Ok, so (if you couldn't tell) I'm beyond irritated right now. I just came back from the park with Winston and Champ. While there, this family was walking with their (I'm guessing) four-year old son. As soon as he saw my boys, he started running towards them. Luckily, Winston isn't really afraid of anything and loves people, so he let this kid lunge at him and basically put him in a headlock!!!! Meanwhile, the parents are just watching....ne
ver did they ask if it was ok!
Then, he started coming after Champ. I stepped in between Champ and the boy and told him to stop because, I don't know, Champ doesn't seem to like random people steamrolling toward him. Weird, who doesn't enjoy that?? Anyway, the kid didn't listen to me and lunged at Champ. Champ growled at him, and stepped back. Just then, the other kid (from the same family) started calling to Winston. I was so taken off guard and wasn't paying attention to Champ because I literally had to put my hand on this kid's shoulder to guide him away from Champ! So, while I'm doing this Winston takes off toward the family, and his leash goes flying out of my hand. Champ tries to take off after Winston, and Champ's leash gets caught under the psycho kid's arm, spins him around, and the kid ends up face planting on the floor.
I'm glad that the kid's ok. But, what I kept thinking about was that if Champ would have protected himself, CHAMP would have ended up being the monster. I was just so upset, I couldn't even say anything- I just hightailed it out of there because I thought I was going to explode!!!
Seriously.... I hate idiotic parents and who can't control their kids and won't (at the very least) teach their kids how approach dogs. This is how so many dog bites happen, and it's only the dog that gets the blame.
Ok. Ah. Now I feel better.