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"it's ok, he's harmless"

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nousernamesleft Sun 21-Jun-15 20:21:38

Was what a lady told me this afternoon after her dog appeared from nowhere, leapt into the hatch of my car, and locked my ds on his face.

I'm sure he is friendly, and he certainly seemed to be happy, and over the moon to have found a child to play with. However ,harmless he wasn't.

Ds (9) has a severe dog allergy. He's currently under observation in the children's ward at the local hospital, after having a massive asthma attack due to the dog. His face and hands are covered in hives, which means his eczema will take us weeks to get back under control, and he's going to be on masses of extra meds for the next week or two. He'll be hopefully home from hospital in the morning, as long as he doesn't struggle too much tonight, but he'll be back on oxygen and nebuliser for a few days.

The car, and his car seat, are also covered in dog hairs, his car seat covers are going in the washing machine shortly, and I'm heading out to hoover the car, as he can't get back in the car until it's clear.

I work my arse off to make sure he's kept as safe as possible, we have no contact with dogs at all, keep away from them when we're out, and don't visit friends who have dogs, and one stupid woman who didn't have her dog under control has made my son drastically ill, and it could sp easily have been worse. I know there's no way she could have predicted it, but if she'd seen what happened after she disappeared, she'd never have called him harmless again.

Please, please, just think before you let your dog bounce up to someone.

diddl Sun 21-Jun-15 21:00:08

Did you tell her how badly it will affect your son?

I hope so.

I would have thought that it's really unusual for a dog to jump into a stranger's car.

Best wishes for your son to get over this asap.

foolonthehill Sun 21-Jun-15 21:19:48

Poor boy, poor you.

No dog should be allowed anywhere near to getting into someone's car shock.

In fact no dog (mine included) should be allowed to approach people at all without the person's express consent

Aked Sun 21-Jun-15 21:53:38

Your poor son. Sorry op, I hope he feels better very soon.

Now this would require some of the hysteria going on in aibu over the dog who licked someone's ankle when they sat on a bench next to it. But then, you obviously wouldn't let your son do that!

The "it's ok, he's friendly! " brigade never go down well on here. I'm sure she would be mortified if she knew, but she might think twice about letting her dog bound up to people. Not to mention get in their car! shock

flowers for your little boy op.

TooOldForGlitter Sun 21-Jun-15 22:57:54

How horrible. I hope your son is OK.

I have zero patience for the "he's just friendly/wants to play" brigade, as most responsible dog owners do. There's no excuse for such a blatant lack of control. I do hope your son recovers well.

DancingDinosaur Sun 21-Jun-15 23:03:30

I hate the 'its ok he's friendly' brigade too. Especially when they let their big dog bound up to my 5 year old. And then look at me as though I have done something wrong when ds starts screaming with his hands over his ears angry
Hope your ds is better soon op.

TooOldForGlitter Sun 21-Jun-15 23:15:22

I do think it's fair to point out that, when it comes to dog ownership, the responsible ones are very much overlooked. I would never let my dog off lead in an area where I didn't know I could exercise a recall. Sadly its very easy to own a dog and even more sadly there is not enough done to control poor owners.

MarcoPoloCX Mon 22-Jun-15 08:00:56

As before you get oh he's friendly , harmless, that's what dogs do brigade who do not recall their dogs.

popalot Mon 22-Jun-15 08:10:41

Totally not harmless if he gets into a stranger's car and licks a child's face, regardless of the horrible dog allergy your son has that hospitalised him. That's a dog not under control. Having said that, mine has escaped a couple of times out the front door, so all dog owners make stupid mistakes when they are not thinking. Might be why she came up with the 'harmless' excuse. However, I would have been a lot more apologetic/mortified, especially if I then heard about the severe allergy.

galazyace30 Thu 25-Jun-15 12:43:58

I have a small chunky staffy and a huge staffie x American bulldog. I would never dream of letting them get in the persons car without consent. I mean whats happened to your son is one of the worse things to happen.
I hope he is much better soon xx
That said doggies do get excited and occasionally wont answer to recall so maybe just explain why you reacted so badly to the owner? I'm sure it will make her think before about keeping her dog under control!

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