and Charlie began looking away, yawning, licking his lips and came and sat with me, and that's when I told the little boy, "See the way he's yawning, looking away from you and licking his lips? That's cause he's done playing and he's getting a little upset because he can't tell you he doesn't want to anymore. If you give him a break for a little while, I'm sure he'd be happy to play with you again later." and he complied, sat with me, gave Charlie a gentle pet and got to harassing me and his mom instead.
It PAYS to know a dogs body language..
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