If someone asks me "Can I pet your dog"
It will be me with a firm. "I am sorry, no."
I don't care if they give me that 'look'. You know the 'look'...the 'look' that says you just deprived their precious child from an experience. It is usually followed with the child whining - begging mommy or daddy for the right to pet the doggie. Then Mommy or Daddy look at you and project heaps of guilt in your general direction - because it is YOUR fault their child is upset.
I don't give a rip. I will hold my ground and protect my dog.
That is the gist of it...my dog needs me to protect them.
Think how upset their precious child will be with tooth punctures and lacerations on their cherubic little face.
People are stupid.
Children need their parents to protect them.
I need to protect my dog.
Parents need to teach their children to not smother an unfamiliar, unsuspecting dog with affection, kisses and hugs - even if the dog seems friendly. Then that enriching experience may turn into a life long scar and a possible one way ticket to euthanasia for the dog.
Think of it this way. Some old guy walks up to your child. He asks "May I touch your cute little five year old girl? Can I ruffle her hair and hug her too?"
What would you say?
Would you feel comfortable with a stranger suddenly invading your space, hovering over you, scaring you? I don't know about you, but it would freak me the 'f' out.
Why do people think it is okay to pet dogs just because they are in public?
They are not giant stuffed animals. They have feelings, fears, anxiety, and space issues just like people!
Just because my dog is in public, does not make them public domain.
"Can I pet your dog?"
"Thank you for asking me, but NO you may NOT pet my dog. I don't owe you an explanation, nor do I feel guilty. I love my dog and she is worth more to me than your desire to pet her."
Nuff said. Rant over....everyone is okay. No worries.