Great kid

When I was at the park the other day, Luke and I were enjoying the crisp cool air as were many others.  We'd made our way around the park once and were just about to cut across the field when I saw and heard a little girl on a bike yelling at me.  As we got closer she shouted out "I think that's a poodle, is that a poodle?"  First off let me say how shocked I was that she knew that Luke is a poodle; I've had other poodle owners ask me what he is.  "Is that a doodle?"  NO for the millionth time.  This little girl who had to be no more than 3 or 4 knew.

She stopped her bike; then said "he looks different, he's missing, missing his poofs."  "Yep I cut them off," I told her.  "Oh, you cut them off," she said nodding as though this made clear sense now.  How cute is this little girl?  Then she says; as we are about 10 feet away at this point "can I pet your dog?"  What?  Did she really ask me that?  Someone has taught this girl well.  I couldn't help but smile, this little girl doing it the right way.  She never approached us until I told her that she could indeed pet the dog.  But of course I didn't tell her this until I yelled to what looked like her Grandma.  She nodded so I told her she could pet him.

She comes over quietly and calmly pets Luke's back.  Her little brother was on a scooter and he dropped it and ran when he saw his sister petting a dog. He had to be around two and said to me "is that a doodle?"  I laughed because I'm pretty sure he meant to say poodle.  He too pet Luke calmly on the back as I monitored the situation.  Luke was calm and being a good boy.  The two children were done in a split second and ran back to their bikes.  I smiled at their Grandma and said "great kids."  She was beaming of course; as any good Grandmother should be.

This was a great interaction with little kids and a strange dog.  Not all are like this and it is completely the fault of the parents.  More than once I've had to hold my hand out keeping a child at bay as they swing their arms around attempting to throw them around my dog's neck.  Not all dogs are okay with kids; this is a fact.  And if you do not teach your children to respect dogs, then they could be the victim of a dog bite which could have been avoided.  Some dogs are down right freaked by children; perhaps never having been accustom to them being around.  Children are very different than adults; they move differently, faster and haphazardly.

Child/dog interactions also need a huge amount of supervision, adult supervision.  Dogs are very clear in their communications but children will not notice; that's your job.  It is our job to protect our children and to protect our dogs.


  1. those were amazing kids! not the usual kids that we often run into. we get the doodle stuff too and it really irritates me. THEY ARE POODLES!

    we ran into a family a couple of times and one of the little boys was pulling on Baxter's ears. i politely asked him to stop while his parents ignored the bad behavior. the kids were being so obnoxious that i finally stopped being polite and just told them to leave my dogs alone.

  2. I got the satisfaction I needed the other day. I have a 4 yr old daughter that has been raised around dogs, and have always tried to teach her right. To always ask before touching or going up to a dog, and then how to pet it if the owners say it's okay. I've explained before that not all dogs are like ours-nice. We were on vacation and in a busy outdoor mall. She spotted a guy with a JRT, course she wanted nothing more than to pet the dog and go say hi, and without me saying a word she looked at the man and said, "Is it okay if I pet your dog?" While she was standing about 6 feet from the dog. I was so proud!

  3. How wonderful; you should be proud. Great job and great kid :)


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