As I've mentioned somewhere in the very distant past, we keep locks on the gates to keep folks OUT of the yard. We had to remove them after the hurricanes to get in and out easily and for the various repair folks. I also mentioned the fire in the duplex across the street, where the 9 children live. Yesterday afternoon, I was digging through the boxed items (what I've managed to get packed) and was looking for books for a book drive my grand daughter's school is having. Angel & Beau were out getting some sun and were barking at what I THOUGHT was their usual inspiration, the dog 3 doors down. My husband came in from work, talking to somebody, I thought he'd finally lost his mind...I didn't SEE anyone else. Turns out that 8 of the kids from across the street were on the side of the house, getting ready to open the gate and go "play" with the dogs. They asked him if the dogs bite, as they were preparing to go into my fenced yard. These children 1) Don't know us, 2) Don't know our dogs 3) Would NEVER have been able to keep the dogs from bolting if they felt like it 4) Had no EARTHLY clue as to the temperment of these dogs and 5) Had NO permission to be in our yard. Now the dogs love children and would never hurt a child, but...these kids don't know that and really don't NEED to know that! When asked if the dogs bite, my husband replied "sometimes". The locks go back on and I'm going over to talk to the mom. I mean, I was HERE, in the cotton pickin' house, the dogs had only been out for about 5 minutes and they are BIG, strange dogs! What is it with these kids that they would do something foolish like this? THis is the only time I've ever been happy I DON'T have a pool! one of them would surely end up in it drowned.
Wow, that would really make me angry. First like you said, the kids have to ask if they bite so why are they going into the yard. Second, that's trespassing. Third, and most important, what if your dogs had got out??? I would give mom over there a piece of my mind as nicely as I could manage. If they wanted to see the dogs they could have rang the bell and asked you. Get those locks up, and even though they wouldn't hurt them, maybe they don't need to know that. Could you post some pics. I haven't seen them in a while and I never get tired of looking at those beautiful dogs!
I think everybody was asleep. I have locks on my gate too. It is chain link. One night someone pushed the fence over enough to pop loose the locked gate latch. I had 3 $10,000 brood bitches running down the street, at night, in the rain, in a gang neighborhood...I was so lucky when I went to investigate the pop noise that was the gate opening, that I drove the car the right way and found the idiots running together down the middle of the street. I popped the hatch on the Honda lift back and holding 3 collars, hoisted the wet, smelly dummys into the back and got in and was chased by several large guys down the street a ways (who were lucky I did not stop in the mood I was in). I have an additional chain with a screw on bolt to prevent EASY separation of that fence, in addition to the lock.
Parents teach their kids about "Stranger Danger" but seem to really lack about telling small kids about the dangers of approaching a strange dog. I've seen it so much when I'm out and about with dogs and parents seem to be oblivious and let their small children come up and stick their faces right in the face of a dog. Just last week I chased down a stray that showed signs of being fearful. As I was standing in the shelter getting ready to have the dog processed, A mother with small kids were there looking at the dogs, and she let her 4yr old son run right up to the dog. I had no idea what the temperment of this dog was. My dog area is like Fort Knox. Special 7' block walls and solid wood gates with locks. I do this not only to make sure the dogs don't get out, but to keep kids (and adults) from getting in. Some people should use a little common scense before allowing their kids to approach just any dog, and lecture them in what could happen if they should go into someones yard to "play" with a dog. It can be taught in a manner that won't frighten them of dogs all together. It should be taught in the same manner as if teaching them the dangers of playing with matches.
Pyrmom, What kind of feedback and replies do you want? : ) Obviously you are doing the right thing. It is sad you have to go to extra work because kids aren't taught about respecting other's private property. I can't say I am really surprised about the kids. Too many parents don't teach their kids anything. I can promise you that when I was growing up, my sister and I knew not to approach a strange animal. I still don't. Maybe it was growing up in the country with all kinds of animals, but I was taught to take nothing for granted when it comes to animals. They don't know you and they might not trust you. You should never trust them until you get to know them. [wanders off shaking head at foolishness of parents these days]
I agree that people don't teach their children about animals these days. Sad, then they scream when they get bit after getting into someone's back yard. If my kid did that and got bit, I would blame my kid, because they all know better. Hey pyrmom, are these the same kids that were in the house that was on fire?
People definatly need to teach there children some manners. I would never go into a strange persons yard with their dogs. Thats asking to get bit. Go talk to the parents. Tell them you would appreaciate if they keep thier kids away from your fence.
apparently these kids are not supervised like they should be. is there ever going to be an end to your troubles ? i think that is why it is so important to teach dogs that kids are good things. because kids will be kids and you just never know.
I've literally told kids in the park that Minnie does bite, b/c that keeps them away. She loves kids, and has a wonderful temperment, but if the kids aren't going to ask if they can pet her, no way, jose. One little girl ran up to her and asked if she could play with Minnie. Her mom was there, and I said, sure, but be careful, she's big! Well, needless to say, Minnie got excited, brushed past the girl, and she ended up with a skinned knee. Not horrible, but whose fault? D@mn straight it was mine. Good for you pyrmom, protect yourself and your dogs.
i always tell kids im not sure if they bite, or, not YET they havent, etc. i also, in that situation, have no problem correcting someone else's child (park, etc) as far as your own backyead, pyrmom, you certainly have a right to assume privacy and security for your dogs. i would definately talk ot hte parents, and on all sides i would put no tresspassing signs and beware fo dog signs. just in case, it couldn't hurt. our neighbors kow better, we only have three, but the one little boy told his dad that 'mom said i should just climb the fence to play over there (our yard). i put a stop to that immediately. i would definately consider beware signs. other than that, how is hurricane recovery going? glad to see you back
Makes me very happy I live in Vermont and have 12+ acres of land. I could never live in a city. Too close to "strange people" for me. I'm glad you hubby was home in time to stop a major problem. I have a Saint Pup and 3 kids. Big dogs are all feet and mouth and lots of drool. I feel a bit sorry for the kids not having a dog of thier own to play with, but if their parents didn't know where their children were, they probably would not care where their dog was.
Yes are the same children whose parents have them sleeping on mattresses on the garage floor while keeping pythons in tanks too small for them in the bedrooms. I was os beat after work yesterday and they weren't home. Guess it will have to be today for the visit. Not just the dogs biting, how about them getting out and killed by the traffic 2 houses down from mine? An open gate is an invitation to run for a Pyr. Then again, for all the kids and their parents know, we could be pedophiles! I mean, we're NOT, but if they're willing to just go into OUR yard, who else's would they go into? And we DO have registered sex offenders on this street and the one on the other side of thier place (next street over). Those kids could wander into anyone's back yard and never been seen again. I guess as a mom, grandmother and someone who watches the news, I know what dangers are out there for BOTH my dogs and thier kids. Obviosuly they don't know and don't care.
I hear you loud and clear pyrmom. I hope you can talk some sense into the parents. Nothing happened about the kids living in those conditions? Mattressess in the garage? Is it because of the storms or it that the norm over there? Sicko people!
I've been running like crazy te last couple of days (grandchildren's brithdays, two on the same day~brother & sister even! and a baby shower). Imagine MY great surprise and utter delight when my husband told me that the wonderful family across the street had a loaded u-haul trailer hitched to their vehicle and looked to be moving out! It would seem likely that the owner evicted them. After all, she just spent a ton of money fixing the place up and he set it on fire! I also have my doubts that she knew they had NINE children when she rented to them. She probably thought they had 4 or 5. I also suspect she may not have been pleased to learn they had the children sleeping in the garage. Whatever the case, I now do NOT have to go over and try to reason with these people. Locks are on and STAYING on the gates, but it will let me be a bit more comfortable knowing my dogs can go out in their own fenced back yard and STAY there! Break out the party hats and champagne!
How sad to have 9 children. They probably put some in the garage so they would not have to stack them like cord wood in the house. It was probably one of the kids playing w/ matches that started the fire? I'm glad you will have less hassle to worry about. Still...sad.
9 Kids is alot but not if they have Good Parents. I think thats the key to healthy happy well ajusted kids no matter if they have 8 siblings or not. I do understand that this was not the case here, but l do want to point out its the PARENTS fault not the kids.
There's no DOUBT that it's the parents' fault. If you are a bad parent, even 1 is too many. No, wasn't one of te children playing with matches that started the fire, it was daddy dearest. Lit the grill after 11 at night and took off to go party with a friend. Looks like they're gone, but the left the wrecked RV in the back yard. Ah, well. Wonder where they went? With that many children, their choices are rather limited.