My mother's DOG is causing problems....
December 23, 2007 4:34pm CST
She's got this yellow lab, Sam, who is causing problems. He is obnoxious, jumps on everyone, barks so loud that you cant talk over him (i mean he stands there and barks and barks when she has company), and slobbers bad. Well, my daughters are young, 3 and 1, and i really dont feel comfortable taking them around this 125lb obnoxious dog. So, i rarely take them to my parents house. I make them put him out back if we do come over and he barks the entire time and her neighbors have even complained about his barking. I would rather not take them over there than to feel constantly rushed because "Sam is barking and wants in the house". Its getting to the point that I am feeling uncomfortable about going over there because of Sam. She will even tell us to leave after a little while because she's going to need to let Sam back in the house. So anyway, today my 1 yr old and i were going to go to their house for a short time to pick up something. I told her that i would be there in 30 minutes. 20 minutes after i hung up the phone with her, i was getting my daughter ready to go and my mom called and was basically yelling at me because I wasnt there yet..why? BECAUSE SAM WAS OUTSIDE IN THE BACK YARD BARKING AND HE NEEDED TO COME BACK IN THE HOUSE. She said she would just wait out in the car with the baby while i got up in the attic to get some stuff i needed. Well i decided that id rather just go to the store and buy the stuff i wanted, than to feel uncomfortable and unwelcome in my own parents house with my daughter because of SAM. Other people have tried to tell her that he's a bad dog and she needs to get him trained or get rid of him and she gets mad at anyone who says anything about "poor Sam". Well i told her that i'd just forget coming over to get that stuff because Im really sick of having to worry about Sam, and she hung up on me. Yes its her house, her dog, whatever, but if i had a dog that was making everyone feel unwelcome, i'd do something to change that situation. Do you feel that I am in the wrong for not going somewhere that I feel unwelcome because of a dog who might not like to be outside for 30 minutes?
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• United States
23 Dec 07
Amber, your Mom is wrong, not you.I mean i can understand that she loves Sam but hey you are her daughter and these are her grandchildren.It sounds like your Mom has a bad attitude when it comes to Sam..I have a dog and i love my dog too, but if he was keeping my children and grandchildren from visiting then i would take some kind of action...Why in the world is she keeping a huge dog like that in the house anyway?I have a dog and she stays inside but she also weighs 6 lbs, that is a huge dog, I would maybe let him in at times but he would be in the garage a lot...It is very annoying when a dog barks all of the time.I am surprised that the neighbors have not called the law on her for distrubing the peace...Have you meationed to her about getting a muzzle?If she were to get a muzzle that would stop that barking, and it is not cruel to muzzle,as long as it does not stay muzzled all of the time..Usually Labs are a great choice of dog to have around children but Sam is not well trained...As much as i love my Mom and i know you love your Mom too, i would have to not go there and just talk to her on the phone..If she ask why, then tell her,as if she did not know..My children would come before the dog...All i can say to you is just stay away until she decides to control her dog...
• United States
24 Dec 07
Thanks for your response! Sam is NOT trained at all! He's been kind of difficult since he was a puppy and she never got a hold of him. He's 5 now. I will mention the muzzle to her, but they think do anything like that is cruel. We have a black lab, actually the brother to Sam by about 2 years and he is NOTHING like Sam. Gus is a really good dog and we've never done much as far as training goes, he just knows what we say and he does it. I can point to the bedroom and he'll go in there and lay down. Sam would probably just bark! Anyway, im going to mention the muzzle to her and see about trying to find a reasonable dog trainer!