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To instinctively protect my child

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Dailymailpretendreporter Thu 28-Apr-16 13:54:36

I was in the children's enclosure a couple of weeks ago with my wife, 9mo dd along with 4 nephews and nieces having a family play day out. A number of the children (including my nephews and nieces) were playing with a dog that one of the other parents had brought in.

My wife and I were distracted for a moment talking about her end of mat leave and dd wanders over to the other children. The next moment my wife screams and I hear dd crying and trying to run/waddle back towards us as fast as her little legs can carry her because the dog was chasing her and nipping at her clothes. I react by jumping up, shouting and chasing the dog out of the enclosure.

The dog owner has now been going around telling everyone that'll listen that her £5000 'harmless' dog needs to see a doggy psychiatrist and her son was traumatised. Apparently she'll be recovering the costs from us in due course.

SweetieDrops Thu 28-Apr-16 13:57:11

Doggy psychiatrist grin.

She is a nutjob. She's lucky the 'harmless' dog didn't bite your DD and have to be destroyed. You did nothing wrong.

OfaFrenchmind2 Thu 28-Apr-16 13:58:12

I think she was lucky you did not dropkick her mutt out of the enclosure. No dog is ever worth a child possible injury.

flanjabelle Thu 28-Apr-16 14:00:27

I thought you were going to say you booted the dog away from your child. Wow yanbu, what a twat.

TheWitTank Thu 28-Apr-16 14:02:30

She's a loon. Aside from the talk of trauma and dog psychiatrists, who the fuck spends £5000 on a dog?! I don't think you have anything to worry about with her recovering her "costs".

LurkingHusband Thu 28-Apr-16 14:02:39

There's only one response ...

"Oh do fuck off"

TheWitTank Thu 28-Apr-16 14:04:00

But wow, she's doing well walking/waddling at 9 months! Hope she was okay after a cuddle.

CantWaitForWarmWeather Thu 28-Apr-16 14:04:12

What costs??! grin oh dear...

A dog shouldn't be in a children's enclosure. That's what fields are for. Stupid woman.

QuietTiger Thu 28-Apr-16 14:04:32

Let her try and recover the costs from you. She'll have difficulty explaining to the court why her out of control dog was in the position to chase and nip a child. She's bloody lucky that further action wasn't taken about her dog acting inappropriately.

And I say that as someone who has 4 dogs.

TiggerPiggerPoohBumWee Thu 28-Apr-16 14:05:20

Dog owner is a lunatic.

But you left a 9 month old baby to play with a strange dog while you chatted elsewhere? Are you out of your mind?

You wouldn't be unreasonable to "instinctively protect your child", if you had done so, but you hadn't. Good job your 9 month superbaby can out run a dog isn't it?

KondosSecretJunkRoom Thu 28-Apr-16 14:05:32

I thought the OP was going to save his dd and let his nephew and nieces defend themselves grin

Anyway, YANBU. She need's to keep it on a lead, the dog's a liability. The next kid might not be as lucky as your dd.

Niloufes Thu 28-Apr-16 14:06:21

Ignore the owner, you didn't physically harm the dog and they will find it very difficult to prove that you mentally scarred it in some way. I think you are pretty safe and I would have done the same thing.

CandPthisyoufuckers Thu 28-Apr-16 14:06:54

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Clandestino Thu 28-Apr-16 14:06:58

The dog owner has now been going around telling everyone that'll listen that her £5000 'harmless' dog needs to see a doggy psychiatrist and her son was traumatised. Apparently she'll be recovering the costs from us in due course.

She's a lunatic talking through her hole.

igglepiggleisanarsehole Thu 28-Apr-16 14:07:07

Not unreasonable at all, you did what anyone with half a brain would do. I don't care how much an owner trusts their dog, she shouldn't reasonably expect everyone else to.

CandPthisyoufuckers Thu 28-Apr-16 14:07:57

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Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Thu 28-Apr-16 14:08:18

A doggy psychiatrist. Is she on glue.
Do dog psychiatrists even exist. There's not going to be much conversation, is there. Well I wouldn't imagine, anyway.
Her dog was nipping at a little baby, Yes it might have been playing, but it's still a bloody fright. So her dog needs therapy because I assume you shouted at it. Well she should learn to control it. A dog near children can be like a lethal weapon.

Whatamuckingfuddle Thu 28-Apr-16 14:09:26

A nine month old that outran a dog without falling/being knocked over while being chased could probably drop kick the dog out of the children's enclosure themself

CandPthisyoufuckers Thu 28-Apr-16 14:09:42

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

hazelangell Thu 28-Apr-16 14:09:50

Tell her the only thing you'll be willing to fork out for is a muzzle, but that the dog will have to purchase it's own grin

Alexa444 Thu 28-Apr-16 14:10:40

Odfod. Yes I'm sure it needed therapy after being told off and chased away. Perhaps she should be considering some obedience training rather than therapy. I love dogs and never used a lead with mine, she spent many an afternoon playing with kids at the park and she would have never behaved like that. Know how much she cost? A tenner from my dad's mate. Accidental litter. Cost is irrelevant. Her dog was out of control and she is at fault. Fucking therapy, give me strength.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Thu 28-Apr-16 14:10:41

With the best will in the world. You can't supervise them 24/7.

FlyingElbows Thu 28-Apr-16 14:11:21

Oh this reminds me of an episode of Judge Rinder. Very similar situation with totally in the wrong dog owner claiming the dog needed therapy! It was agreed that therapy was indeed needed but it wasn't the dog that needed it!!

KondosSecretJunkRoom Thu 28-Apr-16 14:11:24

As an aside, your 9mo can run?? Even if part waddling, that's very impressive.

zoemaguire Thu 28-Apr-16 14:13:02

With a walking 9mo, you kind of do need to supervise them pretty much every minute they are awake, yes, and certainly when they are playing with a dog...

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