Anda Posted February 4, 2007 Report Share Posted February 4, 2007 So we had an unbelievable weather today, 53 F and sunshine. For the first time in a month and a half we took Ouzo to a small dog park. Note: this park is exclusivly for dogs, it's not a promenade place, no trails, nothing, just some dry land for the dogs to run on. Fun, fun, fun, running like crazy, tumbling on the snow, a blast. Until I noticed a kid, about 6-7 years old, who was stealing Ouzo's tennis balls I thought he just wanted to throw it for him. That's what Ouzo thought as well, following the kid and ready to run for the ball. He threw it to some random dogs, but Ouzo retrieved it. No big deal. Then the kid comes again and takes the ball from in front of my dog, then heads to his dad. It was a family of 3, dad +2 childern, without any dogs, I guess they were just watching the dogs, maybe deciding on the type of dog to get for the kids. I went towards the kid and asked him politely if he would mind giving my dog his ball back. To which he replies: "WHY?!". I almost said "Because I said so!!!" :mad: but no, I kept my calm and said "Because it is HIS ball". He ignored me and threw the ball to his dad, who was totaly oblivious to the entire scene. Meanwhile, Ouzo was desperatly eyeing the ball, hoping that at one point he will be given the ball back. I enticed him away from these people, finding another ball to play with. No big deal. I then see the moron kid run and try to catch the ball before Ouzo gets it, almost pushing him away and getting in the middle of a few more dogs who were chasing the same ball. That's when I approached the father and said "'Scuse me, but I think it would be a good idea for you to teach your son not to steal any toys or balls from strange dogs. My dog is friendly, but some of the other dogs might not be so friendly, and your son might get hurt". To my surprise, the father actualy listen and it seemed it never occured to him that a dog might bite his son over a toy. I was thinking after this. This is the type of kid that WILL eventualy get bitten, then the family will put the dog to sleep because IT BIT A CHILD. A child who gets into dog's personal space and grabs anything he can get his hands on, without thinking first. At another dog park I saw in fall some kids carrying big sticks and waving them at dogs, under the non-reacting eyes of their parents. Talk about provoking the dogs.... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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