Cecilia Marie 1/10/10
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Oh, I didn't mean that the girl kicked the dog! I meant that the woman walking the dog pulled the dog back. Maybe I've been bitten too many times by supposedly "friendly" dogs or just had too many run-ins with dogs who were "on a leash" but definitely not under their owner's control because the leash was 20 feet long because I thought it was great. I absolutely teach my kids to respect animals (we're vegetarian, after all) but I've also taught them that if they feel threatened by a dog, to kick first, ask questions later.
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I think its bothersome to me that this guy thinks its okay for his daughter to kick any dog that comes near her...if he was really being serious. I think thats a totally inappropriate way to handle a fear of dogs.
Last edited by KimPossible; 05-17-2013 at 09:09 AM.
F'ing double posts
Last edited by KimPossible; 05-17-2013 at 08:52 AM.
If an aggressive dog is running toward me or my child, you're damn right I'm gonna kick it. But, that has never happened, so it's not like I go around kicking animals.
How would you fend off a dog who is out to jump on you or bite you? Or is growling or barking at you?
I wouldn't kick a dog who is just sniffing around, but I would be shooing it away.
Thats totally wrong.
What Kim said. I wouldn't tell me kids to sit there and be bit and mauled without fighting back but I wouldn't suggest being aggressive from the start.
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
We have huge signs upon entering our soccer complex: "No pets allowed", and still almost EVERY day I have to deal with people that don't believe it applies to them. I've even had one last week proclaim "MY dog is not a *pet* -- he's family!" Yeah -- well your "family member" just dumped on the field! It just does not enter their mind why it is an issue for kids to be running, playing, and sliding in it.
My *pet* peeve is more often when we are simply trying to take a walk in our neighborhood! On trails, most owners are responsible and leash their pets. Despite laws that pets should be inside, leashed, or otherwise restrained (backyard fence they can't jump), we cannot take a walk without having dogs rush out barking and going around us. I can't take our small kids as every few minutes they feel terrorized by another dog running towards them. EVEN IF they were friendly, it can be intimidating. Fortunately, more neighbors are joining in to try and get others to act responsibly. We'll see.
I meant to add -- in an attempt to avoid startling a dog (even a seemingly friendly one), I've taught the kids to stand still... and then move slowly away. If a dog actually attacked -- yes my kids would kick but if knocked down they know to try and curl up tightly and protect their face/head. I HATE that I felt the need to teach them that due to irresponsible people. (FTR, we have always had pets.)
Last edited by MissyJ; 05-17-2013 at 02:44 PM. Reason: fixing spacing
I am a little surprised by the responses thus far. While I completely agree, I am more used to the "My dog is my family and should be treated like family" crowd. I used to have a neighbor that felt it was animal cruelty to leave a dog outside. We do not have any pets so it did not apply, but I was surprised.