Just curious about how other parents react to situations like this because apparently I'm extremely laid back and open minded. When I mentioned it on my facebook my sil's reaction was, "SUE! I'll call and tell her off!" My husband was insisting I check it out with the implication that he would take them to court or something.
I did...nothing. He came in crying and told me he got bit but wouldn't show me where or talk about it. Okay... He didn't seem to be that bad off. My 8yo came in and explained what happened (he got bit on the butt). He still refused to show me so I told him it must not be that bad and to go play. He pouted. Then the 8yo mentioned she already told the mom (the owner of the dog, they live next door). I was like, "oh." Then I was like, "how did you get bit anyway since the dog is always in it's yard."
Turns out the neighbor was walking the dog and had her dd (my 8yo's best friend) on rollerblades and was distracted. My son walked by and bit/nipped him. Ah...things were starting to make sense after that. As soon as they said that the doorbell rang and I knew it was the neighbor so I talked with her for awhile.
She was freaking out and I'm like, "he's fine." he was no longer crying and was just mad and embarrassed.
My husband and sil continued to hound me over it online but after 20 minutes he was back to wrestling around with his sisters and watching TV (he refused to go back outside though, I think, because he was embarrassed over where he got bit even though his friends weren't laughing at him and were trying to coax him out).
When my husband got home he woke him up and checked it and he's fine. He just got nipped, no broken skin.
I was never worried. There was no blood and he was fine after he calmed down. I just don't freak out over this stuff and don't see a reason to ruin our relationship with our neighbors over something like this. If it was serious we would have had to figure something out with them and if it continues to happen...well, we'll deal with that at the time. Their dog normally stays in their yard (we do share a fence with them). My 8yo plays over there all the time and the dog has never tried to bite her.
I'm curious as to how others react to this stuff...would you automatically assume the worst? Would you insist the neighbors do something about their dog?
Um yeah, I would insist that the neighbors do something with their dog. That still depends on the situation though. If the dog wasn't tied up or in his or her own fence, yeah, I'd have a big problem. If my kid wandered over into the neighbors yard, my own fault.
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