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attheendoftheday Tue 25-Jun-13 14:30:58

I am sure I am nbu, but perhaps someone who isn't a doglover can give me some perspective on this.

This morning I was out walking ddog along with the dds. We met a mother and daughter coming the other way. I saw them coming, so called ddog back and put her on her lead (this is in rural woodland where you rarely meet others, I didn't have her off her lead in a busy park or anything).

When we reached each other the girl (who looked about 8 or 9 to me) asked if she could stroke ddog, I said yes (the mother was right there and aware of this). She had a stroke, and ddog licked her hand. The mother went ballistic, said I should not have let ddog lick her, and that I must have low hygiene standards!

So, was I out of order? Should I have prewarned them that stroking the dog would mean they were in licking range? Can other dog owners prevent their dogs licking people who are stroking them?

Before I get ripped apart (I've seen dog threads go badly before) I want to say I would have kept ddog away from them if they hadn't asked for the girl to stroke her. Also, the girl did not look remotely upset by being licked on the hand.

RedHelenB Tue 25-Jun-13 14:36:19


mrsravelstein Tue 25-Jun-13 14:37:54

no you weren't out of order. i have a dog, though am not especially a dog-fan, so i'm quite objective about this :-)

FeckOffCup Tue 25-Jun-13 14:39:35

YANBU and I don't even like dogs. I wouldn't go ballistic over a lick from a friendly dog, surely a wipe with a tissue and wash hands properly when you get home is alright?

squoosh Tue 25-Jun-13 14:41:07

God help that poor girl having such a loon for a mother.

mistlethrush Tue 25-Jun-13 14:41:28

She had stroked the dog (which could have been rolling in anything, based upon mine) but her mother was upset that the dog licked her???

MatersMate Tue 25-Jun-13 14:42:03

she's mad.move on.

DiscoDonkey Tue 25-Jun-13 14:42:59

She's a loon. When DS was about two a greyhound trotted up licked him on the forehead and went on his way. Personally I thought it was the funniest thing ever but the poor owner was mortified

Goldmandra Tue 25-Jun-13 14:44:43


I'm not sure how she could have reached adulthood without realising that dogs often lick people who are stroking them.

I feel sorry for the child.

CuChullain Tue 25-Jun-13 14:44:52

The women is being a loon. YANBU.

YANBU. The mother sounds a tad...odd <diplomatic>

SenoritaViva Tue 25-Jun-13 14:46:57

Loon of a woman.

Disclaimer we don't have a dog but I've seen DS age 1 1/2 feed my mum's dog some of his ice cream then eat the rest. How's that for hygiene standards?! (I laughed)

unobtanium Tue 25-Jun-13 14:48:58

YANBU and that mother-nutter WBVU

nurseneedshelp Tue 25-Jun-13 14:49:11

YANBU! She sounds like a crazy over protective mum!

TeamEdward Tue 25-Jun-13 14:50:11

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

maddening Tue 25-Jun-13 14:52:37

Yanbu - if she had told her dd not to touch the dog then fair enough but she allowed the interaction.

attheendoftheday Tue 25-Jun-13 14:56:32

Wow, I wasn't expecting everyone to say I was nbu.

Tbh, I probably do have low hygiene standards compared to some, but I thought it was rude to point out!

icklemssunshine1 Tue 25-Jun-13 15:18:37

We have a cat & MIL has a dog. They are DD's "best" friends. She likes to lie in their baskets & MIL even caught her drinking out the dog's bowl with him. Maybe this woman would like to come to my house - she'd go into cardiac arrest! Sorry this happened to you OP, some people are overly sensitive when it comes to animals & children.

YourHandInMyHand Tue 25-Jun-13 15:20:01

She's barking mad! grin

Think no more of it OP.

Turniptwirl Tue 25-Jun-13 15:21:57

No you were a responsible dog owner, the woman is crazy. The only good thing is that she has clearly raised her kids to ask permission to pet a strange dog. But who on earth thinks its ok to pet a dog and then freaks out so completely when it licks their hand?! It's not even like it licked the child's face ( I let dogs kiss my face quite happily but understand some think its gross)

ifyourehoppyandyouknowit Tue 25-Jun-13 15:23:51

It's usually DS who does the licking, not the cat in our house, so YANBU.

pinkbraces Tue 25-Jun-13 15:27:33

Ha ha ha, this has made me laugh out loud.

The mother is a loon, you and your dog did nothing wrong, I bet your face looked like this shock when she started ranting.

sparechange Tue 25-Jun-13 15:28:39

A unanimous YANBU to a dog owner, on a dog thread?
I'm off to buy a Euromillions ticket grin

attheendoftheday Tue 25-Jun-13 15:39:20

I know! I feel like I won the mn lottery or something.

attheendoftheday Tue 25-Jun-13 15:40:43

And yes, pink, I was very shock and didn't know what to say.

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