Last night my 15 year old daughter went to a friends house. Their dog was loose in the house and apparently fine with her. The son said to the dog "Great watchdog you are, you didnt even bark" he then he proceeded to play ball with the dog (in the house) he then left the room, where the dog suddenly turned on my daughter. She is FINE but her brand new shirt that she got for Christmas is torn. --It's from abercrombie and fitch. The family ran back into the room, asked what happened, was she okay then removed the dog and put it in it's crate for the remainder of the time my daughter was there. They asked repeatedly if she was okay, she assured them he hadn't broken her skin only torn her new shirt...showing them the holes. These people are very "comfortable" to say the least and in my opinion should replce her shirt. However nothing was mentioned to replace it. I KNOW if one of my dogs did the same I would have been calling the parents, asking if I could bring their child to the mall and replacing the torn clothing IMMEDIATELY and oh man would I be mortified! Thoughts?
No I havent contacted them yet because I was furious when she got home and showed me. I've contemplated going buying a replacement and sending a copy of the receipt and a bill. I don't want to be nasty but...I do think it's their responsibility.
Well theres a way to be polite about it. I know A&F is a majorly expensive brand name. I wear it too. lol. but maybe you should just call them up and say something like "I dont mean to sound rude or anything but would you be able to put some money towards the damaged shirt to replace it?" Something simple. I garuntee they wont say no considering that it was their dogs fault for nearly attacking your daughter.
That is a great response, and at that they should offer to just replace it. It avoids hard feeling between your daughter and the family too.
My question is where was your daughter's friend? Was she all alone in the room?
If one of my dog's had done that I would have taken her to replace it right then and there, and if for some reason I couldn't (like the mall was already closed) I would have told her I would take her the next day. I can also tell you my daughter would be upset and telling me on the spot what happened and that we needed to replace it (even though she knows I would).
In my experience people who are very well off, often don't realize how much things cost or that it might be a big deal to someone like me who has to budget.
I'm glad you're daughter is ok and I hope it all gets worked out.
I don't know. I know I've ruined tons of clothes over at frineds houses and it was generally their fault from throwing paint on me to having a dog rip a new 80$ sweater with its talon like claws:) I've had plenty of friends come over and get jumped on by the dogs and have their clothes ruined and I never thought to offer to pay for it. Now that I am older it might cross my mind but I jsut learned not to wear nice clothes to go play.
You could jsut call and say it was a very expensive shirt to you and it would help if they could replace it. Did the dog actually try to bite her or was it jsut riled up and playing?
Thanks. The dog had been with her on past occasions and been fine, and was fine this night until her friend left the room leaving them alone together. She does not feel the dog was playing. As far as being more worried about my daughter being with the dog...see above. This has never happened with anyone else nor with her before. Believe me, she wont be in that situation again. So what happened? Caitlin (my daughter) was iming with her friend online and said "so....are you going to replace the shirt your dog ruined?" and his reply was "ummmm, of course I will! What size?" they talked about sizes because she said "SMALL! What are you insinuating?" and he said "I thought an extra small!" :) (GOOD BOY) Today he brought her the new shirt to school with a card with his dogs picture on the front of it, inside it said "SORRY!" and a paw print. So yeah, it all worked out fine and there were no hard feelings at all.
***Edited By: kristen on 1/2/2007 6:08:00 PM*** Reason: .
LOL. did I give you the impression she'd be BACK at that house? I didn't know this happened until my daughter got home and I then saw for myself she was fine. Will she be put in that position again? ABSOLUTELY NOT. It's one thing to be attacking people for what you think about their pets. WRONG to do there about their parenting. My kids are my first priority ALWAYS and I'm offended that you'd even insinuate otherwise. I wasnt whinning about a shirt. I wanted to know if others thought they should be responsible, yes for the shirt but also in replacing the shirt they're acknowleging they were responsible. Edited to add, It's wrong to attack people for any reason.
***Edited By: kristen on 1/2/2007 8:50:10 PM*** Reason: .