|Barked: Tue Oct 5, '10 4:46pm PST |
|I took Scooter to the dog park today. He's been there twice before and he's fine. His recall is actually really great and he loves the other dogs so I was looking forward to today.
I was there with him and there were probably about eight or nine other dogs who were all fairly large. They were playing and getting along well. I decided that I'd run around the perimeter of the area with Scooter following me so he could run a bit. When I got to the corner, where it was pretty empty of dogs, I saw a couple and their toddler walk through the gate. I got distracted by Scooter barking at a squirrel so I didn't immediately notice that they didn't have a dog with them.
About 5 minutes later I'm sitting on a bench with Scooter next to me, and I'm seeing this guy who was there with his Aussie start talking to the father of the toddler (the one's without the dog). I couldn't hear them, but I was watching the little girl and her mom, who was apparently very busy checking her phone. The little girl who was maybe four or three started screaming at something (I have no idea what) and the other guy's Aussie ran over to the girl and I guess he ran into her because she fell over.
Now, this all happened in a matter of moments and then suddenly the mother of the toddler was freaking out, screaming and picking up her daughter. I jogged over to see if I could help or whatever, and the little girl started crying (probably because at this point her mom was flipping out too). I sat down with the mother and I saw the little girl had no marks and she wasn't bitten. I suppose she was just knocked over by the dog.
As I left, I heard the father fighting with the Aussie's owner (verbal only). I wasn't listening to their conversation because I was personally freaked out.
I don't think it is right that you can bring your toddler to the dog park if you don't have a dog. It's not safe. Why put your child or someone else's dog in that position?
I was kind of shaken and scared, things could have escalated a lot more.
Whew that was a lot of writing! Sorry guys!
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