I haven't read all of the replies because I'm too mad.
Firstly, I would not be feeling bad about kicking that dog! A bite on the shirt is a bite
. What would have happened if she wasn't wearing a shirt? What if that dog had bitten while your daughter was on the ground? That dog attacked your child
. I wouldn't have stopped at one kick.
I used to have a neighbor with an aggressive, roaming border collie. I spoke with the owner repeatedly, he discounted everything that I said. Finally, one day we were walking past the house, the dog ran out, the owner came out to where we were standing, the dog took this as encouragement and bit my daughter's ankle. I was yelling at my (teenaged) daughter to kick the dog, kick the dog, kick her hard she's biting you, then I walked over (carrying my 4 year old son) and kicked her myself. The owner was shocked, but he was just standing there watching his dog bite my daughter. She was wearing leather boots, the dog couldn't have injured her but I do not care
the owner went and got his dog- to protect her from me
He continued to say how harmless his dog was
So after that, I always brought my (extremely protective, 85 lb muscular and lean) dog along on our walks. The first time that dog ran out and acted aggressively, my dog (who was leashed and under my vocal control) made it clear who was in charge of the situation and the owner never let that dog out unattended again
Secondly, I don't care how sweet and polite these people are. Their loose dogs attacked your child
. I would have been on the phone with Animal Control and police immediately. I live rurally also, but I don't care about alienating someone who is endangering my children or making it dangerous for my family to take a walk down the road. I just don't care. Alienation vs real endangerment? Easy choice.
I just read the rest of the replies- COOKIES???? Are you KIDDING ME???? These people would be lucky to get a smile from me. Leaving their dogs alive is reward enough.
And they won't believe you because you're just a woman
???? What if your daughter was dead right now, or in the ER and surgery? I don't care how sexist they are
I would not be pussyfooting around because of that stupidity. This is serious. This is not like my landlord's 15 lb mutt charging my son (and said dog is going to disappear just as soon as we can catch the bastard), these dogs are big enough to do real damage very quickly- and there are two of them.