Originally Posted by bauchtanz
I guess I am in the minority here that I think your comments did come off as rude. I would have said something like: Now kids, we don't pet unfamiliar dogs, do we? (which should be a standard rule, not "not petting THAT" dog, which I think is what she took it as)
Any dog can attack at any time and a parent that belives one breed is more dangerous than another is in for a shock when thier beloved golden retreiver bites someone (my husband was attacked by one of those "gentle, never does any harm" golden retrivers). A friend of mine's daughter has been bit TWICE by "family" dogs.
Well, it is done now, over with, so what are you going to do about it now? Those pesky bus stops are just as political as the PTA. I would nix the small talk and just chalk it up to the two of you don't get along, and move on with life.
That's just my 2cents.
I totally agree with this!
We owned a "pit bull" once (she died as a puppy though). She was about 8 weeks old and we had her in PetSmart and a child was playing with her (keep in mind she was still TINY). The mom was smiling, the kid and our puppy were obviously having a good time and she asked us what kind of dog she was. We told her it was an American Staffordshire Terrier, she asked "A what?" So we replied " a pit bull" . The lady jerked her kid away so fast, and told her other one to "stay away from that dog". "bully' breeds have such a bad rep. As so many people have said, ANY dog can hurt a child. Our puppy couldn't have hurt a fly. It barely had any teeth!
I know pit bulls as my family raised the AKC registered version (champions at that) for years. We will probably never own another though because of the sterotypes surrounding them. DMX and other rappers and common trailer trash have really ruined the breed. We took pride in educating people on the misconceptions surrounding the breed. With all the backyard breeders and the skanks making a quick buck at the dogs' expense, it seems like trying to preserve the breed is a fruitless effort now.
Our dog now is a mastiff mix, she looks very much like a fila brasiliero. Every time we take her out though, some ignorant redneck says "Man that's a great looking pit" There have been times where other dogs have snapped at her, or jumped on her, and she is always labeled the instigator. Even though she is usually very playful (except when she's being snapped at or attacked!) we just try to keep her away from other dogs now. We took her to an ice cream stand one day while I was pregnant. As we were walking to our seats, a family's labrador jumped OUT of THEIR CAR, (where it was sitting with their young children children) and attacked me and our dog. All I could do was tug Macy by her leash and wait for someone to try and pull their "sweet family dog" off of her. I highly doubt anyone would have believed our "pit" (who's not a pit at all) was the innocent one. Luckily there were plenty of witnesses and Macy was leashed, otherwise she could have been banned from there.
Sorry for getting sidetracked! I do think you were right in wanting to keep your children safe. The woman sounds like an idiot anyway so I'd just avoid them.