We are currently babysitting a dog for the rspca. He is 10, a bull mastiff x staffy, and the fattest most gorgeous dog I have ever encountered. He really is beautiful, and a complete gentle giant.
I am having a baby shower for a friend on Sunday. Roxie is going to a friends for the day to play with their dog Max. Max's mum is going to be at the party, but we leave the dogs together all the time so I'm not worried.
The dog we're babysitting, however, is staying. His name is Tyson. When my pregnant friend found out we had him - i just told her, it was no secret - she freaked, saying that bull mastiffs just attack people and that he would have to be locked up. Fair enough. So I told her we will lock him in the bedroom for the few hours of the party. It makes no difference to his schedule anyway, he sleeps most of the day and loves sitting in that room looking out the window. We can't put him outside because friends of hers who smoke will be out there. I wouldn't let him into the party anyway, not because I am worried, but because he's so big and clumsy that he'd just be in the way. He loves cuddles, and pats.
My friend (shes more a family friend) rang my mum the next day and said that the dog *couldn't* be here. I'm so mad! I told her he was gentle, and wouldn't hurt anyone. I was completely honest with her about his temperament, I told her he might bark (and it's a big bark!!), but it's not constant and if someone is coming in the house then fair enough.
My mum basically told her to eff off, the dog is staying. He's a guest here too.
I'm just hurt that she doesn't trust my evaluation of him, doesn't believe what I'm saying about Tyson at all. She just thinks he's big and horrible and won't listen to reason.
My dogs are apart of this household, they aren't just pets, they're family. Tyson might only be a visitor but we love him and he will be treated like any other pet of mine (he sleeps on the bed already LOL).
I feel like I've already accommodated to her needs. None of the guests will be in any danger etc. I'm just mad that she doesn't trust me. And she's blatantly stereotyping Tyson because of his breed.
I'm curious to hear everyone else's opinions about this situation and possibly any experience with things like this??