Not sure how many kept up with my last few threads, but we recently took in a purebred chow male that we absolutely adore. He is amazing with people and animals alike, except birds which is natural for just about any hunting breed so we don't hold it against him. Anywys, I often take3 a couple of my dogs with me into town when I run small errands or just feel like taking a nice long drive. I took our new guy out with me yesterday along with one of my inuit dogs. We were walking down the street, leashed and close to me like usual, and a lady with her two children were headed towards us. I could see the look in the childrens eyes when they spotted us...the typical child response to big fluffy teddy bear dogs. They came up to me and asked if they could pet them, their mom running up behind since they ran away from her. I told them they should ask their mother if its alright first since she already looked upset, anrd they turned to her without hesitation. Before they got a word out she snapped at them..."that is a chow chow. I do not want you touching it. the other looks like a wolf and will probably bite you. get away from them." I was quick to tell her that my dog was not a wolf, but just had the typical grey coat. I also firmly explained that my chow was more than just fine with children, and pointed out his wagging tail and bright eyes towards the children. "I know how chows are. I don't need a lesson. I have a scar from a chow mix that bit me. these dogs are hateful." I was furious. She was wrong on both of her claims, then tries to say that the only reason she was bitten at all was because the dog was part chow. I told her if she would like to meet a real chow, she could look me up, that mosyt of the town has met nearly all of my dogs and knows I wouldn't bring a human aggressive dog into town, let alone tolerate it so loosely with children running up to it at full speed which could've been a triggee for an aggressive dog in itself. Boy was she hot at that. But, I stood by my statements and walked away from her, not failing to mention to her children before I left that there are no bad dogs, just bad owners and thanked them for asking me before petting. Eventhoug their jaded mother couldn't see what was so clearly two very happy dogs in front of her who would've given their souls for a nice bellyrub from those kids.
I'll never understand why people whp judge breeds are so quick to ignore the individuals of those breeds that are more than obviously excellent representatives. Iyt is one of those things that I have to live with, and that will always leave me upset. Even moreso when these beliefs are pushed onto impressionable children. My dogs didn't understand either; that's the first time a child hasn't gave them a nice scratch and I'm sure they feel a little like they got jipped!!
I used to get the very same reaction when I walked my chow chow. I made me nuts, no one even wanted to take the time to meet her, and then tell them I had her with my son well I was just looking for my son to be mauled. My mother was one of them, Pippin, the Chow is a wonderful dog, as long as she is the only dog, her only problem is that she has issues with other dominant dogs of the same sex, which is common for the breed. She still lives with 2 boys one is 4 and one is 2, she loves the younger one, the older one she is indifferent too, not aggresive in any way she just doesnt play with him.
Sorry, I was bitten by a samoyed when I was a kid...a dog I knew since it was a puppy and saw regularly. I went to pet him one day and he tried to bite me (missed) later that day I was walking with my Mom and said "Mom, Ben tried to bite me today" she said "KRISTEN! That dog has known you his whole life! He would NOT bite you! (annoyed with me!) Now go pat him and I'll stand right here!" I did...and this time he DID bite me (hand), right there in front of my mother. Well, turned out I was the first of a handful of people that good ole Ben had decided to bite. A trip to the vet showed he had a slipped disc in his neck (think it was neck could be back) they fixed that up and he was fine again...I on the other hand was left scarred both emotionally and physically. To this day I see a samoyed and think about that and no, my kids have never touched one...and I havent since. Fortunately I'm not afraid of ALL dogs because of it. Anyway my point is, sometimes a traumatic experience just colors one's opinion for life. LOGICALLY I know it wasn't Ben's fault nor the breeds fault, but when you're scared, well, logic doesn't always come into play. Just a little insight into what that Mom may be thinking/feeling. --Personally I wouldn't argue with the owner and wouldnt put down their dogs, I just would have told my kids no, we're in a hurry or some other "reason" why it wasn't a good idea. Sorry you went through that!
I used to have a husky and timber wolf combo when I was young his name was bear dog. he was my best friend. and one day I was layng my head down outside on his stomach and something scared him and he bit me on my face. it was below my left eye I still have a scar from him but I don't hate him for doing it. I just learned from the experience. but 3 years ago I went on vacation with my parents and when we came back he was dead. I was soooooo sad and I didn't take very many pics of him( I regret it) and now all I have to remember him by is the scar. and when ever I look in the mirror and I see it, it reminds me of him. I still miss him.
***Edited By: pinky girl on 12/31/2006 3:30:59 PM*** Reason: sp
Don't take it personal. She obviously has a fear of the breed and unfortunately either can't or won't let that go. She was bitten by a Chow mix, you can't blame her. However, she's instilling her fear into her children, which isn't good but she's the mom - not much you can do about that.
Just realize that you may have put some sort of change in her mind when she saw that both your dogs were neither child eaters or vicious. Who knows what that chance encounter may do for her in the long run.
i may have not reacted the same way, but i would definitely rather error on the side of caution when it comes to my kids. I do not allow them to touch strange dogs on the street. you may know that your dog is the greatest sweetest dog that ever lived, but I do not that. I also do not let children pet my dogs on the street. why take the risk and the liability
i hear about way too many horror stories and the common things many owners say is "the dog never acted this way before", "i had not idea he would do that" or "the kid had to do something wrong to provoke it". there is a first time for anything, and i wouldn't want my kids or some one else's kid to be the first. Not worth the risk, no matter how small you may think it is. things can go very wrong really fast. it doesn't take much for a large dog to do serious damage to a child.
you may call it rude and prejiduce against your breed, but some would consider it to be a responsible parent.
I agree with juno. I don't have any kids but I do have cusins and nefus. I don't let them play with strange dogs that I don't know and I don't let them pet dogs I don't know also no matter what breed it is.
I would rather stray away from any breed that has a reputation of being aggresive than trust a total stranger with my children. No offensive HuskyHauler, but, I would have done what the woman did, unless a lot less rude.