So every day I walk my kids to school, I bring the dog too.
I meet a woman coming the other way. She has two kids, one aged about 5 (going to school) who doesn't seem too bothered, and one kid aged about 3.
About three times her mum has really lashed into me, 'Keep your dog away from my children' - serious stuff. I end up walking out onto the road with my dog and kids.
Now my dog is well socialised, he would offer the paw to a stranger.
The problem I see here is the mother - she freaks out rightaway, and as a consequence her kids get frightened. I have thought of saying to her - come here, let your kid say hello to my dog & pat him etc, but the meetings are too nasty for this.
So at the moment I see her coming and I go onto the road with my dog & kids and let her & her kids walk along the footpath while she gives me a dirty look - it is just a bit unfair to my side!
The woman, it seems to me, has an irrational problem with dogs and whatever about her I am sad to see she is passing this onto her kids.
Anyone been in this situation before? Ideally I'd like to share the footpath.