IDGAF if your kids are autistic or not! *ETA* *ETA*2
TEACH THEM NOT TO ANTAGONIZE ANIMALS!!!!!
I was walking my dog, Conrad. Yes, he was leashed. Well, my neighbors have children who are all autistic. Now, Conrad is a young white Boxer; he weighs about 60 pounds and is EXTREMELY STRONG. Anyway, the neighbor's kids were out in their yard and one of their daughters starts BARKING at my dog! She doesn't know my dog, hasn't ever really seen my dog, and has ZERO reason to this, just as there was no reason for her mother NOT to stop her!
It was all I could do to keep Conrad under control both on the way out and the way back (I live on a dead end street; one way in one way out) because this stupid ass mother can't teach her child how to respect animals. And what pisses me off the MOST is if, God forbid, Conrad had gotten away from me and bit this little girl; the parents would have called the closest ambulance chaser to sue our asses!
Just because children may be autistic does NOT excuse the parents from parenting!
Now that I've seen the conclusions people jump to, let me clarify:
NOWHERE did I blame the child. I absolutely lay blame with her mother, who stood right THERE and let it happen. No correction, no shush, nothing.
Conrad LOVES children. *I* however, can NOT guarantee (nor can any pet owner) that he loves ALL children. Barking at a strange dog is equivalent to running up to a strange dog and petting it, or shoving your hand in it's face. EVERY parent needs to teach their child this; but I think parents of children on the spectrum have to be especially vigilant. He was tail up and playbowing the entire time this was going on, which is why he was hard to control; he wanted to play. He's a rescue, and has come really far in the year and a half I've had him. We're working on it, he's been trained; he just wanted to play
The children are usually in the backyard. On this day the front yard, WITH parental supervision. So, to those with children on the spectrum, why couldn't the mother have shushed her child? Or told her to stop? I deal with autistic patients daily; I give them shots and cut casts off them. (well, ALL patients really, not just the autistic ones)
My feelings would be the same if she were a child NOT on the spectrum
To those with the children on the spectrum, thank you for understanding what I'm saying.
*ETA* 2: To answer a few more questions:
I was actually walking down the middle of the street. (Again; dead end street; VERY low traffic)
I saw my next door neighbor out this morning. (This is in between my house and the house in question) and told him what happened. He rolled his eyes and proceeded to tell me how the parents were over at his house with their children. (my next door neighbors also have dogs, and old Rhodesian Ridgeback and a mixed breed) the children were jumping all over the place, getting in the dogs' faces and yelling, climbing all over them, etc. So, would it have been my next door neighbor's fault if the dogs bit the children? These parents clearly haven't even tried to teach them respect for animals and there's no doubt in my mind it would be this way even if these children weren't autistic.