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To think bull terriers and other dangerous dogs should be banned from parks

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Gangle Thu 22-Oct-09 15:45:15

I know they have to be walked somewhere but sick of seeing horrible savage dogs on the loose just looking like they're ready to maul a child. I stick to the dog free areas with DS but you occasionally get dogs in there and usually with owners too scary looking to question. And why of why do people let their kids near them or even thinking about having those types of dogs if you have young children?

NestaFiesta Thu 22-Oct-09 15:58:41

YANBU. I am scared of dogs myself anf obviously nervous when they are around my DS (age 3). I know that parks are often split into dog free areas but that doesn't stop a dog running towards or after a small child.(An alsation off the lead once licked my son't face)

Its worth remembering that almost every time a child is reported as being savaged by a dog in the press, the dog always belongs to the grandparents. This is a clear example that no matter how much people love and trust their dogs, they are still capable of harm to anything or anybody smaller than them. Some Rottweilers weigh nearly 11 stone!

ChilloHippi Thu 22-Oct-09 15:58:59

Do you really want to start this argument? I have Staffordshire Bull terriers. They are not horrible savage dogs. They do not look like they are about to maul a child. I have a young child. He often walks the dogs with me.
Mind you, my dogs are not let 'on the loose' if there are children around in the park.

Vallhala Thu 22-Oct-09 16:00:02

YABVU. What on earth are you talking about, " horrible savage dogs on the loose just looking like they're ready to maul a child"? And your justification for this nonsense is...?

Fact - ANY dog can bite, regardless of breed.

Fact - Like dogs, not all people deserve the reputation which goes with their look/style of dress or hair etc. Yes, some people do look "too scary to question" (my best pal being one such). Sometimes however they are perfectly approachable and good-natured (my best pal being like this too).

People may allow their kids near dogs because they are not as prejudiced and ill-informed as you appear to be.

Regards from one with children, who has owned dogs all those DCs lives and for many years prior to their births, who owns a (if you'll believe the hype) "suspect, dangerous" breed and has done so in the past, who has fostered/rescued all types of dogs in the home <shock, horror> with her DC, including SBTs, EBTs, GSDs, a Dobe, Rotties to name a few and who has REAL LIFE experience of dogs and a very good knowledge of the suffering caused to dogs by ignorance and prejudice.

ShinyAndNew Thu 22-Oct-09 16:03:57

'Its worth remembering that almost every time a child is reported as being savaged by a dog in the press, the dog always belongs to the grandparents.'

Yes usually, that is the case. It is a dog that has not been raised around children and is not used to children. It is unquestionably stupid to leave that kind of dog, more than any other, unattended around children. Regardless of the breed.

Any dog can be dangerous.

ChilloHippi Thu 22-Oct-09 16:05:45

<claps hands at Shiny's sensible post>

sowhatis Thu 22-Oct-09 16:07:22

replied on other thread, but as this is in the 'am i being unreasonable' Yes, i think you are.

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