Why? Why do parents bring 3 year old toddlers to large breed off leash meetups and just let them run around amidst the unknown strange dogs?
Grym and I (and my dog friendly Shibas) were at the dog park this morning with a very small friendly crowd of larger puppies and dogs, when I spotted an off lead dog wearing an e collar running up to the entrance gate sans owner. About 50 feet behind him, was a 3 year old toddler, sans parent. The child let himself and his dog into the park while the 6 or so large dogs swarmed the gate surrounding the parentless child. Another 50 feet behind the child, the parent finally appeared, in no rush.
I leashed my dogs and started leaving. Ike is terrified of children and Beebe would be more likely to nip if a child tried grabbing her (as they often try to), and Grym is just plain enormous and uncoordinated. The last thing I need is a lawsuit if my huge carefree dog plows into a toddler as he romps about, and I in no way want Ike stressed at all (my sweet sensitive little guy).
So what happens as we leave, oops, the 3 year old gets plowed over by someone else’s giant breed and the parent gets angry at the dog, and says my dogs are bad because they don’t like children. WTF? The dog park isn’t a day care, leave the infants and toddlers at home and let the dogs enjoy their free space.