Ok guys heres the story .............
Sunday afternoon I took Bailey for a walk to the deli around the corner from me.
When I got there I tied her up to a pole (with enough lead to move around) around the side of a shop where I could clearly see her through the window the entire time I was in there. The people at the deli adore her as she doesn't yip or bark while she waits for me
Anyway I finished buying the stuff I wanted, diverted my eyes from Bailey just long enough to ask for a pack of smokes and pay, turn back around and guess what I see!!!!????
There is a couple standing outside with their son (about 4 yo) and the boy is CHASING Bailey round and round the pole until she has no more lead and is stuck. All the while the parents are standing there laughing!!
Well I go running out there and Bailey see's me and starts to calm down and then the little boy tries to pat (more like a smack if you ask me) her face and she starts growling!
The stupid mother goes spastic about how dare I have a dangerous dog! Well did I give it to her! How dare she let a child chase a strange dog around and stand there laughing about it! I explained my girl is not nasty AT ALL but doesnt like being chased!
I asked her if my dog was muzzled would she have let her boy go near her and
she says no way! I said well funny that because a muzzled dog can't do very much damage! whereas a dog that isn't CAN!
I was just about in tears by the time I got home and when OH asked what was wrong I broke down!
I need some advice guys...... Do I muzzle her from now on, knowing that if she had bitten that boy she would be PTS? or do I continue to trust her knowing that when it comes down to it she would choose FLIGHT over FIGHT?
Was I being irresponsible by taking her to the shops, when I have never had a problem before?
What would you guys do????