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To think young dogs and children together is a bit ick?

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gostraighttojail Mon 01-Apr-13 15:17:54

Our friends have just gone home. They came to us for Easter with their new puppy. Very sweet, very dizzy, very, well, er disgusting really.
I don't dislike dogs and I am usually happy to do the bare minimum housework-wise around the place but I found myself wanting to mop and sanitise everything.
It just doesn't seem right for the dog to eat its own shit shockand horse shit and deer shit and then chew the kids' toys. Or walk all over the kitchen floor with feet that have just walked outside in aforementioned shit, then we all walk across it in our socks or slippers and put our feet up on the sofas or chairs or in bed. Or for the dog to lick its bum and then my kids' hands. And I will never, ever get used to picking up dog shit in a plastic bag. Yuck shock I was glad when the had gone. I just can't get the smell of dog out of the house.

Kithulu Mon 01-Apr-13 16:17:51

There is also a school of thought that says it is good for children to be exposed to the extra dirt etc associated with pets as it help to build strong immune system.

DuttyWine Mon 01-Apr-13 16:18:46

Interesting about the asthma, I wonder if people who have allergies to cat and dog fur have them because they have never bring exposed to them so are not immune? Or am I just talking (dog) shit?! grin

gostraighttojail Mon 01-Apr-13 16:21:15

Mrsdevere: please look again at your first paragraph. It seems a bit terrier-like in attitude wink
I have no idea what my kids may or may not catch from the dog, to answer your question. But I don't really like the idea of their toys having regurgitated shit from a variety of manners licked all over them.

gostraighttojail Mon 01-Apr-13 16:21:58


ChasingDogs Mon 01-Apr-13 16:23:03

I grew up with dogs, puppies, cats, horses and all sorts of other unhygienic animals. Large amounts of my childhood was spent shoveling shite and generally cleaning up after them. I'm still here, and perfectly healthy.

Puppies are messy little gits, so YANBU in that respect. But they do grow out of it much faster than children do. grin

crashdoll Mon 01-Apr-13 16:23:49

YABU. My trained dog does not chew anything other than his toys and the occasional sock. Thankfully, he's never eaten his own shit nor the shit of another animal.

Madamecastafiore Mon 01-Apr-13 16:24:39

Our dog only eats rabbit shit, why h makes me want to vomit. She does not shit or urinate in our garden, does not touch kids you'd or lick anyone and yet still I find myself hoovering and febreezing her regularly. She is not allowed up stairs or on furniture either, god writing that's kea me realise what a shit life she must have!

So YANBU why people let dogs lick them or go on furniture or touch there childrens belongings is beyond me. But some people don't train their kids or their dogs for that matter!

TidyDancer Mon 01-Apr-13 16:26:31

IME, children are far more disgusting creatures than dogs.

Yes, I am a mother and no, I'm not joking.

My dog doesn't surreptitiously pick it's nose or scratch it's bum. And I have to worm it less than the children.

I think the licking is a worry though. Poor dog might pick up something nasty from the children grin

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Twattybollocks Mon 01-Apr-13 16:29:50

My kids learned to crawl in the indoor barn at the stables where I kept my horse. They also, like me, drank out of the hosepipe we use to fill the horses water buckets from being about a year old. They are almost never ill. They both had slapped cheek a few weeks ago, but before that, had not had a cold/stomach bug/virus for 18 months. In fact I can count on one hand the number of times they have been properly ill since they were babies. Sure they get the odd sniffle, or maybe a high temp that lasts a day and they are a bit off colour with it, but nothing worse. Maybe I'm just lucky, but I do know that every single time they have been ill it's something they have caught from other people, and not something caught from contact with muck or animals!

snowballschanceineaster Mon 01-Apr-13 16:35:39

I had dogs all my young life, but still have dog related allergies which lead to pet related asthma in my mid-twenties. Exposure to dogs is not a guarantee of life long health and an asthma free future.

My dog doesn't eat her own poo, but she does lick her bum then tries to kiss me and dd. She's lovely and dd is so rarely ill it defies reason. We should both be plague ridden wiht the amount of germs we're exposed to daily!

MrsDeVere Mon 01-Apr-13 16:37:34

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Freddiemisagreatshag Mon 01-Apr-13 16:39:01

Is it just dogs you feel like this about?

What about other pets?

How do you cope with flies?

How do you let your children out the door at all?

ddubsgirl Mon 01-Apr-13 16:39:33

Another dog bashing thread oh the joys hmm

Smudging Mon 01-Apr-13 16:40:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

IamMummyhearmeROAR Mon 01-Apr-13 16:43:23

I'd rather kiss my dog than most people.

ChasingDogs Mon 01-Apr-13 16:43:37

I used to get a chocolate biscuit after I'd mucked out the horses... and nobody made me wash my hands first

Happy, germy days smile

RandallPinkFloyd Mon 01-Apr-13 16:48:22

Did you miss all the posts telling you that well trained dogs don't lick people or children's toys?

Or are you one of those bizarre people who thinks it makes you superior to think all dogs, and therefore dog owners, are dirty?

acceptableinthe80s Mon 01-Apr-13 16:52:53

Unless your kids ate the dog shit they'll be fine. Children are way more likely to pick up germs at nursery/school than from family pets.
I love dogs just hate crap owners. Yesterday I took ds to roll his eggs which we spent ages painting and as we were rolling our eggs a big slobbery dulux dog came running down the hill and started chasing all the children then ate ds's egg
He was not amused.

SoniaGluck Mon 01-Apr-13 16:53:07

Another dog bashing thread oh the joys Just what I was thinking, ddubs.

It seems to go in cycles: anti-dog, anti-cat, smoking by entrances/ in one's own garden shock, anti-dog, benefit cheats/scroungers, anti-dog, swearing/bullying on MN, etc. etc. ad infinitum.

minicreamegg Mon 01-Apr-13 17:03:49

OP are you my mum?

My 2 German Shepherds were here before my DS (age 1) so what do you suggest I do, rehome them now I have a baby? a baby that is currently sharing his dinner with them

ddubsgirl Mon 01-Apr-13 17:09:00

wink Have yet to be ill because of a dog!! Kids have yet to be ill because of the dog or the cat! Yet to know anyone become ill because of a dog!

pigsDOfly Mon 01-Apr-13 18:20:44

A well trained dog is a joy and can be an enormous benefit to health and well being - think of all the therapy dogs that visit old peoples homes and sick children.

My dog doesn't eat her own or other animals shit but I still wouldn't let her lick my face. Come to that there's a lot of people I wouldn't let lick my face either.

binger Mon 01-Apr-13 18:25:49

My dog occasionally eats shit, I guess she only picks the really tasty ones as she is fussy. They are pretty manky but they don't mean to be, my kids on the other hand are pretty disgusting, and they do mean it.

I could do without the shit eating and bum licking though. They get very good at avoiding stepping in shit as they get older, the kids stand in it more often. I hose her feet before she's allowed in the house anyway.

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