I might not have been here long enough to really warrant venting just yet.. But since getting Chloe this has reallly annoyed me (the pit bull and no training, no licence post really brought this to my attention)..
As soon as I step out with her, no matter where I go we are surrounded by children, (fair game we live in an area where there are a lot of parks, and families one of the reasons we chose here).. What I am struggling with most of all is NOT chloe (who has been an absolute angel) but parents!! In particular those who let their SMALL children run upto chloe in full force to pat her without asking..
Now I am a mum of a 6 yr old, and from a VERY young age I have ALWAYS taught Miss T to never run up to a dog, to never approach a dog for a pat, heck to never run towards or behind a dog because YOU JUST DON'T KNOW.. Miss T knows full well that if she wishes to pat a dog, she addresses the owner asks politely and then awaits for the "ok" to pat said dog... To me this was common freeking parenting..
Well over the last 10 or so days, i have learnt that apparently i am in the minority of the group who teach their kids this... I have gone walking down the street for a 12 yr old (guessing the age) come up behind Miss T, myself and Chloe and pat her on the behind.. The kid scared the crap out of me let alone Chloe and when I asked him WTF he was doing he just shrugged looked at me like I was asking to much and went on his way....
Yesterday was the pinnacle though (and I hope it never happens again)... We went and watched my other half play outdoor cricket, we took chloe with us and kept a fair distance away from the 'crowd' so people wouldn't be drawn to pat her etc (which she handles quite well so far, but like anyone needs her space).. I had a no more then 3 yr old beeline for her.. I could see what was happening so I casually got up and walked away he lost interest and we sat back down... The mother was NO where to be seen... He came back again when i was on the phone (i didnt see him creep up to us) and he put his face right in front of Chloes and grabbed her nose... I pulled chloe back straight away and told the kid to go away... Again mother no where to be seen.. The kid went back crying and the mother THEN came over asking what had happened (quite rudely) when i explained what had happened, she told me that MY dog better not bite her son... WTF???
I was very proud of my girl, if i was a dog i would of bitten him and the mum to be honest.. But how does this woman justify her actions? Her neglectful parenting could of resulted in a dog bite, it also could of resulted in a kidnapping, or the kid falling down the flight of stairs he had to climb to get away from her.. But somehow, this was all MY fault??
(for what it's worth I told her in NO uncertain terms, that she was a horrible/neglectful parent, indicated that I also had a child and told her to watch her bloody kids instead of drinking beer)...
It made me soo soo mad!!