|Barked: Sun Nov 14, '10 10:10am PST |
|If people approach us in public, I usually pick my dogs up myself. One, to keep them from jumping up on anyone and two, to keep them from getting accidentally stepped on. But this gives me another reason to hold them...especially around children.
Some people don't take the time to teach their children how to approach someone else's dog. I've had kids try to pick up my dog, try to take the leash out of MY hand (grr) or try to pull the dog out of my arms so they could hold them - none of which I've allowed to happen. Most of my dogs don't care for children, so this is a pretty big problem since I'd most certainly get blamed if anything were to happen.
I had one lady get a bit huffy and say "she just want's to hold your dog" to which I replied "if some stranger's child came up to you and grabbed YOUR baby from YOUR arms, would you let them? I think not!" She just sputtered at that. I told her she needs to teach her child about appropriate dog handling and walked away.
I did, however, have one sweet little girl (maybe 6 yrs old) come up and ask if she could pet Peaches. When I had to say no, because Peach is a bit mean, she was very sweet and just said "aw, that's sad because she's very pretty." then she thanked me and she and her dad walked away. I was stunned!
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