|Pjr - Super Cute- Doggie!|
I'M SO CUTE!!
|Barked: Sun Apr 9, '06 12:31am PST |
|I'm glad that Tux is okay!
Unfortunately, that is *common* with many young kids 1->3 year olds that do not have much or any experience with a dog (or cat). They see this CUTE LOVABLE thing that is like their stuff toys. Very young kids are just learning about *others* and how to control their own body. So, in some sense, IMHO, it's hard to "blame" the *kid*.
The parent likely also isn't aware of how some/many kids treat dogs cats when the lids are learning. So, it's "hard" to blame the parent for *not caring*. Many times, it's because the parent does not know.
So, the doggies mom/dad HAS to be careful when their fur-kid is is near *any* young kid that is a "stranger". Is that kid "afraid of dogs"? Does that kid have *any* experience with dogs? And, so on.
Pjr is a SUPER FRIENDLY Springer (aren't they all? . Plus, Pjr has those "I'm so lovable and FRIENDLY" Springer eyes. So, over the years, a TON of young kids have been attracted to Pjr. I think that Pjr attracts young kids more than an Ice Cream truck or a Chucky Cheese Pizza place.
Like you, the first time, I was like what??? Then, after talking with the kid and parent I learned that Pjr was the first doggie that this 2 year old was attracted to and wanted to play with. It was also the parent's first kid.
After that, I was always SUPER careful with Pjr near kids. It was NOT because of Pjr. Pjr is a *true* field-bred Springer. She would *never ever bite* - NEVER! But, it's the young kids I worry about. When I see a young kid come near Pjr (Pjr loves EVERYONE!), I get close to the kid and make SURE the kids "plays" nice. Of course, over the past 15 years, Pjr has taken a NUMBER of hits, slaps, pokes, from young kids. As Pjr got older, I became more protective of Pjr. If the kid is young, I'll hold the kids hand while they pet Pjr. An Older dog can't handle a young kid pushing, holding, grabbing, being sat-on as well as a younger dog.
I think that both Pjr and I are proud of the young kids that we've helped over the years to learn about how to properly treat a doggie.
So, to sum up, it's likely that no-one was "fully" to blame. You likely had a very young with limited/no experience with dogs, a parent with no experience, and you without the experience. Yes, there are a VERY FEW *mean* kids. And, you must protect your fur-kid from them. But, over the years, I've seen the vast majority be because of inexperienced kids. If the young kid REALLY wanted to hurt the dog, they would _kick_ it or _punch_ it (with a *closed* fist). If you don't see those behaviors in a young kid, then there's a good chance that they are likely inexperienced with dealing with dogs.
Pjr and I have seen 8->11 year olds that didn't know how to properly pet or handle dogs. Their parents may not like or trust dogs. When they visit some of Pjr's younger human friends and then Pjr stops by, I can see the "confusion", *EXCITEMENT*, and sometimes fear when they first get to "really" pet a dog. That *excitement* can cause the kids to be too rough.
Hope the above helps. Sorry that Tux had to go through that. But, IMHO, anytime a cute dog is near young inexperienced kids, that can happen. I'm sure that Tux looked cute, friendly, and lovable when the kid saw Tux.
Edited by author Wed Apr 12, '06 11:49am PST
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